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Excuse me while I have the fuzzies.

Ugh. You guys. You’re going to have to bear with me, because I’m feeling kind of good right now. I have the warm fuzzies. <3 Well, either that, or I need to start wearing diapers. Anyway. This is going to be one of those posts where I ramble on about something that most people would […]

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“Hey! It’s great to see you out of that orange jumpsuit!”

That was what I really wanted to say when one of our clients, a defendant in a federal case, came to visit us at the office recently. But, you know, you can’t really┬ásay that to people. It’s awkward and unappreciated and weird. But my intentions are good, I swear! This client is kind of special […]

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My interactions with prosecutors are always so butt-paralyzingly awkward.

I mean, I’m awkward in general. I’m so incredibly awkward. If I’m talking to women, I’m much better, and can be myself a bit more easily. But when I’m talking to men … forget about it. I’m insanely awkward, and I can’t read between the lines of what they’re saying, and so many times I […]

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I need to get over my Wounded Bird tendencies.

Gah. You guys. I really do. I need to get over my Wounded Bird tendencies, because they’ll probably definitely hinder my performance as an attorney. And, you know, they’ll cause me to stress out way more than I should in an already supremely stressful career. I really do have Wounded Bird tendencies. Anytime I see […]

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Then there was the time I met Andrea Lyon.

So, back in law school, I really enjoyed my Criminal Law class. And then I took Criminal Procedure I, and REALLY enjoyed that. Then I took Criminal Procedure II, which was basically just adjudication, and then I took Federal Criminal Law, and then in my last semester I took a Sex Crimes seminar. Man, I […]

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Occasionally we order books for inmates. There’s a lesson in this, I swear.

We don’t do this for all of our clients that are currently in custody. Obviously. That would be far too big a project, and it would cost us far too much. It’s not that we’re cheap, because my boss is quite generous with a lot of our inmate-clients, and I’ve seen that repeatedly since I […]

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I love it when I’m underestimated. Which is often.

You guys have seen pictures of me, right? I mean, there’s a picture of me directly to the right of this post, so, obviously. Look at me. I look young, right? I always get told I look young. It’s probably because I’m petite (I’m exactly 5’1″ if I’m not slouching), and because I STILL have […]

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God bless Public Defenders!

Did I ever tell you guys that I wanted to be a public defender? I did. I really did. If it would have been easier to get a job with them (they’re unionized, which makes it a little harder for newly licensed attorneys to join the ranks), I would have been. If they would have […]

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Court Chronicles: Did I talk about our detention hearing yet?

We have a federal case out of the Northern District of Indiana that we were retained on within the last month, I want to say, and we’ve been working quite a bit on it. It’s a plea, like most of our other federal cases (except the one child porn/transportation of a minor for purposes of […]

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My clients will give me gray hairs, I swear it.

My hair is kind of a sensitive spot for me, you guys. I love it and am protective of it. And I dread the day it will change colors, which, due to a few numbskulls, might be sooner rather than later. I’m very grateful that, so far, there is not a single silver strand in […]

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