Mark Bruce

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“I’m sorry, I have to let you go.” The head of the firm managed to look sad. I had started working for the firm less than a year before. I had been brought in at 60 years old because the firm wanted an older, experienced attorney to mentor the younger employees in the firm. I flattered myself in believing I had done this, sharing my trial experience, my voir dire questions, my knowledge of search…
Read Mark Bruce‘s piece “Untethered,” the first installment of his reflections on being terminated from his law firm as a 60-year-old lawyer. The silence after you are fired is earthquake-like: eerie and foreboding. I drove home dazed, worrying I may not capably focus on the pavement unfurling in front of my empty eyes. I thought briefly about stopping for a late breakfast but quickly reminded myself that every penny would now be husbanded…
“I’m sorry, I have to let you go.” The head of the firm managed to look sad. I had started working for the firm less than a year before. I had been brought in at 60 years old because the firm wanted an older, experienced attorney to mentor the young guns in the firm. I flatter myself in believing I had done this, sharing with the youngsters my trial experience, my voir dire questions, my…