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Laid Off From BigLaw, Lawyer Posts Fliers Seeking Cleaning Work

Posted Sep 10, 2010 6:52 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A lawyer laid off last year from her $160,000-a-year job in BigLaw has posted fliers seeking work as a housekeeper.

Alice Lingo has sought jobs as a lawyer and a paralegal, the New York Daily News reports. She has applied for 15 jobs as a waitress and 30 jobs as a babysitter. She tried for a teaching fellowship and work as a ticket-taker.

In all, she has sent out 308 resumés and cover letters, the story says.

Now she has posted about 30 fliers on New York’s Upper West Side. “Lawyer Turned Cleaning Lady!” her sign reads. “Recently laid off attorney looking for work until she finds a job. And honestly, haven’t you always wanted to see a lawyer clean a toilet?”

The story says Lingo is a 2007 graduate of Fordham University law school, but it does not identify her former law firm. She needs work to pay off her student loans, and plans to charge $70 to clean a one-bedroom apartment, if anyone hires her.

"I'm willing to work hard," Lingo, 29, told the Daily News. But there will be no free legal advice. "Unless I'm cleaning a corporate office, I don't think I could answer any questions," she said.

Above the Law posted a photo of the flier and headlined its story, “This Week’s Sign that Lawpocalypse Is Upon Us.”

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