I've been told by several attorneys that you should never apologize when you're unavailable (like missing a call, or taking a while to return an email) and even if you've made a mistake. Instead, you should briefly explain why you were unavailable, or if you made a mistake to just say, "I'll fix it" and then go right ahead and do it. My assignment director even went out of his way to call me and tell me to that effect.
My natural disposition is rather apologetic so I find it a little bizarre. I'm sure some of you think the contrary, but in what circumstances? Genuinely just trying to gauge what is proper communicative etiquette in big law.
it has nothing to do with law. being over apologetic just makes you look like you have really low self esteem. its one thing if you make a huge mistake, but if a partner just corrects you here and there just take it and go, no need to over dramatize about it begging for forgiveness. this applies in all cases. look at any PUA book and they will tell you the same thing when you're out with women. being over apologetic makes you look weak and is just an inattractive quality in general