This week I started a new internship, working for a judge in a Los Angeles courthouse. Once a week, I get a case file, which is a fancy name for a big stack of papers. My job is to read the case and the parties’ briefs, conduct legal research on the issue, confer with the judge about the outcome, and draft orders for the judge’s review. My first case involves a potentially multimillion dollar judgment against a large corporation. I wish I could tell you more, but I’m bound by rules of confidentiality and canons of judicial ethics.
The point is, after two years of reading cases in old-looking textbooks with very serious, official-looking typeset, it’s easy to forget that these opinions were written by judges, who are people, and who had to sit down with a stack of papers and decide what the “right” outcome of the case should be. That’s why I take my work very seriously. Of course both parties are going to highlight cases that help their side. And of course they’re going to downplay cases that don’t. All well-written briefs sound right the first time you read them. It’s my job to cut through the noise and help the judge determine what the outcome is when the law is properly applied to the facts.
Also, here’s a bathroom selfie in celebration of my finally learning how to tie a bow tie so that it stays on straight.
International Day of Forests- this photo is a reality. It doesn’t mean there isn’t hope, but people can’t be afraid to see it, to accept it. We are part of the forests, not separate and we depend on them, just as much as they depend on us. Deforestation is complicated. The interplay between social, economic, and environmental factors demands a collaborative, open minded discussion
I've found out recently that apparently the government spends £9million on childhood cancer medication research. Sounds alot, right? They spend £550 million in adult cancer research. Now tell me it's alot. Our Children deserve better. They deserve better, more modern medications, less side effects, better results. The doctor's, nurses and researchers work damn hard with what money they are given but it's just not enough. They need more. It's 2018. Why is this still an issue?! Spend the money wisely and fairly. Childhood cancer isn't taboo. It's very real, and it's happening now. Chances are if you follow me, you know me. You therefore know a child with cancer. See? It's not that rare, is it?
Spread awareness. Even if you would rather ignore it, it could be your child one day. I never, in a million years, believed it would be mine. I wish everyday it wasn't.