Thursday, May 1, 2014

5 years a lawyer

Yesterday I celebrated 5 years of passing the Bar exam and officially becoming a lawyer. Of course, I was too busy with work and life yesterday to actually talk about it on the anniversary itself, but hey, that's a good thing. I will never forget that day, 5 years ago. They say that you can type your name into the directory of lawyers on the announcement day before you get the official notice. The problem with this is that you have no idea what order they put your name into the system, so you might have passed, but not know it until 10 am when someone else finds out at 7am. I didn't want to be sitting in agony, typing my name into the search bar like a lunatic, for hours on end--I didn't want to go to the bad place like that. SO, since they said everyone would be notified by noon, I did what any self respecting person would do---I stayed up until 4am so I would sleep until noon. Logical, right? Well, at about 8:30 am, my phone starts blaring. UGH--it was my dad--why why why was he calling? I know he wanted to ask me if I passed but I TOLD him my staying awake plan and here he was waking me up. Couldn't he just be patient? (Answer: no. And neither could I--clearly I am his daughter.) Sleepily I answered the phone and I heard screaming. Dad was at court and he had the Judge's office staff check to see if my name was on the list--it was!!! I went from dead asleep to wide awake in .05 seconds. I PASSED! I'm a lawyer!! Dad told me to get down to the office because everyone wanted to see me. I remember walking around my room in a daze. I couldn't get dressed, I couldn't find shoes, I couldn't do anything. I just kept going in circles. By the time I got to the office my dad had arranged it so I could do my first official job as an attorney-an uncontested divorce. He also had cards printed up for me! It was so nice! My official letter from the Bar also arrived. Then, Forrest came up from dental school to surprise me and take me to lunch! It was a fabulously fun day!!
I've learned so much in my 5 years as an attorney. Some days I want to laugh, some days I want to cry, some days I want to hit people. However, no matter what happens during the day, I am always satisfied simply because my days are spent helping others. I have really learned a lot about myself as a person too. I've grown in confidence but also in empathy and compassion.  I stop and think before I make a snap decision or judgment. Since my days are filled with handling the issues of others, I am much better at thinking about the needs of others instead of only my own. I hope that I can continue to grow and become even more humanistic and an even fiercer advocate for my clients and their needs. For today, I'm just grateful to have a job that a love and clients that trust me! Here's to the next 5!!
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1 comment:

  1. Congrats! I bet getting that pass was the best feeling in the world!


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