Reprinted with the permission of The Legal Intelligencer.

On my first day as a full-time litigation associate, I took 1.1 hours to "enter appearances in Bucks County Court of Common Pleas." If I had not retrieved my old reports, I might not have believed spending such an inordinate amount of time on this task was possible; there really is nothing to entering an appearance. That first day, however, I didn't know what the rules of civil procedure had to say about entries of appearance, who had to sign the entries or what a certificate of service was, what format the entries had to be in, or even what constituted acceptable practices for mailing documents to court. So perhaps that time entry perfectly captures the sense of bewilderment that all first-year associates experience when they finally start to practice law. ... 

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