Passing The Buck

Posted on | April 28, 2011 | 5 Comments

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Lawyers are experts at delegating.

Don’t believe that? Just try to get a lawyer to do something and you’ll soon see it delegated to no less than two people.

Lawyers get their first taste of delegation early on in their careers. It starts out as getting one binder from next door. Before you know it, a lawyer  is delegating away all their areas to their poor paralegals. The amazing part is how a lawyer will spend more time explaining the delegated task than it takes to complete it.

Delegation is an important part of maintaining work life balance for senior lawyers.  Delegation allows them to golf, travel, or shop while the people below them are forced to compensate by working more unpaid overtime.

When you talk to a lawyer, they will acknowledge everything and assure you that they will take care of it. Moments later, the lawyer  is “working offsite” while their paralegal is trying to figure out what kind of crap was passed onto them.

Delegating tasks has a lot in common with throwing people under the bus. Both suck and help form the foundation of the law profession.

Although delegation sounds horrible, it makes sense in that a manager should not be making photocopies at their charge rates. However, delegation is, in reality, used to avoid doing any work at all. This way if things work out, a lawyer can take the credit. If things blow up, it’s time to throw their paralegal under the bus.  Rinse and repeat.

God, it gets tiring!


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5 Responses to “Passing The Buck”

  1. Grumpy Humbug
    April 28th, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    The key element to our entire industry is BullS**t. Everything rises from a lawyer’s ability to convince you of that which is not true.

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  5. Liz
    April 29th, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    This is awesome – all I have to say is “Amen!”

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