I’ve been extremely frustrated with BarBri and my lack of a job lately, so when I read this story this morning, it made me cry a little, but here’s to hoping I become the next Harrison Ford…
Harrison Ford, who is undoubtedly a brilliant and successful actor in Hollywood, moved to Los Angeles in 1964 to pursue a career in acting. Unhappy with the bit parts offered to him for about 5 years, he took up carpentry to support his then-wife and sons.
While working as a carpenter, he was hired by GEORGE LUCAS to build cabinets in his home, who then offered him a supporting role in American Graffiti. Then, shortly after FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’s success in The Godfather, Coppola hired Ford to expand his office, who also then offered him roles in The Conversation and Apocalypse Now.
But back to George Lucas. He and Ford became friends, and that’s how Ford won the roles of HAN SOLO and INDIANA JONES a few years later.
So… dear World, send me my George Lucas soon, OK? Thanks!
MBE FOD: A directed verdict for the prosecution in a criminal case is unconstitutional. Makes sense, I suppose.
I am convinced that making good small talk and schmoozing is a key skill every attorney should have. And anyone who knows me has heard me say that it was definitely not a familiar characteristic before I left Los Angeles.
If there is one benefit about working at CI*, it has definitely forced me to conquer the art of schmoozin’. I’ve learned that it’s not so much about me talking, but about me asking the right questions so that I actually never have to talk. Because in all honesty, no one would want to hear what I have to say - I’m brutally judgmental about all our customers… with reason, though, I swear.
OK, I’m a terrible person.
Take tonight for example, a guy mentioned he was interested in a woman who was about to start law school. He asked if it would be too difficult and stressful for her to handle a new relationship during her first year. I gave him my answer - which was that a great percentage of my classmates who entered law school with a significant other broke up during 1L year. It’s nearly inevitable.
He thanked me for my candidness and told me that perhaps he shouldn’t pursue her so fervently, and will see where things will head in a year. Then he said, “But to be honest, I’m 36 years old. I’m not going to wait around a year for her. Who’s to say I’m still going to be single next year?”
I said, “You’re absolutely right. Good luck with everything.”
What I should have said was, “Dude, you’re 36, and you look like George Costanza. I don’t think neither you nor she has anything to worry about.”
Unemployment is no joke. Except when it comes to mine. It’s almost funny how many interviews I’ve been on. Almost.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with a partner of F,L,&S* who, while practiced the very areas of law I am fascinated with, very unfortunately is located just 5 miles out of Nowhere-ville, TX.
The interview was unorthodox. He simply told me he assumed I was capable of the job, and suggested I would immediately get an offer if I could only promise to relocate with a long term commitment to Nowhere-ville, TX.
which I can’t.
So he concluded the twenty minute meeting by letting me know if I changed my mind and was still interested, to send him an email indicating so. Emboldened with this idea, I walked away believing that - for once! - I was able to turn down a job. Me! I said NO. No, sir, I do not want to work for you.
annnnnnd then they sent me a letter yesterday that read, Thanks but no thanks.
Excuse me?! Let’s set this straight. I said no to you.
I so rarely get to do this. So I get the last word here. me. :D
MBE FOD: You can’t spell manslaughter without laughter.
just kidding! (but it’s true)
A conspiracy defendant is entitled to acquittal only upon showing that all of the other co-conspirators were acquitted or its equivalent (not guilty by reason of insanity or the person didn’t intend to go through with the crime)