Occupational Hazards

You might think that being a lawyer means you don’t have to worry about any occupational hazards. In the last four weeks, I’ve encountered several. (Don’t worry, this is much shorter than the last post.)

First, there’s the paper cuts. So many paper cuts. Paper cuts on my fingers, paper cuts on my palms, paper cuts on my wrists, paper cuts on the back of my hands, paper cuts on my arms. Paper cuts absolutely everywhere. Fortunately, the printer paper we use here isn’t the highest quality, so most of the paper cuts are fairly small. Every once in a while, though, I have the misfortune of getting a new folder, and reaching to grab it the wrong way. Let me tell you, paper cuts from cardboard are just the worst. Actually, that’s not quite accurate. The truly worst thing is when you don’t initially realize you have a paper cut, and then you go to wash your hands. Or you put some hand sanitizer on. Or you’re eating something, say a taco or burrito, with a delicious spicy salsa inside, and a drip of sauce comes out and hits your hand. That’s the worst.

Next, being female, I tend to wear heels to work. Aside from the standard blisters and callouses I’ve developed, I also recently noticed that my arches have a tendency to cramp now. I thought that getting a charley horse in my calf was awful. It is so much worse when it is in the arch of your foot. Significantly harder to massage out, too.

And finally, while computers have made the life of a lawyer many times easier, they too bring their own hazards. (Seriously, I have no idea how people did research prior to online databases. I am so glad I did not have to learn to research from books, and instead can rely on said databases for all my case and statute finding needs.) Unfortunately, because I’m doing all my research on computers, I’m staring at a computer screen for hours at a time. This is compounded when I come home and have tests to grade from the Journal Writing Competition. (You may remember that last year at this time, I had just finished the competition. Later in the summer, I found out to my delight that I would be on Moot Court. Well, this year, I had to help grade the rising 2L’s entries.) Now, staring at a computer screen is no fun. But recently, I’ve noticed that my eyes have been crazy bloodshot. My goal is to get myself in court more often, because at least those files are on paper. Unfortunately I’ve got my appeal edits to work on, and another major research project to finish, so I’ll be spending at least every afternoon staring at a computer screen. The upside is that the fewer paper files I get, the less likely I am to get paper cuts…

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