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Statistically Weeping: Finally, Sunshine

Slowly but surely, winter gives way to spring. It happened the same way every year. I’d walk out of class, and suddenly the outside world feels warm and welcoming again. After months of cold and wet, a blooming spring felt like a shock to my system. And after weeks of squirreling away in the study cave and trying to make each day count, that sunshine felt like I was resurfacing. The grey literally lifted to make room for green grass and pink cherry blossoms. Feeling the sunshine on my face for just a moment melted away some of the stress.…

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Statistically Weeping: The Role of Fear

Take a moment to picture your average law student. They look like your typical twenty something, still fresh faced out of undergrad, right? Let that student list off their credit hours, and explain what that translates to in terms of hours spent reading and briefing each night. Listen to her describe the hours she spends in clinic each week on top of editing for a journal. Or maybe he’ll tell you about the internship he travels across the city for every day while he keeps up the co-presidency of a law society. I’d be willing to lay down good money…

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Statistically Weeping: A Post-Bar Postscript

Buffalo, New York is a surprisingly charming city. Victorian row houses converted into cute, hipstery bars, antique shops, and competing claims to the original Buffalo wing abound. I’ve also been introduced to Timbits, showing up just over the border from their Canadian homeland. Right on time to provide the perfect stress induced sugar high as the clock ticktocks a little bit closer to game time. So this is the bar. The Everest-worthy achievement that comes wrapped in a bow as the world’s worst graduation present. The dreaded, the feared, an awe-inspiring, mind-numbing endeavor that tends to bring out the ugly…

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Statistically Weeping: One Law Student and Her Depression

The first rule many of us are taught in legal rhetoric classes is often issued as the commandment to know thy audience and purpose. Audience and purpose – who are you writing to and what for? Which audience? The legal community: those practicing out in the wild or law students, grinding out the hours somewhere in their first, second, third year. This audience can extend beyond those lines too. To those who love and care about anyone falling into those categories. The point being, the audience needs to be wide reaching. I’d prefer as many people as possible to fill…

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The best career advice I’ve ever received? “Be you.”

The first commandment of law school is to know and honor thyself. During the fall semester of my 2L year, I still felt just as lost as I had on the first day of class. My insecurity eventually drove me to confide in my criminal procedure professor, a woman I admire and respect. She made me feel better about the doubt I couldn’t shake. When I told her that I felt like the small town kid who made a mistake in coming to the big city, she cut me off. And in a Southern accent I had never heard in…

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