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Cite as: December 2013 87 (12) LIJ, p.8

Young lawyers miss out

I recently had the misfortune of having an employee leave my employ for her own private reasons. I thought that it would not be difficult to find a replacement.

I duly advertised that I was looking for a secretary/PA with particular experience in wills and probate.

I was shocked to be inundated with applications from young lawyers who had never been able to secure a job in the profession. One had not worked for three years since being admitted.

I understand that individual employers, especially those in firms the size of my own, are unable to employ graduates. I had no idea that the situation was so bad that graduates would eagerly seek the work done by clerical and other staff just so that they could get some form of experience.

I do not know the answer to this problem. I do however know that this profession owes it to its younger members to make sure that they are properly trained and get appropriate experience.

I can well see the situation occurring that if younger members of the profession are not trained, how can these people succeed members of the profession who decide to retire.

Joseph Ross, Accredited specialist in business law, notary public

Poetic justice

I have been in practice in Brunswick for about 30 years. The November LIJ news story “When the black dog bites” and the experiences of depression really touched a chord within me. When I feel stressed I just punch out a song or a poem. It doesn’t matter whether it’s good or bad, it just gets it out. It’s good self-therapy.

There have been numerous songs written and entitled Black Dog Blues. This is my take.

I hope it’s of use to someone and may be worth putting out there.

I guess it emphasises what we know already: that it’s around, it’s common and we all need help.

Peter Russo, Principal Russo & Russo


From the dawn of time

Since the world began

Since woman was woman

And man was man

It’s always been around

It’s always in the news

It’s always been here,

The Black Dog Blues

Drive away, drive away

Drive away these Black Dog Blues

Sometimes you win,

Sometimes you lose

Sometimes you eat the bear

Sometimes that old bear eats you

So help me see the signs

Help me find the clues

To help me beat those Black Dog Blues

Drive away, drive away

Drive away these Black Dog Blues

Sometimes you’re up

Sometimes you’re down

Sometimes you’re a juggler

Sometimes you’re a clown

Sometimes you fly

Sometimes you fall

But try not to worry

It can happen to us all…

Drive away, drive away

Drive away these Black Dog Blues

©Peter Russo

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