April 01, 2013

I Don’t Feel Your Pain: A Partner’s View of Associates

Being an associate isn’t a journey of discovery; it’s a high-pressure job.

Lee Stapleton

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Many of you young associates have been raised to think you are the most special person in the world. Maybe you are to your parents, but not to the partner you work for and not to the client. You want to be treated like much-loved house pets, praised for your cuteness and cleverness, and understood and forgiven when you do the legal equivalent of peeing on the rug.

I am going to give you a rather jaundiced view from a partner’s perspective.

Many of you make more money than judges and have more rights than prisoners. Although the current financial downturn may have dampened your sense of entitlement to some extent, for some of you it’s not by much.

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