I may already have a “day from hell” post. I was too lazy to go check and to be honest I don’t give a damn. This day from hell deserves … no – REQUIRES its own post.
One of the busiest litigation secretaries was out ill today. Now that the Team backs up every fucking one that meant we were covering her three attorneys. Not such a big deal when they’re out of the office as they have been the last few times we covered for her. Really, really – we’re talking HUGE – deal when they’re all in.
Then there were the other secretaries who were out and their attorneys to cover. Sigh.
On top of this, I now personally support three attorneys of my own while still working with the Team. In addition, the Team was short a member today. Are you getting some idea of the chaos about to ensue? The four of us on the Team cover about 40 people before anyone is out. Today there were three of us.
If only I could respond to unfamiliar territory with a smidgen of control. I might actually be as professional as I should be with 30+ years experience. Most of that experience was not litigation though, and filing stuff with the courts can still give me the heebie jeebies.
Now introduce two of the tasks I needed to handle: a notice of deposition with a subpoena for one case (not actually filed as it’s considered discovery) and 3 applications for “pro hac vice” in another, requiring separate filings each with its own filing fee. Thank goodness for the firm credit card!
These were on top of an overdue invoice, a confirmation of engagement letter for a new client, labeling 10 attachments in Adobe and assembling them to form a single exhibit, entering time, delivering mai…well shit, I knew I forgot something.
And did I mention my computer is freaking the hell out?
It was a good thing I had a stash of cold cereal and milk or I wouldn’t have had lunch.
I wish I could come up with a clever way to end this post, but my brain is too fried to be clever. So dear readers – any punch lines are going to have to come from you. Thanks in advance!