I'm so happy to kick the Zilches out and welcome the double digits. The future looks so bright. Well, in comparison to the Zilches... it can't look that dark. I will always remember the Zilches for law school graduation, the summer from Hell (the bar exam), the dot.com bubble bursting, 9/11, WAR, WAR, WAR, Lehman Bros. going poof, the Stock Market tanking, my 401K halving, the Great Recession, half of the country taking Sarah Palin seriously and being laid off from my dream job. The only light that came out of the decade was all my neices and nephews (friends' children) and finding love after many failed attempts that I will also attribute to the Zilches.
All and all, a pretty horrid decade. But things have to get better..... Right??? Right???
I say this cause I'm trying to be a little cheery. But I really would be lying if I said I believed what I'm telling you. I think my future (and the future of my many peers) is a big question mark. It always is, I suppose. I imagine a "?" followed by a red "!"--as in "beware" or "turn back." The optimism that many Americans are known for is kind of lost on us. I think that the legal world of the future will look vastly different from that of yesteryear. Whether that means that document review will disappear to India, or it will become the new standard job for lawyers, traditional areas of the law will be performed by nonlawyers or http://www.legalzoom.com/, or that Big Law won't pay so much--I have no clue.
We are floating in ocean of flux and I'm very interested in what our world will look like in 2020.
I'll leave this year off with a throw back to my favorite decade hence far--the 90s.
Please be safe tonight. Don't drink and drive or the Bar will take your law license away.
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