Today, I went to court with the other associate and got some firm history. Apparently, he has only been there since May, after being laid off from his previous firm. Also, I am the FOURTH associate they've been through in the past year.
Associate #1 had been with the firm for a long time, but had a falling out with my boss. Associate #2 stayed for a couple of months before leaving for undisclosed reasons. Associate #3 got fired for missing court appearances.
Now, I'm no expert in human resources, but I feel like that's an awful lot of associates to go through in less than one year. I feel like it adds credence to my belief that this is a somewhat difficult place to work.