Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Iceberg, Goldberg, what's the difference?

There was a great line in an article in this morning's Wall Street Journal.

Here is the title/intro:

Days in the Lives of Summer Associates

By ASHBY JONES, ANNELENA LOBB and JENNIFER VALENTINO
June 27, 2006; Page B1

WSJ.com asked four law students working at law firms for the summer to share their experiences for its "2006 Summer Associate Diary." Here are snapshots of what the four have found so far:

And here is one of the summer associates profiled:

Carolyn Gleason Sanchez, 25
Quintana Law Group

For her summer associate experience, Ms. Gleason Sanchez didn't go the big-firm route. Instead, the University of Maryland law student opted to head back to Southern California, where she grew up and attended UCLA, to work for a four-lawyer start-up firm in Woodland Hills. It's run by Andres Quintana, a lawyer she met when she worked as a paralegal at his former firm.

[Carolyn Gleason Sanchez]
Carolyn Gleason Sanchez

As the only summer associate, Ms. Gleason Sanchez is having an experience that's a bit different than the other three law-firm newbies the Online Journal is tracking. For starters, she hasn't been feted with theater tickets and fancy meals, nor has she been able to kibbutz, commiserate or party with peers.

But the upside for her is that she's getting to do a kind of work that lots of summer associates at larger firms don't. Earlier this summer, she drafted a motion in a patent-infringement case involving a roller-hockey puck design. She has also been given responsibility in seven other matters, one of which is a suit alleging potential health risks from using Teflon cookware....


The best quotation can be found at the end of the paragraph alongside ms. Sanchez's face. "For starters, she hasn't been feted with theater tickets and fancy meals, nor has she been able to kibbutz, commiserate or party with peers."

I am going to assume that she hasn't been denied the opportunity to join a collective farm or settlement in modern Israel (AHD). That would seem an odd restriction for summer employment.

It's much more likely that Ms. Sanchez has lacked the opportunity to look on and offer unwanted, usually meddlesome advice to others, to chat, or to converse (AHD). FYI that is usually called kibitzing, sometimes kibbitzing.

For the etymologically inclined:
Yiddish kibitsen, from German kiebitzen, from Kiebitz, pewit, kibitzer, from Middle High German gbitz, pewit, of imitative origin

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