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Third year of running (with partners) my law firm
Hired a fantastic law clerk--we're about to make her full-time
Expanding to a much larger office where we can add up to three new associates
Managed the office when Partner S took a three-week trip
Got all my shit DONE for our holiday closure despite trial pressures

Argued two and a half trials totalling 15 days
Won the two complete ones
Won an order that still makes other family lawyers say "wait, WHAT?" from one trial
Innumerable motions and conferences as ever
Took on my first Hague Convention case
Filled in as staff family lawyer at my old clinic for most of the summer
Improved my efforts to bond with local lawyers--even got a holiday-party invite from one

Took a three-month part-time course in Dispute Resolution
Took a two-week course in Family Mediation
(Spent a goddamn fortune on the above)

Spent some fantastic time with my wonderful kid sister
Great family time in general: long weekend in a cottage near Kingston, Saturday in a hammock in my parents' backyard, wonderful Christmas break

Started seriously saving for retirement
Got serious disability insurance
Changed car insurance companies
Bought a dining table and chairs
Generally did a bunch of "aw shit I'm a real adult" things

Made another attempt at learning guitar (well, two more attempts) (I think it might stick this time)
Had a burst of sweater-finishing energy and can now wear several former WIPs
Managed the awards and trophies for the dog club
Volunteered with the literacy program for a spring and a fall session
Assisted a few dog classes

Read 175 new-to-me books and reread a few favourites
Attended my best friend's wedding
Spent a lovely weekend with her and her new husband in DC
Dated a dude for a while O_O that was a strange interlude in my life
Saw a Nine Inch Nails concert (did I mention the strange interlude?)

Saw One Direction two nights in a row ... again
Stayed obsessed with Nick
And with Harry and Zayn
Kiiinda dropped the other three
Developed a truly glorious love for Taylor Swift and her harem of pretty, pretty ladyfriends
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I am in the middle of writing a long (maybe 25-30K) Harry/Nick, though I admit I've stalled and could use a cheerleader, if any Harry/Nick people are in the mood.

Job continues to be wonderful (after the much-needed restorative break I took in September). Short issue trial set for this upcoming week, very exciting. Haven't done a trial since the spring!

Turning 27 on Monday--which I guess is tomorrow, actually, now that I think of it. WEIRD.

Oh, and ...

I got a dog! )

Best day

Jan. 24th, 2012 10:07 pm
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Today I had the initial interview with my first real new client--not brought over from Evil Old Firm, but just mine. And apparently the referral to me, from a lawyer I know a little, was INCREDIBLY glowing; her exact phrase was "he went on for ten minutes about you!" which I'm certain is an exaggeration, but STILL. And then I got another call, ANOTHER new client--two in two days!--saying a different source had recommended me highly. You guys, I think this "owning my own firm" business is ... actually going to work.

On top of that, our landlord FINALLY came through with all the stuff he's been promising; he got the lights, electricity, and heat working in our fourth office, replaced all the office carpets with lovely new ones, and otherwise spruced up the place (or, okay, brought in workers to do those things). AND Bell and our phone guys came, and now we have phones and a fax line and internet that isn't stolen!

And even more than that, I had a wonderful last date with M., who again managed to make me smile even while she was telling me she's too busy to keep dating me. It's not my best break-up ever ([personal profile] mistresscurvy holds that title forever), but it was definitely the loveliest dumping I've ever had. And she's keeping me in her phone book--maybe someday!

And THEN I went on OKC and messaged a couple of cute girls, and one got right back to me and is a fangirl and totally spotted my ~subtle bandom references, and all my partners called me from our brand-new phone line and left an adorable message on my phone, and basically: life is wonderful.


Dec. 12th, 2011 08:20 pm
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I am still very very very caught up in planning the firm (oh my god I'm about to be a partner in a law firm, WHAT IS MY LIFE), but I couldn't let this pass me by, because it made me all heart-warmed and shit:

screenshot of AO3 showing 100 kudos on the story Follow My Lead

100 kudos on Follow My Lead! This is my first story to hit that milestone (although Breakfast Served All Day is getting close), and it's just an awesome awesome thing to see. I feel very Sally Fields right now.

Hope everyone else is having a wonderful fandom Monday!
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This morning, three colleagues and I decided to form a Continental Congress and declare our intention to begin a revolution against our King George. We met in secret and signed our Declaration, and we presented it with every expectation that we would be, if not actually slaughtered on the battlefield, definitely fired on the spot.

Instead, King George ... was thrilled. And told us we could anticipate a cut-rate price for buying the colonies.

So. Sometime in the next few months, my name is going on the door of a law firm, along with my Madison, Adams, and Jefferson. We are so fucking baller.

(I fail at Canadian metaphors, but it was actually an entirely Canadian event.)

littlemousling: Cartoon beaver joyously waving a Canadian flag (beaver)
So after three years of law school, two months of Bar studying, two days of testing, ten months of articling, and two hours of brain-melting ceremony, I became a lawyer in the Province of Ontario at about 10:28 this morning.

Emotions: mixed (one part "awesome," two parts "I basically already was, c'mon"). However, I put in an order after the ceremony for custom-tailored wool litigation robes, which only lawyers are allowed to wear at court, and about those I feel 100% positive and excited. So, on the whole, I'll take it.

ETA: omg awwwww. )

ETA 2: ALSO! Just remembered. I had to swear allegiance to the Queen, AGAIN. That's twice, Canada. I'm keeping track. #stupid #notourqueen #revolutiontime #iwillhappilysweartotheflag #orthenation #orbeaver #imeanbeavers


Jun. 3rd, 2011 07:36 pm
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My articling term is over! I have completed all of the requirements to be admitted to the Bar in Ontario! I just have to go in tomorrow to sign the rolls (apparently actually a binder--how déclassé!) and then show up in barrister's robes for the Call, and I'm a lawyer.*

*Arguably also I have to pay yet more fees and get insured to REALLY be a lawyer, but we're ignoring that part today.

Here is the utterly adorable gift my office gave each of the articling students at the not-very-surprising surprise party today:

Barrister's robes wine bottle

It's wine with barrister's robes! ADORABLE. Little things like this are such a wonderful part of working in an office full of women. I miss that already.


Jun. 1st, 2011 09:13 pm
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So just about every day for the past ten months, I've driven past a construction site, where day by day, the workers have been adding a shiny new wing to a beautiful old school. It's been fascinating to watch it develop; every day it looks different, even though I can rarely pick out the changes. (The day they planted dozens of saplings in the front, though--that was easy to identify!)

Every day I have to sit at a light and I stare at this school, and its new glass and old brick, and I picture the overcrowding that will be reduced when it opens (and it looks like that's coming very soon, maybe in time for the upcoming school year), and the kids running around, and how their presence will change this struggling neighborhood.

Today, the sign went up outside the building )

I feel like there's a metaphor about my articling term hidden in there, but I'm not sure I actually want to tease it out.


Feb. 21st, 2011 10:05 pm
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Sometimes--lots of the time, the last few years--I am so happy and fulfilled and overflowing with love that I can't stop smiling.
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Graduated from law school

Studied for, took, and passed the Ontario Barrister and Solicitor examinations

Transitioned from my student permit to a brand-new work permit, gaining an entirely new status in Canada

Worked the first five months of my ten-month articling contract

Appeared in courts for four cities, including both Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice levels in one of those cities

Handled approximately 200 files in said courts, meaning dealing with about 160 individuals and about 40 "no-shows"

Drafted some cool affidavits, including one that resulted in a single mother receiving a cheque for more than $25,000 in back child support

Took a two-week driving trip across the Atlantic Provinces

Me in Cape Breton

Met and ensnared the delightful [personal profile] mistresscurvy, and am coming up on six months of wonderful long-distance romance with her

Made radical changes to my sexual self-image, holy fucking shit \o/

Saw Adam Lambert in concert three times, in three different cities: Toronto, Montreal (St-Jean), and New Orleans

Saw My Chemical Romance twice, in New York and Toronto

Saw Miike Snow in Toronto, Janelle Monae in Buffalo, and Catherine Russell in Rochester

Spent eight weekends in New York City

Attended an orgy, participated in a booty call, and got my nipples pierced

Volunteered for eight Saturdays filling out tax returns for low-income individuals

Appeared on the CBC, albeit as a background voice/audience member

Leased a car, and acquired car, renter's, and life insurance

Was stupendously happy
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So my post-law-school vacation was totally awesome. But I have to say, this employment thing? Is not half bad. And they PAY me to do it. I mean, that's just pretty damn cool, right there.

I mean, check back in twenty years and we'll see how I'm feeling about work, but right now this steady-predictable-schedule, paycheck-earning, colleague-camaraderie thing is pretty great.

(And it helps that I've made plans to spend every other weekend with my girlfriend, in my city or hers or a third. It's hard not to be pleased with a job that lets me jet off to New Orleans for a three-day weekend and fly to NYC a few weeks after that. Yay for not-working-through-the-weekends. Dear government service: you are awesome. So glad I didn't apply to Bay Street firms.)

Despite having to buy a car (bleah) and all that sort of real-life jazz, I am feeling pretty fucking set, here. ::squishes my job::
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Looooooong day in court. Main take-away lesson: you can get away with a truly vile display of smugness as long as you do it after the order has been made. Seriously, a high-five? A really loud, smacking high-five, in front of the judge? Who raised these people?

Oh, wait, I know who raised them. And that's why we think their access should be restricted. If only they'd high-fived before the order was made.

Ah, well. I have a coffee date on Thursday, so that's something, anyway.
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I know I'm the only one, but I just love when 100-graf decisions begin with the phrase, "This application came before me by way of a 14B motion."

14B motions are the one-page form used in Ontario family courts for matters which are "procedural, unopposed, or uncomplicated."

Obviously, someone thought wrong.
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The more research I do in my field, the more I suspect that keeping a copy of every single article my Evidence professor has ever written may actually be my best tack. I can't even keep track of how often she's been cited by the courts, and goodness knows I've used her stuff in pleadings many a time myself.
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Got my first solo apartment

Got my first “real” all-mine pet

Worked full time in family law for three months (and survived)

Represented clients of my clinic at about a dozen case conferences and motions, and another at a mediation for the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Landed an articling (legal apprenticeship) job that’s in my field, pays well, is a nice government position, and is in Toronto

Went to the first ever Sock Summit, held in Portland, Oregon

Also went to my first Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, and bought rather a lot of fiber

Biked, at a guess, more than 120 hours despite Toronto’s loooong and not-bike-safe winter

Learned to bake bread

Knit three sweaters (one handspun), five pairs of socks (two handspun), and various accessories including a couple of scarves (low total because I was busy spinning)

Spun 12727 yards of yarn, made up of some 36192 yards of singles. (Comparison: last year I spun 1728 yards total. That’s not even a seventh as much as this year)

And … probably other things?


May. 15th, 2009 09:52 pm
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Are you watching it? Because it's AWESOME. Seriously.

For those who already are: I am super thrilled that Cooper's bar appears to be a standing set rather than a one-off. That bar may be my new favorite character.

(Unrelated PS: Also, I have a kickass job. But it's a three-day weekend, so I am instead focusing on the glory of Southland.)
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It's true, my review lawyer* is a bit of a flake. It's true, she's not as detail-oriented as one might want in someone who's checking your work before it goes to court. It's true, she has a bad habit of skimming over anything that's not an all-caps [NAME], WHAT ABOUT THIS HERE?

But after I talk to her, I feel better prepared, calmer, and more able to represent my clients to the best of my ability. And that's why she's perfect for this job. Because it's not about her; it's about what she can bring out in us.

*the actual lawyer who makes sure we law students don't screw anything up too badly while representing clients at my legal clinic.

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