Too tired to type this again. First year (technically not) but in a new jurisdiction. I just want to know if anyone else feels like this 🫤

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I’m a regulatory attorney. When you’re in a wild goose chase, it’s helpful to show your work.

It is helpful when junior associates tell me where they looked and what they found, even if the answer is that they found nothing or nothing directly on point. For example, if I know that they searched statutes, regulations and case law (and even better, how they searched those—eg, what search terms), then I might be able to decide that we could still look for agency guidance, enforcement action, or settlements.

When I turn something in to another attorney, I will say where I looked, what I found, and ask if there are other sources I should consider.

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Thank you!

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“Based on my reasonable searches to date, I have been unable to find a regulation prohibiting X. I did find Y and Z, but I don’t believe they apply for A, B, C reasons. Happy to do more research to the extent helpful.”

Bill what you bill and the partners will write off where necessary.

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A heuristic I use is when multiple different search strategies keep leading to the same sources

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Every single time I get a research question, no matter how minor, I always ask the librarians to look for it, too.

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Can’t ask, I’m in Europe and it’s midnight. :/

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I spend half of my time in the throes of regulatory research and it gives me unimaginable anxiety. I never know if enough is enough. Then I worry if I billed too much time. And if a shareholder doesn’t get back to me, I wonder if I’ve made a fool out of myself… No helpful tips here, just to commiserate together.

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This is so validating. I feel this way everyday. Know you are not alone. Hopefully it’s just part of the process.

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I completely agree. This makes me feel so much better!!! We’re not alone!

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