Might As Well Face It, You're Addicted To Late.


We all know the practitioner who is addicted to late. We notice the little signs. The anxious attorney peering over their assistant’s shoulder as if a steady glare can make fingers type that final draft just a little faster. Malevolent cursing at the copy machine when some paper jams at a critical inopportune moment. The attorney service driver hanging around in the reception area, waiting to make a mad dash for the filing window.

I remember in my law clerk days on mid-Wilshire there was a lawyer who seemed creatively limited only in the ways in which he could test the deadline fates. I remember one breathless water cooler tale about how he and his associate packed into a sedan at the eleventh and one half hour, blasted through Koreatown traffic, hit a movie shoot diversion that shaved a precious minute off his razor-thin timeline, leaving him begging through a closed door for some disinterested filing clerk to please take the summary judgment opposition.

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