Jim's Polka

The life of a former software engineer, now a law student

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Quick Notes

  • D got some really good career-related news yesterday. Since I'm still not allowed to tell you what she does, you'll just have to take my word for it. It lays to rest a worry that's been hanging over her head for months.
  • The school matched us all up with professional mentor, and there was a party for us all last week. I met my mentor there and I have to say, I think he might be the best mentor ever. He studied the same thing I did as an undergrad, worked in the same field before law school and works for a pretty major technology company doing IP stuff, which I think I might be interested. Oh, and he says he wants to introduce me to a lot of the local lawyers doing that kind of work. Yay!
  • There's a scary possibility that these people are in my section. If so, I'm sorry about that.

Falling Behind

The wedding was great. We had 11 of us staying in this huge old house in downtown Charleston and it was a blast. I tried to keep in mind my dad's advice about law school (it's 3 years where you're the most boring person on Earth) and I only talked about school in any depth with the lawyer in the house. Luckily, I'm still interesting enough (barely) to carry on a conversation without talking about school.

And speaking of school..... A couple weeks ago, in a fit of giddiness brought on by free pizza, I signed up to compete in the school's mediation competition. The giddiness was so strong that I couldn't even be stopped by the fact that I was going to be out of town the weekend before it started.

So, the competition started yesterday. Even beforehand, I was regretting signing up. I'm still trying to catch up with what I missed while I was gone, and the competition does require some time that could maybe be better spent reading CivPro. (yeah, right) So, my optimal outcome would be for us to do just well enough to not make it into the semi-finals. Anyway, yesterday was a real downer. We missed some opportunities in the mediation and lost. The good news is, it was a good learning experience. Today's opponents are among my best friends in the school, so it started out more easygoing. The judges were a little easier to deal with, too. In fact, it was an extremely successful mediation. I don't know if we won, but I don't really care at this point. Both of our teams did very well, so it's really a tossup on who comes out on top. Just coming out of it with the feeling that we did everything right is good enough for me at this point.

Still, I'll have to think a little harder before I sign up for anything more....

Monday, October 11, 2004

Weddings Are Fun

I lived in a house with a bunch of grad students for my last year of college and my first year of work. We referred to ourselves as the Ship of Dorks and we're a pretty ridiculous bunch. I'm almost definitely the most conventional one of the group, but they do bring out the best in me. Getting married hasn't really changed much that way, because the wives are just as fun.
Since we moved out, we've had one wedding a year. (Mine was number 4.) As of last year's wedding, there was only one single guy left, but he had brought his girlfriend. We were rooting for things to work out with her, because she's just our type, so we were pretty excited when they got engaged last Thanksgiving and even more excited when they scheduled the wedding for this year. So, I wasn't about to miss that, law school or no law school. The decision was simplified by the fact that I don't have an exam that really counts until March.

So, sometime on Saturday, think of me and all the fun we'll be having dancing the night away in sunny (and warm) Charleston, SC.

Still Above Water

I'm not sinking yet, although I have a busy week coming up. We're going to a friend's wedding in South Carolina from Thursday to Sunday, which is going to cut into study time. (I'm going to bring some reading for the plane, but that's the most I can hope for.) Then, the day after I get back is the mediation competition. I don't have much hope for success (or desire, really), but I would at least like to avoid major embarrassment.

Of course, all this is going to put me a little behind on the reading. And, although I aspire to someday achieve Energy Spatula's zen-like state of unconcern over class reading, I'm not quite there yet. Hence the reading for the plane. I did go to the copy place this weekend and get the spines cut on my textbooks. Now, each is in its own loose-leaf notebook, which means I can just take the sections I need for the weekend and I don't have to break my back carrying three heavy books with me.

I went to my first student group meeting last week, for the Technology Law Society. Somehow, I came away having just been elected to the position of 1L representative. This is exactly why I must not be allowed to go to more meetings.

Oh, and this week's Torts reading included an opinion so annoying that only the fact that it was written 60 years ago kept me from hopping a plane to New York to beat the judge with a stick.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

We Are Like Small, Especially Immature Children

Today's Torts case featured the phrase "bung hole". We all giggled like idiots. Then the class gunner explained all about bungholes in great depth. We all giggled even more.

Yup, we're regressing back to high school. At least I won't have to look far to find a date for prom.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Funny Day

We had a surprisingly funny day in class today. Funny ha-ha, not funny strange, like Falconred's day.

The third funniest thing to happen today was Professor CivPro's joking attempt to give us a quiz. "What do you mean? Of course I gave notice. It's right there in the paper." And sure enough, there was the notice of our quiz, in the classifieds of the school paper. (We're talking about requirements for notice now.)

The second funniest thing was Professor Torts being his usual funny self, making fun of someone for not paying attention in class. (In a nice way, cuz he's a really nice guy.)

The funniest thing was Professor Torts telling the story of the time he appeared on Sally Jesse Rafael. Especially once he got to the part where the audience booed him. We're looking for the footage now.