Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Back to Life, Back to Reality

For those of you just joining us fresh off your two week vacation to Hawaii for the holidays, welcome back. We envy you. While you were gone, the rest of us continued on with the daily grind. Even our most illustrious illusion of industry, the Supreme Court of Nevada, managed to crank out seven opinions on December 27, including one explaining how open and obvious is not an automatic defense to tort liability. Meanwhile that same day, Clark County's esteemed District Attorney, Steve Wolfson, took advantage of another slow news day about the fiscal cliff to file charges against the two Berkeley law students who allegedly beheaded Turk the bird at the Flamingo. Speaking of the fiscal cliff, a deal was reached yesterday that almost certainly guarantees your taxes are going up this year--are you still wishing you would have gotten that raise that pushed you into the next tax bracket or are you just thankful that the wise old partner at your firm decided to obviate that risk for you by facing it on his own and keeping all of last year's profits for himself.

For those of you who were busy working during the last two weeks of the year and still had time to comment here, we salute you. We enjoyed the comments on the last post and plan on talking more about salary and jobs in the coming weeks since it is now January and the annual game of musical firms can officially recommence. We're looking forward to an exciting 2013. Anyone have any predictions for lucky number '13?

9 comments:

  1. Just to clarify the last thread - are we talking about law students who are recruited through big firm programs, summer associates, etc.? Or laterals, who have to negotiate?

    Do you think that usual musical chairs January and February will be true this year. I remember 04-06, when finding a new job was guaranteed. Heck, you could quit because your boss gave you a dirty look. Things have changed.

    The people in my firm have been hunkering down. Is that true for most?

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  2. I can’t speak to big firm practices, but as a small firm owner I have noticed a substantial increase in unsolicited resumes in the last 6 months or so. And not only attorneys, but staff at all levels. A consistent theme for the attorneys is wanting to gain more responsibility and an increase in pay. Mostly I send a polite “thanks but we are all staffed up for now” letter, but a few seemed promising enough to call in. Without exception they all wanted substantially more than I will pay for similar experience, especially since most of them do not have any in my practice area. (That included the paralegal and secretarial applicants.) They all also admitted they were displeased with the “partner track” system when asked why the change in career track. With only one exception they all took offense when I suggested their requested salary was not rational and that they should open their own firm if they want to make substantially more money than their current employer pays. The one exception laughed and admitted he was shooting for the moon but thought it was worth a shot. All of them are still listed on the bar page at the firms they were trying to escape. At least those folks seem to be hunkered down.

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  3. How scary are the quotes from Tony Liker(Leiker)concerning the murder and slashing cases he is handling? Wow.

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  4. 1/3@4:39 - Personally I think it's awesome that you send rejection letters. Most shops don't bother, even after they interview you.

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  5. I thought the same thing about Liker. That woman is going to get the death penalty with him representing her.

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  6. I don't think Liker is certified to do death penalty cases so at least a second lawyer will be required.

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  7. Rule 250 only applies to appointed counsel, so if Liker is retained, he can do the case alone

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  8. The death of Las Vegas legal luminary Neil Galatz. Discuss.

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  9. Neil was always a class act.. the community lost a giant with his passing... RIP

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