For the last two and a half weeks, I have been working as a certified legal intern for the public defender’s office in my county. As a CLI, I am able to do every aspect of the public defender position under the supervision of a senior attorney. I walked in on the first day completely terrified that I would not know what to do, be unprepared, and affect someone’s life. However, I am learning that no one is every completely prepared and as long as I try my hardest, ask questions when I’m unsure, and advocate for my client, I cannot fail.
Three weeks ago, I did not think I could empathize with a defendant. Honestly, even though it isn’t the law, we all see someone in a court room and think “what did he did?”. Legally, everyone is innocent until proven guilty but it is in our nature to see people as guilty until proven otherwise. Nonetheless, I have been able to sit down and talk to clients AND see his or her side of the story. Sometimes police officers do make mistakes, witnesses remember things incorrectly, or the prosecutor cannot prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
A lot of times the only thing that separates the client from me (or you) is bad timing. Most people I know have had a few drinks at dinner and drove home, yet they were not stopped by police for running a red light/making an improper turn switch/use the horn improperly.
Sidenote: Did you know that you CAN be cited for improper use of the horn?
316.271 Horns and warning devices.—
(1) Every motor vehicle when operated upon a highway shall be equipped with a horn in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible under
normal conditions from a distance of not less than 200 feet.
(2) No horn or other warning device shall emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound or a whistle.
(3) The driver of a motor vehicle shall, when reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation, give audible warning with his or her horn.
This was the HIGHLIGHT of my first week because I found it slightly insane to pull someone over for honking!
If you have never watched a live trial before (Law & Order does not count), you need to go see one! You will change your outlook on the legal system, society, and maybe, life.
I’m excited to see how the rest of this summer turns out… and for my first trial!
Today is the end of week one of eight. My progress has not been perfect but it is only the first week so I am hopeful.
I’ve reached the point (again) in which I am upset with letting myself give up on my health. The only way to avoid this is to STOP GIVING UP!
This coming week will be most challenging, though, because my friend is visiting. These trips usually revolve around Publix hoagies, bang-bang shrimp (from Bonefish) and other not-so-healthy foods. My goal is to not deprive myself or else my cravings will increase, so I will limit my consumption and work on finding healthy alternatives when possible.
Looking at this chart, I am extremely upset that I am considered “overfat“… that is a HUGE wakeup call for someone who always considered herself, relatively healthy. I lost 20 lbs last summer and am realizing now that “skinny fat” is a real term!
I will reach my goals because the only person that can hold me back is me. And, I want this!
Have you ever sat down and tried to talk to God? Not rattling off a prayer you learned in kindergarten but really sitting down and talking to God? Continue reading