Monthly Archives: October 2013

Why I want to do what I want to do.

Today I was reminded why I have been called to the practice of Wills and Estates. I received an e-mail and several phone calls this morning telling me that a good friend and member of our church had suffered a sudden heart attack and died late last night. I had just talked to this man on Sunday and regularly sit next to him in Sunday School class. His wife is a member of our choir and sang a special solo Sunday morning. Little did we know that it would be the last time he heard her sing this side of heaven. Continue reading

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Whats on my mind?

grad time

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by | October 30, 2013 · 6:18 am

Applications, Applications, Applications.

And the job search continues . . . I mailed at least twenty judicial clerkship applications, both federal and state, to judges this summer.  I applied for at least seven judicial clerkships this fall.  Only one judge contacted me for an interview, along with very pleasant letters from judges indicating that the “position is filled” or  that the judge has a “career law clerk.”   Continue reading

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This week !

Negotiable Instruments Final tonight. MPRE Saturday. Any tips on the MPRE ?

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Should students not be law review editors?

Pretty harsh stuff here (scroll down), collected by the ABA Journal’s “Around the Blawgosphere”:

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak took aim at the fact that law students edit the publications. “These student editors are mostly bright and work hard, but they are young, part-time amateurs who know little about the law or about editing prose. Yet they are in charge of picking the best articles from among many hundreds of submissions written by professors with authentic expertise in fields the students may never have studied.”

Could this be true or are these fightin’ words? What’s your experience?

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525,600 minutes, how do you measure, measure a year?

Sometime last spring I set a countdown timer on my phone to May 17, 2014.  That’s the magic graduation day at school!  The timer said 1 year and some crazy number of days.  Today it says 207!  It is amazing how fast time goes in law school and yet how painfully slow it goes as well.  What is also amazing is how we live our lives in law school, seeing every day and every week as another one down and less to go before it is over. Mom says I am wishing my life away.  Wishing law school away is more like it.  I don’t recall at any other time in my long (I’m old remember) and storied academic career, living my life by so many days, hours and minutes.  But alas, there is nothing like law school either. Continue reading

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The Job Search: A Professional Dating Game

It takes a lot of courage to tell someone that you are interested in them. You might venture to say “hi” or strike up what you hope is a “casual” conversation. You invest countless hours observing them and finding out what things they like. If you are a law student, you scope out future employers just like you nervously glanced at that guy or girl in the coffee shop or the one that sat behind you in your Torts class. Somehow, you discover that you have several things in common and you begin to look for a chance to get to know them better. Instead of sending a text, you sit down and write that cover letter:

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Breathe, Breathe Again, and Play Nice

play nice   We rise and fall in our profession largely based upon our reputation.  This concept is instilled in us from the time we walk into law school (or hopefully before) and will be repeated throughout our careers.  So if that is the truth, why are so many lawyers downright mean?

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365 Days ’Til You Know

Bar exam results are expected today for those who took the test in July. This will be YOU this time next year. How are you feeling??  Look for results at tba.org

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Government Shutdown Affects Law Externs

The government shutdown has left many law students in limbo, wondering how they will be able to complete their externships with federal agencies and fulfill course credit, the National Law Journal reports.  Of the 140 externs at American University Washington College of Law, more than 30 are either unable to work or will be unable to complete required hours if the shutdown continues. At Georgetown University, 44 student externs are out of work.

Is the shutdown affecting any of your law-related activities or jobs?

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