Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: It Isn’t As Scary

As 2016 moves rapidly towards its end, so does this yearlong snapshot into the lives of the “Alumna and the 1L.”  Kayley, the alumna, is a year and a half out of law school and has been a member of the Georgia Bar for almost that long.  Zandrill, the now-2L, is officially halfway through law school.  I caught up with the two of them at another great Savannah restaurant (and boutique), Cohen's Retreat. I asked them what was different in their law-related lives now than a year ago.  “It isn’t as scary,” offered Kayley about being a brand-new lawyer. She…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: Weathering a Storm

Just as Kayley and I were planning to catch up, the coastal area received word that we needed to prepare for the worst as Hurricane Matthew makes it way across the Atlantic Ocean toward Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.  By the evening of October 4th, South Carolina had issued a mandatory evacuation order for its coastal cities, including Beaufort (pronounced “bew-fert”), Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island.  That evacuation order affected a good number of our students, mostly part-time, and many had plans heading north and west towards middle and north Georgia.  Early on the morning of Thursday the 6th, people in…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: Hello, 2L!

Zandrill just began her 2L year – she’s almost halfway through law school.  I asked her how she was doing, how she felt going into her second year, advice she would give to the newbies – the 1Ls who are where she was just a year ago. In her words: I feel relieved to finally be a 2L. I feel well-seasoned and more prepared in all of my classes. I would say that 2L year came quickly, but 1L year was packed full of experiences and memories, which made it feel like forever! I do feel ready to face this…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: A New Season Forthcoming

As we approach the beginning of the school year, I’m wondering: are these those lazy, hazy, crazy days that we wish will always be here or are they the dog days? A little of both?  Savannah Law School is on a semi-sabbatical, having concluded the summer semester but gearing up for the 1L Orientation happening in a few days.  But even if the activity inside the school is somewhat diminished, outside our walls we are all continuing to do the work of legal education.  Students are completing their externships, internships, and studies abroad.  Organizations are readying their new officers and…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: HalfTime

We are halfway through the summer and it’s beginning to heat up.  Here in Savannah, we’ve experienced the normal rising temperatures but we’re expecting to be in 100-degree, sunny weather in the upcoming days.  It’s hot, humid, and we look forward to the evening rains.  Kayley’s and Zandrill’s summers have heated up on the school and work fronts.  While Kayley is still taking appointed cases in juvenile court, she recently accepted a great opportunity to get back into family law.  A small, two-attorney firm decided to hire a part-time attorney to handle its family law practice and contacted the career…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: Summer Stops for No One

Savannah Law School graduated its second class in May.  Kayley and her classmates now have a new group of fellow alumni joining them on the journey from student to lawyer, including a stop at the bar...exam.  May was a busy month for Kayley: she had volunteered with the campaigns for the re-election of the judge she completed her first externship in law school with and for his staff attorney, who was running for clerk of court in our county.  Those campaigns were fraught with negativity that is hard to bear when you personally know the candidates and you want them…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: Service, Supreme

This spring has been busy for Zandrill, Kayley, and Savannah Law School.  On April 14, the Supreme Court of Georgia held a special session at the school, hearing argument in two local cases.  Our Supreme Court travels annually to a courthouse, including those at law schools, outside Atlanta to allow citizens to watch the court preside.  Savannah Law School was fortunate to host the justices and to have them dedicate our building.  In November 2012, we moved into a building with two finished floors and endured construction on the two floors above us for a few months. We also had…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: Making it Through

We met for lunch at another of my favorite Savannah restaurants, Kayak Kafe, and the conversation soon provided an opening for Kayley to impart “how to get through the last push of first year” advice.  Looking toward the last half of the last semester of her 1L year, Zandrill realizes that the work is accelerating, not slowing down.  How did Kayley feel heading into her last set of exams the first year? “I was a basket case!”We talked about study styles, including the benefits of study groups and solo efforts. Although Kayley did sometimes study during finals with a small group…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: Of Balls, Campaign Trails, and Spring Non-Breaks

Spring seems to be upon us. The temperatures are rising, tourists are multiplying, and spur-of-the-moment (i.e., the day before) brunch reservations are getting harder to come by.   Spring also brings Balls, midterms, and political campaigns, all before Spring Break, which traditionally, for our school, is held during the week of St. Patrick’s Day because…Savannah. The annual parade starts about a half mile south of the school and travels down the road that borders the student parking lot, which is a popular spot for parade-watching.   St. Patrick’s Day is huge in Savannah, and many businesses and schools close, especially those…

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Kellyn McGee

Turning the Page: Remember that there is life (and mimosas) outside of law books

Zandrill and Kayley met in person for the first time as I caught up with them over brunch at one of my favorite Savannah restaurants, Soho South Cafe.   Three weeks into the spring semester, Zandrill has had time to get past the first year, first semester final grades.  They weren’t the “All A’s” that she wanted (and how many of us didn’t want to slay that first semester of law school?) but she is comfortable with the grades, knows what it means to prepare for and take a law school exam. She and the other 1Ls are adjusting to a…

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