Tuesday, October 12, 2004

I got back some research from a second-year associate today, and it was reasonably good. I told him so. His reply annoyed me. "It's not like you need to be a quantum physicist to do the work you give us around here." Like it's beneath him to do legal work. Like helping our clients make deals is not important. I am often frustrated by the lifestyle, but for the kind of work we do, there are few places you can do better work than here. We represent important companies doing important things. Companies that impact people's lives. How many quantum physicists impact people's lives? They sit in a laboratory all day. We help grease the wheels of capitalism. At the end of the day, we make a difference in a company's bottom line. I told the associate, if he thinks this work is beneath him, there's nothing forcing him to stay. He apologized and said he didn't mean anything by it. Just tired. And he's only been here a little while. If he feels this way now, I'd hate to see him when he's my age.

me too.
I love quantum physics.
You'll sing the praises of quantum physicists everywhere once one of them figures out a way for humans to walk through walls and for men to see through women's clothing.
Silly AL, He won't be there when he is your age. He will stay long enough to pay off his loans, gain experiance, and make contacts. Then he will leave to have babies and work at a small firm that values "quality of life."
Funny, we recently had a summer that left a good paying job in the "hard sciences" to go to law school as he felt that modern scientists are pretty much automatons.

It'll be interesting to see if he likes law when he graduates next year, he may be in for a surprise.
AL: You're going to be pretty sorry when those quantum physicists figure out how to perform quantum communication reliably, or get quantum computers at a higher complexity than IBM's 7-qubit machine. The latter completely obsoletes the entire existing communications industry, and the former is the only meaningful replacement. When that technological revolution occurs, Walmart and Exxon are going to look like mom and pop shops compared to those who've mastered quantum entanglement.

- I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol.
- I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days.
- My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.


- I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL.
- I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use.
- By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.


- I graduated from Yale University with a low C average.


- I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.
- I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas, in 1975.
- I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas.
- The company ! went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.
- I bought the Texa! s Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.
- With the help of my father and our rightwing friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.


- I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the
most polluted state in the Union.
- During my tenure, Ho uston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog ridden city in America.
- I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.
- I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.
- With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida, and my
father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President
after losing by over 500,000 votes.


- I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a
criminal record.
- I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.
- I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.
- I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.
- I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.
- I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12 month period
- I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the
U.S. stock market.
- In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs
and that trend continues every month.
- I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any
administration in U.S. history.
- My "poorest millionaire," Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
- I set the record for most campaign fundraising trips by a U.S.
- I am the all-time U.S. and world record holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.
- My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history, Enron.
- My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.
- I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip offs in history.
- I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.
- I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.
- I changed the U..S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
- I appointed more convicted criminals to administration than any
President in U.S. history.
- I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States government.
- I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history.
- I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations
remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.
- I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.
- I refused to allow inspectors access to U.S. "prisoners of war"
detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.
- I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. election.
- I set the record for fewest number of press conferences of any
President since the advent of television.
- I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one year period.
- After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.
- I garnered the most sympathy for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
- I have set the all time record for most people worldwide to
simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.
- I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked,
preemptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority
of U.S. citizens, and the world community.
- I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families in war time.
- In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for
attacking Iraq, then blamed the lies on our British friends.
- I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans
(71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.
- I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD (Weapon of Mass Destruction).
- I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.


- All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view.
- All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy! and unavailable for public view.
- All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice President,
attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and
unavailable for public review.


Quantum mechanics is not so hard. Just have to suck it up and learn some math.

Quantum field theories are hard.
After reading about the high level screw ups Bush has made I have come to the conclusion that whatever mistakes I make in my professionl and personal life will not impact a nation, another nation, economy, world peace, world history or give rise to a new generation of terrorist.

Is this is the quality of leadership the most powerful country in the world has to offer?

I am feel that if Bush went on to be President of United States then I can someday be the partner in a BigLAW firm. I just need to get rich daddy and rich friends I already have not so competitive grades.
We have a new first year in litigation. She was formerly a top engineer and gave up the job (and a salary that is considerably higher than the one she is now on) to be a lawyer.

Just wait until she has done a few years of discovery.
8:38: now that you've posted your "comment" twice (this thread and the last), hopefully it's out of your system, and you'll stop spamming people's blogs.
Awesome AL! Damn straight you should have told the associate what you did! Problem is, there's not enough calling the arrogant newbies on their attitute AND not enough direct criticism of sloppy work-product. Glad to see you deftly said what needed to be said.

Will you post another brief blog? You should leave the Bush-jacking up - (1) some readers may find it interesting and (2) if it is true that it has been posted before, you might as well leave it in place - but because it is long, it would be nice to have a new thread up. Love your blog.
Hey 2:45,

How about learning some English.

Hope this helps.
You know what bugs me? The denigration of the English language. Once upon a time, "impact" couldn't be used interchangeably with "affect." Sure you could "have an impact" one something, but to "impact" something was pack together -- like an impacted tooth. Sadly, bad usage has crept into the halls of even semi-respectable big law firms.

See http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=impact
5:15: the english language is constantly changing. get over it.
Hey AL, I have a question or two. What is your political affiliation (if any)? Do you lean more conservative or more liberal? And who do you plan to vote for come November?
Re: Anonymous @ 7:13 --

Yeah, english is "evolving" so quickly that "bling bling" will be in the OED within a year or so. Isn't that great?

I'd rather have an english language regulatory commission (much like the french language does) rather than every Tom, Dick, and Harry being able to decide what proper english really is.
Cis, that's unfortunate. You'd rather have a group of stodgy old white men crafting your language? (Who, incidentally, got their panties in a collective twist when Sony tried to use the "English" word "Walkman" in a French ad). When you have a group like that, designed to resist the natural evolution of pop culture by sanctioning advertisers who "improperly" use language...well that just makes me laugh.
Either Bush knew or his and Condi's incompetence allowed it to happen. He was on vacation for all of August 2001 and he ignored the warnings.


Vote for Kerry. For 45,243 additional reasons we need Bush to lose, see www.johnkerry.com.
Why are the comments in giant type? It is aesthetically displeasing.
you're aesthetically displeasing.
It seems that the second-year associate was simply being humble. I think A.L. was just being a grump. :) But nonetheless, atleast the associate will now know how easy it is to have what you say be reinterpreted in wildly different ways. I bet he will be watching any casual remarks he makes in the future now.

It is also quite possible that he said it in a tone which implies A.L.'s accusation. Text can be so ambiguous. That's why we have lawyers. :)
Useful site. I'm a OneL still learning the boundaries between a tort and a crime, but it's interesting to read what lies ahead.


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