Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Internship

Yesterday I started my internship, working for a criminal defense attorney. In addition to teaching me legal stuff, he is letting me help him grow his business. Since I have a background in technology and internet marketing I have a lot to contribute. The awesome part is that we get along so well and he is SO enthusiastic to have me around. We bounce ideas off each other and I get to nerd out by reading case files as big as phone books. It's swell.

Yesterday I got to read said case file, do a client intake, learn their legal software, and check the status of the co-defendant's cases related to the phone book-sized case. (The witnesses hadn't shown up so they'd been dismissed, potentially affecting our case.)

Today I got to drive out of state (2 hours each direction) for a ten minute pre-trial conference which will be resolved by affidavit, come back, go to court for a motion hearing, AND get a massage IN THE OFFICE. It was awesome. It may not sound like a lot, but in between hearings and other tasks we talked a lot. I learned about pending cases and we exchanged stories. It was really great.

Tomorrow? Pre-trial conference for a case and arraignment for the phone book case.

I love this work. It's exciting and different and I genuinely like meeting the clients and doing my best to help them out. Sometimes it's a completely unfair messed up charge, sometimes they did it and you do your best to mitigate the consequences. Either way, it's a huge learning experience.

My goal is to increase business so much they can't live without me. :)

This weekend I have homework. I have to do research on personal breathalyzer tests. You get two guesses how I am going to do that.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Tiiiiiiiime is on My Side


This is extremely weird. I have nothing to do in the evenings. No obligations, no homework. I don't start work at the law firm until the 18th. Every night, I can do whatever I want, provided the toddler is fed and kept alive generally. We've been playing trains a lot in the evenings.

My friend's bachelorette went off without a hitch, and I had an amazing time. I think everyone else did too. There is something incredibly surreal and amazing about being in an 80 degree swimming pool under a crisp blue sky on top of a snow-capped mountain. Lola and I went up after our last final (Property, and it was a bitch). We picked up groceries and stocked the full kitchen in the suite and then went for a swim. We got some quality time together celebrating becoming 2L's. It was extremely relaxing and fun. Then we went back to the suite and started getting ready. I had arranged for a professional photographer to come and take vintage style pinup photos. We got ourselves all dolled up and waited for the rest of the girls. Once the bride arrived, we got her all ready. It was a really great night, filled with champagne, margaritas, and laughter.

I'll post a couple of photos on here for now, just so you can see me and my best girls. There were a couple of my besties who weren't there, but we had such a wonderful time and thought of them often. I must say, I got pretty good at doing vintage hair.

Me and Lola.

Lalalala Lola!

Me and Amelia.

Suzy Q.

Me and Suzette.

And finally, here comes the bride, Justine.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

dormant Person Power

Today was the ConLaw exam. I kicked it into high gear and studied and felt really prepared going in. It went really well I think, but I felt that way about CivPro last semester and only did okay. Although in that class there were only 20 of us and a mandatory curve, so I should be happy to do as well as I did. So I guess the moral of the story is we'll see!

In other news, I've been offered some pay for my summer job. I am very excited about this, as it will help offset the cost of daycare. Plus, my new boss is so fantastic and I am really excited to work with him. I'm going to take a week or two off to spend with Abby before starting and be a bridesmaid in a friend's wedding.

I am really excited for Friday (not because of the Property final). It's my friend's bachelorette party and I've planned some really awesome things. We're staying in a swanky suite and we're going to get all dolled up and possibly hit a club. We have something special planned but I don't want to ruin the surprise just yet.

I've been building up my work wardrobe and it's been helping with my confidence a lot. We're starting at our new gym tomorrow and I'm going to work really hard to get in shape. Being pregnant while out of shape sounds like a terrible idea. I'm going to drop a bunch of weight and get my lungs in better shape.

An added bonus is the new bag I got this week. I haven't had a bag large enough to handle my new laptop. I certainly don't want to show up to work in a suit carrying a backpack like some kind of schlub. So, check this out! I feel so fancy. Click here for a link.