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How do I read the tea leaves if I think I may be let go from my job? I don’t want to contribute to a bad resolution if I’m wrong.

Q: How do I read the tea leaves if I think I may be let go from my job? I don’t want to contribute to a bad resolution if I’m wrong.

A: There are two kinds of lawyers: those who have been let go and those who fear they might be. If you’re no longer getting assignments, if your supervisor(s) are avoiding you or not looking at you in the halls, if there are internal or external events for which you’re not being included…these may be signs that things are winding down as you suspect. But you’re right…you still want to keep up your enthusiasm, hard as that may be, and look for assignments, activities for which you can volunteer, others you can help in your workplace.

If it gets really uncomfortable, ask someone you trust who would know and would level with you…say you hope it’s not so, but signs seem to you to be mounting. You may even want to start a confidential search to get a jump on the situation. I know it’s not an easy time, but things will either settle in for you where you are or you’ll find a better role elsewhere, where you are needed and valued.