Kudos to the 1L who walked up and introduced himself to me by saying he knew me from the blog. Yea! The blog isn’t a dirty secret, and the sharing of information and opinions shouldn’t be either. I only wished I wasn’t 3 hours from total collapse at the time and had something more cogent to say than what I did. I think I commented on the shrimp or something – to be honest yesterday was something of a blur.
Last night also featured a frank conversation with a friend/classmate who is particularly fond of those good blunt questions like, “So – was law school a mistake for you?” It’s particularly important to ask these questions and think about them seriously. Forrest for the trees and all that. It was also kind of ironic – a bunch of 3L clinic students poaching beers and mingling with the 1Ls while talking about these kinds of issues. Hell, if I knew *then* 25% of what I know *now*. . .erm. . .I dunno. I might be here, I might not.
Beginnings, as Frank Herbert wrote, are delicate things. Neck-deep in clinic orientation as I am, I forget that there’s several other orientations going on parallel with mine. It might be true that one gets ones bearings (in several senses) from orientation, but for every 1L orientation-impression which proved to be true, there was another of mine which was quickly or eventually proved false. People are and are not what they seem to be. Ditto structures. Which I’m trying to keep in mind as I move through my own new experiences.
Lest I start sounding like your grandmother, I’ll just leave off by cautioning everyone to be themselves. It’s best in the long run. For example, I have to resign myself to the fact that I’ll piss people off by being frank, stepping on toes, what have you. It’s what I do. But the best humans I know tolerate me for that and even use it to their own good ends.
Well, now I have to get myself re-re-refreshed with some readings and concepts in preparation for another 6 hour long stretch of Criminal Justice Clinic class. Yesterday that class took a sharp turn (or so I thought) toward the more practical/concrete/productive. I’d written that I thought my perception of things would change, but hadn’t expected quite the jump. See above.
Here are some links to AI’s Law Students In Court Clinic orientation notes. Actually they're most certainly redacted notes (I have 14 single spaced pages already - ack!). For those of you who don't know AI, he is one of the most passionate committed and interested people that I’ve met here in DC - and I think that's borne out by his many efforts in helping law students communicate and exchange useful information via the web. (All you 1Ls, check out Blawg Wisdom!)
Having shed his ambivalence, he’s now blogging as The Imbrolio, but these notes come from his eariler blog, about one calendar year ago. If you read the comments you’ll find some GULC peeps, including our own Purr-Se, now a 2L.
Complicating the Defense http://mowabb.com/ai/archives/005718.html