Further update related to The Queen:
CW (coworker/boss lady's friend) came by my office this morning. The supervisory powers the Queen occasionally has over the other attorneys are (fingers crossed) being phased out- she will still supervise support staff, however. CW will be the supervisor when BL is out of the office. CW stated she sat down with BL today, and flat out asked her if this would be a lip service position or would CW actually have the supervisory power, because otherwise BL might as well fire CW- she won't do it if Queen can endrun around her. BL reassured CW that Queen was losing her attorney powers.
CW is also thoroughly pissed at Queen for Queen's deliberate throwing of CW under the bus to both BL and UberBoss (BL's boss, not quite the SuperBoss level). Mild mannered male colleague is also starting to turn red at the mention of the Queen- he got stuck redoing stuff 3 times because Queen insisted the method BL and UberBoss wanted was incorrect.
Queen has also taken to editing federal appellate judge opinions. I'm serious- she thought I mis wrote my quotes, until I pulled out the opinion, highlighted it, and handed it to her. That's a bit SS of her as well.
Queen has a birthday on Sunday. The magical number that makes people eligible for certain age related retirement benefits in the US. Methinks there will be some gentle pushing for her to retire after her birthday, but it will be subtle- the Queen can't figure it out otherwise they head into age discrimination territory.
Siamesecat- can I say thank you for all you do as a paralegal? I've great appreciation for the ones I work with- they tend to be a heck of a lot smarter than the attorneys and I know full well a good paralegal can save your butt from the fires on regular occasions!