- Any of you out there seen effects of the economic
slowdown? My firm is still busy; I personally am low on
billables but not dangerously slow. I want to get a good
cushion built up before the summer though, for a couple
of reasons -- (1) to make up for the time I'm taking
off for summer vacation; and (2) to make up for the
hours I'll lose when the firm gives work to summer
associates instead of me.<br>I find that the summers get
some of the work I might otherwise get. I already know
how to do the projects (and, by the attorneys'
admission, better than the attorneys in some cases) but they
need/want to train summers. Oh well, that's a fact of life.
- Hello all. I am a 32 year old paralegal and have
been practicing for over 10 years. I have worked most
recently in corporate law, real estate, and litigation.
Last year, I relocated from Florida to New York and
got a great job at a start-up in Manhattan. I was the
corporate paralegal for the general counsel, and later (as
the layoffs started), became the Human Resources
Director, Office Manager, Executive Assistant to the CEO
and COO, and the resident MAC expert (most of these
jobs with no prior experience!). I was due for a $6k
raise on my one-year anniversary, 9/13. Unfortunately,
my company closed 9/11 as our main investor lost a
large portion of its portfolio companies which were
housed in the WTC. I am relocating to the Chicago area
once I find a job. My boyfriend and I were there for
Thanksgiving and interviews last week, but no one has bitten
yet. Everything is so slow out there right now. Hope
something comes through soon!