Friday, September 16, 2016
I left my jaw on the floor of our conference room today.
It dropped as I listened to the ease with which my
father navigated the meeting I had with my potential
workers’ compensation client. My jaw finally dropped
to the carpet when I realized I could not have learned
any of the questions my dad asked from the mountains
of research I conducted prior to meeting with the
client. No, my father was pulling from over 40 years
of experience as he reviewed the potential client’s
independent medical exam. Dad recognized the name
of the IME examiner and even had an opinion about
the guy’s work, which I won’t repeat here. Dad was able
to explain to the potential client what the workers’
compensation process looked like, what she could expect
to get out of the whole thing, and he even talked at
length about some sort of concrete that is especially
hard on the knees. Now my dad has never laid a foot
of concrete in his life, yet there he was, ruminating on
the stuff like an old construction hand. Is there no
end to his knowledge?
Today was a hard day, Diary. I know nothing. I have
to learn more, and faster. I also have to figure out how
to fix our printer.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Today was my second day in the office. I’m not entirely sure what my hours should be. Should I come
in at 8: 30 a.m. and leave at 5 p.m.? Do I have to come in and work eight hours? How late should I
stay? Wasn’t part of the appeal about being a solo practitioner the fact I could make my own hours?
Part of my concern is that if I have no work to do, I think my time would be better spent elsewhere.
Maybe I could connect with local attorneys or go to the gym.
I only had an hour or two of work today, but it felt like a lot more because I had so much trouble
connecting to our computer network. Also, for whatever reason, I seem to be the only one in the office
who knows how to reset the router, even though it was only my second day. Working here makes me
feel like Bill Gates, even though I only ever Google my tech problems: “How do I change the normal
template in Word?”
Actually, I am using Google a lot as I learn to navigate areas of law I haven’t bothered with since
law school, such as “What is a QTIP trust?” or “What does PIP stand for?” I know I could ask my
dad these questions, but I don’t want him to think I’m an idiot. I want him to have confidence when
he refers clients to me. So I think it’s best I keep these Google queries to myself and practice my
On a slightly related note, I am not missing Westlaw as much as I thought I would. After depending
on it for more than five years, I worried that quitting it cold turkey would leave me writhing in the gut-
ter of legal ignorance, blind to Washington case law and its ever-shifting developments. It helps that
Still learning a lot, but I think I am getting there. Even better, I have my very first solo potential
client meeting set for next week. It’s a workers’ compensation matter, so I will have to bone up on the
statutes and the law before I meet with the client. This should be fun.
Friday, September 30, 2016
I think I have to quit and go back to
being a prosecutor. I went to a CLE today
and I am absolutely certain I am going
to be sued for malpractice. I mean, I don’t
think I am currently doing anything
wrong, but there is just so much I’m not
sure I am missing or doing right. As a
prosecutor, I would come out of CLEs
with a handy binder of knowledge and
thankful for the latest update from the
Department of Licensing. Now, I am
pretty sure I will commit malpractice
if I fail to advise clients about that one
thing. Which of course I can’t remember
because I got bored.
Also, I have my receipt from parking
at the Convention Center. I don’t really
know what to do with it. I think it will be
easy to remember and record, I’m just
not sure where, or how. I don’t have too
much to keep track of yet—I got my first
check yesterday! I think I can hold out
on the accounting software for a while.