Blog Entry 56
March 24th, 2010
So this is what it means to be busy…
We had our G. Mennen 1L moot court competition on Saturday. It was a long day, but I think generally enjoyable for everyone. I was honored to be one of the 34 students (out of about 280 first year students) selected to advance to the quarterfinals in the competition, as was my fellow blogger Ashley. Our reward for our hard work? We got to spend the next couple days preparing an argument for the other side to deliver during the quarterfinals, which were on Tuesday.
I think I speak for all of us who advanced when I say that I was very honored and excited, but at the same time, it was a very stressful couple of days. We had been working with this case since the beginning of January, and I represented the government since then. It proved to be challenging to switch my mindset from government to defendant, and it took a lot of work to rewrite my argument. Add to that the fact that I have been fighting off a cold for awhile now (it still isn’t gone), not getting more than five hours of sleep the past few nights, and I was a bit of a mess yesterday. I ended up doing a respectable job with my argument, but I’m sure I could have done better. I didn’t advance, but I was pretty okay with that fact…I got to go home, watch some television, get to bed early and then get up today and wear jeans! The moot court semifinal and final rounds are tonight, and two of the people from my section will be arguing then; it will be fun to see who comes out on top.
Today, I officially accepted an externship offer with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for the summer, and I am really looking forward to it. I will be working in their community prosecution division which works on non-fatal shootings and other violent crimes, things that people in the community would care about. The attorneys in this division are assigned to one particular Detroit police district and work both at the main office and at the station. This division seems to work more with the investigation process, and it seems like I will have some really interesting opportunities.
Now I just have to get through the rest of this school year…