About Us

Victoria Pynchon

As the co-founder of She Negotiates Consulting and Training, I offer my services as a keynote speaker, trainer and consultant....

She Mediates

ADR Services, Inc.

She Negotiates

She Negotiates

The 33 cent wage and income gap is unacceptable and unnecessary. So is the cliché glass ceiling. Bottom line, our...

Negotiating Associate Life in the AmLaw 100: Writing Writing Writing

(photo Dear Santa by caro wanders)

O.K.  So you're not really going to ever be a trial lawyer unless you leave that job like you said you would after paying off your student loans.  Don't be seduced by the $$$ if you want to keep that promise.  Keep your fingers off the year-end bonus and drive the Toyota for a while longer.  Even though your friends are beginning to drive Porsches.  

While you're paying off the student loans by working 60-70 hours a week, you're unlikely to be doing anything they do on Boston Legal -- like appear in Court or even "first chair" a deposition for a couple of years.

What you're going to be doing is writing, mostly.  Thinking creatively.  Brainstorming.  Strategizing.  Researching. 

If that's not a lot of fun, take the first train out of AmLaw One Hundred Station to save yourself years of semi-smoldering unhappiness.

That's the 20-20 hindsight at any rate.

So here's what you'll need for your first and second years -- some more really good writing advice, which I stumbled over today while procrastinating that post about negotiating the purchase of the flat screen TV and last night's mid-life (who do you know who's lived to 110?) crisis at the Twisted Sister concert on the Sunset Strip.

WRITING ADVICE from creative here.  And, once again, How to Write:  A Memo from a Curmudgeon which bears reading by all lawyers from time to time -- once a year is best. 

There's other good stuff on the Language in Common site, like the  "Dear Bosses" memo from creative that I've posted before.  Although its the bosses, not the first year associates, who should read this, you might work up the courage to say a few of these things in a nice way to make the management/labor thing more tolerable until you become management and learn it's just a shift  from one set of irritations to another.  And harder, really, being management, than being labor.

But I know you won't believe that for another twenty years, when I'll be scooting around town on my Segway, waving happily to all the other boomers in retirement.

But seriously.  I pretty happily practiced law for 25 years and even miss it from time to time.  Especially the winning part.   I'm into collaboration now.  But I'll never regret the losing cases and motions because it wouldn't have been much fun winning unless my chances had been less than even, now, would it?

But please.  Enjoy the winter holidays.  And have a GREAT 2008!

(photo:  Segway tour by Bill Tracey)

Comments (1)

Read through and enter the discussion by using the form at the end
Chris Annunziata - December 14, 2007 9:46 PM

Great articles. I've passed them on to some young lawyers I know wishing that someone had done the same to me 10 years ago. I really liked the Memo from Curmudgeon.

Post a comment

Fill out this form to add a comment to the discussion
I'd like to leave a comment. is
  • 4media dvd ripper standard 5
  • adobe audition cs5.5 mac
  • adobe creative suite 4 web premium mac
  • autodesk building design suite ultimate 2012
  • techsmith camtasia studio 7
  • adobe flash builder 4.7 premium
  • adobe photoshop cs5 mac
  • corel wordperfect office x4 standard
  • adobe creative suite 6 production premium student and teacher edition
  • visual studio 2010 premium
  • autodesk maya 2013
  • nuance pdf converter professional 5
  • adobe cs6 production premium student and teacher edition mac
  • autodesk autocad electrical 2011
  • autodesk autocad map 3d 2009
  • pitney bowes mapinfo professional 11.5
  • adobe cs6 design standard student and teacher edition mac
  • infinite skills - learning bootstrap 2 mac
  • daz bryce 5.5
  • thegrideon access password professional 2.0
  • adobe flash professional cs5.5
  • autodesk navisworks manage 2009
  • microangelo toolset 6
  • autodesk alias design 2012 mac
  • parallels desktop 9 mac
  • futuremark 3dmark 05 pro
  • filemaker pro 11 advanced
  • adobe dreamweaver cc mac
  • infinite skills - advanced html5 training
  • autodesk autocad 2011 mac
  • excel 2010 all-in-one for dummies
  • adobe photoshop cs3 photographers guide
  • quarkxpress 10
  • camtasia studio 8
  • apple mac os x 10.8 mountain lion