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I have spent a lot of time and money lately agonizing over my skills, talents, values and aspirations.  What do I enjoy?  What am I good at?  Where will I fit in?  Where can I find a job that will ask me to strengthen my talents more than it asks me to overcome my weaknesses?  Far ahead of my self-imposed November 1st deadline, I decided that the right job for me is writer/editor.  There!  Decision made, hard part’s over.  What a relief!

Now all I have to do is contact my alma maters for lists of alumni in publishing and unearth everyone I can who may be able to help me identify opportunities and how best to market myself.  Yay!  I’m in the fast lane to self-actualization!  I wonder if I’ll still be at the firm when it comes time to close this hellish transaction that I’m working on.  Maybe I can tell the senior counsel to shove that stock purchase agreement up his ass!  Yes, I will tell him to shove it up his ass and then I will take my desk lamp and leave, and only wear Levi’s and t-shirts for the rest of my life.

NOT SO FAST.

Continue reading ‘Career Change, One Day at a Time’


Everyone loves to hate on Biglaw, myself included.  But in an effort to be balanced, and to avoid leaving a trail of terrified law students in my wake, I thought it might be refreshing for all to hear some good things about Biglaw.  I also wanted to explain a little about my relationship with Biglaw and why it reminds me of eggplant parmigiana.  Here goes nothing:

Continue reading ‘10 Very Not Bad Things About Biglaw’


It is never far into my workday before I think, “What the hell am I doing here??”  Maybe it’s when I witness some lawyers go on about how interesting a transaction is — and it is the same transaction that I view as a mind-numbingly boring, endless source of pain. Or maybe it’s when, after hitting the 2-hour mark on a conference call, I begin daydreaming about gauging my eyes out with the closest sharp object — usually a pencil.  Or maybe it’s when my “mentor” has decided, in the midst of a high-pressure closing, that I must put down my pencil and really focus on why “hot” women are more successful than other women.

How did it come to this?

Continue reading ‘Professional Discontent: How it All Went Wrong’


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Last night, I represented my alma mater at a regional college fair.  I felt sorry for the kids and parents I spoke with, for a couple of reasons: 

Continue reading ‘Gambling on Education … Again?’


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A number of the comments to my last post were dangerously inspiring.  I wanted to live up to your expectations, take drastic action to be true to my own words, provide you with the most exciting follow-up post that I could conjure.  In short, I wanted to quit my job.  Straight up, balls to the wall, quit my job.   And frankly, I can’t think of anything that would make for a better Monday.

Continue reading ‘Career Counselors: When One Shrink Isn’t Enough’


It was on my honeymoon that I realized a career change was in order.  My catalyst: the Twilight saga.   I wish I were joking — this is how it happened:

Continue reading ‘Why Twilight Makes Me Want to Quit My Job’


Nearly two years after my last post, and exactly two years since I began my legal career, I have come back to the drawing board.  No, I was not laid off.  In fact, I am sitting in my Biglaw office now, secretly hoping to be laid off.  Admittedly, I am too much of a pussy to do anything that would result in my being laid off (I happen to be writing now only because I have no work to do) and I do not have the courage to quit.  As a result, the forecast in my little Manhattan office is Futility with a Chance of Wasting-another-two-years-of-my-life-pursuing-my-parents’-dreams.

Continue reading ‘A New Era: From Lawyer to ?’



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