Sunday, April 15, 2012

You Down Wit' PLLC (Yeah You Know Me)

My apologies for being MIA.  I have been busy coming up with a master life plan.  I needed to figure out a way to work part-time (and, thus, make some money), while also having enough time and freedom to write.  After minimal brainstorming, I decided to start my own PLLC so that I can do guardian ad litem and public defense work part-time.

This past week I gave birth to The Law Firm of Jenna Walker.  But, as most of you know, kids ain't cheap.  I needed money to pay the filing and insurance fees for my fledgling company.  Luckily, I stumbled upon a great opportunity: a two-week temp job doing document review in Huntington.  The job entails wading through thousands of legal documents in search of privileged or confidential information for ten hours a day, but it is a quick way to get funding for my business.

There are a plethora of articles online that completely bash document review jobs.  For example, "Healthy Tips for Document Review Attorneys" links document reviewing to premature death and cardiovascular disease, stating that "document review jobs have the potential to wreak havoc on your mental and physical health, while derailing your attempts to find "a real job.'"   "The Deal with the Document Review Devil" discusses why this job will obliterate my resume and send me into a deep depression.  The author states that "it’s no secret that document review projects are soul-crushing affairs."

After reading these articles, I half-expected to be chained up in a basement by a boss reminiscent of Buffalo Bill from "Silence of the Lambs."

"It searches the files for confidential documents.  
It does this whenever it is told."  picture source
Thankfully, my experience has been quite pleasant.  My only complaint is that the firm rented us an office space that looks a lot like this:

It has the ambiance of an abandoned warehouse, or possibly a sweatshop.
A potted plant would do wonders.  picture source
The employers have been really nice.  They give us positive feedback, plenty of autonomy, and the occasional free pizza.  I have found plenty of social interaction at my review table.  One of my BDRF (Best Document Review Friends) is Richard from Pittsburgh.  He looks and sounds like Doc from "Back to the Future," and is really funny and interesting (even though he wouldn't stand up in the middle of work and yell "Great Scott!" when I asked him to).  My other BDRF is Matt from Cincinnati.  He is a fellow writer and handles my incessant chatter with grace and patience.  He gave me the nickname "Thorn," which I think is cool because new friendships thrive on nicknames.  Hi Richard!  Hi Matt!  Thanks for making a potentially dull job quite enjoyable!

The rest of my week has consisted of running (I'm using a free couch to 5K app to motivate me), continuing to learn Español, and hanging out with my family and friends.  Last night I went out with several friends and found leftover birthday gear on a table.  We used this to our advantage.

Someone anonymously sent us a tray of free drinks. I like to think it was because
of this "hat."  Sarah (pictured left) hated that I called my new accessory a hat.

Okay, bye!


  1. congrats on your very own law firm! proud of you! and I agree with Sarah. that is most definitely NOT a hat.

    1. Thanks Samantha!! (For both your congratulations and your honesty with regard to my headpiece (hat).

  2. Finding a way to pay for your writing career is such a pain. I'm glad you've worked out a plan, and I hope it turns out well for you.

    By the way, nice hat.

    1. Haha! Thanks James! It's good to know I have someone on my side.

  3. Will there be t-shirts for the new firm or to match the hat?