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Thursday, September 02, 2004  

So, I've no doubt been absent for awhile. As it seems most 2Ls are these days, I've been completely swamped with summer work winding down, interviews, school starting again, more interviews, and somewhat unique to me, starting work at the DOJ.

The good news: I have an offer already at a firm I wouldn't mind working at (all without even having to do a call-back !!!). This means that I am able to dump all of the "I really don't want to end up there" call-backs.

The bad news: I still can't let go of some of the call-backs, so, although less hectic, September will involve several local interviews along side at least two or three trips to "exotic" places throughout the country. I do recognize that this is a good problem to have as there are several very smart but much less fortunate friends of mine who haven't gotten any call-backs. I know I would have been pissed to go to GULC and not walk away from EIW without a single call-back interview.

As for classes, not much to report. I think I'll like my schedule. I'm not taking anything that doesn't interest me, and, I know I will like not having to start classes until 10:40 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The wife starts back up teaching next week. I guess I'll catch her again next summer :)

That's all for now. Much to do even tonight.

2:56 PM |

Wednesday, July 07, 2004  

The interview process is turning out to be an incredibly consuming experience. Who knew there are so many law firms out there?

I've decided to go after midwest and DC firms primarily while sneaking in some SF firms in for good measure (mainly firms with both DC and SF offices). I have however dumped Chicago (because going after three big markets would be a nightmare). As if sifting through the 600-700 firms at OCI isn't enough fun, I've realized that a good chunk of firms I'm interested in within SF and the midwest aren't even participating at GULC's OCI. That means I need to decide whether to participate at one of the GULC GRIPS (regional interview events), schedule my own trips out to these areas and hope that a resume carpet bombing operation nets a couple of interviews, or both.

Truth be told, the DC firms are entirely blending together at this point. I think I picked out 5-10 firms that really interest me. Beyond that criteria like "their website looks nice" or "oh, I guess they do X or Y" were controlling the day within the ranking.

Turns out that latter strategy isn't a good one. Met with the career services rep yesterday and she promptly crossed out a series of firms I had no chance of getting an interview with giving where I had ranked them. So, back to the drawing board. But, that raises the question of whether I bump down my sure bet interviews with midwest firms hoping that firm X can be down around slot 20 and still result in an interview so as to increase the chances with DC firm Y, or, do I take my sure thing interview with a firm that I really want an interview with and say screw it D.C. firm? I don't know why career services doesn't publish the "you had to rank this X last year" data the registrar does for the class lottery.

Finally, it doesn't help that the eAttorney interface is terrible. Who possibly thought having to renumber ALL Of your preferences if you change one preference was a good idea?

7:09 AM |

Friday, June 25, 2004  

Grades and cut-offs are out at GULC. The good news is that I'm not only employable but I made the cut-off that I wanted. That said, I'm only slightly bitter about the fact that my lowest grade is in legal research and writing. WTF? I've been involved with debate for 8 years which involves little more than research and writing. Damn you questions about prof. LWR's personal life on the final! Damn you!

12:43 PM |

Sunday, June 20, 2004  

This has been such a painful weekend. Tomorrow is going to be even worse. I know that's when I'll finally fully break down. It will then be over, she'll be gone for good.

Where is the justice in the world where beheading terrorists and abusive prison guards exist, but, a stunning young woman who lived by her motto of "peace, love, and happy puppies" is so unexplainably taken from us?

I've learned this weekend how strong of a woman I've married. To find this out 2,000 miles away from home, forced to serve as counselor, mother, and friend to the students with her. To endure the frustration of getting home. To find the strength to organize get-togethers with students to ensure all of their memories are shared and not forgotten. To have to break the news to those who had yet to have heard. To have to write and eventually deliver words for her service. I pride myself on being able to walk tough - hang in there in emotionally difficult situations. But, I couldn't do what she's had to do. How is one so emotionally nurturing and yet hold up in the face of such adversity?

I don't know what will come of this tragedy. I can already see that our team is far closer than it ever had. My wife is more in touch with all of the kids than she ever was before this happened. They've spent the last few days laughing, crying, and sharing together. This would have made her proud - she was the queen bee at bringing this team together, since the first day we met her. She only brought with her good to this world. I can only imagine that in leaving, she could only leave us with good.

5:56 PM |

Thursday, June 17, 2004  

We're losing one of our finest LD debaters and perhaps one of the best kids my wife has ever coached to a sudden on-set of viral meningitis. Although there is always hope - all of the information we've heard has been grim to put it favorably.

Our "kids" are the closest things we have to children of our own. This is incredibly tragic, we're in nothing less than shock.


Video news coverage here, and here. Print coverage here.

9:00 AM |

Wednesday, June 16, 2004  

The summer continues, the wait for grades continues (I swear GULC has to be the last school to release grades by a factor of weeks), and the work continues.

I have any number of things on my plate ranging from editing the professors' book and/or on-going journal articles, doing exhaustive legislative histories on various environmental statutes, to random research. Next week I shift gears to start working on the Blackmun papers (and, if approved the Brennan papers). I even have my very own Library of Congress library card ;)

In wife news, her first-year replacement at her former old high school just won national coach of the year despite the program having shrunk in size this year! Clearly, someone didn't wholly do their research. Oh man, I'm going to hear about that the rest of my life. I feel sorry for that new coach as well just because there are going to be a lot of cranky old coaches out there who have never won the award and here a first year coach won it. Granted, they would have been just as cranky had my wife won it - but, at least she could have said she brought a program of 30 kids to the largest program in the country in 3 years. Needless to say, with her off at Nationals the house is pretty lonely - especially since the dogs just lay by the door whimpering waiting for her to come home (we see where their loyalties are). In better news though she'll be back this weekend and then has 2 months off. The bad news is that she's already committed to working at a debate institute and is planning on heading back to Nebraska for at least a week. But hey, I'm sure there'll be a day in there sometime in there where we are both free enough to do something.

I also met with career services the other day to review the resume. It sucks to think the interview process starts in just two months. The whole process I presume will be a bit of a shock for me. I didn't go crazy like some students sending hundreds of resumes out during 1L - and, having a technical background interviewing is a fairly foreign concept to me (as I think I mentioned previously, despite having worked for some 4 organizations over the course of 7 years before law school I never really had to interview for any of them - the last time I had interviewed for a real job was in high school). Eventually I'll have to motivate myself to start writing firm specific cover letters.

At least the Lakers got their ass kicked.

8:27 AM |

Monday, June 07, 2004  

I've been fairly quiet since the summer began. This is largely because my job is turning out to be far more work than pretty much any of 1L (with perhaps exception of finals period). Either way, there is an incredible amount of work to do without a lot of time to do it.

Fortunately, the wife and I were able to get out and do a couple of things this past weekend. First, we saw The Day After Tomorrow with another GULC law student and his wife. I'm a fairly liberal guy but even I thought it was over the top - so much so that I fully expected John Kerry to show up during the credits and say "I'm John Kerry and I approved this message." It was still worth going though (and not only because we ate at Chevy's before hand) because of some of the nerds rule humor and unintentional comedy.

We also checked out the annual Herndon Festival in Northern Virginia. It was good stuff - the food prices were driven down by the local merchants - so much so that the standard carnival booths had their prices marked down!

But, its now Monday - back to work.

9:08 AM |
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