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New associate fuck up thread (and tips for slacking)

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:38 pm

I'll start: Have been at my firm for about a month now. Billed 60+ hours per week for that entire time. No work yesterday, no work today. Concerning, I suppose, but I decided to take advantage of the downtime and gtfo. Today I'm standing at the elevator banks at about 5:25 (so, early) and lo and behold the managing partner walks by and catches me. Fun stuff.
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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby seespotrun » Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:49 pm

Big time fuck up, bro. The managing partner was probably impressed that an admin would stay past 5:00.

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby orangecup » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:00 pm

Oh man, can't believe you didn't get insta-fired.

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby gabewatch » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:18 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I'll start: Have been at my firm for about a month now. Billed 60+ hours per week for that entire time. No work yesterday, no work today. Concerning, I suppose, but I decided to take advantage of the downtime and gtfo. Today I'm standing at the elevator banks at about 5:25 (so, early) and lo and behold the managing partner walks by and catches me. Fun stuff.


Lol same exact thing happened to me. The MP looked at me and said "Half-day?"

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby Johann » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:51 pm

if you clowns weren't bringing work home (i.e. laptop bag), it would look like youre just getting a coffee. now you know not to leave with your work bag. also 4:30 is more believable for late nighter coffee rather than 5:30

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby FSK » Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:53 pm

Johann you need to do a biglaw slacking advice thread
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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby Traynor Brah » Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:18 pm

flawschoolkid wrote:Johann you need to do a biglaw slacking advice thread

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby lavarman84 » Tue Oct 13, 2015 10:41 pm

I can't imagine myself ever caring about something like that. So...public interest then? :lol:

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby KMart » Wed Oct 14, 2015 1:33 am

Tagging because I think this thread has potential.

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby Doesthenamematter » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:05 am

Hoping for a competitor to the interview moments thread

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby lacrossebrother » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:31 am

I sent the wrong answer to a partner who flipped it to a client who got mad at the partner who got mad at me.

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby rpupkin » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:35 am

Anonymous User wrote:I'll start: Have been at my firm for about a month now. Billed 60+ hours per week for that entire time. No work yesterday, no work today. Concerning, I suppose, but I decided to take advantage of the downtime and gtfo. Today I'm standing at the elevator banks at about 5:25 (so, early) and lo and behold the managing partner walks by and catches me. Fun stuff.

You have indeed described a fuck-up, but you did not identify it as such. The fuck-up is billing 250+ hours during your first month as an associate. Billing that much during your stub year is the equivalent of a 1L reading each assigned case three times, highlighting the cases with nine different colored highlighters, and then raising his hand every time the professor asks a question in class. You've done tons of work for basically no reason, and now everyone thinks you're weird. I'm sure the billing partner is going to enjoy writing off 80% of your hours.

Relax dude. You'll have plenty of time to suffer over the next five or so years.

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:38 am

Billed 40 hours last Friday/Saturday/Sunday which I believe is its own level of fuck up per rpupkin.

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby Johann » Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:00 am

Traynor Brah wrote:
flawschoolkid wrote:Johann you need to do a biglaw slacking advice thread


I don't know much and whatever I know I learned from DF. Everything I would say is rather intuitive I just have the balls or apathy to go for it. But I'm sure if you started a thread, DF me and Los blancos would participate. I believe both had less hours than me at September hours check.

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby NotMyRealName09 » Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:10 am

JohannDeMann wrote:if you clowns weren't bringing work home (i.e. laptop bag), it would look like youre just getting a coffee. now you know not to leave with your work bag. also 4:30 is more believable for late nighter coffee rather than 5:30


I've totally done this. It's risky because you have to be sure you're not going to need you laptop overnight, but by leaving your laptop on at your desk, it looks like you're still there and must be off doing something work related. What a fucking go-getter, the passing-by partner would think.

It's quite liberating

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby Danger Zone » Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:15 am

Basically same thing as OP but a partner called me out on it.

"What are you doing?"
"...Working from home?"
*scrunches face* "You are?"
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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby Br3v » Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:08 am

Danger Zone wrote:Basically same thing as OP but a partner called me out on it.

"What are you doing?"
"...Working from home?"
*scrunches face* "You are?"


Really?

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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby Danger Zone » Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:15 am

Br3v wrote:
Danger Zone wrote:Basically same thing as OP but a partner called me out on it.

"What are you doing?"
"...Working from home?"
*scrunches face* "You are?"


Really?

A) is he really a dick? Yes
B) am I really a slacker? Yes
C) did I work from home? Actually, yes, billed nearly 12 hours that day
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Re: New associate fuck up thread

Postby rpupkin » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:04 pm

Danger Zone wrote:
Br3v wrote:
Danger Zone wrote:Basically same thing as OP but a partner called me out on it.

"What are you doing?"
"...Working from home?"
*scrunches face* "You are?"


Really?

A) is he really a dick? Yes
B) am I really a slacker? Yes
C) did I work from home? Actually, yes, billed nearly 12 hours that day

LOL. You have this backwards. He probably scrunched his face because he's wondering why a stub-year associate is taking work home instead of enjoying the evening. Y'all are confused about how this game works.

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Re: New associate fuck up thread (and tips for slacking)

Postby Danger Zone » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:10 pm

No. He clarified the next morning when he came into my office and questioned my work ethic, saying that I hadn't established the credibility to work from home yet.
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Re: New associate fuck up thread (and tips for slacking)

Postby rpupkin » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:16 pm

Danger Zone wrote:No. He clarified the next morning when he came into my office and questioned my work ethic, saying that I hadn't established the credibility to work from home yet.

I call bullshit. First, no big law partner is going to bother to do this unless you are specifically working on something for him/her. Second, if that really happened, you would have told us in the first place: obviously, a "the partner chewed me out" story is more of a fuck-up than a "the partner scrunched his face at me" story. C'mon dude.

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Re: New associate fuck up thread (and tips for slacking)

Postby brotherdarkness » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:18 pm

Danger Zone wrote:No. He clarified the next morning when he came into my office and questioned my work ethic, saying that I hadn't established the credibility to work from home yet.


As in, he doubts that you're capable of working from a couch in addition to a desk chair?

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Re: New associate fuck up thread (and tips for slacking)

Postby Danger Zone » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:26 pm

The project was for him. I wouldn't make something like this up because it's not even that funny or unique.

And yeah bd apparently he's one of those weird "face time" people that you hear about occasionally.
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Re: New associate fuck up thread (and tips for slacking)

Postby lawschoolftw » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:33 pm

Made 135 copies of long pleading for service without getting client approval first, client refused to pay, firm had to eat cost.

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Re: New associate fuck up thread (and tips for slacking)

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:39 pm

Danger Zone wrote:The project was for him. I wouldn't make something like this up because it's not even that funny or unique.

And yeah bd apparently he's one of those weird "face time" people that you hear about occasionally.

At least he isn't passive aggressive about it.



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