Law Firm Rules

ABA Journal posts on a chain-blog of Unwritten Law Firm Rules, with each blogger adding to the last’s set of rules. I’m joining the fray here, although I’ll not be adding rules at the moment. Rather I’m interesting in what rules paralegals would add. I suspect you would provide a different, and valuable perspective, on this as is the case with most law related issues. So here’s the ABA Journal post. What rules would you add?

In a Slaw post today, blogger Dan Michaluk started listing, in no particular order, “The Dos, Don’ts and Truths of Law Firm Life.” Two of his rules:

Rule #685 Don’t hang a picture of yourself wearing a bathing suit in your office.

Rule #441 If you’re under 50 and using a fountain pen you’re trying too hard.

Bruce Carton at Legal Blog Watch quickly joined in. Two of his rules:

Rule #29 Do not send out any e-mail to “All Users” unless the building is on fire.

Rule #242 Put the bow ties away until you reach the age of 50 (or unless you grew up on Nantucket).

Then Ashby Jones at Wall Street Journal Law Blog took the bait. His rules:

Rule #207 Refrain on cufflinks unless and until you make partner. After that, use them exceptionally sparingly.

Rule #815 Don’t tell your romantic partner/spouse that colleague Jenny or Jimmy is your “work boy/girlfriend.” Even if Jenny/Jimmy is totally harmless, it’s annoying and plants insidious seeds of wonder.

We at the ABA Journal offer a couple more:

Rule #34 Don’t post and tag photos of your wasted co-workers at the firm Christmas party on Facebook.

Rule #456 Don’t fist-bump in the hallway.

Our question to you should be obvious: Fill out the list by describing your law firm rules, as many appear to still be unwritten.

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  • Melissa H. says:

    1) If you want something (coffee, lunch, a snack, etc.), get it yourself. In our office, do not ask the assistant. She is too busy doing real work.
    2) There is no such thing as a scheduled fifteen minute break. Break time occurs when the Boss gets tired of working and decides to gab for awhile. Break time can last anywhere from 2 minutes to one hour, depending on how long it takes for the telephone to ring or a client to drop in.
    3) Do what you enjoy doing. If this isn’t it, find something else.

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