Dear Jane: I'm Stuck Doing First-Year Work

by admin 13. June 2013 15:47

Dear Jane,

The firm isn’t hiring the same number of new attorneys anymore, so it seems like I’m stuck doing the junior-level tasks. There is no one to whom I can delegate. How do I get an opportunity to develop some more skills?

Still Doing First-Year Work


Dear Still Doing First-Year Work,

Meeting the minimum expectation on billable hours is survival these days, so take the billable work. Having said that, it is your responsibility to seek out better-quality work. Talk to some of the partners with whom you’ve worked, and ask whether you can take on additional tasks on matters you’re already been involved in. Also talk to them about whether there are pro bono matters you can do together that will afford you the opportunity to develop new skills. 

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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