Anonymous User wrote:I thought about telling someone in recruiting or some other attorney but can't figure out a way of doing that without sounding like im just whining about working too hard.
You may just have to do the work this time.
I had a similar experience last summer. I was working on an assignment for a mid-level who acted like he ran shop in the firm. At around 6:00 p.m., he told me he needed documents proofed and edited (
) for negotiations the next day. I had to wait around until he ended up dropping 200 pages of agreements on me at 10:30 p.m. that I had to edit and cross-check by the next morning. Needless to say, it may have been the most boring assignment I had all summer, I got to see 4:00 a.m. at the office, and it sucked.
The next day, several junior associate friends asked why I couldn't make it to a firm event the prior evening and I casually explained (without complaining) I'd been given a sizable number of documents to prepare for when the event was scheduled; recruiting got wind and immediately stopped him from giving assignments to summers. Sucking it up for one night meant I never had to complain, and recruiting was quick to look out for me by not letting him give out other assignments to summers. The fact that I was able to accomplish that without whining (if anyone brought it up, I just mentioned that I appreciated that he was at least giving me interesting work) (1) made it pretty clear I was willing to put in the hours without sounding entitled and (2) got me noticeably better assignments for the remainder of the summer.
There's no guarantee this'll work in your situation, but a good relationship with your associate mentor can be rather beneficial during your summer if they're willing to look out for you.