Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hearing back

Last Thursday, I got a voicemail from an employer who told me they'd call me back after I interviewed with their office.....3 months ago. The attorney said the position I originally applied for work was filled but they have a similar position opening in another office. They wanted to know if I'd be interested in doing an interview and said to contact them if I'm interested. I'm probably just going to return the favor by not returning the favor of picking up the phone.

As for work, I'm starting to get the hang of things. The workload hasn't been too heavy partly because business was a little slow the past week. It's a nice respite but hopefully it doesn't overstay its welcome.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Been Some Time

Hey guys,

So I know it's been nearly a month since my last post. I've been a little busy with this new job so I didn't have the time to go back and check this blog. I guess it's not a bad problem. This  gig has been good enough so far. I'm working in a small office. 5 attorneys including me but one of the senior attorneys takes more of a supervisor role. There are also 2 full time legal assistants and one part time legal assistant.  My pay is alright. It's definitely not what I was expecting to make when I entered law school years ago but I can't complain considering the joblessness journey I've endured. Even saltine crackers taste great when you've been starving for so long. The work I do gets a little hectic but some days are simple. I guess they're giving the new guy the brunt work or it probably just feels like it when you're new. Anyway, I'll try to keep adding more posts and let you all know about my life!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Need To Change My Blog Title.. Sort Of

I finally got a full-time job and it's an attorney position too. I've been there for almost two weeks. The pay isn't close to what I thought I'd be making coming out of law school and I receive no benefits. However, it's good enough for me to leave my former boss and I don't have to work the night shifts at my other employer. The managing partner who hired me said I most likely will be getting benefits and better pay in a few months as long as I don't mess up.

I emailed my old boss that I was moving to another office and could no longer be making appearances for him. He replied that he was happy for me but a little disappointed to see me go. He told me to keep in touch and wished me the best.

I'll try to keep you guys posted because  I've been a little busy settling in this office. Everyone seems like they're good people and I'm glad to be here. Definitely better than trying to find employment.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A little update..

I talked to my boss yesterday about how I felt regarding my last appearance. I told him it was very hectic and more frustrating than it should have been. If something similar might happen in the future, he would need to be there instead of me.  He said he understood and told me the same thing from last time. However, I was a little disappointed there was no apology. Maybe I wasn't clear enough about what I went through that day. One of those times when you feel like you can't win.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I'm mad at my boss.

I made another appearance in court last Friday and without divulging too much information that risks revealing the identity of the parties involved,the best or least worst thing which resulted from trying to fix all the mess was that the client didn't have to go to jail.  I'm saving all correspondence between my boss and me regarding this client. There's a chance I might have to cover my back just in case the ethics committee asks me about a malpractice claim. If there is a claim, it'll be focused on my supervisor, not me. I just don't want any blame headed my way.  I'm not sure if it's enough to be considered malpractice but I'm certain it's enough for the matter to be investigated. If I was the client, I'd be pissed and rightfully so. She was actually confused about what was going on and so was I during the proceedings. It was a huge blunder.  What was supposed to be no more than a 15 minute appearance in court ended up dragging out for 3 frustrating hours talking to the client, my boss, the city attorney, and the judge.   After it was over, I felt spent and sad for her. I wanted to yell at my boss, "What the fuck happened!? You know what just happened to her?! Why the fuck did you put me in this shit?! This is all your fucking fault!" It wouldn't have taken much to prevent this mishap from occurring, simple book-keeping really. Of course, he had his explanations but similar events  have taken place in the past. Granted, they weren't as extreme as what transpired Friday but the frequency of these events  just makes me question if he's really aware of his clients' dispositions. Sometimes, I feel like he's  not taking his clients' cases seriously. I want to tell him you either have to do these things yourself or you need to be absolutely certain about the case's status when assigning me the job. Although I do get paid, I don't want to gain money at the expense of the client's welfare, especially not what happened last week. It's not worth it. If going back in time and not experiencing what happened only took a matter of paying back what I'm owed, I'll gladly oblige. I'm going to talk to him hopefully in a couple days and I got to let my grievances out.

I want to leave this job but nothing is out there.

Friday, April 13, 2012

There's that 'e' word again.

Another Private Employer
A Law Corporation

April 10, 2012

John Doe Attorney
123 Anywhere Street
Somewhere, CA

Re: Associate Position

Dear Mr. Doe:

Thank you for your interest in our firm. Although your experience is impressive, they do not match our office's current needs.

Once again, we thank you for your interest and we wish you the very best to you in future endeavors.

Another Private Employer
A Law Corporation

[Signed-Random Partner]
Random Partner

Sunday, April 8, 2012

When Letting You Know Within Two Weeks Means Not Letting You Know Within Two Weeks

It's been more than two weeks since I last interviewed with the general practice and personal injury firms. As expected, I haven't heard a reply from either office although they did say they will inform me of a decision within that time frame. I know the general practice firm already hired another associate. I visited their website and noticed another attorney's information has been added to the list of employees. My first thought was, " I hope you guys don't treat your clients with the same discourtesy as you do with potential employees." (This website is also from the same law firm where I dreamed I was working for them as described in my previous post.) Part of me feels like contacting both offices via phone or email but really I know it'll be futile. I'll just be given the same run around I've always been receiving and I'm just tired right now. Oh yeah, Happy Easter everyone.