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2L happiness, peace, and satisfaction

Posted by newlawmom on March 16, 2010

Hello everyone. I’m sorry that I have ignored this blog for so long. In truth, it is a reflection of the end of a battle. Up until this semester, law school was a mission. Something I had to do, that I knew would have a positive end somewhere, and that I knew was important to me. And then it all clicked. So I am writing to tell you that happiness exists in the law and at law school. It is possible to achieve a purpose in the world, and to acheive what might at one point appear to be near impossible.

Today is my son’s birthday. He is sixteen, and he is mentally ill and alone in the world. To him, I owe a debt, and for the first time in years, I feel satisfied with my progress. I promised him that I would do my best to make sure that what happened to him does not happen to other people. To tell the world that what happened to him is wrong, and to devote my life to the purpose.

So here is where I stand: I am less than two months away from finishing the second year of law school. Despite my fears, I am fine. My grades are fine, my scholarship is safe, people are approaching me for various tasks and assignments, and referring me to awesome opportunities. I just finished representing my school at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy competition. I didn’t win, but I had a good time. I am working on a paper concerning parents rights to make health care decisions for their children and children’s rights to bodily and family integrity. Believe it or not, that Constitutional Law class actually did serve a purpose. I have my first paying legal job (paid by a firm, not work study…). And this summer, I will be working side by side with a public defender on a death penalty case. Conveniently, my role will involve assembling the mental and emotional health records from childhood forward. So, it is coming together. My dual criminal law and mental health law focus is going to work out fine. In the meantime, my administrative law class and commercial law class are just there. I’m managing them just fine while spending hardly any time worrying about it. Strange.

I hope everyone here is well. I was so surprised to see my readership has stayed almost steady while I was away. I’ll make it a point to write more often. Have an awesome evening and a happy St. Patrick’s Day.


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The Happy Law Student

Posted by newlawmom on January 26, 2010

Yup. That’s me. The second semester of the second year seems to have done nice things to me. There are three things tied for best: the clinic and real work, health law and the opportunity to write a meaningful paper for credit, and a medical malpractice class that I seem to be falling in love with. One happy-enough situation – commercial law with the same Prof. who taught me contracts last year. The only challenge – Administrative Law with a Prof. I’ve never had. It doesn’t hurt that the new class rankings are out and I have improved a few notches. This is always a nice thing. Plus – I have basically been promised a 30 per week summer lawyering job if I want it. Now tell me how that gets any better! I hope all my readers have a great week. I hope all my fellow 2L students are having equally awesome semesters. I hope all of last years grads are getting ready for a law school free spring. And for you 1L’s, hang in there.

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Above the median

Posted by newlawmom on January 18, 2010

is good enough for me. Evidence grades are in and I did….not a whole lot better than I did in Crim Pro. Now what have I learned? I have learned that it does not matter whether I study for a law exam or not. It also does not matter whether exams are open book or closed. Can this possibly be correct? Yup. But I’m above the median. And that, apparently, is all I care about. What I really want is a f—ing A. Just because. I hope all my readers have  a great week.

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maybe the best semester?

Posted by newlawmom on January 14, 2010

It seems like this might go smoothly and be worth my time. The health law paper is a go. For real and for credit. This is, by far, the best thing to happen to me so far and the best chance to actually do something that means something. Medical Malpractice takes second place as far as learning goes. It also makes the top three law classes ever list as far as being up my alley. Administrative Law will be the hardest class for me and Commercial Law will be time consuming but decent. Well, I need to get going. My daughter is home from school for only one more day and she is here to visit. I hope you all have a great week.

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NAAC brief

Posted by newlawmom on January 11, 2010

Today is the due date for the National Appellate Advocacy Competion brief. I am happy to be representing my school in this competition. I am just one member of a team and we worked jointly on the brief. Somehow no matter how much time is spent writing one of these beasts, there is always room for improvement. I’ve had a few very late nights and an early morning today. I am waiting to recieve the final formatted version which will be submitted electronically. Rumor has it that in a few weeks, every brief submitted will be available for our review, prior to oral arguments. We have several weeks to prepare for those and will begin mooting sessions soon. Compared to the negotiation competition I was in last semester, this is much nicer. Hopefully our team will do well.

In other news, I continue to have computer problems. What I actually need to do is buy a new one, which I can’t afford right now. So it will need to wait. In the meantime, I apologize for the sporatic posts. We’re into the second week of the second semester of my second year of law school Perhaps I should play the number two in the lottery and see if I can win something.  I am still waiting for grades from last semester, and see many people finding their way to my similar post from last year. Waiting for grades sucks. But it is causing me much less angst than it did last year. I hope everyone gets their grades soon and finds satisfaction. I’ll write again when there is something to say.

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Law School Part 2

Posted by newlawmom on January 4, 2010

I’m halfway done! I went back to school today. Health Law, Commercial Law, Administrative Law, and Medical Malpractice shall consume my spring semester. That would be in addition to the clinic which is year long. It was a blah kind of day. I had too much down time and not enough work to fill it. That feeling won’t last long. I’m also headed off to the ABA Appellate Advocacy competition. There are only a few days left to finalize the brief, but most of my work has been finished. (Over the Christmas break that didn’t actually exist.) I had a ton of computer problems over the break, and those problems continue, so I apologize for the lack of posting. Other than that, life is good. I continue to draw people to this blog who are searching for information on Reactive Attachment Disorder. I hope to be able to work this subject into a paper for my Health Law class. We shall see. I need to do some brainstorming tonight and see what I can come up with. It seems to me that someone should be liable for the damage that is done to these innocent children. If I can have even the tiniest impact on that, I will be satisfied. Well, I need to go for now. I hope everyone has a great 2010.

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I made it!

Posted by newlawmom on December 20, 2009

Tomorrow is my last exam of the semester and I am still here! By brain has not burned up and turned to ash after all. Wish me luck, people. I will write again sometime after Christmas. There is more to do as soon as the holiday is over. I hope everyone has a blessed day.

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2L Truths

Posted by newlawmom on December 17, 2009

Wine tastes good and I’m a non-drinker.

Time does not move backwards.

Time changes everything, Thank God.

Brains get slower, bodies grow older, and the children don’t care either way.

The world will go on with or without me.

There is no way to know, but I sure can get drunk to avoid thinking about it.

Moving onwards. One exam to go. That is Monday.

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Exams,Evidence, and perspective

Posted by newlawmom on December 16, 2009

So what have I learned after a year and a half of law school and one semester of evidence? That I know nothing. That no matter how much I know, there is more. That no matter how much I study, how hard I prepare, how many hours I devote, I will not or can not have the level of knowledge or competence that comes from experience. It simply is not possible. So, two days before my open book exam, I am unable to get a perfect score even using my outline and exceeding time limits. There is more. I am missing it. And I am scared, frustrated, angry, and unhappy. I am used to doing well. I am used to success. I am not used to this. I don’t want to get used to this. And I do not like it. Who the hell knows how I will do on this exam? Not me. I have no idea. Right now I feel like I deserve an F. Because if any of these hypothetical clients were relying on me to analyze their evidentiary issues, they would be investing their faith in the wrong person. So for today, I am going to hope this means I am doing well. Because last year I didn’t have these disastrous feelings and I did ok, with less effort and more worry. This year I have studied without any anxiety at all. It is simply the results of my studies that have me worried. I’m not looking at evidence tomorrow. I am done with it. I have reached my maximum evidentiary capacity. My brain is turning off. Good night.

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snags and sleepiness

Posted by newlawmom on December 14, 2009

I love to sleep, and as I’m sure I have mentioned, I am a night-person by nature. But I had a dream that was interesting. In my dream I was talking to a doctor about wishing I could be more normal and get up in the morning. He laughed at me and told me that I simply needed to pick up and move to the west coast where my clock would be perfectly in tune with their hours. I can’t stop thinking about this and I wonder if it is true? If I moved to a place where it is four hours later, my 2am bedtime would suddenly be 10pm and my 10am wake up would become 6am. That would be so sweet. Does anyone think it would actually work?

And the snag – my tax exam. It is a take-home and I have hit a snag with it. I am allowed to research and I will need to do that. My confidence in getting an A on this take-home exam is going down the tubes. Want it? Yes. Able to accomplish it? Not sure.  Tonight I need to spend some time with evidence. That will be my first in class exam, on Thursday. I’ll write again before that. I hope all my readers have a great week.

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