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Anyone have slow months where you burn through a lot of your allotted pro bono/professional development hours to keep hitting minimum daily hours? The past few weeks have been like this for me. Should I be concerned (I.e., will this reflect poorly on me, come review time? Will I have dug myself too much of a hole if I keep burning my non-billable hours?) I’ve been asking partners if I can assist in any projects so I can fill my plate, but I’ve only gotten small (4-6 hour) tasks handed my way.

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No you’re fine, don’t stress at all. We all have slower months. It’s not your job to get the work, you just have to do it when it comes to you.

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Thanks, A1. I really needed to hear this.

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You will have months that make you feel silly for worrying about slow ones. Enjoy every minute of free time and be fully charged when the craziness hits. Especially in this legal market.

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Hopefully you’ll be fine, and if not, switch firms. I’ve billed between 250 and 750 pro Bono hours a year and have never had an issue at the firms I’ve been at.

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