My office is currently in a state of panic about a motion getting filed today. I kid you not. An absolute STATE OF PANIC! Nobody is dying, no natural disaster, the sky isn't falling...it's all over a fucking motion.
Everyone gets so worked up about filing things on time. I just don't get it. Honestly, what's the worst that's going to happen if this motion isn't filed today? We have to file a new motion for an extension of time to file the previous motion? Oh my god, not that! Yeah, we might look a little bit retarded, but it's not life or death. Nothing law-related is that important or, at the very least, can't be fixed with minimal effort.
This attitude leads to conversations like this:
Secretary 2: This motion NEEDS to be filed for Attorney 3 today, but she's not here and I'm still waiting for a signature page from the client and we're running out of time!!!!
Me: Well, then it looks like it'll get filed on Monday.
Secretary 2: What are we going to do? Should I ask Attorney 4? What if we don't get the signatures? It's almost too late!! Will you stay late to file it? Why doesn't Attorney 3 just do things on time? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?!?!
Me: Stop. Let me break this down very slowly. Is it possible to file the motion without the signatures?
Secretary 2: No.
Me: Then, the motion is not going to get filed until we get them. Worst case scenario - the motion gets filed on Monday and everybody forgets about it by Tuesday.
Secretary 2: But...but...I'm going to ask Attorney 4!
Me: Fine. But, the motion's still getting filed on Monday. FYI, never ask me to stay late again.