Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

Just Your Average Joe Blogging Away His Debt—In One Year or Less

Posts Tagged ‘clerkship

What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

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Total Black: -$199.61
Total Red: $269,947.74

This is the end.  My only friends.  The end.  Of my elaborate plans.  The end.  Can’t you picture what could’ve been?  So limitless and free.  Desperately in need . . . of some . . . stranger’s hand.  In my desperate land.  It hurts to set you free.  But you’ll never follow me.  This is, after all, the end.    Keep reading . . .

Meet George Jetson

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Total Black: $2,364.76
Total Red: $270,000.16

Talking with Officemate yesterday got me thinking about my plans after clerking.  Officemate will be finishing up soon and moving on to something new.  I feel confident that I’d have the opportunity to continue for a second year here.  Whether I want to and whether I should are two separate considerations.  But I got thinking about my career path.  I don’t know that I have one.  Keep reading . . .

Time to Shine

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Total Black: $3,789.90
Total Red: $243,714.55

Not to toot my own horn too much.  But I’m thinking that there may very well be quite a few opportunities here to advance my career.
Keep reading . . .

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June 15, 2010 at 22:26

Job Hunting

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Total Black: $3,789.90
Total Red: $243,657.05

Well, I started pounding the electronic pavement today.  I noted back in By Night in a New Land that I would be considering this option.  With the possibility of a monthly car payment, it must become more than a possibility.  And, as mentioned back in Craigslist Addict, I tended to rely mostly on that website to find leads.  That site isn’t really used much down here, so I’m left to the old-fashioned methods.  Keep reading . . .

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June 14, 2010 at 22:48

What’s the Difference?

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Total Black: $3,045.18
Total Red: $240,911.55

I noted yesterday that I’m already One Week In.  And now I’m wondering what the difference is between my past life and here.  Keep reading . . .

One Week In

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Total Black: $3,069.28
Total Red: $241,011.55

Roughly one week on the job.  And the island.  And I’d say I’m settling in fairly well.  At work, the criminal trial, mentioned in Court, began in earnest today.  I don’t think I’ve ever participated in a trial—in any capacity, including as an observer—from the very beginning to the very end.  The only drawback to working for the court is that all the other tasks we’ve got before us gets shelved for however long we’re away from our desks.  In an ideal world, I’d go back to my desk after court each day and put in another few hours working on cases.  But that didn’t happen yesterday or today.  At least today I had an excuse.  Keep reading . . .

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June 8, 2010 at 23:26

Court

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Total Black: $3,990.14
Total Red: $240,969.50

Day One of a criminal trial.  Defendant is accused of assault with the intent to murder along with a few other charges.  The incident allegedly happened last year, right down the road from the courthouse, when the defendant shot at the victim while both were driving down a public road.  The issue highlights a serious problem currently plaguing the Virgin Islands: retaliatory crimes.  Keep reading . . .

From Times Square to Time Square

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Total Black: $1,828.30
Total Red: $242,253.50

So, it’s starting to settle in that I’ve gone from this.  Keep reading . . .

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June 2, 2010 at 22:31

592 Days

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Total Black: $2,425.73
Total Red: $241,855.21

Today I became a law clerk.  And after 592 days, I am no longer laid-off.  Keep reading . . .

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June 1, 2010 at 23:49

Two Weeks Left

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Total Black: $961.36
Total Red: $235,291.98

It’s downhill from here.  Only two weeks remaining until I my time in New York is finished.  But you really couldn’t tell if you looked around.  Hardly anything packed.  I’m still working insane hours.  And neither looked poised to change any time soon.  Keep reading . . .

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May 16, 2010 at 23:41

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

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Total Black: $1,055.46
Total Red: $
235,259.75

Today I signed the lease for the new apartment and sent in three cashier’s checks, each for nine hundred dollars.  My new apartment is adorable.  And comes with an amazing view.  This will be my back yard.  Keep reading . . .

First Impressions

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Total Black: $2,758.40
Total Red: $235,111.49

I’m back in New York after a short stint visiting the place I’ll soon call home.  And I think I’m going to love it there.  I’m moving to . . . drum roll please . . . Keep reading . . .

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May 12, 2010 at 20:22

Tenth Day of Accounting

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Total Black: $2,940.82

Here’s the Breakdown:

Primary Checking: $2,937.02
Secondary Checking: $0.00
Savings: $3.09
PayPal Account (Personal): $0.71
PayPal Account (Blog): $0.00
Amazon Payments Account: $0.005
Mutual Funds Account: $0.00

FICO Score [pending]

Total Red: $234,907.81

Here’s the breakdown:

Credit Card Debt:

MasterCard: $5,000.00
Visa: $7,837.42
Visa: $4,794.08
American Express: $2,435.26
Raymour & Flanagan Credit Line: $6,340.68
Saks Fifth Avenue Credit Card: $370.18

Student Loan Debt:

Federal Stafford Loans: $94,504.20
Private Student Loans: $31,813.92

Back Taxes:

IRS (2007): $1,438.11
IRS (2008): $28,275.80
IRS (2009): $2,840.00

NY State (2008): $0.00
NY State (2009): $2,785.00

Other Loans:

My mother: $46,473.16

Umm . . . yeah . . . so . . . total red is clearly going the wrong way.  And I don’t foresee an opportunity anytime soon to stop it.  But that’s ok because sometimes you need to let something bleed out first.  Keep reading . . .

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May 10, 2010 at 23:12

Runnin’ Me Ragged

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Total Black: $3,013.26
Total Red: $234,907.81

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there.  Mine, unfortunately, doesn’t get to spend it with this child.  I worked all day.  Again.  At both jobs.  Again.  And in a few hours I fly to the new location to find for an apartment.  Keep reading . . .

Finances, Finances

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Total Black: $1,097.64
Total Red: $235,215.12

Co-Clerk’s advice, mentioned yesterday in A Nice Gesture has been weighing on my mind.  I’ve got to a lot to finance in a very short period of time: pack and move my belongings to Pennsylvania, fly myself (and probably another person) to the new location with two cats in tow, put down first month’s rent, security deposition, and possibly last—and, given what Co-Clerk mentioned in A Nice Gesture, probably second month’s rent too.  Just to be safe.  And then there’s any other incidental expenses along the way, like buying a car.  I’m starting to get more than a bit worried about financing this move to get to the clerkship.  But first I need to deal with my apartment. Keep reading . . .

A Nice Gesture

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Total Black: $1,247.35
Total Red: $235,215.12

I’ve become a bit jaded with lawyers these past few years.  My troubles with the Colleague and his refusal to pay me.  Then there’s the landlord’s lawyers and all of their shenanigans involving my apartment and the numerous rent demands and then proceeding initiated back in October or November; although I may have been late, I always paid.  No matter to them though.  And we can’t forget the ol’ pals at my former law firm and how they kicked twenty of us (and many more since) to the curb because of the Great Recession.  And last and least are many of the contract attorneys I’ve had to work around or even with in some cases.  Not many bright and shining stars of the profession there.  So today when I met with my future co-clerk here in Manhattan I was touchingly surprised. Keep reading . . .

Everyone Knows

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Total Black: $2,096.80
Total Red: $235,294.78

Well, today I told the last few people left in the dark about my departure: the law firm I’m temping with and the landlord’s management company.  I figured it was time I let both know.  I needed to alert to the landlord that I’m leaving in order to find out what my options would be regarding my lease.  And as for the law firm, I needed to let them know I’d be out of two for a few days when I fly to the new location to check out apartments. Keep reading . . .

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April 26, 2010 at 23:35

Slipped My Mind

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Total Black: $73.51
Total Red: $234,846.52

Last night was the first night I somewhat voluntarily chose not to blog.  I say somewhat because it was only at roughly 2:25am that I woke up, slightly inebriated still, and remembered that I hadn’t posted.  But I was too tired to bother getting out of bed, running the numbers, and putting up a place holder.  So that means I’ll have two gaps in my year: one voluntarily and one not.  Keep reading . . .

Get A Move On

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Total Black: $173.20
Total Red: $234,846.52

My sister telephoned on Thursday evening just as I was leaving the building of the contract attorney job.  In most instances, I never answer my telephone.  Typically I’m working and therefore never take calls unless it’s urgent.  Frankly I find it unprofessional the way contract attorneys—or anyone for that matter—answers their cellphones in public, quite often wherever they themselves, and just start up a conversation.  Nearly always it’s not that important.  But in the Era of On-Demand, people expect to be able to access you always and instantly.  With my work schedule, however, and personal cell phone policy—that rarely happens—to the chagrin of my family and friends.  But tonight I answered because I was leaving work.  Keep reading . . .

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April 16, 2010 at 23:58

Now What?

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Total Black: $756.49
Total Red: $229,268.63

Believe it or not, but I still haven’t received formal notice from either court informing me of my application status.  No offers.  No rejections.  Of course, I received an email from the farther judge’s clerk, offering me the position.  But that’s not the same as a formal letter in hand, spelling out terms of employment and other important details.  I don’t doubt that I have the position, but that certainty—that paper in hand—would be nice.  For now I must wait.  And I’m not really a patient person.  Keep reading . . .

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April 14, 2010 at 22:46

Synchronicity

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Total Black: $403.65
Total Red: $229,634.11

While walking to the theatre tonight, I started thinking about the synchronicity of life.  How life sometimes randomly syncs itself, so to speak.  For a few weeks now, I’ve had flashes this good-bye party thrown in the Time-Out New York Lounge at New World Stages.  The bar is decorated in a theme matching the farther location I’d be moving to.  Lots of people are there to see me off: from different chapters in my life.  Perhaps it’s time to start planning that party.  Keep reading . . .

Show Time

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Total Black: $512.12
Total Red: $229,634.11

Well . . . I finally heard back about one of the clerkship opportunities.  Keep reading . . .

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April 6, 2010 at 23:27

Movin’ On

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Total Black: $0.67
Total Red: $229,570.75

Well, when God closes a door somewhere He opens a window, right?  So goes the saying.  Sometimes though I wish he’d use some Windex on that window cause it’s damn hard to see out it of it to what lies ahead.  Earlier today the line from “The Shawshank Redemption” came to me: “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”  Nothing will be accomplished by wallowing in pity.  Keep reading . . .

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March 31, 2010 at 23:49

Pins and Needles

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Total Black: $0.67
Total Red: $229,570.75

No word on any front.  No telephone calls from either judge.  No rejection letters in the mail yet either.  Twenty-first century technology lends new meaning to waiting by the phone, especially when you carry it with you all day. Keep reading . . .

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March 30, 2010 at 23:13

Court Jester

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Total Black: $433.11
Total Red: $229,875.12

Last night, while writing Bubbles Galore, I received a voice mail from Drunk Texter, asking me if I could cover a shift from him this week.  Somehow my brain worked that event into my sleep and I dreamed about having to leave him for the clerkship.  The only other image I recall now from that dream was that I somehow ripped the blue shirt I was supposed to wear on the interview.  Premonition?  Because today felt like a waste of time and energy. Keep reading . . .

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March 29, 2010 at 21:58