Wednesday, October 04, 2006

overdue update

It's been brought to my attention that I haven't written anything here this school year.

Well, I've been busy. School, work, moving (I live with my sister now, and so far we're proving that a doctor and an almost-lawyer can co-exist in peace), and watching my romantic life take a turn that is the sort of thing the Alliance Defense Fund uses to say that being queer isn't immutable and therefore doesn't deserve constitutional protection.

I'm also job hunting - three interviews so far. It's a mixed blessing knowing with so much certainty what I want to do with my J.D. In one sense it allows me to focus my job search, but it also makes things frustrating because it pretty much necessitates moving to pursue the type of work I want to do.

My classes - such as they are - are going well. Secured transactions is a challenge because it's taught with a very strong pro-creditor approach, and I defend borrowers. (And yes, Professor Korybut, "debtors" do show up to defend themselves in court. Before the semester kicked in and required my presence in St. Louis on Wednesday afternoons, I talked to borrowers every single week at the collections/FED docket.)

Feminist legal theory is phenomenal, as I suspected it would be. Directed research is great if for no other reason that it provides me a perfect reason to spend time talking with Professor Bloom.

And Trial Ad - I'm not sure what to say about that. Some weeks it completely kicks my ass, but I think it's going to be one of the most important experiences that law school provides me.

Other than that I continue to fight the good fight at the agency where I've worked since the beginning of the summer after first year. I'm there far more than at school, with my externship hours plus paid hours.

So there you have it - it may not be exciting, but it is an update.

Oh, and as always, GO CARDS!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

plenty to write about, not enough time to do it

I was out with some school friends the other night, and one of them brought to my attention the fact that I haven't posted anything here since May 20. So I thought I'd remedy that.

When I haven't been busy working, I've had plenty of other things to occupy my time and attention.

My sister has been in the process of moving back home and has become something of a local celebrity in the process. The practice she's joining has been running ads announcing her arrival in the area, and the local paper wrote a story about her. Given the fact that there's unlikely to be a full-time opening at my agency when I graduate, she's been suggesting that I let her look into getting me an interview at the firm that represents her doctors' group. That led to an interesting discussion. Upon starting law school I did assure her that I'd never sue doctors, but there's no way I want to spend my career defending them, either.

In light of this probable lack of openings at the agency where I work, a couple of friends of mine who are already licensed attorneys have suggested that we go into practice together at some point in the future. There's obviously a lot that goes into such a venture, so it remains to be seen whether it will materialize. But just in case, I decided to tweak my schedule a bit to take Trial Ad. My current fall classes have become:

-Secured Transactions (Korybut)
-Trial Ad I (Kessler) - thanks to a friend who decided to drop and met up with me so I could snag her spot as soon as she submitted her drop/add form on Banner
-Externship (agency where I currently work)
-Lawyering Practice (Gilchrist)
-Feminist Legal Theory (Porter)
-Directed Research (Bloom)

I've also been catching up on non-school reading. My current selection is autobiography of a blue-eyed devil: my life and times in a racist, imperialist society. I may write about it once I've finished, but for now I'll just say that Inga Muscio has cemented her place on my list of personal heroes.

Off to work with me. I'll try not to let another 6 weeks go by before my next post.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

PSA for St. Louis area readers

Tickets for home games in the new Busch Stadium sold out pretty quickly, but that doesn't mean you can't catch a game this summer.

The Cardinals have a program that allows a sort of lottery-style approach to last minute ticket sales.

At 9am the morning of any home game, one ticket window opens up at the stadium. 125 pairs of tickets are released. People who show up pay $11.00 ($5.50 per seat, in honor of the games now being carried on 550 KTRS) and get a number. Those with numbers come back to the will-call window (I think) at some designated pre-game time and receive 2 tickets. There's no telling what you might get. They are mainly tickets that have been released by the two teams which will be playing that day - so they could be really excellent seats. But even if they're in the nosebleed section you're coming out ahead, as you're getting the tickets cheaper than standing room.

This message brought to you courtesy of my season-ticket holding bleacher bum dad. He holds this occupation to be just as noble as the rest of his family - his wife the teacher, his older daughter the almost-lawyer, and his younger daughter the doctor.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Study breaks

We all have them. Or at least I'm guessing we do. Those random little notes we write to ourselved in the midst of our class notes.

In studying for my first final of the semester, I came across an entire day's worth of notes that consisted only of the following:

"This class is the bad. Why do you sign up for classes which completely contradict your entire value system?"

A friend I was studying with this evening came across this gem:

"You can't have sex with your client unless you were already gettin' it on before the representation started."

So I invite you all to take a moment out of your studies and share your own funny little note tidbits.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Reasons I am not a doctor

Y'know, besides the whole lesser ability in math and science thing.

The other night, there was a shoot out in Cincinnati that is reportedly related to a rap concert that took place there. A local rapper showed up and the performing rapper dissed him and his crew. So the theory is that the local rapper and his people hung around, waited for the performing rapper to leave, and followed him. Gun fire was exchanged on one of the area interstates.

It just so happens that my sister is in the final weeks of her residency at a hospital in Cincinnati. She was working when all this went down, and saw one of the victims in the emergency room. (Saw as in viewed, not treated. She's an ob-gyn.)


She said he was shot in the head and injured so severely that his brain was coming out his nose. Given that statement, it's not particularly surprising that he didn't survive his injuries.

This reminded me of when she was in med school. Our family would meet for dinner (lunch) every Sunday, and she'd regale us with tales of the things she "got" to do that week. Had I been in her position, I would have been showing up at dinner saying "You won't believe what they made me do this week!" (They were always gross.)

So as much as I don't want to be studying for finals, at least I'm not gearing up for a career that bears much chance of coming into contact with sights like the one described above.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


So now that I no longer have the position of student organization president occupying my mind, I shall turn my attention to future matters.

First, this summer. I will be continuing my work at the agency where I've been employed since last summer. (Note to self: must complete paper work for 711 certification.)

Second, I got almost the exact schedule I wanted for next semester. My classes will be as follows:

Externship Clinic
Lawyering Practice (Gilchrist)
Juvenile Law (McGraugh)
Secured Transactions (Korybut)
Urban Housing and Development (Salsich)
Directed Research (Bloom)

The only class I wanted but didn't get was Porter's Feminist Legal Theory seminar, because I've already taken two seminars and therefore was low on the priority list.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Passing the torch ...

... or in this case, the paper plates and napkins.

It is my honor and pleasure to congratulate the newly elected officers of SLU Law's chapter of ACS.

President - Paul Woody
Vice President - Chris Durso
Secretary - Christie Kure
Treasurer - Rich Carey

I am very happy with the progress my fellow outgoing officers and I have made in getting a student group established that didn't exist when we started at SLU Law last year.

I am also happy to be handing the reins over to someone else, particularly since our chapter of ACS will be in such capable hands.