By Mike McBride
I am a second-year associate who will never make partner. It’s not because of anything I do, but because of the secretarial support I have. Being the low person on the totem pole, I have been assigned a secretary that started when I started right out of high school. I thought the two of us could learn together.. [sic] What as [sic] mistake. She doesn’t care. parties all night. When I tell er [sic] something, she ignores me. If I give something back to her for corrections, I have to reread everything, because she “corrects” things that were [sic]. It is a disaster. Several times things slipped by and I got embarrassed in Court. How do I go about telling the partners, [sic] I need help after telling them how good she would be when I first started?
Dear “Can’t Type to Save My Sole”:
You wrote about problems facing young lawyers. I am an old one. I hired a nice young lady right out of law school. I thought it would work, but our work ethics (I’m a morning person—she’s not) and our personalities don’t match. She would be a real find for someone else. How do I go about firing her without harming her self-confidence. She has done everything I asked. I probably could help her find another position, but how do I bring it up?
—She Has to Go!
Dear “She Has to Go!”
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|D. Michael McBride III is a Council member of the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division. He also Chairs the Outreach Committee. McBride practices federal Indian law and litigation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he is a Director and Shareholder of Sneed Lang, P.C. He also serves the Kaw Nation as an Associate Justice of their Supreme Court.|