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About jabridenbaugh

I am a fourth year student at the Nashville School of Law. My primary interests are Property Law, Wills and Estates. My goal is to enter private practice and work to specialize in these areas. I hope to join an existing firm where I can learn from experienced attorneys while providing a long term associate who will contribute to the successful longevity of the firm. In addition to my formal education I have an extensive background in the automotive business, samll business IT networking and security as well as certifications in project management and training.

Reality

The reality is finally starting to set in. When I leave my Domestic Relations class (lecture) tonight it will be for the last time. All that is left are the final exams. We’ve all worked so hard and put in countless hours of study it seems hard to believe the time has finally arrived. What a bittersweet moment it is. Continue reading

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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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“Hmmm, I wonder…”

The purpose of any class in law school is to teach you to think like a lawyer. I’m not sure any of us, including our instructors, can really explain what “thinking like a lawyer” means but I’ve heard it a lot in the last four years. Even if we cannot agree on a universal meaning, I think all of us would agree that being in law school makes you think. We think about case law, statutory law, Supreme Court decisions, taxes, partnerships, trust accounts, and a host of other subjects. And sometimes we hear something and just go, “Hmmm, I wonder…” Continue reading

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Law is Life

Law is life. This bit of wisdom was shared by an instructor speaking about his, and hopefully our, passion for the practice of law. I believe that we should have a passion for our chosen profession and that without it we will not serve our clients as effectively as we should. My opportunity to attend law school and enter the practice was, literally, a once in a lifetime opportunity and one that I hope I never take for granted. This past weekend, my mind was once again turned to this comment, and I thought, “Is the law really life?” Continue reading

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“There’s always room for another good one.”

Like many of my colleagues at Nashville School of Law my journey to a career in the law has been a circuitous one. First came family and career obligations. Then as the automotive and IT business environment changed, I found myself on the outside looking in. I was first encouraged by my daughters and then by friends to go back to school and finish my bachelor’s degree. During that time the possibility of law school was mentioned by one of my professors and after much prayer and soul searching I realized that an opportunity had been presented to me that would never repeat itself. Continue reading

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