Laterals - did your previous firm milk you until your last day (and expected you to keep doing work until you returned your laptop) or were you rolled off matters and given time to transition? Any tips on getting the firm to back off on the former?

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Yes to the former. I got there when the office opened and left at “close” time. I took my lunch out of office. I averaged like 8 hour days. They were filing motions I drafted on my last day. I was in the middle of a msj motion and stopped. I sent it to the partner with a summary of what needed to be done. I also did a case memo for all my cases and sent that to the associates in my section. At that point, I was not going to work 12 hour days. By working only 8 hours, they are getting what they actually are paying for...

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Closed me out of matters as soon as I put in my two weeks.

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In same position. Following

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I've seen my firm go both ways with different associates. It seems very partner-dependent at my mid-sized firm.

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You’re still getting paid to work so IMO you should do the work.

Who is saying work harder? What I am saying is Do the job you are being paid to do. Your fellow associates are getting paid the same amount and they are doing the work and you don’t think you need to, but deserve to continue to be paid? Otherwise just quit outright and don’t collect the check.

I mean if you’re leaving why don’t you just refuse worl

If it’s a new matter, just say you’re leaving.

Otherwise, I’d just set reasonable boundaries. You can do like 6-7 hours per day but then stop responding to stuff. You could also say “I’d like to delegate this to X as I’m transitioning out” and then delegate to another person.

This is wild to me - why would you not just be up front with “Hello I am leaving and need to roll off in the next 2-4 weeks”? And then actually roll off.

so ppl at your previous firms rolled you off automatically as soon as you put in notice?

It depends how much responsibility you have. I’m the lead day to day on most of my cases so it’s really up to me to wrap them. They can’t take me off of them until I am ready to pass them off. I wish that wasn’t the case but it is

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