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Texts From My Boss: about feelings

  He’s such a Dad. Even my typos become little Dad Lessons. :P <3

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Motion practice, or something like it

Today is a solid office day. For me, at least. I was supposed to be at 26th and California, with Raymond, but I figured that because I have two huge motions that need to be done by this Friday, my time would be better spent at the office, while he worked our sex cases that […]

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“The Worst They Can Say Is No:” What I’ve learned about bravery

My career, fledgling though it is, has been transformative. There is no doubt about that. It has changed me in many ways I see clearly, and many ways that I’m sure I don’t – yet. I thrill to each new discovery about myself, and my character, and my outlook, and I’m sure I’ll keep growing […]

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So … we might not be the ones Anita Alvarez is trying to reach out to.

On Friday, August 16, I attended the Abby Foundation’s Women Together annual luncheon in Tinley Park. The foundation is named after Abigail Adams, and the luncheon was such a nice event. The speaker this year was Anita Alvarez, the Cook County States Attorney. For those not familiar with the title, that means she’s the boss […]

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I exist, I promise.

I think I remember saying that I was going to make more of an effort to share some current pictures of me on this blog, just to convince you guys that I exist and am not some middle-aged white man sitting in his mother’s basement in Butte, Montana, pretending to be a tiny, awkward, little […]

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“Do you know what makes you a real lawyer?”

An interesting question, isn’t it? Clarence Darrow had some thoughts on that. He famously said, “The only real lawyers are trial lawyers, and trial lawyers try cases to juries.” I like that answer. ┬áThe core of lawyering is to stand up before a judge and (in Illinois,) a panel of twelve people and argue your […]

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Sigh.

We just put on an almost three-day trial in Cook County. We lost. I am devastated. But still, I’m reminded of all the reasons why I wanted to be a criminal defense attorney. This is the life I chose, and I don’t regret it for a second. I’m a little more disillusioned, but not disheartened. […]

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“Isn’t it funny how your dreams come true?”

That was what my boss said to me after I told him this story. And I couldn’t agree more – it’s pretty hilarious how my life has worked out. And continues to work out. It’s pretty hilarious how all of these things I never thought would be possible just kind of … show up. So […]

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*tumbleweeds*

The reason it’s been kind of slow around here is because I came to a point a while back (February?) where I decided that there would be no more posts about open cases, unless they were VERY GENERAL posts. Like, more about a concept, in which case I could talk at length about a concept-experience […]

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Impostor Syndrome – Anyone Else Have It?

No, I’m seriously asking: does anyone else suffer from Impostor Syndrome? Because I have a feeling a lot of us do. I know I do, and if any of y’all have any tips as to how to deal with it, I’m all ears. Now, obviously, we all carry around baggage, and this isn’t going to […]

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