A. Nony Mouse wrote:Personally, I wrote a bunch of memos on things like the fiduciary duties of a particular kind of trustee for a particular kind of trust (client wanted to sue the trustee) or the legislative history of a particular statute (that governed the kind of trust at issue). Basically I got a brief description of what the case was about, what our client wanted, and the question they needed answered. Some assignments were quite short, some were more substantial. I also did a lot of less formal "find me some cases that say X" assignments where I mostly provided cites with detailed parentheticals including pertinent language, so the associate/partner could just slot them right into the brief/motion/whatever. I also did cite-checking/proofreading of stuff right before a document was to be filed. Once I looked up jury instructions for a bunch of claims. Sadly, I never got to draft any motions, but one of my fellow SAs did. (I was at a lit-only firm, so I can't tell you anything about corporate stuff, and can't say whether my experience was at all typical, but that's what I did.)
Great input thanks. So...on day one, what can we expect? Show us our desk, office (or work area) and I guess we set up our computer. Then what — I suspect an orientation?
Did you work directly with a partner or various partners, or was there a go-to middle-person that supervised your projects?
FYI: This is a firm with only a few SAs and half the attorneys are partners. Word is there will not be any way to go stealth since partners will be in the forefront of our little adventure.