9-11 Ten Years Later

ORIGINALLY POSTED 9/7/11–This week is the 10th anniversary of 9-11. I suppose we all remember where we were.  I was eleven days into a new job at the University of Texas System. I had a good friend in New York then and I recall trying to call him on my cell phone with trembling hands. Between busy signals the calls to his work and cell phone went unanswered. I finally found him at home in Queens. My call broke the news. He flipped on the television and we silently shared the collapse over telephonic miles. As I sat in my office looking at the beautiful Texas flag flying outside my window, I didn’t want to hang up. I breathed a quiet prayer of thanks that I found my friend. Many others, I know, never found theirs.

Later, a wave of dizziness passed over me when I remembered that right before I got the job at UT I had been actively seeking to relocate to NYC. I sent many resumes to the east coast and once spoke to a recruiter from Morgan Stanley who wanted to interview me. Although they wouldn’t pay for me to relocate, he told me to keep his information and to call and schedule an interview when I got there.  Morgan Stanley occupied no less than twenty floors in Two World Trade Center, the highest being the 74th floor; United flight 175 hit right at floors 77-85. I wonder if the man I spoke with made it out; I wish I remembered his name.

That day changed my life. That was when “homeland security” came into being and when my job at UT, protecting sensitive documents from release, took on greater significance.  That’s when I found out that sometimes the greater good is truly greater. That’s when I decided I would do my job so as to become one more brick in our country’s wall of defense. As a future attorney, that’s the kind of job I want—one that makes a difference, one that means something.  For all its imperfections, America is still the best country on earth.

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About LegalTrenches

I graduated law school in May 2012 and have been blogging about my experience as a non-traditional student since my 2L year. I live over 200 miles from my law school and so I commuted two round trips a week from the beginning. I put almost 1000 miles a week on my car. Law school is crazy. It's even crazier as a non-traditional commuter student, but I wouldn't have had it any other way! I blogged my way through bar prep and sat for the July 2012 Texas Bar exam. Hopefully some of my experiences will help out those taking the bar exam after me. On Nov. 1, 2012, I received my bar results and became an officially licensed Texas lawyer! Follow me as I transition into the legal world as a brand new baby lawyer. I'll try to keep it light and promise to keep it real.

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