Monday, September 29, 2008

I find this hilarious for some reason...

So there's this whole crazy process for applying for a summer associate position at a big firm, where the firms tell the school that they'll be doing interviews on campus.  This process is going on right now for next summer.  Anyway, thus far, I hadn't gotten any interviews through that at all.  I was somewhat disappointed, but I figured oh well.  I'd heard firms were not hiring many summer associates right now because of the economy, so they may end up needing to hire people that didn't work at a firm at all around the time I'm graduating for full time employment.  Anyway, so sometimes places other than firms do the on campus interview thing as well.  One such organization was the IRS.  So, I applied.  I just got notified that I was selected for an interview with them.  For some reason I burst out laughing.  I think I'm just highly amused by the clear direction I'm getting from the universe - the only internships I'm getting are all tax related.  I know part of it is me applying for them, but if you think about it, it <i>was</i> pure randomness that I got the Appellate Tax Board internship I just did over the summer, mostly the thing was that they were the only place that hired me.  But I'm really thinking maybe getting that in the first place and ending up liking it was just the universe's way of telling me that's the kind of lawyer I should be.  So, fine.  I'll listen to the universe.  I'm going to the IRS on campus interview.  It's on October 7th.  And...we'll see from there.

Oh, and yes, the IRS internship, if I get it for next summer, can result in a full-time offer for after graduation.  But I don't want to graduate and then work in DC.  I don't mind staying there for a summer, and they do have a Boston office that I could request to be in.  But I have to make sure to mention my post-grad inclinations.  I'd rather not get the internship because I won't move to DC than get the internship, get a post-grad offer, and then have to decide between the job offer and staying here.  Besides, the DOR has a lot of turnover for post-grad employment, what frequently happens is that someone starts there, then after a few years a firm picks them up and they move on.  So openings happen all the time, and they do hire past interns.  So I'm on track there anyway.

Well, thought I'd share the news!
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Well, that was exciting...

So, resume packets were due last week for Winter term internships (go here to learn more about my school's co-op program).  The interview requests started coming back this last Monday.  On Monday, the Mass. Dept. of Revenue ("DOR") sent in their interview requests - I was one of them.  I scheduled the interview for yesterday at 1:30.  Went to it, found out the job is PERFECT (more on that in a bit) and felt really pleased with how it went.

Apparently I had a reason to be pleased - they sent in the offer to the school co-op office in time for the evening posting, which was probably posted around 5:00.  So, I have my winter internship all set up at the perfect place and now I don't have to worry about it!

Anyway, here's the reason it's perfect.  The internship is with their litigation bureau.  While working there, I will be handling a few different cases at a time, all of which will be at some pretrial stage.  I'll be helping with a whole range of stuff on these cases - discovery (gathering evidence), writing briefs, and I might even get to help with the actual trial.  So, in other words, I'd really be working on the meat of the litigation process.  Which is what I'm all about.  Yay!

So, now I don't have to worry about that.  I'm happy that the whole process only took two weeks and now it's done and I don't have to think about it any more.

Apparently I do have to get a "tax check" and a background check to work there.  I'm not worried about those.  I was once told that the results of my background check were "boring" because I hadn't done anything wrong...ever.  As for the tax check, well...single people who don't make much money don't have very complicated taxes so I'm not exactly worried there either.  So, anyway, those should go through just fine.

Well, that's most of the news I have for now.  I'm pretty tired, I was out late last night and haven't quite recovered.  Time for bed!
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hooray for Portland!

Portland, OR has maintained its #1 spot on the list of greenest cities.

This is probably the one thing I REALLY miss about my home town.  I still make the same efforts to stay green, but Boston makes it just slightly harder to do it.  Like...I'm used to people picking up ALL my recycling.  Except my soda cans.  I'm used to taking those in myself - or, if I'm feeling lazy, leaving them in a strategic place where I know someone will come by and take them.  Never too close to trash day so that the cans don't accidentally end up in the garbage pick up.

But anyway.  My old apartment had no recycling pick up.  My new apartment has only paper recycling bins.  An improvement, certainly, but my concern is that regardless of the efforts I may make, others just won't drive all the way to the recycling center.  They will recycle if the bins are there next to the dumpsters.  Plus, until my car gets here in December (yes, it was supposed to be sooner, but it turns out that my apartment is only a 10 minute walk from the T station and it just works better if I wait until later) I have to not only inconvenience myself to take the recycling in, but Vanessa too.

There's a community meeting soon for our complex.  I think I'll go and see if I can argue for more recycling pick up.  I bet if I find and present the right information I can convince them that it's better for everyone.
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

More thorough update =)


Now that I've moved and settled and am into a pattern with classes, I am feeling much better than I was when I wrote the last post.

The whole LF thing was stressful at first, just generally trying to figure out how to lead the discussion and get them to think deeply about the various issues and such.  I ended up with a somewhat quiet group, which was tricky at first because we didn't really go through much training about how to get a quiet group to talk.  Most of our training was how to get an argumentative group to settle down and come to a consensus.  I didn't have that so I sort of had to feel my way through prompting the discussion.  But as they've been getting more comfortable with each other, and with me, it seems like things are taking off so I'm happy with that.  I'm feeling much more in the groove in regards to all that.

I am having some difficulties with getting my project going, mostly due to my "support network" not being very, well...supportive.  Basically the only support I have so far is from my faculty supervisor, who is also the head of the entire program so of course she's being helpful.  My next step is supposed to be going to my advising attorney, who is another faculty member that knows a lot about the particular subject for the project.  Well, my particular advising attorney is not being helpful at all.  I'm not supposed to try and have a meeting with my client until I talk to my advising attorney (according to my faculty supervisor) so...I'm kind of stuck.  I think I can go to the research librarians and get some information from them without speaking to the advising attorney but I don't know.  My faculty supervisor (hereinafter known as SMR - real initials, and also what we generally actually call her) has suggested some ways to get him more involved so I'm hoping those work.  The last suggestion did not work.  We'll see.  But anyway, that's a bit stressful since I only have so many weeks to put together my portion of the project.  But it looks like some other LFs are in the same boat so I'm sure it will turn out fine.  What I really want to make sure to do is really get this support network set up before I go so that they don't have to deal with what my group had to deal with last year in finding that most of our "supporters" weren't helpful in the least.  But first I have to get them to support me.  It's harder than it seems.  Sigh.  Oh well.

As for my other classes, I LOVE evidence.  I should have known.  It's all rules, just like civil procedure was, and I LOVED that class too.  On Tuesday I "litigated" in front of the class at the request of my professor.  I played the defense attorney, and the witness I was questioning was supposed to be talking about the defendant's good character (so it was my witness).  And I had to respond to the objections from the person playing prosecutor and then object to their questions when they were up.  Frequently the professor interrupted our role play to explain to the class what was going on and why it worked and why it didn't.  Anyway, I enjoyed it.  I had fun objecting.  =)

Professional Responsibility is a good class too.  He's actually prepping us for the MPRE (Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam) instead of just teaching it theoretically.  The theoretical approach is what commonly happens in law schools, which is irritating when Prof. Responsibility is the only specific class (besides first year classes) that is actually required for graduation rather than just suggested if you actually would like to pass the bar.  So basically what usually happens is you have to take the class, then you have to pay for a prep class in order to actually take the exam.  Granted, everyone takes a bar prep course for the actual bar, but that's just good sense, especially since a lot of what's on there is stuff you took in first year and you're taking the exam after your third year.  You can take the MPRE at any time (I'm signed up to take it in November) so it would make more sense for more schools to use their prof. responsibility class as an MPRE prep class since you can just go take it and then be done with it.  So anyway, I'm glad that my professor has actually thought about all this and is actually discussing the ABA rules we'll be tested on and talking about how it will appear on the MPRE.  He's even made sure to schedule the exam a little early so that we take it before the November MPRE and then we're basically just studying for both tests at once.  Granted, early exam doesn't usually sound all that great, but in this case it does.  And then that class is over and I can focus on evidence and my project.

Aside from school, Nessa is finally moving in to the apartment tomorrow.  She had to wait for various reasons.  I'm very excited.  It's kind of a big apartment to be all alone in, for one thing, and while I do enjoy my alone time, I really do love having someone there when I need a bit of company.  I'm just particular about who that is, and I already know that Nessa fits the role of good company when I need it.  And, going by her schedule, she's probably going to be home about as much as Christen was home when I lived with her so it should be the perfect mix of time on my own and time with her.  Plus my bedroom is practically another apartment inside the apartment (I'll have to post pictures's insane) so if she is home and I need "me time", I can always just go in there.

Well, that's about it from me for now.  I'm more in the swing of things with classes and LFing and the new apartment so I should be writing a bit more regularly now.  As well as reading all the wonderful blogs I've been neglecting.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Quick note

I'm in Evidence class right now, but real quick -

1. Portland was great, saw almost everyone, but I'm glad to be home.

2.  Started classes last week, also started my LF teaching thing, quite an insane week with trainings and orientations and such while trying to pack and read for my regular classes...but I survived.

3.  I got all moved, although I was up packing until 1 am on Sunday.  Severus loves the new place, he was running around meowing excitedly last night for quite a few hours.  I love the new place too, although Vanessa isn't there until the 21st so it was kind of weird to sleep in such a huge place all by myself.

And that's all we have time for.  I'm feeling insane and stretched and stressed but now that I'm all moved hopefully things will start to settle down.  I'm still at the point of "hmm...where did I pack my silverware?"
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