I heard the horror stories about being a lawyer well before I ever went to law school. Friends would warn me that young lawyers do nothing but work all day and that their law firm employers drive them into the ground, leaving the lowly associates without happiness, families, or a shred of dignity.
Now that I am three years removed from law school, I can say the warnings were spot on. However, there are many law firms out there that understand the importance of their employees’ happiness. I’ve been lucky enough to work for one of those firms over the past three years.
Before I accepted an attorney position at my current law firm, the other attorneys in the office raved about the family-friendly atmosphere. I figured most of that raving was gloss, but I’ve learned that I may have one of the most family-friendly work environments on the planet. And boy do I take advantage of that environment.
Addie has spent many days at my office as I completed work task after work task. She even spends time at my office when I’m away at court doing what she describes as “standing in front of a judge making money.” She usually comes to my office when Casey has something going on, but occasionally she will beg to come to office for the day just because she wants to.
Spending a day at the office may sound pretty boring to a lot of people, but Addie’s got quite a few things that she can do while she’s there. Here are a few of the things Addie does when she hangs out at my office:
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