imageWhen it comes to dealing with rejection/failure/departure, we all have our own different plan of attack. Are you the defensive type? Or the offensive/aggressive type? Or the evasive type? Or…
Whatever it is, but how you deal with the situation paints a big picture of you in the eyes of the public.

Recently, a New Zealand law graduate’s limerick farewell memo to his colleagues at Chapman Tripp has attracted international media’s attention. He wrote:

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury the law, not to praise it… You all did love law once, not without cause: what cause withholds you then to mourn for it?
My journey has been fleeting. It has been fleeting but eye-opening.

My drive is to create and innovate. I cannot follow this passion here.

I wish you all the best in living your passions and I leave you with a limerick:
A young clerk was fed up with the law.
So he packed up and went for the door.
Said his colleagues to him,
“This decision is dim!”
He replied: “You just wait what’s in store!”

He is featured in a top United States legal blog: Departure Memo From Middle Earth Burns The Bridge of Khazad-dûm, it is also reported on, with his name and photo published: Lawyer’s limerick farewell goes global. He was with Chapman Tripp for four weeks and now he’s famous in the law industry. What a way to make your mark in the industry.

Be graceful or be DRAMATIC? It’s your call, but do consider the impacts/consequences… just make sure that it doesn’t come back and bite you later.

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