Career Advice for Lawyers by a Hiring Partner-
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Other Blog Comments - Proving Point
Comments from readers of other blogs are proving my point. People seem to be upset that Hiring Partner ("HP") is telling them how to behave/conform. Why are you so upset? HP has been in law firms for a number of years. HP sees a change in the new generation. Of course, not every law student and new lawyer needs to be taught these things. Some folks had good parents or other role models who taught them social and professional courtesies. Others either did not, or refused to listen. Somehow, when we went from $ 70/80,000 to 125,000 to 145,000 to 160,000, some of you lost track of reality. Clients pay firms for great work. Clients deserve great work. You need to serve clients and learn how to practice law. You also need to function professionally in the workplace. In just about all workplaces, there are conventions. Sorry, folks, but for law firm salaries, you can put on real shoes instead of flip flops. It's Nordstrom anniversary sale time -- go pick up a pair! If you don't like conforming, then you might want to think about some other gig.
Yes, I am a hiring partner who felt that our latest generation of lawyers and law students really needed some advice and guidance. Who knew the economy would totally tank and they would REALLY need guidance? I just share some observations, some experiences, and some lessons mom and dad should have taught you. Come along for the fun! HP can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org