ORIGINALLY POSTED 12/16/09–I’ve been gone from the law school less than a week and it feels like forever. When my Property exam finally rolled around, I was so beyond exhausted it was like welcoming death; I just wanted it to be done. Law school exams are very much like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get. It has less to do with how you did personally and more to do with how you compare to others. After three semesters I’ve yet to predict my grade on an exam, so I’m not even going to try. Instead, I’m going to stay “law-free” for the semester break. Yeah, right!
Monday I took my son to participate as a juror in our YMCA Teen Court. The kids have already been found guilty of their offenses, usually drug/alcohol-related, and they go to Teen Court for sentencing. The whole court is run by kids including the judge, jury and lawyers. It was really cool to see these 13-17 year old kids handle court procedure so well; I was impressed. Not only did it give my son a glimpse into the legal process, I can’t think of a better life lesson than being part of a jury called to deliberate on another kid’s fate after he broke the law. As my son will be 13 on Saturday, I think this was a powerful experience that won’t soon be forgotten. On the ride home I asked about the factors they considered when deciding the number of community service hours to assess. He said they considered whether the kid was remorseful, whether he was a good student and if he had a history of trouble. They thought that the maximum hours should be reserved for those that showed no remorse and/or were habitual trouble-makers. Wow. What insightful kids.
The holidays are in full swing back at my old office with a luncheon or potluck every time you turn around. I am enjoying my time without a law book in my face. Unless… does John Grisham count? Wishing you all a blessed and Merry Christmas.