I'm finally sitting down, after one of the longest weeks of my life. The week was actually a very good one for me. Not only did I start work as an attorney, but I found out that I passed the Pennsylvania Bar.
[I was so scared of failing the bar because I just about spent 7-9 hours a day studying for it. Going at it like that, for two months straight, certainly takes a toll on someone. If I did fail... I would have been fired AND I would had to study again. No thanks!]
So my first week as a lawyer...
It's scary. On one hand, I'm excited about starting a new job - having a REAL paycheck (lol), and having a support staff including my own secretary... but, on the other hand, I don't know what the fuck I'm doing. Just trying not to fuck up seems stressful...
I get in early - 7:40am to be exact, and I'm the first one there. It's almost along the lines of John Grisham's The Firm, but they didn't give me a Mercedes. And I'm a better poker player than Tom Cruise. Anyway, I get in early, and I'm waiting for the office manager ("OM"): we have things to set up (voicemail, email, etc etc), but he doesn't come in until 9. I sit around for an hour and a half. By this point, I've had 3 cups of coffee. :)
OM comes in and we get the initial stuff out of the way. As I'm talking with him, one of the named partners ("P1") swings by the office:
"How are you enjoying your first day?"
"Good, so far!"
"Good. I need you to create a limited partnership. Once you create that, I want you to immediately merge that with a limited liability corporation with the general partner being a corporation and the marjotiy stockholder being the general manager of the limited partnership. You'll obviously have to create the corporation, but that's just formality. You've had Corporations in law school, right? Anyway, see Terry for the file."
At this point, I turn to the office manager and say: "Welcome to Monday morning!"
He laughs and says, "You'll get the hang of it.
Within minutes, another partner ("P2"), comes into my office and gives me another assignment. This one deals with the wrongful death of our client's wife who was in a car accident 2 years ago. Litigation is pending in January, and we need a negligence issue researched. NO PROBLEM! This is certainly more my speed, compared to the above mentioned corporate law bullshit.
With neither assignment complete from yesterday, I get a new assignment today: to create a church. Yes. I have to write the corporate by-laws and the certificate of incorporation for a new church in Camden, NJ. Praise the lord. An intersting assignment, to say the least.
Wednesday was slow and uneventful. A long day, and I had three previous assignments to keep me busy.
Fridays at the office are "casual" days, so the atmosphere is already much much lighter. I guess it's unofficial (the complaint doesn't go out until Monday), but today is the first day I've sued someone! LOL. I wrote two complaints for P2 arising out of the same situation (husband and wife buy pizza business, they don't pay for it + husband and wife lease building...don't make rent payments). P2 made lots of additions / corrections /and/ modifications to the complaint, but I think he was happy w/ my draft. Friday was a LONG day: in at 8, out at 6, but it felt good finishing my FIRST WEEK as a lawyer. :)
This "week in review" could certainly have been better but I brought home some weekend work, and I feel much better actually BILLING as opposed to writing for the 3 people who (on occasion) accidentally run into this blog.