Today I accepted the position at the office of the park prosecutor in Yosemite National Park. My job will be mostly responding to motions, conducting discovery, and maybe handling entire cases relating to class B misdemeanors (those with a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail or a $1000 fine). I’m currently searching for housing in El Portal and Midpines. An interesting spot of information I learned today. My future boss in that office will be leaving her position and taking a job at a firm less than a month after I start. Someone who is prepared to fill her spot will replace her, however I might have a lot more responsibility than I bargained for, which is both a blessing and a curse.
For sure, I’m quite excited.
Last night was my oral argument in Moot Court. I had to stand up in front of a panel of three judges and for 15 minutes argue a case. This was my first time in an actual courtroom, and I was nervous as hell. However, things went pretty damn well. Miraculously, after the court’s first question, my anxiety vanished and I impressed my professor, the judges and myself. My opponent was a nervous wreck, and was asked 10 questions by the judges. I did not show any sign of being nervousness, and the judges, believing I could handle it, asked me on the order of 35 questions. I think I did pretty well. I got mostly good comments from them.
This was an appellate hearing, so no questioning of witnesses, no opening and closing statements or anything flashy like that. My opponent (the petitioner) talked for 13 minutes, presenting his side of the case, and responding to the court’s questions. Then I took the stand (as the respondent) for 15 minutes and fielded the court’s questions. Finally, opposing counsel rebutted for 2 minutes. However, since I was answering a judge’s question as my time ran out and went over for approximately one minute, my opponent was given an extra minute to rebut. He was not so happy about that, he wanted out of that courtroom. (The judges even offered him that there are opportunities outside of litigation for lawyers. Ouch!)
The case we were arguing was that brought by the Sheehans regarding the 49ers’ patdown policy at Monster Park. Some info here.
The case is actually before the Supreme Court right now, so it will be interesting to see how it comes out.
I’m definitely trying out for the moot court team for next semester, so we’ll see what happens with that. I’ve definitely spurred an interest in litigation.
Going to see an A’s game this Friday.
I’m writing a trip report for my weekend in Red Rocks, so you’ll want to stay tuned for that one. It’s an exciting one!