That noise in the title is my horn. I am tooting it. (I promise, this blog hasn’t changed from “The Unfortunate Wallet” to “The LawElk Brags About All Of The Things” even if that’s how it currently looks. I have two substantive legal blog posts in the works, so I’ll get right back to boring you all with legal jargon instead of boring you all with my horn-tooting.)
This morning, I mostly worked on research and writing. One of the things I wrote was an opposition motion for an attorney I’d worked with before. I’d actually written the same motion for him a few weeks ago in a different case. (That is the motion that we won on that I mentioned yesterday.) I dropped that off to him this afternoon, and got profuse thanks and appreciation for my efforts. I’m planning to pop in on the hearing. It should be interesting.
After, I stopped in with an attorney I’ve been trying to make time to meet with for a couple weeks. She’s been in trials and had grand juries and all kinds of other things, so we haven’t had a chance to talk about my latest project. I’d sent her notes I took though. She printed them and read them, though. I wrote up a section in narrative form, separated by issue, where I attempted to break down how the case law applies to our case, and how we should respond to the defendant’s motion. I also created a “case chart.”
The case chart is something I learned about in my legal research and writing class, and perfected while working on moot court arguments. Essentially you make a table, and each row represents a different case/opinion. The first column has the case name and citation, the next one has the issue addressed by that case, then the holding, then specific rationales, then possibly important factual distinctions. The important part is that where you’re listing specific rationales or factual distinctions, you also list pincites (exact page numbers) so that you can easily reference what you researched later.
The attorney I was talking to held up the chart and asked me where I found it. I told her that I made it myself, and she said “OH MY GOD I LOVE IT I WANT TO MARRY IT.” Then she hugged my chart. She said that she had thought that perhaps our appellate division made it, and that she really appreciated it and was impressed by my work. I was quite pleased with myself. I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone tell me that they wanted to marry anything I’ve done before. That is definitely one of the best compliments I’ve received.
Short post today, because I stayed late at work, and still need to eat dinner. (At 8:30 as I write this. I did get a snack at the office.) That’s the intern life, sometimes, though.