Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence Day

Yesterday definitely felt like a Friday - might be the last 6 weeks of weekend work I've done. I got up at 7 am to check blackberry (violating one of my rules not to bring it into my bedroom) but nothing was happening which was nice after working until 11 pm. Now I'm up and working some (but not too much heavy lifting) and will hopefully soon be getting ready for a 4th of July BBQ we are hosting. Yes, my house is a disaster but I'll do what I can and shut the door on the worst of the mess. Husband and I created a chore list and assigned tasks.

I also have my fingers crossed that maybe, just maybe I can have Saturday and Sunday off. If so I'll consider that my "independence from work day".

Interesting blog in the WSJ about law firm alternatives - to be honest the blog post wasn't that interesting but the comments certainly were! I guess lots of busy lawyers still find time to comment and blog (I guess that's true of me too!). I think one comment in particular struck me about how at large law firms there is not much mentoring. Partners are too busy and work associates do is too "beneath them". I think there is a lot of truth to that. Now that I've committed to my practice group (which I did about 2 years ago after 3 years of general corporate and real estate) and my work opportunities are more advanced I feel that the partners have more vested in me and it shows in training and mentoring. I try to pass it on to junior associates but as a midlevel I'm so "squeezed" by the demands of doing the higher level work and making sure junior associates do theirs.

How do you incorporate mentoring in your daily lives with junior associates? What do my junior associate readers look for in a mentor? How do we grab and hold on to mentors? Transactional work means I bounce around to many partners and it can be difficult to establish.

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