Anyway, aside from watching the rather entertaining hearing with the crazy attorney, I also finished my first assignment this week. I got to write out the opinion for a case that has already been decided. Which means that once it's gone through all its editing stages it will be put in the Mass. Appellate Tax Board Reporter. =) The case was pretty cut and dry, this guy was trying to say his land had been overvalued so his taxes were too high, the assessors provided evidence of five comparable sales to show that there was no overvaluation, and he provided evidence of...nothing. He went in and complained, and then apparently in the middle of his testimony he stopped, said he was just going to go to the Appeals Court, got up, and walked out of the hearing room. So, needless to say, without any evidence and without even a complete testimony, the valuation from the assessors was upheld.
My current assignment is more research-based. I'm kind of at a dull "look through cases and make sure I'm not missing anything" stage, but I think I'm almost at the stage where I can start writing up my findings. But boy did all that research make my Friday drag on. The highlight of the day was when my supervisor came in and said that I had done pretty well with my first draft of the opinion I wrote. He only looked it over and will be doing a more thorough edit in the near future but in general it looks good. So that's nice to hear.
Let's see...oh, one more thing that's cool. I can arrange my hours for the week however I want! I can go in really early and then leave really early, go in later and just stay later, work an extra couple hours earlier in the week if I need to leave really early at the end of the week, whatever! Well, okay, not whatever, I don't think I can go in at midnight and work until 8 am, other people still have to be there or I can't ask questions! But anyway, I think the best part is that there's no set time for me to arrive in the morning, so even though I aim for 9 so I can leave at 5, if I get delayed and I'm there at 9:15, no big deal. This morning I actually decided to go in at 10 because I had been out with friends last night and felt the need to sleep an extra hour. It's glorious. I love it.
Well, I think that's all the cool stuff about my job so far. I'll keep you all posted. Time to relax. The job may be awesome, but I'm still tired. =P
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