If a position at the State Bar sounds good to you or someone in your circle, things may be looking up.

If a position at the State Bar sounds good to you or someone in your circle, things may be looking up.

Today, I’m pleased to report that there are some open positions at the State Bar—jobs—and that you and your circle may be interested.

When you get to the web page with the listings, here, you’ll see that they range from jobs for an attorney to those for various other staff positions.

Please read, share, and apply at will.

As you’d guess, each position comes with its own requirements, skills, and experience levels. Among them, I suppose, there’s always a general, free-floating requirement that you get along with others (even for the lawyer position—ha!). HR might disagree with me, but that may be the most important skill of all. But … how best to assess that?

Well, before you consider applying, I urge you to contemplate the following hypothetical, wholly unrelated to my own experience at the State Bar of Arizona. (This is my own entirely un-self-interested way of helping out the HR professionals—you’re welcome!)

Mere drops left in a hot carafe: Whom does this help, I ask you? Whom? empty coffee pot hot burner this is not ok

Mere drops left in a hot carafe: Whom does this help, I ask you? Whom?

For this hypo, refer to the exemplar photo at right.

You walk into the break room for a cup of coffee. The carafe appears to hold a few teaspoons more than a single cup. Do you:

A. Pour the pot down the drain and start a fresh pot, because the remaining coffee is probably awful.

B. Fill your own cup, and then start a fresh pot.

C. Fill your own cup, replace the carafe onto the hot burner with mere drops left, and walk away.

Answer key:

A. You are a stand-up individual, one who should be considered for employment.

B. Though your taste in coffee is suspect, you would be welcome to be hired in a probationary capacity.

C. I can’t even. Please gather up your application and resume and return to the parking lot. We’re done.

Again, this is a mere hypothetical, not one that an applicant would necessarily be subjected to. Just food for thought.

Happy job hunting!

This morning, I came across a news story that I suspect will inflame the imaginations of quite a few lawyers.

No, it was not about arguing at the Supreme Court, or representing a prominent politician in impeachment proceedings. Those would be nifty, prestigious even. But for 2011’s overworked and dissatisfied lawyer, today’s news was even more impressive.

The story explains how a former prosecutor left his job—to sell gourmet popsicles.

My first reaction was a chilly one. We’ve heard life-after-law stories before, so why should we take note of a popsicle peddler?

But one thing changed my mind: I had a Fudgsicle this weekend, the first in a long time. Though there’s nothing gourmet about it, it reminded me that selling bliss on a stick may not be a bad gig.

What post-law dreams do you harbor, whether they are frozen or not?

Here is the complete story. It goes down better with a frozen dessert.

And for a chuckle, here are some law question posed on, of all things, Popsicle sticks. (Click on it to make it larger.)