Saturday, March 19, 2011

I'm Back...Who knows for how long

Life just gets in the way of blogging. I'm currently working for a solo practitioner who doesn't specialize in any one thing. This means that I get the privilege of experiencing her growing pains. Hats off to her though, she is two years younger than me! I won't say much about her because (a) it's inappropriate and (b) there isn't much you would care to read.

What I'm doing: Family law, still. No I did not learn my lesson from my last job. Family law is the pits. BUT...I have a ton of experience now doing things that some law students won't learn until they are working as lawyers. At which time they will be instructed to do things that will take them hours to figure out how to do. I write all the motions and pleadings, including declarations, and points and authorities. I have learned how important it is to write carefully and back your shit up with authority. I've learned how I wont practice law. My family law callus is getting thicker every day, I've become quite insensitive. But man I had to these people are irrational.

I've also had the pleasure of sitting in on a few of my teacher's court rooms. (they are judges) Today I read an appellate opinion that my App.Ad. teacher wrote concerning a case before my Trial Ad. teacher. That makes me giggle. It's fun knowing who the players are. I guess the best thing about my school is the teachers they sucker into adjunct positions. These teachers give us opportunities to sit in on things, and meet justices, and just give us the inside scoop on important stuff.

I have applied for an externship at the DA's office for next fall. Decided I would try something different.

LSBoy and I are still together, it has been a little over 2 years now. We have been through so much! Mostly because of me but regardless I am finally at a place where I feel like I really love him. It's a deeper kind of love. I'm glad because there were many nights I stayed up late planning my escape. And I'm sure he was doing the same.

Hopefully, I will come back here and talk about a few things that I really wanted to just vent about. Like sharing bank accounts while married, and being married (is it really necessary), and keeping your kids from doing drugs, and spending the time between taking the bar and awaiting the results by building your firm?, Oh and then that brings me to the idea of going solo right off the bat. I don't want to work for anyone--I'm old and stubborn and I just dont' like to be told what to do. Also becoming a better writer and learning how to prepare a complaint. How do lawyers learn how to be lawyers? Law school does not teach you all the do's and don'ts of filing motions, complaints, answers, deadlines, discovery, etc.

Would it be wrong to prepare your retainers from scratch instead of copying someone elses? same with discovery, can't you just figure out the pertinent codes and make sure your plain language docs are in compliance?

Would judges appreciate a declaration that said: I swear I'm telling the truth instead of John Doe, Petitioner submits this declaration in support of his motion to ....and blah blah blah blah and could competently testify to the following: Signed under penalty of perjury blah blah blah.

Should the clients write their own decs and we just edit them?

I have so many questions.

p.s. im exhausted and I did not proof read this. Sorry.


Michael said...

Sounds like life has gotten mega busy for you, but it also sounds as though you've fallen on your feet with this job! All great experience! :-)

Paragon2Pieces said...

happy to hear how things are going... and that they are going well :)

Mark Y. said...

Hey Stranger! Sounds like you've been getting some good experience. Wish I could say the same. :)