Here’s another reason why I love Generation J.D.: the most-read blog posts of the year include tips for job interviews and reminiscing about the bar exam. But the most-read blog post of the year prominently features Dungeons & Dragons.
A big thank you to all of the contributors this year for making this blog a success. We’ve got 10 people blogging right now (you’ll meet our newest blogger tomorrow) but are always on the lookout for young lawyers who want to write about their experiences being, well, young lawyers.
If you’re interested in one day blogging for us, please send me an email.
And now, without further ado, the most-read Generation J.D. blog posts of the year:
1. All gang members start of playing Dungeons & Dragons — Jan. 31
It took 20 pages for the U.S Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit to decide that convicted murderer Kevin Singer was not allowed to play Dungeons & Dragons in prison because it could lead to gang activity.
(Sidenote: I saw this story first on a website I visit daily — www.syfy.com — which I always type in as www.scifi.com. All of you nerds know why. It even had a link to a great Above the Law article on the subject.)
I had some friends in junior high school who played D&D. They were all nerds (I say this lovingly — I was and still am a nerd). Every last one of them embodied at least 75 percent of the stereotypical nerd description — unpopular, academic, lacking in sports knowledge, lacking the ability/desire to play sports, routinely bullied and with a severely compromised ability to interact with the opposite sex.
2. What I hate about lawyering — April 4
We did a good job for that client.
Our firm represented her a few times before the Workers’ Compensation Commission. There was an appeal to the circuit court, and trial was on the calendar. We negotiated a fantastic settlement, submitted it to the commission, and it was approved. The check came in the mail shortly thereafter.
My client didn’t want me to mail it to her (it was a lot), so I offered to drive it to her. I’m an early morning riser, and I arranged to deliver it at 7:30 a.m.
3. Being professional with the unprofessional — July 21
While on a telephone call recently to discuss my client’s response to a plaintiff’s request for production of documents in a case, the opposing counsel became dismissive and accusatory toward my client (and me).
Despite efforts to bring decorum back to the conversation, counsel requested I inform my client that, upon receipt of judgment by the plaintiff, he would take immediate effort to collect judgment and somehow made an analogy to this effort and his genitals.
I don’t recall the exact quote, as I was somewhat stunned by his statement (both in the fact that he said it and the fact that he was able to make the analogy).
4. I hated the bar exam — April 14
I hated the bar exam. I really hated it. Although a pacifist in faith, I must confess I had some very bad thoughts for the folks who created the bar exam and those who graded it.
The months leading up to it were a miserable existence of studying various subjects, some of which had very little to no impact in my law school life. I still remember looking at my BarBri book and reviewing the subjects with pure terror. Family law? I never took that course? Corporations?
“I plan on being a trial attorney, why would I study corporations?” Commercial law? Wait, I actually studied this subject, but that was of no importance because I studied law in New York, a strange land where the old UCC still roamed free.
I am happy that I have a job (that I enjoy, no less).
Call it what you want — a jungle, a nightmare, a never-ending cycle of rejection –- but the legal job market in today’s economy can be characterized with this single legal term: sucky. Large law firms have cut back the hiring of summer associates (thereby decreasing the number of offers they will make at the end of the year), recent graduates are facing a difficult time finding legal work, and a Boston University Law Student has even written the dean of the school requesting his tuition back because the student cannot find a job (this topic is for another blog).
Whatever you want to call it, the legal job market is one tough place right now.