Anonymous User wrote:OP's post is why I refuse to work directly with first years any more. Obviously every practice group is different, and I am not sure how you are defining senior associate, but the easiest way to avoid these types of problems is to always have someone between you and the first year. That protects you from having to clean up their work and deal with their performance issues and allows you to focus on substantive feedback rather than typos. Life is also easier for the first year when they are being supervised by someone closer in class year.
The more senior you are the more you are responsible for what ultimately goes out the door (and when that happens). You have too few chances to blow any of them on even good first years who are still figuring things out.
Also a senior associate at a Vault firm. I don't know what your firm's staffing is like, but it is rare for us to have three layers of associate review on any case (or really, three associates on a case at all). Most cases are 1-2 partners and 1-2 associates. And frankly, what you are suggesting sounds incredibly inefficient; most of our clients would (justifiably) be irritated if they saw one brief or one document go through three associates before it got to a partner.