I came home last night all bouncy. I love this! This is what I went to law school for! Yay!
Wow, you sound amazingly like my best friend forestfire
here... That's her great love, too.
Oooo. I'm adding her to my friends list!!!
Alabama would still be equal, but separate (if slavery were even outlawed) if their Soverignty were left intact.
2003-09-25 11:25 am (UTC)
Re: State Sovereignty
Oh, there definitely need to be limits, no doubt. Garcia, though, did more than just the usual "everything is interstate commerce" routine to get around state sovereignty. It openly said, there's nothing that Congress can impose on you that we will examine, short of outright hostilities (it's a 1985 decision, if memory serves). It hasn't been upheld intact, but it was pretty radical, and parts of it are still good law.
Stop before it's too late. Don't pound your malleable brain with that hammer. No. Stop. Wait.
But seriously, don't go getting the idea that the law is generally exciting. After that brief high you get the first time you see an issue, it quickly sears an ugly callous in your brain. There can be no love for thought and ideas after law school. The closest you will get is some vitriol, to which you either grow addicted or avoid, because you disgust yourself.
Oh, sure, a new area of the law can be briefly stimulating, but you'll find out that it's really just the same old kettle of fish guts pretty quickly. Then you'll realize what you've done to yourself. Now, you can win those arguments with relative ease. But you no longer get a thrill from coming up with that brilliant strategy. You might not even want to try. You've permanently seared an enjoyable aspect of your life into dead, still flesh with a hot iron.
And if you haven't, then you've learned nothing in law school.
This is too good not to post in my own journal.
Wow, do YOU sound like a midlife crisis waiting to happen!
I know lawyers who feel this way, and others who continue to love their work. Perhaps it is naive of me to think so, but I believe that starting later in life with a better idea of what this is all about will help me avoid the disillusionment of which you speak - after all, this IS my midlife crisis. And, worse case scenario, by the time I reach that bitter, regretful stage after practicing for 10-15 years, I'll be ready to retire anyway!
You shall not rain upon my parade! Be gone, dull care!!!!
Oh, the thrill shall be gone much sooner than that, my dearie, my dear.
Behold, the rain cometh, and ye shall in no wise avoid its cleansing wrath!
The commitment to help people can keep the dream alive. Well, until you realize that there's really no changing the balance of power. The only way to keep it fresh is to make it all about the individual. This is probably why I'm quite so gloomy--I don't get to do so. And frankly, in my field, that itself is no picnic. There is a mountain of work to make the smallest difference for the individual, which really solves a problem in only the rarest of circumstances.
Or, let me put it this way--I do not envy your position either for its bright start, nor for its road to follow.
But enjoy it nonetheless. That is our lot in this quickly waning life.
Gee, am I gloomy or what?
Now do you understand why I named my journal thus? 'Tis countenances like yours that force my determined grip upon joy.
I think you're right about the happiness coming from helping individuals. And this is the reason why I would like to get back into immigration. they are uphill battles, but they are worth fighting.
BTW, my ex spent a number of years certain that he wanted to get out of the grind of day-to-day lawyering (his specialty was environmental law) and get into administration, and he ws finally given the opportunity, made the director of the Oil and Gas Liaison Office.
He hated it. Couldn't get anything done. Felt like his skills were atrophying. Got out of it as quickly as he could. Now he's overseeing superfund sight cleanups as a civil attorney for the U.S. Army and liking it much better. He doesn't complain about not being in the position to get things done, because he learned that as the "ground troop" he had a lot more say.
Yes, I also believe that ground troops do, in reality, have a lot more say. Until they are fired.
I really have heard that immigration lawyers are much happier than most.
I don't want to get into administration. I want out. I want to do the "do my own thing" thing. And I can help people as I see fit and on my whim. I want the lottery. If you win the lottery, you had better tell those buggers to cut me in!
Alas, lottery was not one, and I continue to slog along, wage slave.
His career has been a series of successes followed by changes of administration that forced him out, followed by even larger successes. He's actually one hell of an attorney.