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The Old 24/7 Can Get Old.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | October 17, 2009

Posted by Cliff Tuttle (c) 2009

The Anonymous Lawyer hasn’t written anything lately, but that will change quickly. He reads Above the Law, where one of those partner memos to associates appeared recently. You know the style — preachy.

The AL has the preachy style down so well, that you might suspect that the Quinn Emanuel partner didn’t write the memo at all.

The memo reminds associates to check email around the clock, just in case an urgent assignment turns up. He does, however, suggest that it is not necessary to check email while sleeping. What! Eight whole hours in a row without checking your Blackberry? For shame! You probably have to get up at least once every night for a bathroom trip. What better time could there be for reading email?

Clients aren’t nearly as demanding, you know. Generally, they will be happy to have their calls and email returned by the end of the day. If you run into one that demands the kind of service Biglaw expects from associates, you can fire him.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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