So, a BIDER tipster sent in this email, from a temp agency in New York that seemed promising based on the subject line: New Short Term Project - 35/hr. So, at first, I'm thinking--what's the big deal? That's actually an improvement over rates that I've seen, heard and read about. But then I continued to read on... and WHOA. Mind you, this email was sent to contract attorneys in New York:
Let me know if you would be interested in this new project. Please read below.
Four attorneys needed for approximately two weeks to handle intake matters with the firm's clients. Hands on experience in family law, general litigation matters, immigration and criminal law needed. Attorneys need to be members of the state bar association in good standing in either California, Florida, Ilinois or Washington.
Responsibilities include consulting with the clients on the phone (from one of the states above), generate a memo and perform initial file management and communication/coordination with the firms managing partners in the respective states.
Pay rate approximately $35 hrly. depending on experience.Does this strike anyone else as slightly odd? This sounds pretty substantive, as well as specific as hell as to what your qualifications need to be. Bizarre to be asking a bunch of New York attorneys to be barred in random other states. And what do you get if you're this rare needle in a haystack with the perfect combo of being barred in Illinois, living in New York, with experience in immigration and criminal law? You get to be paid a mere $35/hour (or maybe less) to do real work, i.e. speaking to clients?! Looks like a law firm should be hiring an associate, rather than hiring a temporary contract attorney. But the free market dictates that contract attorneys are cheaper to hire, so why hire a permanent attorney? Well, I have many friends that are contract attorneys and they are very professional, but there are plenty of walking disasters masquerading as contract attorneys out there. I hope the living incarnation of PigPen from Snoopy comes walking into this firm, so they will rethink taking hiring contract attorneys over a permanent employee--from my fingertips to God's Ears.