Code JDMBA2b: AnonymousLawyer

Saturday, June 25, 2005


I have been reading this blog for a while:

For quite some time many people thought it was a real blog of a big law partner. It turns out it is all fictional and written by a current Harvard Law School student. I think it is one of the funniest blogs I have ever read. While everything is made up, much of it is similar to what actually happens in big law firms across this country (perhaps just exaggerated a little at times). Here is a copy of a recent post written by AnonymousLawyer on Saturday, April 02, 2005:

"This is a terrible day. Every year it frustrates me. For no good reason, tonight at 2 A.M. we lose a billable hour. Daylight savings time is ridiculous. Individually, it's not a big deal, but think of it on a firm-wide level. That's hundreds of billable hours. Gone. Without a trace. And don't tell me we get them back in October when the clocks turn the other way, because by October everyone forgets about the debt they incur back in April, and just uses the extra hour to sleep. It's a useless waste of valuable time, and I hate having to tolerate it every single year. Definitely on the list of things I will change when I become chairman of the firm."

"Hourly billing gets a bad reputation, but I don't know why. If we charged a flat fee by project, we would have an incentive to push the work down the food chain to our most junior-level associates, or, even worse, farm it out to temps. This way, the clients get what they pay for. If I spend an hour with your file, that's one rate. If an incompetent first-year spends an hour with your file, that's a different rate. Only makes sense that way, since my time, obviously, is a lot more valuable. Everyone knows that."

If any of my readers have a blog that relates to the subjects I like to talk about please send me the link and I will be happy to add it to my blog.


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