You know, for all of the hassle unemployment caused me recently, I am still very happy to have said good riddance to law firm life (or, more accurately, having it say goodbye to me). Why? Read this article. Not the stuff about lawyers being laid off, really. It’s about time more of that has happened (and I was saying that even before it happened to me). No, read about the waste and bloat and ugliness inherent to the system. $40 billion on document review? Paying $150K for inexperienced lawyers and expecting clients to do the same? 60-85 hour weeks just to tread water? Thought for the day: if law firms do so poorly valuing things like that, why did I ever expect them to value me or what’s important to me in anything approaching a reasonable way? God love all of you at firms who are making it work, but I just couldn’t anymore, and the farther I get away from that life, the more grateful I am that I am away.
Sorry to dwell on yesterday, but I’m still in the process of assessing what I’ve been doing with my life for the last decade. Now on to today: