As a brand new hire, I’m sometimes slow even when asking for work (which I do regularly and repeatedly, albeit politely). I know this is normal, but what are some creative and useful ways for me to fill hours at the office when I’m waiting for edits back or responses to my emails indicating availability? I’ve been reading articles and CLE materials in my practice area but wondered if anyone had other ideas. (We are in person)

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Propose drafting a legal alert on a developing area of law related to the practice. This is all research and writing. You’ll improve your skills and contribute to the practice. Though it will likely be non-billable.


great idea thank you!

Ask people what they are working on, get them talking and just casually act interested and then watch what happens.


ooh, good tip. not all the partners are at the office in person but there are definitely enough (and some i haven’t gotten work from yet) that i will try this with!

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