vanwinkle wrote:firemed wrote:This sort of thing can't keep going though, right?
I mean, eventually they need to hire enough attorneys to maintain a base level of efficiency.... right?
They have plenty of attorneys, and ITE anyone with a stable government job is going to stay put. Cutting new hiring is a lot more politically and socially acceptable than laying off older employees, especially since the latter, done poorly enough, could violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (which is one-way and protects over-40 workers from discrimination that benefits younger workers, but not vice-versa). Plus, with a large labor pool and depressed salaries nationwide, it's easier for them to fill vacancies individually by hiring experiences attorneys rather than through large recruiting programs.
If you look at what happened in Japan after the housing bubble burst and the recession there... It took over a decade to see real recovery, and those who came of age in the worst years basically permanently lost opportunities. They're even referred to now as a "lost decade" and a "lost generation" by some analysts. I fear the same may happen here.
Considering this, do you think as 3Ls (and probably 2Ls), we should be focusing on targeting the private sector? It seems like government is going to be a dead end. At least until the election, and even then, it seems like the Republicans have the Democrats over a barrel when it comes to any kind of funding.
It's just extremely frustrating because working for the government this summer, and having friends there too, the govt. does have a ton of work and not enough people. Compared to the private sector where work seems to ebb and flow now and you can be stuck twiddling your thumbs nervously for a few weeks. Yet the govt. just can't hire.