Hmm. Am I filling out an order to have an AIDS test given in jail? Or perhaps a clever Order to Grant a Motion to Vacate? Speedy Trial Demand? Transportation Order? Notice of Expiration? Motion to Dismiss? Nope - that'd be my Oath of Attorney.
It was short but sweet - a good end to a long day. I think the best part was the 12 women in orange (my clients) applauding in the box, chains gently clanking. One then immediately says: "Congratulations - but could you check my jail card and make *sure* I'm getting out?"
Other salient points:
- I may not be able to mail said oath to the FL Board of Bar Examiners on my APD salary, as I have spent this month's discretionary income on some ice cream.
- I should consider buying some Just For Men for those mid and close range encounters, where the gray is really coming alive. Also, while everyone seems to like the beard, it just does not photograph well.
- (and this is actually salient, not frivolous) I was fortunate enough to be sworn in by a judge whom I very much appreciate and respect. Her thorough and patient approach to legal research and argumentation has really given me the latitude to grow as an attorney - in no small part because I know she *also* puts in the long hours wrestling with legal issues. And as a very young attorney, I appreciate that immensely. Case in point - late last night, while preparing for today's calendar, I saw an oddball charge which I'd never seen before. So I printed out the statute, found some analogous case law (there was nothing on point), and prepared my argument to address what I thought were some oddities in the charge. I didn't get to say much of anything though, or present my "clever" arguments, because the judge had already beaten me to the punch by doing the same research (and having reached the same conclusion).