Friday, November 15, 2013
I've been a full fledged lawyer for almost two months now. First, if you're reading this as a law student wondering what it will be like to be in your first year of practicing....remember that everyone is different. Every firm is different, some of you wont be in firms, and some of you may chose alternative careers. I have a friend in a big local firm, whose job is completely opposite of mine and I have a friend working at a title company who also has a job completely different than either of us. I'm in a mid-sized firm for the Omaha area and ever compared to other mid-sized firms, I'm sure other new lawyers have it very different than I do.
What do I do on a regular basis? I wish I could tell you. I'm in general practice, so whatever the partners feel like throwing at me that day, I do. Depending on who calls in to have an initial consult, determines what research I will be doing that day to update me on that part of the law. My more regular tasks have to do with Estate Planning (ie Wills and Trusts); Probate (What you do with your stuff when you die); and Divorce (Obviously this needs no explanation). But some days I'm working on car repossessions, landlord issues, setting up companies, workers compensation, drafting contracts, DUIs...anything that feels like coming up that day.
But what is it like after 2 months of real lawyer-ing? Its different, growing accustomed to the added "powers" I have. I say powers as if I'm a super hero..."Super lawyer" if you will :) But what I mean is its different when you no longer are required to have a partner look over your pleadings, your letters, or your work. You can sign everything yourself. You're this person's lawyer...and you are responsible.
In our firm, each individual does all their own billing. That has been one of the more unusual things for me to get used to. You decide whether your time should be written off because you spent to much time on a matter trying to figure out an issue, and you decide when to send out a bill. Of course, not every firm is like that. Everything else I've been doing, I've done in some form or another, or something similar while I was clerking. Billing is a whole new animal. After a month, I look down and realize how much time I really spent on a client, or a matter. It all comes down to understanding the whole picture.
Also, I want to say that I have no regrets. I'll have all my school loans paid off next year, and it was worth it. I can still say that not all my friends have jobs, and I've talked to graduates a few years out who have given up finding things by now and have switched careers completely. I went into law school thinking I wouldn't be a lawyer, but just want a good degree to help open doors for me later in life...and I ended here.
I will say, after 2 months...it still doesn't seem right to say I'm a lawyer. I'm sure one day I'll get used to it. When people ask what I do, I sorta mumble under my breath that I'm a lawyer. I think I'm afraid they wont believe me, or that they'll change their opinion of me, or that they will ask me some crazy legal question I wont know the answer to and they will think I'm an idiot. All of which are completely possible, and all of which have happened in the last 2 months.
As always, best of luck to all new lawyers and lawyers-to-be still in law school. Its been a very interesting journey so far, and I'm sure will be more interesting in the years to come.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
This week we had an extra special treat from www.easycanvasprints.com. Have you ever used their canvases? They always have so many great deals, and its hard to find good, reliable canvas companies out there. Kevin and I have so many photos from Paris that we want up in our apartment, and this was such a special treat to be able to have a 16x20 print for free!
I took a close up so you can see the quality. It looks wonderful! I was surprised at how heavy and sturdy it was. I ordered the 3/4 inch thick one, which was just perfect. They give you the option of how you want the photo wrapped on the canvas, and I chose to have the picture wrapped all the way around on the sides.
The canvas arrived more than a week ahead of schedule too! I ordered it on a Friday and it arrived the following Wednesday!
We absolutely love it and are looking forward to displaying it for all of our guests! Check out www.easycanvasprints.com to order yours!
*I was given a 16x20 print of my choice to write this review. However, all thoughts are honest, and my own.
Post by Kitty B at 10:15 AM
Friday, October 25, 2013
Becoming a professional is tough. All of a sudden you stop buying those sundresses and jeans....because you realize you never will be able to wear them. I can't justify having 12 pairs of jeans when I only get to wear them on "casual Friday". (You may be thinking...I shouldn't have 12 pairs of jeans to begin with...but too bad, I do). Sundresses don't exactly convey "Trust me, I'm a professional lawyer" so the shopping has turned into getting excited about a work top, or a new pair of comfortable heels. In reality, all I want is a new pair of Toms and and zip-up hooded sweatshirt.
The biggest struggle for me is making my face look professional. I started wearing makeup about a year ago. I started small...mascara. Then come about January of this year I went into trying to remember to wear foundation and eye shadow. It took a while to really start wearing it, but I eventually got there. Now that I have new "Hey, I'm a lawyer" glasses, things are starting to come together.
Hair is the one thing I just have not mastered. I refuse to cut my hair. Its now longer than it has ever been, and I like it. Gone are the days where I had short hair...I wont do it again. But how do I make it look professional? My preferred method of wearing my hair is embracing the natural wave. It looks a little unkempt, and I usually air dry. Not exactly ideal walking into work with wet hair.
Sometimes I fear that when I walk into work I look like Sandra Bullock in the "before" of Miss Congeniality (to give you an idea of what I'm pretty sure my hair looks like some days).
I've tried pinterest buns, sock buns (which I had to take down mid day from the headache), braided buns. I refuse to spend 45 minutes straightening my hair for work, I just wont do it. Work takes up enough of my time, that I wont let preparing for work take up any more. Its getting too long for a lot of the pinterest styles, or just too huge (I have thick hair) and gives me headaches if I put it very high.
Does anyone else struggle with this? What are your suggestions?
(how I get to wear my hair and dress on the weekends---like this past weekend in Chicago!)
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Being a new attorney is like a roller coaster. One minute I'm like "Yeah, I've got this" and the next I'm thinking "Oh my goodness, please oh please don't let them realize I'm actually an idiot"
The last few weeks I've been surprised by the legal knowledge that will spurt from my mouth, without even realizing it. Most of you have never watched "drop dead diva" but its a pretty funny lawyer show (Not like a real lawyer show where its serious, mostly men, and the women have DDs coming out of their size x-small shirt) Some days I feel like the girl in the show, where all of a sudden legal junk starts coming out and I think "where in the world did I learn that?"
Its fun though! So far I enjoy it. My work life hasn't changed too significantly as my firm has asked me to be pretty active all along, and tried to make me self-sufficient in some things.
Some days I do intentionally leave out that I'm a lawyer when calling people at the register of deeds, or hospital requesting medical records....I'd rather they just assume I'm the average joe, and have to walk me though whatever I'm asking about using baby steps.
Life is a lot busier than it was before, and I get a lot more lawyer jokes from people who find out what I do. I'm pretty sure no stranger that has asked what I do actually believes that I'm an attorney.
Most of the time I am pretty confident. Not necessarily in what I actually know right now, but that I will learn it...and keep learning for many many years.
Post by Kitty B at 10:05 AM
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Less than 2 weeks ago it was killing me that I hadn't heard from the bar exam yet. Today, I was sworn in as a Nebraska lawyer! I'm so glad that I stuck with it and made it :)
So good luck to all of you working super hard to make it to this point!
As a reminder, I am personally blogging now at our new blog (with crafts and all of the goodies you fell in love with here) Feel free to continue reading over there! I do hope to continue to update this as I go along and make myself available to those interested in the law school/new lawyer side of blogging!
Saturday, September 7, 2013
I've finally reached the pinnacle of my law student journey. This afternoon I received "the letter". It is the letter that should really just say "YOU PASSED" in big bold letters, but instead makes small talk about how the Nebraska Supreme court accepts your recommendation...yadda yadda yadda. I had to do review it a little, to make sure it said what I really thought...and hoped it would say.
So there we have it. I've passed the bar exam. Just a few short days until I'm sworn in and get to call myself a lawyer!
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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I wanted to walk outside on the balcony to take photos before work, but unfortunately had to live with standing near the door because a little kitten wouldn't let me get out without running out on the balcony with me :)
First, love them.
The prescription was very accurate. I've actually ordered a number of online prescription glasses and sunglasses in the past, and this was the most accurate to my current prescription. Sometimes when you order online you can tell that its a little off. But these were by far the most accurate!
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