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Partner who assigned me more work after I told him I was slammed came into my office today and asked if I did anything fun over the weekend. I pointed to the two stacks of papers on my desk and told him I was reviewing motions and preparing the responses I sent him yesterday. He said “come on, don’t tell me that.” Why ask the question if you don’t want the answer, I’m not going to lie and say I had plans when he can see I billed 17 hours over the weekend.

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Next time tell him you went to Europe/ Vegas (depending on where you are), watch his face fall, and then point to the stacks and say “just kidding.” You’ll get a chuckle and some brownie points for not being a stick in the mud.

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Luckily I don’t mind not building a relationship with this partner. While I don’t have an issue personally, I hate working for him. The work I do for him takes me away time I could be spending doing work for two partners who are amazing mentors whereas he provides absolutely no mentorship and acts like any questions I have are a bother, even when I am clarifying that what I think he wants me to do violates the discovery rules.

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Any partner who asked me that question after causing my weekend to be filled with work would be told one of a few different variations of "please go away." How nice I am about it depends on whether I ever want to work with that partner again.

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Next time stand your ground when he tries to assign you more work. STAND YOUR GROUND. Stop taking on work when you are already slammed. Tell them you are at capacity. You are in control here! (Unless you want to make partner, in which case you should bend over and just take it.)

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