Tuesday, November 23, 2004

There's a partner here who's sleeping with a young associate. It's obvious, everyone knows. I think it's outrageous. They're constantly flirting in the hall, people see them heading out to lunch together. It's one thing to have something discreet going on, that no one is completely sure about. But it's quite another for it to be out in the open. What makes this one especially galling is that the genders are flipped. The partner is a she. The associate is a he. That's not the way it's supposed to work. It's understood that there are going to be female associates who are prepared to do whatever it takes to make partner, and will find the guys with the vulnerable marriages and make their move. It's part of how the industry works. But to flip it around, it seems more vulgar. He's a very good-looking young man (I think he had his teeth bleached) and can surely have his pick of women, yet he chooses the shrew down the hall. It's obviously just for his career. Perhaps I'm jealous. No female partners tried to seduce me when I was a young associate. Of course, when I was a young associate, there were no female partners.

Sounds like she has more power than you do. Cannot do much about it, huh?
AL, have any female associates tried to seduce you to make partner? C'mon, give us the inside scoop!
If you really were a partner you would be able to quash this situation. I doubt the "firm" would like this going on, for PR and image reasons. Your authority and ingenuity fade by the day. You used to be inspiring, in a "dont fuck up and become this person sort of way". Now, I tear up when i read your blog, not only because there are people like you out there, but also because I would gladly put you out of your misery if you asked me to.
Okay I didn't want to admit it, but what has to be said - has to be said...I have slept with this partner too: her pussy stinks.
I think it's pretty awesome that AL has become an anonymous internet punching bag for people to take out all their displaced aggression.

*e-punches AL's nuts*
maybe in a week or two, we'll read about your rant on the year end bonus.
what exactly is a partner supposed to do to "quash" another partner having sex? and what kind of PR are they to be worried about? consenting adults are having sex! film at 11! i mean, shit... if lawyers couldn't fraternize amongst themselves half of them wouldn't be getting laid at all.
How do the year end bonuses work at Biglaw? Usually what percent of your annual will it be, assuming you get the higher range amount?
Jeez...my Torts test is gonna so suck! Love the K baby b/c it is all about the UCC !!!
Now I'm sure of it. AL is an insurance defense lawyer. Neanderthal.
I fucked that same partner in the ass, and I had to stop; too much poop.
Is this woman actually stupid enough to think that the attractive man LIKES her?
The fact is that when you are a woman and also in a position of esteem and professional accomplishment you are held to a different standard, a double standard.

Men can get off with the play boy rap but women who engage in similar activity at any level on the occupational ladder are seen as flippant, amateurish, and ultimately less capable at doing their job.

And that is just how it is. When your job requires a bunch of men in suits to take you seriously you simply cannot allow at any point to be seen as a sexual object. Maybe that is giving in, maybe it isn’t fair, but in the end, it is the difference between respect and maybe even the unemployment line.

As a more general observation, any couple who brings their romance to the office as palpably and deliberate as this is described, is in for trouble. The rumor mill has a vengeful and pitiless soul.
I am baffled by this whole "sleeping to get ahead" thing - - I know it happens, but since it doesn't happen where I work, I just, for lack of a better way to put it, dont' get it. Maybe it is because I am at a small congenial firm. Maybe it is because people here are respectful and promotions are given on the basis of work and whether you have proven yourself to be a rainmaker. That being said, I am sure it goes on at many places; I just don't know why. It is not an issue about who has the power (male or female). It is rather an issue about why people feel the system only works in such a way that you must sleep around to get ahead and that quality of work doesn't matter.
What's the matter, AL? You had your eye on that associate, didn't you.
I just stumbled across your blog today, actually googling for that "..beat my d*ck like it owes me money.." skit. Thanks for posting that. I needed it. However, I found the rest of your blog rather intriguing, although I'm confused as to whether or not you're really a lawyer.
I didn't bother to read all of the text, just kinda skimmed, as it sounds like something YOU'D do, then bill for it.
Do you actually practice law, or are you a writer? Your flow really speaks to me. I'll keep reading if you keep posting.
Yes, I would bet you are jealous. Had your eye on that associate yourself, didn't you?
Lawyers have sex? Lawyers are horny? WTF.
3:10, come to think of it, you're right. Lawyers work so many hours, how do they possibly find the time and energy to have sex? Maybe it's only those at mid and low-tier firms that have that luxury.
3:13- then where do all the snobby lawyers come from if the only procreators are lower tier attorneys. You arrogant pricks probably think your good in bed too. I guess if you make enough, your wife wont care otherwise.
I'M STARTING THE "SAVE OUR AL CAMPAIGN"...(posting credits here...."like it owes you money"- good one...to the author of that one, you must be a lawyer you guys have the best humor...so dry, I love it....)sorry Al, this IS your place ....
OK, Al, it's going to be ok. So, they are getting it on, point taken, get it, I got it, it was just a point of observation and yeah it is a freakydeaky deal to see the flip - might be hard on the sensitive client or spouse - psst, I would rather be proactive in that deal and drop a hint about that discretion you mentioned.... rather than have a civil or criminal case commence right there on the premises, any takers on that one? all rise.....
uh, yes they do, and some mighty fine times a that
Is making partner really worth all that?
Everybody bleaches their teeth nowadays. Get over it.

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