Thursday, January 19, 2006

The field to enter a title for my blog posts seems to have disappeared. That's somewhat bothersome. But that's not what I planned to write about.

As I know I've mentioned before, last semester I took a class which included an assignment to write my best estimation of Justice Breyer's opinion in Gonzales v. Oregon, a case challenging the validity of a directive issued by then-Attorney General John Aschroft stating that doctors who prescribed narcotics in accordance with Oregon's Death with Dignity Act would be in violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act and risk losing their licenses to prescribe federally regulated pharmaceuticals as well as possibly face criminal prosecution.

While the numbers did not come down quite as I predicted, the decision did go the way I thought it would (and should).

As for the case I wrote my other paper about - Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights - my hopes are not high that it will come out the way I think it should. From my research, the Solomon Amendment is a clear violation of the unconstitutional conditions doctrine, but I highly doubt a majority of the Court will agree.

So far, I am excited about all my classes this semester. I have a good friend and coworker who advised me on my schedule in terms of classes I should take to prepare for the bar - he just passed over the summer(Legal Pro, which is of course required, but not Business Associations), to prepare for practice (Family Law and Trusts and Estates) and based on my interests and own personal educational fulfillment (Jurisprudence, Unions and their Members, and Topics in Civil Rights). So I'm sure that helped a lot in terms of not having any classes or professors I absolutely dread.

What I am not excited about is all the time I will be spending in my car. Two days a week I drive over here to attend classes in the morning, drive back home to work during the afternoon, drive back over here to attend classes at night, then drive back home to sleep. If I could afford to pay a decent wage, I'd hire someone to ride in the car with me and read aloud from my school books. Of course, if I had access to that kind of cash, I would be living closer to school and the whole thing would be moot.

Above all, though, I'm excited about my job. I'm still at the same agency and will continue drafting pleadings and judgments, but I'll be spending each Friday at the court house helping domestic violence victims with their requests for emergency orders of protection. Then this summer, when I'm able to obtain my "711" license (named for the Rule under which it's granted, even though we like to joke that it means it came free with a Big Gulp), I'll be trained and ready to actually represent clients who are seeking plenary orders of protection. It was in the meeting with my boss where this new assignment was given to me that the overwhelming responsibility of being a lawyer first became "real" to me. Previously it was much more theoretical and removed.

As this is a day I don't have to play blue state/red state/blue state/red state, I should probably be using my time to read rather than blather all over this webscreen. That is just what I shall do, too, as soon as I welcome a new(ish) fellow SLU Law blogger.


At 10:06 AM, Blogger novembris said...

One year that I had a schedule like that, I listened to BarBri tapes on my classes that semester while in the car. I did much better on that Family Law multiple choice than I would have otherwise.

I still have them if you want to borrow them (from a perfect stranger).


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