I am very sad to report my time here is running low…. But I don’t even want to think about that, lets just say I am living in denial. As the weeks progress I get harder and more interesting projects. Last week I worked on four citizen applications, did a motion for reconsideration of sentencing, a petition to convert an estate from regular to small, started a Schedule B form for a small estate and met with a couple of clients. One of the clients was for a new case that I am working on that involves theft and selling alcohol untaxed and the other was about an estate. Also, we are working on a murder trial that is scheduled for early next week. On Friday I went to court in the morning and then I spent a lot of time in the afternoon trying to contact the jail to find out someones bond and why he was arrested. That’s when I discovered reason 1,000 I want to become a lawyer, I crave excitement. Obviously someone going to jail isn’t exciting but trying to figure out why they are there is! Meanwhile, I am frequently checking USCIC’s (Immigration services) website waiting for two green cards to get approved for renewal. Confession- USCIC is definitely my home page for when I log onto the computer and I have the case number memorized so I can check quickly every time I click on the internet… not only on my work computer but my laptop as well. As much as I am in complete denial that I do not have much longer here I have started thinking about how much I am going to miss this office. I’ve become so comfortable here and would rather just stay forever… But I need to go and get a JD first.
It has been an amazing few days, this truly is the best experience I have ever had. I spent a significant amount of time last week on a very complicated auto theft case, interviewing multiple witnesses to get a story map together.(the case will be dismissed after the defendant pays her restitution… yes I am a tiny bit proud… 🙂 )This week, I have a murder case that I am working on and have been busy watching police videos of witness interviews and compiling information. These past few weeks have been some of the most fascinating, invigorating and enjoyable weeks of my life. Whether I am reading cases, calling clients, sitting in a court room or filling out an accounting form for a will, I am so invested in and interested in what I am doing that nothing else matters to me, I can’t explain it really, I am just so happy! One reason that I love it here so much is that these cases are not classroom assignments where no ones lives are really affected, and some teacher just makes something up the night before. These cases that I work on, the outcome actually means something to people. I am midway through week five and any doubt I possibly had that I shouldn’t become a lawyer is gone, I know this is what I was meant to be. I love coming to work everyday because when I get something done I feel very accomplished. It is nice to wake up and want to jump right out of bed to start my day. I am so happy I have a few more weeks here and I cannot wait to see what is in store for me!
1. I used to think to be a good leader you had to do everything all be yourself . Giving other people things to do makes you “weak” and “imposes on their time”. However, I am coming to realize that to be a good leader you have to learn to let other people take some responsibility.
2. Good leaders help people realize their potential. How are you supposed to do that if you never give anyone a chance to do anything?
3. Good leaders trust and believe that others around them are going to succeed until proven differently.
4. Your attitude and how you handle situations effect other people. How do you expect other people to stay calm if you can’t?
5. Be passionate about what you are doing.
6. If all you want to do is talk, then you are not being an effective leader. You have to have good listening and communication skills.
7. Always be setting an example. Character is who you are when none is watching.
8. What separates champions from those losers who no one remembers is the ability to flourish and succeed while in clutch situations. If chaos is in sight just keep your eye on the prize.
9. There is a fine line between confidence and conceitedness. Leaders have to be confident to get others to listen to them, but not cross the line.
10. Give credit where credit is due.