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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby AVBucks4239 » Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:13 pm

gk101 wrote:If you are really freaked out and want to gun, offer to help a partner write an article or something. If this is your stub year, just put on some CLE on one monitor and TLS/twitter/reddit etc on the other monitor. If you don't have 2 monitors, killself

Working on getting a second monitor. I'm the most junior associate here by four years (small firm with about 25 lawyers), so I had to put in the request for it and then wait to see if someone senior wanted it. Should know by the end of the week.

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby logdog » Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:15 pm

I just talked to one of the partners at my firm about getting some billable work, and he didn't seem to concerned. He said "it's kind of a slow time of the year. Everyone is winding down." Ok, back to TLS I go!

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby 20160810 » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:23 pm

AVBucks4239 wrote:
gk101 wrote:If you are really freaked out and want to gun, offer to help a partner write an article or something. If this is your stub year, just put on some CLE on one monitor and TLS/twitter/reddit etc on the other monitor. If you don't have 2 monitors, killself

Working on getting a second monitor. I'm the most junior associate here by four years (small firm with about 25 lawyers), so I had to put in the request for it and then wait to see if someone senior wanted it. Should know by the end of the week.

The notion that any law firm would deny an attorney a second monitor baffles me. Having two monitors makes everyone more productive.

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby baal hadad » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:30 pm

SBL wrote:
AVBucks4239 wrote:
gk101 wrote:If you are really freaked out and want to gun, offer to help a partner write an article or something. If this is your stub year, just put on some CLE on one monitor and TLS/twitter/reddit etc on the other monitor. If you don't have 2 monitors, killself

Working on getting a second monitor. I'm the most junior associate here by four years (small firm with about 25 lawyers), so I had to put in the request for it and then wait to see if someone senior wanted it. Should know by the end of the week.

The notion that any law firm would deny an attorney a second monitor baffles me. Having two monitors makes everyone more productive.

Srsly

Work at a firm on the smaller side as well and I had 2 monitors my first day

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby Desert Fox » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:33 pm

SBL wrote:
AVBucks4239 wrote:
gk101 wrote:If you are really freaked out and want to gun, offer to help a partner write an article or something. If this is your stub year, just put on some CLE on one monitor and TLS/twitter/reddit etc on the other monitor. If you don't have 2 monitors, killself

Working on getting a second monitor. I'm the most junior associate here by four years (small firm with about 25 lawyers), so I had to put in the request for it and then wait to see if someone senior wanted it. Should know by the end of the week.

The notion that any law firm would deny an attorney a second monitor baffles me. Having two monitors makes everyone more productive.


Law firm admin tasks are run by people who don't really see the business side of the operation. To them, its 300 dollars out the door from their budget. They don't realize we are expensive ass cows that milk 3grand in revenue per day.

Also, treat people like you are their boss because you are. Don't ask for a monitor, tell them to get you one. Be polite, but don't form it as a question.

If biglaw wasn't retarded they'd outfit every associate with multifuction laserjet/scanner/fax/copier in their house and a new Lenovo laptop. Instead we have a fulltime diversity coordinator. lol .

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby baal hadad » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:39 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
SBL wrote:
AVBucks4239 wrote:
gk101 wrote:If you are really freaked out and want to gun, offer to help a partner write an article or something. If this is your stub year, just put on some CLE on one monitor and TLS/twitter/reddit etc on the other monitor. If you don't have 2 monitors, killself

Working on getting a second monitor. I'm the most junior associate here by four years (small firm with about 25 lawyers), so I had to put in the request for it and then wait to see if someone senior wanted it. Should know by the end of the week.

The notion that any law firm would deny an attorney a second monitor baffles me. Having two monitors makes everyone more productive.


Law firm admin tasks are run by people who don't really see the business side of the operation. To them, its 300 dollars out the door from their budget. They don't realize we are expensive ass cows that milk 3grand in revenue per day.

Also, treat people like you are their boss because you are. Don't ask for a monitor, tell them to get you one. Be polite, but don't form it as a question.

If biglaw wasn't retarded they'd outfit every associate with multifuction laserjet/scanner/fax/copier in their house and a new Lenovo laptop. Instead we have a fulltime diversity coordinator. lol .

Someone somewhere is paying approx $375/hr for DF

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby Desert Fox » Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:41 pm

Thats my discount rate, full fare on my big case is 540.

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby baal hadad » Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:33 pm

Desert Fox wrote:Thats my discount rate, full fare on my big case is 540.

Damn son

Is that the norm for patent stuff or is it just your firm

Is it just you?

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby Desert Fox » Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:49 pm

baal hadad wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Thats my discount rate, full fare on my big case is 540.

Damn son

Is that the norm for patent stuff or is it just your firm

Is it just you?


My normal rate is 470 and that is officewide. But we have some "complex" matter rate that we use for this case.

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby 20160810 » Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:32 pm

DF posts in minority free association thread whilst taking a dump --> (0.3, complex)

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby Charger » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:40 am

SBL wrote:
AVBucks4239 wrote:
gk101 wrote:If you are really freaked out and want to gun, offer to help a partner write an article or something. If this is your stub year, just put on some CLE on one monitor and TLS/twitter/reddit etc on the other monitor. If you don't have 2 monitors, killself

Working on getting a second monitor. I'm the most junior associate here by four years (small firm with about 25 lawyers), so I had to put in the request for it and then wait to see if someone senior wanted it. Should know by the end of the week.

The notion that any law firm would deny an attorney a second monitor baffles me. Having two monitors makes everyone more productive.


What about if the firm gives you a huge monitor in lieu of 2? Is the firm I'm going to TTT?!

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby fats provolone » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:41 am

define huge

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby gk101 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:43 am

Charger wrote:
SBL wrote:
AVBucks4239 wrote:
gk101 wrote:If you are really freaked out and want to gun, offer to help a partner write an article or something. If this is your stub year, just put on some CLE on one monitor and TLS/twitter/reddit etc on the other monitor. If you don't have 2 monitors, killself

Working on getting a second monitor. I'm the most junior associate here by four years (small firm with about 25 lawyers), so I had to put in the request for it and then wait to see if someone senior wanted it. Should know by the end of the week.

The notion that any law firm would deny an attorney a second monitor baffles me. Having two monitors makes everyone more productive.


What about if the firm gives you a huge monitor in lieu of 2? Is the firm I'm going to TTT?!

2 monitors>>> 1 large one

ETA: unless you are godspeed and just put a fucking 55" TV in your office. that'd be cool I guess

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby logdog » Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:25 pm

Four assignments hit my desk this morning from four different partners. That didn't last long . . . .

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby OklahomasOK » Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:36 pm

logdog wrote:Four assignments hit my desk this morning from four different partners. That didn't last long . . . .


Welcome to the "I miss when I wasn't busy and could sit around and piss through CLEs" club

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby AVBucks4239 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:59 pm

gk101 wrote:2 monitors>>> 1 large one

ETA: unless you are godspeed and just put a fucking 55" TV in your office. that'd be cool I guess

I just moved into my GFs and have a spare 32" Samsung. Actually seems like it would be a perfect size. Decisions, decisions.

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:37 pm

AVBucks4239 wrote:
gk101 wrote:2 monitors>>> 1 large one

ETA: unless you are godspeed and just put a fucking 55" TV in your office. that'd be cool I guess

I just moved into my GFs and have a spare 32" Samsung. Actually seems like it would be a perfect size. Decisions, decisions.


Serious question that I'd like discussed - does using a 32" TV as an office monitor make one an asshole? I'm actually also considering this. Is that too big? Will people conclude that I am a douche bag? My image is very important to me.

Caveat - what if the TV was won at an office holiday party? Does that change the analysis?

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby 20160810 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:44 pm

One huge monitor is OK but sizing up the windows is a hassle whereas with two you can just pop them up to fullscreen and be done with it. Word in the left one and PDF or Westlaw in the right ftw.

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby AVBucks4239 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:46 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
AVBucks4239 wrote:
gk101 wrote:2 monitors>>> 1 large one

ETA: unless you are godspeed and just put a fucking 55" TV in your office. that'd be cool I guess

I just moved into my GFs and have a spare 32" Samsung. Actually seems like it would be a perfect size. Decisions, decisions.


Serious question that I'd like discussed - does using a 32" TV as an office monitor make one an asshole? I'm actually also considering this. Is that too big? Will people conclude that I am a douche bag? My image is very important to me.

Caveat - what if the TV was won at an office holiday party? Does that change the analysis?

This is also a main consideration--I think a lot of the boomers here and/or clients that end in my office might think I'm a tool. But ultimately, I have an unhealthy fetish for convenience. And that means I either need two monitors or one huge one. If the firm isn't going to provide two, then big monitor it is (likely).

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby 20160810 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:20 pm

I think I'm going to get a small TV for the office in addition to 2 monitors. If people deem me a tool, that's OK, but at least I'll be a tool with muted baseball on in the background.

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby fats provolone » Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:20 pm

there's no point in having a giant monitor at the same resolution as a smaller one. unless you have shitty boomer eyes i guess and need your text gigantic. it's the same screen space.

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby AVBucks4239 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:27 pm

fats provolone wrote:there's no point in having a giant monitor at the same resolution as a smaller one. unless you have shitty boomer eyes i guess and need your text gigantic. it's the same screen space.

Thinking more along the lines that I have more room to make windows smaller while keeping the text legible. In other words, the text will be the same size as one monitor, but I'll be able to have multiple things open (Twitter, Word, etc.) at the same time without needing to constantly minimize windows.

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:27 pm

What's an appropriate interval to wait before asking partners/senior associates for work (other than the assigning partner, who presumably should be updated regularly)? 1 week? 2 weeks? Hard to imagine people getting annoyed about excessive eagerness to work, but you never know . . .

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Re: Got no billables. Help!

Postby JohannDeMann » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:40 pm

when you do get work, you are gonna wanna TLS while you do that work and run at most .5 efficiency. No work was a problem for me in my first couple months but now with this solution I am always swamped and have been hitting 50 hour billable weeks with 25 hours of real work. Just the other day I even told a partner when she asked if I could do something "can't you tell I'm swamped. Why else would I be here at 7?"

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Postby JohannDeMann » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:42 pm

Anonymous User wrote:What's an appropriate interval to wait before asking partners/senior associates for work (other than the assigning partner, who presumably should be updated regularly)? 1 week? 2 weeks? Hard to imagine people getting annoyed about excessive eagerness to work, but you never know . . .


1 week is WAY too often. 2 weeks is still prolly too much. Busy people that can't really assign work because it's above their paygrade hate hearing that peopel are free to do work. Once a month casually would be okay if you are new. They know you're free, but there's not shit they can do about it.




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