The Laid Off Diary: Dear Diary…this sucks.


TriBeCa Film Festival
April 28, 2009, 10:32 am
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Dear Diary:

The Tribeca Film Festival started this past weekend in NYC. It was started in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro in response to the 911 attack in 2001 that shut down and desolated downtown NYC. It hoped to revitalize the downtown area.

It’s a great idea in theory–it shows 250 films in one week (even more films than SXSW), however, to be honest, I’m not sure how it will bring back vitality to downtown being that 99% of the films are at ONE venue (66 3rd ave). (though the japanese convenience store–M2M–is GREAT and has actually pretty good/cheap sushi for a convenience store and also Sapporo that you can sneak into the movie theater).

But, anyway, to tie this back into being unemployed (besides the fact that I paid $10-$17 per movie ticket and feel RIPPED off–ok, let’s hear you guys bitch about how I’m being irresponsible with my severance and I will re-direct you to my Golden Handcuffs post), is what the hell is the NYSBA doing to bring back vitality to be chosen profession or find job openings/experience gaining opportunities for laid off associates? Yeah, you’re little email newsletters help a whole hell of a lot in a not helpful at all sort of way, but seriously. What are you doing? Shouldn’t some bigwig lawyer/justice (sorry, law professors, you guys don’t really count) try to actually start some program to revitalize the legal industry in NYC? All the public interest fairs are targeting law students for the most part (and seriously, I’m way to greedy to want to actually do that–more like my private loan banks are way too greedy to let me take such a job).

I really don’t care about law students. Boo hoo, they can’t start until 2010 or 2011, but they at least have a job and maybe a stipend. Shut up, sit down, and bitch only when called on. For those who worked and then were laid off, there’s always the question as to whether it was a lay off or performance based and we’re pretty much tainted and the poor junior associates (thank god I’m not one of them) are just treading water and gaining NO experience. Not to mention, nobody really wants a lawyer who has been out of BigLaw work for 6-8 months (which, in this market, I’m sure some of our fallen comrades might not find a comprable job for that long–maybe something on a smaller scale sure, but BigLaw is full of pompousĀ  incestual assholes who, for right or for wrong, only want people with BigLaw experience and not some small firm or small corporation experience).

Until the legal profession really makes a big effort to actually organize and revitalize its own damn profession (it’s like we’re fucking cannibals and take some glee or pleasure in the fact that tons of lawyers are getting thrown overboard even though it is detrimentally affecting the legal profession as a whole), I guess I’m going to search the unemployment job postings and look for another job that will pay me six figures. And then I will also adopt a flying pig from the humane society.

–Going to name my new piggy “Bacon”

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