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A working single mom attending law school

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Posts Tagged ‘legal work’

Uncertainty

Posted by newlawmom on May 23, 2011

I have no idea how I’m actually going to spend my summer. I really want that job I interviewed for last week. But my phone did not ring today and that is not encouraging. Tomorrow I go to volunteer. That’s my back up plan. Eh. I guess I should be patient. In the meantime, I had a beautiful weekend. My favorite summer project is going to be a garden. Actually I have turned an old horseshoe court into two miniature gardens. One pit will have zucchini and yellow sqaush. The package says compact bush. I hope so. The other pit will have peppers and tomatos. That is, after the soil dries out enough to plant.

I’m spending more time with my boys. I am enjoying it. They have mixed feelings. The video game habit got totally out of hand over the past year, especially with my 11 year old. I have put the system away for a two week break and nobody is very happy about that. Except me. I figure if I’m going to compete with a video game, I’d rather have one big short battle than a little battle every day for weeks. So I took the game out. When I give it back it will be with strict limits. They will never be allowed to put it in their bedroom again. They have a few weeks of school left. A large part of me wants to just take the summer off to spend with them. The beach, barbeques, bikes, hikes, and trips to the city. How awesome would that be? The video games would be far from their memory before the summer was over. And I would be the happiest mother on earth. I guess that isn’t such a bad back up plan.

Bar exam preparation is underway. This week is Con Law. PMBR flashcards, Sum and Subtance Quick Review, Emanuel’s Crunchtime and Inside: What Matters and Why. Creating my own long outline and answering sample questions. I also have access to Gilbert’s Law Summaries on audio cassette which I play in my car far too often. And that’s it. I hope everyone has a great day.

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A weekend!

Posted by newlawmom on May 21, 2011

Without law school? How the hell did that happen? No, no, not now dear. Just enjoy the moment. Seriously. I confess, there is wine involved in this post. The bestest wine ever, if that is possible.  Between the tragic illness of my mother, law school and legal work, I have literally not had a weekend completely and totally free for as long as I can remember. There was always something pressing. But this weekend? I have all to myself. And I intend to enjoy every minute of it.

Tonight involves serious quantities of wine. Pinot Grigio if you need to know. And one tear-jerker movie – The Other Woman with Natalie Portman. I love a good tear jerker. It gives me good reason to just let the tears flow for all of the 1010 reasons I might cry otherwise over the course of year, but manage to postpone. Graduation is a good reason to cry tears of pure happiness. I seriously feel so grateful to have this degree. It means, well, everything. Literally everything. It was a promise made to my adopted son, and I have fulfilled it. With latin honors to boot. But it is more than that. It is proof to all of the world that I am not stupid. That I have value. That I am capable of completing a task I set out to do. And it is a ticket, to be able to contribute something positive to the world. Not sure what I think I have done with the first 40 something years of my life, but I guess I haven’t contributed enough yet. So the tears are flowing. Natilie Portman, of course. You know, every woman loves a good tear jerker.

Someone told me once that I use too many commas. Tonight I say “Who the hell cares?” Who the fuck cares, really? I will use as many commas as I damn well please. And such is the story of my life. I went to a PPT the other day for a client ( and the client is always the parent, which is a problem for me.) The client should really be the student. That is the person who needs to be satisfied. But alas, the law says 16 year old children don’t have any rights. Now who decided that? And…in this case, my kid wants to go out for a smoke before school. Do we really want a child to drop out of school because he wants to leave school grounds to smoke before school? Really? We’re going to punish him and tell him that if he leaves school grounds to smoke in the morning, we will kick him out? But if he smokes on school grounds he would be expelled.  Wouldn’t it be easier to accept that we can not control him, allow him to smoke, and assure him that, notwithstanding his terrible habit, we welcome him to finish his high school education? Is this really radical? Where is the common sense? “Smoking is illegal.” “Kids leaving school grounds is a serious problem.” “We need to call the police.” Really? What planet did I step off of?

In other words, I have no idea where I fit into this legal picture I have drawn. But I sure as hell hope I find my way. And I hope clients find me. Because I am eager to figure out just where the logic actually lies. Some of these laws/rules/regulations/expectations/understandings have just gone one step too far. They no longer make sense. The big picture is more than a little bit cloudy. Dear children of the world – there is one almost, not quite, hopefully soon to be licensed attorney who is just waiting for the opportunity to protect your rights. I actually think you have some. And if that is radical of me, I am willing to accept the consequences.

And to my fellow blogger, browsers. legal professionals, and law students….while I need to protect myself long enough to pass the character and fitness portion of the bar exam, I did not end up in law school because I am a wuss. I don’t think the rapture will actually come to pass. Therefore, I expect to be alive. And for as long as I am alive, I am going to live. For so long as I am living, I will devote my life to the rights of children. All children. It might not be a direct path. But underlying everything is a belief that children do have rights. To claim otherwise is to disparage the human race. So I am coming back to the world of blogging. Because it is wholly insufficient to keep these grand ideas to myself. The wine helps, but the passion exists notwithstanding. I love my life, I love my kids, I love the law, truth, justice, and happiness. Rapture? Yeah. Come and get me.

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