After having another run-in with one of the Associates who thinks that making partner means driving the paralegals and secretaries like racehorses to show how efficient he can be, I spent some time looking at job postings. Hey, the grass is always greener...
A job almost identical to what I am doing (with a higher salary) jumped out at me. I knew the firm, a big outfit far higher up the food chain than my (albeit large and well-respected) regional firm. I decided there was little to lose and sent them my resume by e-mail.
They responded in 47 minutes. By e-mail. Requesting an interview. Immediately.
If you know anything about law firm hiring practices, they are NOT fast. They do NOT want you to know how badly they need you. I was expecting a letter or phone call in a week or two, with an interview in a month.
Needless to say, I am curious. These people sound either (a) foolish, (b) eager, (c) incredibly over-polite or (d) desperate.
I will keep you posted.