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19 November 2008 @ 05:17 pm
Need a favor!! Help!!

Sorry, hate to be posting here just for asking for help, but law school has consumed my life.

This Saturday I have a mock trial for the final of one of my classes, trial advocacy. I need five people to serve as jurors and just watch and come back with a verdict.

It's this Saturday, from 10am-1:30pm, in San Francisco, near the Civic Center BART, at 198 McAllister St.

I need about five people to volunteer their time. I would be forever indebted.

Buy you coffee, lunch, whatever.
02 June 2008 @ 07:16 pm
Life is crazy, but here's a picture so you know I'm still alive. For now.

Yeah, I'm sort of a big dealCollapse )
13 May 2008 @ 12:33 pm

Done with my first year of law school. Crazy ride. I'm tired.

Unfortunately for me I don't get to party or rest, as I've got training for my job tomorrow in Fresno. However, that does mean I get to go to Yosemite and play for a little bit, as well as drop by Davis.

Wait. What?

Yep you heard that right ladies and gents, Tommy Two El is coming to Davis for one night of crazy partification! So put your pants on and let's play! I'll be in Davis Thursday night to Friday afternoon. So Thursday night--Sofias? Does that sound ok? If you've got class Friday morning that's your own damn fault, come and play with me!
07 May 2008 @ 04:08 pm
I'm wearing this shirt today.

Everyone is in death throes because of finals and a black cloud has descended over the library because everyone hates their life. Needless to say I've gotten some interesting responses from some people.

Including the Dean of the school...

...who laughed at me.
06 May 2008 @ 04:13 pm
This is a law school finals posting.

Why is this song so good?!

02 April 2008 @ 07:34 pm
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!
31 March 2008 @ 03:57 am
Holy shit what a ride. Just rolled back in from Red Rocks. Going to shower now. Recover. Expect an extensive trip report reasonably soon. Gotta develop pictures/catch up.

Short version: lots of fun, lots of climbing, lots of scary.
23 March 2008 @ 11:46 pm
I don't know if any of you watch Eli Stone, but here's a bit of embarrassing information if you do.

I have a crush on Maggie Dekker, the character played by Julie Gonzalo. I like her so much, that it's almost serving as some sort of motivation to do well in school so that I can score a job at a big firm so I can meet someone like her. Writing that out is really pathetic. (Eli Stone can be streamed online at ABC.com, but she's mine, even if she's 4 years older than I am)

I went snowboarding this weekend. Did some double black diamonds at Kirkwood. Some scary shit. Saw some people fall down the sides of mountains--they slid (and yardsaled, ha!) about the length of an entire football field. I did pretty well, though.

Next weekend I'm going to Vegas. Actually, Red Rocks, for the Red Rock Rendezvous, a three-day climbing festival. Should prove very fun. I'll take tons of pictures. After that I will be hitting the books and be a totally hermit.

Maggie Dekker, marry me.
11 March 2008 @ 01:05 pm
Oh god, I'm leaving for Yosemite tomorrow for interview and climbing until Sunday. Saturday and Sunday the weather is coming. I've got a cheapo Walmart tent that couldn't stand up to winds in Joshua Tree, never mind rain and snow... This could get interesting.