"Mark Weber, Harvard Law's Assistant Dean in Career Services, should hire Alex Rich." That's what I thought, every week, when I read Rich's column on Abovethelaw.com. It was published under that pseudonym. Her real name is "Kathryn Rubino." Here is her LinkedIn profile.
The columns' tone, content and examples were not the boilerplate we tend to encounter about legal-sector careers in the media. Instead, despite how conservative the field is, her game was to disrupt conventional thinking about how to get and keep work.
Rich's focus was primarily contract document review. But the nuts-and-bolts career knowledge and insight about how to make a living applied to both the legal profession in general and just about any other professional path. Seamlessly, Rich bundled extreme pragmatism with compassion. As a result, the takeaways were painless to take. Just like Mary Poppins' spoonful of sugar. Readers, like myself, were saved from beating ourselves up over embracing a self-defeating strategy. Instead, we could simply learn - and, hopefully, earn more.
For example, she positioned suing for overtime in document review as must-not-do. How dumb, even in the best of employment times. And these were hardly that. But, simultaneously, Rich made it explicit why those toiling in that ghetto would be driven to that. Implicitly, there was a call-out to others inside and outside law to try to help the miscreants find work.
On a lighter note, she hammered the utility of that drink after work, maintaining an enthusiastic persona and not resorting to passive-aggressive tactics, out of frustration.
Well, before Weber, who recently talked about summers at NALP 2015, could make an offer, ATL did. As she says in the ATL announcement today, she is joining the wildly successful media property's editorial staff. For that, she ditched the pen name. Forever more, search engines will be giving her columns top rankings under her real name "Kathryn Rubino."
Congratulations, David Lat, Managing Editor, on this smart hire. Weber should contract a weekly column by Rubino, targeted at both students and alumni.