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Needing to vent. I have been practicing for 10 years (civil lit). I feel like I have not been “successful” in my career in the sense that I don’t make a ton of money ($85k, but no billable requiremen… more

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Any tips for working on a project with a slacker?

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Hello all you beautiful, smart, incredible fish! I was coaching a young woman today and want to get your wisdom on appropriate responses to workplace bullying/rudeness. Here’s the situation: three w… more

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Is it unreasonable to expect a raise at the end of the year knowing that I’ll be on maternity leave part of next year?

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Need advice: received an email from an anonymous person alleging that the SO (not married) of the new associate in our office (small firm, under 10 attorneys) is having an affair. The associate just g… more

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Curious to know that my fellow female fishies think: how long is too long to be in a relationship without a 💍?

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What do you do when a male opposing counsel makes an inappropriate comment to you? Had an older male attorney tell everyone at my deposition that he liked looking at me because I was beautiful and dis… more

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In my mid 30s, in New York, single, never married, been in big law for six years. Have been dating in the city for that past 10 years and no luck. Thinking about leaving and finding someone to settle … more

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Just venting and not really looking for solutions because this is not normal for my firm. But this has happened three times in one day and I’m at my limit. When you verbalize an idea to the group and… more

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Just engaged. My fiancé bought me a 4 carat diamond ring and I feel self conscious about wearing it to work. Is it unprofessional??

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I’m a 7th year litigation associate and have worked at fast paced midsized firms my entire career. I am 32 and really want to start having children and slow down a bit but not completely stop contd.

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Loaded question but asking under cloak of anonymity: for those that this question applies, around how much was your engagement ring? And comparing it to the SO’s salary - did it follow the 2/3 months … more

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Hello beautiful, talented, capable fish! Looking for your input on how to develop a young associate into a great strategic thinker. Partners and other seasoned professionals, any tips for developing… more

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My uncle tried to fistfight my husband over politics yesterday. This has never happened in my family before and it puts me in a difficult position. Im on my husbands side, but can’t completely (cont’d

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Random question. Need to get my IUD removed because it has embedded itself and is causing me pain. My GYN is removing it and says I need to take some time to heal before getting a new one. In the i… more

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The way media portrays women is upsetting. I think about the Monica Lewinsky scandal and think if that happened today, would she look like the seductress or temptress or would she be a #metoo victim? … more

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How are you all doing? RBG’s passing feels like such a gut punch. She was the ultimate lawyer mom.

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Thoughts on Ruth Bader replacement?

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Sending a hug to my fellow women who are feeling feelings this evening after hearing the news of RBG. We will continue her work. We won’t let her down.

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I’ve been inundated with deadlines and tasks (all happen to be urgent and on fire). I’ve been studying for the bar and that’s the utmost priority (I hope). As a law clerk/legal assistant, I’m always h… more

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Currently studying for the bar that’s taking place in two weeks. Not feeling like I have the utmost, genuine and true support from my law firm and the attorneys there, in my success on the bar and res… more

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Pour one out.

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Noooo, I’m gutted.

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Was recently asked this and curious- anyone leave being a lawyer to work in consulting-- alix, duff and phelps, primeclerk-- do you regret it? What were the pros and cons?

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Women in this field: have you ever asked for a raise and if so, please offer tips and advice. I started at my firm 2 1/2 years ago with no experience and was started with an entry level salary. I have… more

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Women in this field: have you ever asked for a raise and if so, please offer tips and advice. I started my position with my firm 2 1/2 years ago with zero experience and so I was started with an entry… more

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Need advice. Billing 400+ hours in the past 5 weeks just led to (today) me having my first panic attack and needing to get up in the middle of my workday, and go for a walk to try to regulate my breat… more

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How to deal with MIL and husband’s side of the family who will never fully understand that I’m just as busy and work just as much as my husband? Background: both in big law, both doing WFH. He’s mor… more

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I’m having a conniption. I just found out from a friend (white male) who has several years less legal experience than me and zero litigation experience, who is coming from a clerkship, was offered my… more

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Fellow Female associates (and partners who recall their associate days) do you get asked to do a bunch of administrative work randomly throughout the day by your partners on the cases you have togeth… more

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Anyone at a firm where there is no sick or vacation policy? How does taking vacation / sick days usually work—is that time unpaid if there is no “unlimited PTO” at the firm / in one’s offer? Curious t… more

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I’ve found that saying I have a child hurt multiple job offers and has gotten me low balled in terms of salary. Anyone else experience that?

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Senior male associate just tried to throw our newest midlevel female associate under the bus. Backfired horribly. Dude, there is a reason you aren't partner. There may only be two of us (ladies), … more

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Can anyone help a girl out with intel on whether large- to mid- sized NY litigation firms are hiring? I’m new to the NY market and am finding it difficult to even get any interviews without a local la… more

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Got a question ladies: how many times in your career have you been called “Mr. [last name]” in an email? Sure, it’s a little thing, and, sure, use of gender specific pronouns and titles is slowly begi… more

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What do you do to improve your confidence as a lawyer? So much of our evaluation is subjective, and it’s unrealistic to think anyone has a record with no mistakes. What do you stand on for reassurance

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What can I do to thank a coworker? I had to call in big favor (last minute court appearance two hours away) and my fellow attorney agreed without hesitation. I also have been getting MAJOR help from o… more

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I am struggling with a situation concerning my assistant. I am a young attorney, and it is clear that she does not respect me or my role at the firm. I avoid working with her as much as possible, but … more

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Nyc ladies, best hair lady for a cheap quick dry cut?

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Assume one partner has looked out for you from day one. Assume one or more other partners suddenly need you (read: your labor) such that could leave partner 1 high and dry. These other partners couldn… more

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