Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I lost friends who apparently got tired of me saying, "sorry, for the 100th time, I can't go out tonight. I DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY."

Gawker published stories from the unemployed and a lawyer's story made the cut.  It's truly a fascinating story to those that don't know that attorneys can be poor, on Medicaid and starving.  Click here and scroll down to "The attorney" and read about her corner of hell.  Honestly, from August of 2010 until August of 2011, her life didn't read much differently than that of an unemployed baby mama from the hood.

22 comments:

  1. But one can do anything with a law degree, right, dogface "law professors"?!?!

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  2. "the last unemployment check" is also about a law grad. sad state of affairs in USA. debt shackles. we need a collective reboot.

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  3. You're right! How could I miss that??? And I think she would be better off as a recruiter than a lawyer because she has demonstrable commitment to not practicing the law.

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  4. With all of these law schools on death watch, there are going to be quite a few professors looking for work. Something tells me that the people who've suffered the indignity of biglaw long enough to make partner aren't going to be too excited to welcome the good profs back into a share of the profits. The bell tolls . . .

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  5. Yes1 We need a reboot. The entire system is 21st century indentured servitude.

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  6. I went on unemployment too. In that time I took doc review gigs. The last doc review agency I worked for told me to go home after a few hours, called me back, and then did it again. When I applied for unemployment again, since you have to send something back for gaps, they opposed it I believe and so I stopped getting unemployment checks. It's been a few months, I stopped claiming and just did some solo work but I don't even get as much as unemployment. I guess I could challenge it, I only had 25 weeks or so, but even then it would take awhile to process.

    You can't really rely on unemployment especially if you're still hustling for temp work, or even other work. I got a call from Primerica saying they got my name from the Unemployment Office, when I found out it was Primerica I refused to go in to speak with them, that could have stopped the benefits too. Point is they don't really want to pay benefits if they can help it.

    I would rather unemployment just ends period. No more paying into it. The general public doesn't want it paid out anyway, so lets just turn it right into welfare, it's not like there are any jobs out there anyway. I would bet money I'm no longer counted as unemployed too.

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  7. These stories are really sad. I really don't want to put myself in that situation again. I finally got all my stuff together and I was thinking about going to school to get a degree. I was thinking maybe a stenography degree, or I was told to check out life experience degrees. I am worried that once I do that I am going to get myself in a lot of debt. If I ever lost my job I would be in so much trouble and have to get unemployment which would not cover my student loans. I have a lot of research to do!

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  8. This is quite different than the late 1990s where you got two raises from the time you were a summer associate and the day you started practicing.

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  9. Law students don't understand this - just because you get a J.D. doesn't mean you suddenly become rich.

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  10. Yeah I was considering B-School myself, but at this point I don't think I am interested in going into any debt for any degree.

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  11. Hey -- great blog. I know of a huge sick scam, but need to be anonymous.

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  12. Did this blog die too? A lot of them seem to have died. I'm hoping that means people are too busy now at decently paying jobs. For me I'm working on doc review and at least it's something, but I know full well it's always borrowed time.

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  15. Wow, those are some heartbreaking stories. I really feel for the lawyer who had 3 kids and had to go on Medicaid. And she graduated from Georgetown! I have a friend who went there and he did contract work for over a year before getting hired at a nonprofit, at a low starting salary (and I mean low, even for someone with just a high school diploma).

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