LagLiv showed some impressive, and effective, assertiveness recently by re-assigning some work so she'd have time for other things, like Thanksgiving cooking and in-laws, etc. First she re-assigned, then she cleared it with the higher-up. Very impressive example of how to establish a balanced workload. I'm intrigued that there actually exists another first year associate "who had nothing on her desk." But that's another discussion for another day.
Today's discussion is about assertiveness. Basically, is it required of law-types to take initiative? What if you like to keep all options open? What if you just don't have an opinion? That would make for an ineffective lawyer, wouldn't it?
Can law school teach you to be more assertive? Is it something that happens by default as you traverse the stressful, competitive waters of a legal education?
I mean, look at Proto Attorney. She is being heroically assertive. But did law school drive her to such bravery, or was she always like that?
What happens to those who didn't start out like that? Are those the ones who drop out?