On a typical day, I would put piles of documents that appeared on my desk wherever they belonged in the firm's vast filing system. An associate might ask me to proofread her work before she showed it to the partner. I spent a lot of time booking travel arrangements, and gave my attorneys an itinerary with all their tickets in a folder with little tabs to make things easy for them. Sometimes I worked late, helping proofread voluminous pleadings. I also coordinated sending mailings with hundreds of pages to long lists of parties involved in a case.
My favorite thing about the job was taking care of my attorneys. Once, a partner came to my desk and said one of the associates had developed a habit of skipping lunch, or of working late but not breaking for dinner. He asked me to make sure she ate. I went to her office that afternoon, and asked if she had eaten. She said she would later. I said, "how about if I bring food to you now, from downstairs?" She replied, "no, you're not doing that," and then she went out to eat lunch. I noticed she started breaking for meals regularly after that.
The most interesting thing I did was a special research assignment at the request of a partner. I examined three companies that seemed to be violating U.S. anti-trust laws. I used Google searches to discover how the companies were structured, and found that each was a labyrinth of subsidiaries operating in many places around the world. I provided a two-page summary of my findings with thirty footnotes to the partner, who was really pleased with my work.
The hardest part of the job was having everything happen at once, but that was also what made it exciting. I kept myself on point to move between making sure a travel arrangement was set up just right, proofreading a major memorandum on a tight deadline, and managing a large filing with a court. I discovered how important I am as part of a team, and that I can be counted on to do great work.