Wednesday, August 5, 2009
In keeping with our military theme this afternoon (below), this story courtesy of Lawjobs.com is straight out of the Lee Ermey school of management. It's also consistent with this very popular story we recently ran about work-life balance in the age of the Great Recession.
In this new story, a Texas law firm associate advises new lawyers to stop complaining:
Associates like to whine about irate partners who won’t listen to their ideas, criticize their appearance and heap on the work that takes them away from family time. Now an associate who has been there, done that has some advice for the complainers: Get over it.
Writing for Texas Lawyer, associate Jason Braun of the litigation and arbitration boutique Ajamie LLP says partners who yell at associates for making mistakes aren’t really so bad. 'In my opinion, those are the best partners because when you make a mistake, you will never forget it,' he says.
Lawyers are expected to sacrifice leisure and family time for clients, he says. Your children may be sick or you may be going through a messy divorce, but those things aren’t an excuse for bad results. 'Clients may sympathize, but they will do so while searching for a new firm to represent them.'
Mr. Braun's perspective is sure to provoke strong feelings as did our previous story on this issue. So what do you think America? Let us know in the comments below. I am the scholarship dude.
Hat tip to the online ABA Journal (jbl)