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Thursday, May 28, 2015

2 Years Post Law School

2015 Headshot
I'll admit, I'm an absent blogger here on the A Law Student's Journey Blog. I moved in a different direction the last 2 years, away from the law school blogging and crafting and towards blogging about life as a newlywed, paying off $100,000 of student loan debt, and traveling. (View our new blog here)

2 years ago this month I was going through the glorious moment of graduating. It is shocking to me that it is has been 2 years since I last stepped foot in the law school as a student (I've been back once, which was to take the bar exam).

Do I have the hang of things yet? Oh sure, my day-to-day tasks are regular. But each case teaches me something new! One of the things I love and hate about general practice, it is seems that no case is ever the same.

What has been most surprising to me lately, was when we hired our newest clerk for the summer, and he is straight out of his first year of law school. I've always felt I was not too far removed from our clerks, who were still very new to law. Since I'm the youngest at the firm by far, I often find myself relating to the clerks more than the other attorneys. However, this year is different. I realized that I am now 4 years more experienced in law than our clerk...which is a huge difference. I've started to forget what I knew between my 1L and 2L years....compared to what I know today. 

First Day Of Law School
The realization that 5 years ago I made the decision to go to law school, even though I was unsure, skeptical and all around lost at what I wanted to do and who I wanted to become, is amazing. 

Would I say it is flown by? At times. Some days walking into a group of attorneys I still feel the same way I did my first day of law school. For those of you still in the trenches of law school, I'm excited for you to be able to look back two years from now, at where you are today...and realize it was all worth it. The long hours of studying at the library, the tears of frustration, the agony of finals...I truly believe it changes you. It changes how you think, and prepares you for life as a lawyer. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Study Aids from FSU Professor

Today I was contacted by a professor at Florida State University College of Law who has created free study guides for those of you who may be taking courses on Business Corporations. 

If you would like to use his videos for studying, please see below 

Module 1, Agency 
Module 2, Partnerships 
Module 3, Limited Liability Companies 

Best of luck to all the law students out there who may be taking finals! 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CanvasPop Giveaway

Ever heard of CanvasPop? I must say they've been one of the quickest canvas companies I've ever used! And so easy! I emailed them my photo--which was a gift for my sister-- and they  emailed me a proof before making! My sister asked for this print for her house, which is a photo of her husband on a hike in Colorado. The quality here was great! I've ordered canvases from multiple sites, including groupon, and have had many problems with them. This company did great! 

We printed a 16x24 canvas, it turned out awesome!

For being one of my readers, you can go order you canvas from CanvasPop today and get 35% off your order through June 30th! Use the code KITTY35

You can also follow them on social media to hear about great discounts!

Want to win a free canvas? Tell me below what you would order with your free 16x20 canvas print (free shipping!) and .75 frame! The winner will receive a code to order thier free canvas! Giveaway will be open for 2 weeks! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Social Media Article

Social Media has a huge impact in the legal world. Whether its advertising, disclosing privileged information, or "friending" opposing party on facebook.

A fellow attorney sent me this article on ethical issues for attorneys on social media.  

Something to think about!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Trial Day

One of the perks of being in a mid-sized firm is the experience. One of the drawbacks is the same...the experience. 

For being out of law school less than 2 years, I've gained tons and tons of experience compared to many others that graduated at the same time as me. My caseload is my own, I don't receive bits and pieces of assignments from the partners...I manage my own work. If you're in law school, you may be thinking that is terrifying, and at times, it is. If you're in law school and don't think that is're probably too cocky :) 

So, I'm often thrown out of the nest and taught to fly by my own instinct (and research...and studying...and observing...and asking questions). There is no hand holding, especially since I hit my 1 year mark as an associate here back in September. 

I've said before and I'll say it again, I never wanted to be in a courtroom. I went to law school with the intent of working preventing the courtroom fiasco. That is, drafting clear contracts that prepare for the "what ifs" that inevitably come out to be the "yep...this just happeneds." I wanted to educate business owners, set up corporations, and be the go-to for handling sticky situations to prevent the filing of a case in court. I'm still that person in general practice, but that is only about 10% of what I do here. 

My primary areas of practice at this juncture is family law, probate, and estate planning (wills and trusts). 

I gained invaluable experience this week. It was my first full-blown, all-day trial. Don't get me wrong, I'm in court lots for various hearings (if you're not in the legal field you may not know that there are often lots of court appearances before a trial) but trials are different. Trials are long, intimidating, and final. Well as final as a divorce trial can be...when inevitably a modification is already on a client's mind. 

As I've said before, so much of being in the courtroom is about the preparation. But there is only so much you can prepare for when you don't know who will be a witness for the opposing side. One of the best pieces of advice a mentor gave me this week was "Just remember, you're not getting the divorce." And it's true. My job is to be prepared, ask the right questions, and do the best I can do for my client. I should also mention I've gone through plenty of other divorce cases, but plenty of them are completed through a mediation and/or settlement agreement. Trial is sticky, taking the decisions out of the hands of the parties who have stake in the game...and giving it to a third party to make all decisions. From my tone, you won't be surprised to hear I'm an advocate of working things through between the parties. 

Not much time to celebrate my victory of knocking my first trial out of the way, on to preparing for my next.