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2nd-Aug-2008 12:57 am
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
So, okay, I got ABRUPTLY VOLUNTEERED FOR this legal clinic on Wednesday. It was on Thursday night, and then they were HERE YOU GO THE CASELIST ♥ and that's when I realised I had to prepare seven entirely new cases between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening. I went into PANIC LOCKDOWN and then I thought Hell, if I can do this, there is going to be so little that is going to scare me after that.

oh God, last night I got back past 10pm (volunteering at a legal clinic), and tonight I got back near midnight (... LAWSOC EVENT)- and the crazy thing is that I'm really starting to realise that you can actually wake up thinking about your job, go to sleep thinking about your job, dream about your job, and if you wanted to you could CHOOSE to hang with only people from or associated with your job, and the saddest part of the whole deal is part of me thinks it can't get much better than this.

BUT PLEASE I MUST ADVISE YOU. If you are ever attacked by someone with a can of insecticide, please do not under any circumstances open your mouth.

Ladies and gentlemen,


oh god. On the Thursday morning I was feeling so smashed by the clinic stressout that before going to work (ALL BEFORE OFFICE HOURS AT 9AM, OKAY) I curled up in Starbucks and had coffee and did my case preparation, and happened to pick up a paper lying on the sofa. I think it was one of those incredibly pretentious and wordy foreign newspapers in the line of the Wall Street Journal (I AM SORRY. I READ CURRENT AFFAIRS FOR THE LAW. I SUCK.) AND IT HAD THIS CARTOON. And I was so tired and such a nervous wreck, but it made me grin (as did the incredibly cheerful guy who was behind the counter at Starbucks. Made my morning, I tell you. And I tell you, service staff make a difference.

also I am one of those really freaky people that always play this secret game with service staff, especially if they look really tired and grouchy: I always have this private competition with myself to see if I can make them smile. So, say I go to a subway counter to get a top-up and the person looks really grouchy, I always smile my brightest smile and thank them and tell them to have a good day. AND SOMETIMES IT WORKS AMAZINGLY. ♥ There was this reallllly cranky-looking guy who was behind the counter at the train station, and I did the smile thing, and HE SMILED BACK. And it was doubly incredibly because I was SO SUPERSURE THAT HE WOULD NOT SMILE BACK BUT WANTED TO TRY ANYWAY.

... I think this last one is probably a joke only lawyers find funny :(((

I DON'T KNOW WHY ALL THE COMICS ARE GOING ON TO LEGAL/COURTROOM THEMES THIS WEEK. ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME SOMETHING. Even Peanuts has Snoopy as a "World Famous Attorney" defending Peter Rabbit and Trying To Prove to Your Honour that "My client never had any intention of going into Mr. Mcgregor's garden."

Also I got these amazing quizzes from adayume:


It is bloody embarrassing how much SPANNER is splashed all over the place. SHOUICHI TOO.

And you can make your results look different, too:

lolololol mafia persona:

So once I wrote this fic, which had, essentially, Spanner as the boss, and Gokudera as his right-hand man, with the both of them raising chibi!Tsuna. THEN I CHANGED ALL THE NAMES, but anyway,

ALSO THE NEXT ONE. I am always of the opinion that these seme/uke classifications never put me in the right place, ever, but in particular I demand a retrial for HIS ONE Seme/Uke quiz. I tied so perfectly in my result that the quiz had to give me a tiebreaker question to settle it once and for all, and EVEN THOUGH MY PERCENTAGES STILL WERE PERFECTLY EVEN, AND STILL I GOT:


My percentages tie perfectly for Gentle Seme and Optimistic Uke, GODDAMIT.

ROFL. I'm both the most loving seme and the lowest of the ukes. RETRIAL.

The SEME or UKE Quiz
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You scored as The Optimistic UKE

You are the kindest, most sweet, and cutest of all UKE kind. This is not really a bad thing, actually it's very good. You may be the lowest level of UKE but you are also the happiest and most adorable. You are often a fan of things you can snuggle with and cartoons will never grow boring for you. You smile a lot and nothing ever seems to get you down which makes you a great match for the Gentle SEME. Be warned, though, my Uke-friend.. rough times await you if a Homicidal SEME lingers too close. You would do well to befriend a Sorrowful UKE as I'm sure your happy-go-lucky attitude will balance out their depression. On my last note I will say that ropes, whips, and chains aren't your fancies even if they are tempting - I'd stick to just the simple stuff if I were you.

The Gentle SEME


The Optimistic UKE


The Breaker SEME


The Homicidal SEME


The Devilish UKE


The Sorrowful UKE


1st-Aug-2008 08:04 pm (UTC) - ... unexpectedly long comment
Oh man, when I hear the Defender of the Evil thing makes me want to SMACK PEOPLE SO HARD. It is one of my major @)#$)#@)$)#)#$)#$ issues, and - have you seen skellywright, which calls itself a Public Defender blog? Sometimes it helps to hear what others think about criminal law and its practice.

Uh, the reason I know of that blog and that its kind exist is that I once kind of completely vented on this issue, um, when I said defending guilty people wasn't easy, and for some HILARIOUS REASON that blog found and linked me, and I've always thought it SO FUNNY that anyone unfortunate enough to click on the link expecting a SERIOUS LAW BLOG would wind up being basically INUNDATED BY FANDOM.

Please don't ever feel bad about doing criminal work. It is one of the things I feel most strongly about in law, and after I started working I felt more and more that it was one of the most important areas of the law. Hell, a criminal conviction is serious stuff, and it is of utmost importance that people be helped as much as possible when fighting off one.

Criminal research can be very tricky. And it always feels like the whole weight of the law and the prosecution system is against you - and I always think that is BECAUSE IT IS! Where you are the discovery system is a little bit better, and criminal cases get handled better, I think.

(heck I have boxes blocking half my doorway)
2nd-Aug-2008 03:56 am (UTC) - Re: ... unexpectedly long comment
I understand the importance of the crim defence bar; but sadly, having conservative-minded Asian parents/family do not help one bit. Not only do they blindly belief the prosecution and the police are always right, they also believe those wrongly accused must have "some dirt" on them.

I had the same discussion with a friend of mine too--he said the police had no motive to lie; therefore, they must conduct their work diligently. Sigh....it is because the police has such great power to accuse that we need to keep our guard up to ensure they are exercising that power carefully.

Three cheers behind our boxes--and I'll toss some chocolate over too :D
3rd-Aug-2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
My heart goes out to you. It's tough enough doing your job as it is, without having family opinion to contend with, as well. I think it's frankly ridiculous to think that the prosecution's always right - prosecutors are human, too. They can be wrong, or relying on wrong evidence, or any number of different things. Undoubtedly there are people the police will have dirt on, but there are certainly innocent people, or at least people who aren't necessarily guilty.

I agree completely with you on the police's great power meaning that much more care must be taken. Very true. It is so easy to accept the evidence unquestioningly - so easy to think everyone who's caught must be bad or wrong.
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