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::taps mic:: “Is this thing on?”

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Mar 13, 2017 in The After-3L Life

If any of my older readers are still checking this blog occasionally, (1) I love you but (2) you probably need to seek therapy 😉

It’s been over a year since I wrote anything here at law:/dev/null. Officially the longest hiatus from blogging I’d had since I started way back in the halcyon days of my 1L year.

A metric f*ckload of life has happened since then. I ran for office (and got blown out).1 One of my criminal defense cases went viral. And then it went viral again, and again, and again, and again.2

T Greg's Twitter Followers Over Time

My Twitter followers over time, a 1,599% increase since my last post

So basically Twitter became my home instead of the blogging world 😂

We also did a lot of philanthropy work, raising money for the American Heart Association, SHIFT NC, Crayons2Calculators, and two separate “foodraisers” for the kids at a local elementary school (that looks like it will be an annual thing!).

The intern I hired as my paralegal back in March 2015 passed the July 2015 bar exam and started working for me as an attorney in October 2015, so she’s now been with the firm for more than a year. The attorney in Charlotte I brought on board back in August 2015 still works with us too.

Not everything has been lollipops and rainbows, of course. The catch to being a candidate is that running the campaign nearly bankrupted the law firm.3 😞 You might remember from this old post that we opened a Charlotte office in September 2015; well we decided to close it in August 2016 due to the costs, and in the months since I’ve been scrambling to get the law firm back on the upward trajectory it was on before I foolishly opted to jump into the ring.

Oh and I nearly died of pneumonia back in December 2015. But I’m still here!

Getting back into blogging was one of my 3 New Year’s Resolutions this year,4 so I figured it was time to log back in to the WordPress Dashboard and see how many e-cobwebs had built up in my absence. I’ll clean out the blogroll some time soon, and may or may not change the theme to something more modern — we’ll see.

Until then, thanks for checking in!

  1. Upside: I picked up more votes than any Republican to run for the seat, along with endorsements from the conservative gun rights org GrassRoots NC, plus the moderate NC Voters for Animal Welfare, plus the progressive Independent Weekly (who even had my smiling face on their cover for this profile story, the entire week leading up to the election 😮). Oh, and Montel Williams (seriously). Not bad for a first-time Republican candidate in blue territory during the Trump era, right? []
  2. I’d include all the links to it, but there are a lot of them. It was terrifying. []
  3. Running for office and running a business are not compatible. I don’t care what anyone tells you. []
  4. The other two? Take home at least $50K, and get below 200lbs. I’m not yet making much progress on either of them. []

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“Now, therefore, be it resolved…” (2014 Edition)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 27, 2014 in Randomness

Maybe it’s because 2012 turned out so well and a correction was due.

Maybe it’s because my goals for 2013 were too ambitious.

Maybe I’m just overly optimistic.

But I definitely went 0-for-3 on my New Year’s resolutions this past year :beatup:

For a quick recap on the resolutions themselves, you can read the entry from a year ago today. The reasons for the failures are numerous, but in a nutshell: NC SPICE wasn’t approved for 501(c)(3) status until late in the year and is (temporarily) dead in the water, I stopped exercising and regained every. single. pound. I lost the year before,1 and the number I picked as a revenue target for my law firm in Year 1 was a wild guess with no relation to anything even vaguely resembling reality.

Now normally I’d take all that as a signal to stop with the resolutions entirely. Not worrying about something certainly trumps failing at it.

But I also hate going out on a loss (something you might have noticed from past entries).

Soooo once again throwing caution and impulse control to the wind, here are my three resolutions for 2014:

  1. Blog more. Across all of 2013, I only updated law:/dev/null a mere 14 times :surprised: — barely over once a month (and 4 of those entries were last January alone). Granted, I like to think most of those 14 entries have really good stuff in them; I’ve gotten several comments on the tips for first-year solos, and a barrage of emails on the entries detailing my first-year finances and then responding to questions about those finances. But at the same time, as great as those entries were, there’s a bunch of other stuff I wanted to rant about and just never got around to it.2 So I’m going to try and do better than once a month on the blog front.
  2. Fix the TGD Law website. My law firm’s website has suffered from the same neglect as the blog. I set up the basic framework two Thanksgivings ago now, and other than finally adding a bio and a contact page I haven’t really done much of anything with it. I’ve somehow gotten to nearly 200 clients in a year3 without a single page really detailing the stuff I actually do. I need to get on it before Thanksgiving #3.
  3. Finish TGD Law’s 2nd fiscal year with $140K+ in revenue. I had just picked a random number when I threw out $70K last year as a revenue target, and then promptly missed it by 37%. I don’t actually expect to reach $140K this time around, but I figure if I miss it by 37% too I’ll have actually had a pretty good year ;)

And now that they’re committed to writing, that means I’ll actually have to work on them (ha!).4

Have a great week y’all! :D

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From the New Year’s Resolutions archives:

  • 2014: “Now, therefore, be it resolved…” (2014 Edition)
    • “Blog more”
    • “Fix the TGD Law website”
    • “Finish TGD Law’s 2nd fiscal year with $140K+ in revenue”
  • 2013: “Now, therefore, be it resolved…” (2013 Edition)
    • “Wrap up the weight loss” (Failed)
    • “Open the first SPICE Center” (Failed)
    • “Finish TGD Law’s fiscal year with $70K+ in revenue” (Failed)
  • 2012: Mission Accomplished (or “T., Esq.”)
    • “Graduate with honors” (Done!)
    • “Don’t f*ck up my commencement speech” (Done!)
    • “Pass the North Carolina bar exam on the first try” (Done!)
  • 2011: [combined with 2012 post] –
    • “Push my GPA above a 3.0” (Done!… then Failed)
    • “Get back in some semblance of shape” (Failed)
    • “Win something” (Done!)
  • 2010: “Now, therefore, be it resolved…”
    • “Finish 1L year with at least a 3.0 GPA” (Failed)
    • “Make it to, and through, Marine Corps OCS” (Failed)
    • “Finish [UNCASG] strong” (Done!)
  • 2009: [combined with 2010 post] –
    • “Graduate from N.C. State” (Done!)
    • “Win reelection as UNCASG President” (Done!)
    • “Get into law school” (Done!)
  1. Which has made wearing my suits an experience (and not in a good way) — I got them all tailored midway through the weight loss, and now they’re all insanely tight around the waist and I can’t afford to buy new ones :beatup: []
  2. Ranting is a great stress reliever, and spares folks from having to listen to me do it in person ;) []
  3. And only lost 3 cases! []
  4. Post #1 of at-least-15 down btw :D []

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“Now, therefore, be it resolved…” (2013 Edition)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 27, 2013 in Randomness

Good evening y’all! :)

Last year’s resolutions turned out pretty well at 3-for-3, so against my better judgment I decided to keep the practice going for one more year.

I’m a few weeks behind in committing them to writing, but here’s what I’ve got as my top objectives for 2013:

  1. Wrap up the weight loss. I know, I know: cliché alert. After being one of those people who (gently) teased the folks who chronically make “I’m really going to get in shape this year! Really!” resolutions they never try to follow for more than a week, I’m now one of the folks making said resolutions :beatup: In my case I’m serious though! I’d already put in a consistent effort, dropping -27lbs in 4.5 months, but “fell off the wagon” back in late November because I thoroughly despise exercising in the cold. Once it warms back up I’d like to finally get down to my target of 175lbs so I can lighten up a smidge on the low-calorie lifestyle.
  2. Open the first SPICE Center. Forward momentum on NC SPICE was building pretty well at the end of last year… until things with the law firm started picking up and I had to scale back splitting my time between the two. I certainly don’t want the law firm business to slow down (especially since it’s my only avenue for paying bills!) but I’m pushing to get the doors opened on our first SPICE Center so the ball will start rolling on that too.
  3. Finish TGD Law’s fiscal year with $70K+ in revenue. This one’s the least likely of the group — not least of which because 1/12th of the year is already over and we’re not even close to that rate — but I figure it never hurts to dream, right? :D

Any of y’all have resolutions you’re trying to keep? If so, here’s hoping 2013 is a successful year for all of us! :)

More to come this week, have a great night y’all!

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From the New Year’s Resolutions archives:

  • 2013: “Now, therefore, be it resolved…” (2013 Edition)
    • “Wrap up the weight loss”
    • “Open the first SPICE Center”
    • “Finish TGD Law’s fiscal year with $70K+ in revenue”
  • 2012: Mission Accomplished (or “T., Esq.”)
    • “Graduate with honors” (Done!)
    • “Don’t f*ck up my commencement speech” (Done!)
    • “Pass the North Carolina bar exam on the first try” (Done!)
  • 2011: [combined with 2012 post] –
    • “Push my GPA above a 3.0” (Done!… then Failed)
    • “Get back in some semblance of shape” (Failed)
    • “Win something” (Done!)
  • 2010: “Now, therefore, be it resolved…”
    • “Finish 1L year with at least a 3.0 GPA” (Failed)
    • “Make it to, and through, Marine Corps OCS” (Failed)
    • “Finish [UNCASG] strong” (Done!)
  • 2009: [combined with 2010 post] –
    • “Graduate from N.C. State” (Done!)
    • “Win reelection as UNCASG President” (Done!)
    • “Get into law school” (Done!)

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Mission Accomplished (or “T., Esq.”)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Sep 2, 2012 in The After-3L Life

It’s a testament to how poorly a job I’ve done updating law:/dev/null that I’m just now posting about something that happened a week ago :beatup:

But I’m officially a minimally-competent lawyer now! :spin:

The North Carolina Board of Law Examiners put folks’ letters in the mail back on Friday 08/24/12 so most people got them last weekend. While mine was in my mailbox, I was at East Carolina University for the August UNCASG meeting where I ran a leadership development workshop I put together a few years ago for student leaders…1 anything to keep myself preoccupied and not thinking about bar results.

I got to the post office on Sunday afternoon, stopped to say a prayer a couple paces before getting to the box, opened it up, and found the NCBLE letter sandwiched in between a fundraising solicitation and a bill. Then I took a deep breath, tore off the right edge of the envelope, pulled out the letter, took a deep breath again, and unfolded it to see…

Unbelievable — I PASSED!

“Congratulations! I am happy to inform you that you have passed the July 2012 North Carolina Bar Examination.”

Right then I had to stop and briefly drop to my knees in prayer, just before following that up with a fist pump and blurting out something that was supposed to sound like “Yeah!” but I’m pretty sure came out more like “yeworilfkjsaszahh!” — thankfully I was the only person in the post office to hear it :beatup:

This also makes it the first year since 2009 that I successfully accomplished all of my New Year’s resolutions. :D

If you happen to be a long-time reader, you might recall back during 1L year I posted this entry with my ’09 and ’10 resolutions — and only managed to accomplish 1 of the 3 for 2010, finishing my tenure as UNCASG President on a high note (while ending 1L year well below the 3.0 GPA I wanted and never even making it to OCS after failing my Physical Fitness Test for the Marine Corps).

I never posted a 2011 entry because I was preoccupied with school at the time, but I only ended up 1 for 3 then too:

  1. “Push my GPA above a 3.0” (which it was, very briefly, before taking an F in ConLaw II);
  2. “Get back in some semblance of shape” (HA! 10 more pounds later…); and,
  3. “Win something” (the only one I finally accomplished this Fall).

Not to be cowed into timidity by my 33% success rate two years in a row, for 2012 I went with the 3 things that were most important to me:

  1. “Graduate with honors” (final GPA: 3.0002);
  2. “Don’t f*ck up my commencement speech” (Yes, that’s actually how I wrote it down. And I think it turned out well.); and,
  3. “Pass the North Carolina bar exam on the first try” (hence this entry).

To say I was surprised would be an understatement. I didn’t think I did bad enough to fail, but I also wasn’t sure I did well enough to pass (especially on the MBE). It’s a huge weight lifted off my shoulders — especially knowing I didn’t disappoint my grandparents.3

The whole occasion has been unexpectedly somber because a good chunk of my friends didn’t make it — NCCU Law‘s pass rate for NC first-time takers dropped to 60% this time :surprised: — but that just means I need to work harder on getting NC SPICE off the ground so I can help support them in February :)

At the very least they too can become big-time real estate lawyers while I toil away in the low-paid non-profit world :beatup:

More to come in the week ahead. Have a great night!

  1. The content and presentation both get good reviews, so if you happen to know anyone interested in hearing it let me know — I love that stuff! :) []
  2. Yes, I quite literally tied the cutoff for graduating cum laude. How incredibly epic is that?? :D []
  3. Nan’s brother’s son (my great uncle I guess?) is a big-time real estate lawyer, a point that apparently has been getting raised fairly regularly over the years as my side of the family has pursued far less lucrative occupations. But said big-time lawyer also failed the bar the first time, saying “Everyone fails North Carolina the first time they take it.” Needless to say Nan is quite tickled that she has a lawyer on her side of the family now and without hitting the “everyone fails” speed bump. ;) []

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“Now, therefore, be it resolved…”

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 6, 2010 in Randomness

A pair of readers noticed that my kk-inspired run-through of the 2000s assiduously avoided any reference to New Year’s resolutions.

It’s not that I don’t like them or don’t make them, I just intentionally set the ball so laughably low that they’re not really resolutions at all so much as statements of things that will happen (barring an utter catastrophe). A quote that Jansen posted here pretty much sums up why I haven’t had “real” resolutions.

Last year was a case in point, when I only had 3 “resolutions”:

  1. Graduate from N.C. State
  2. Win reelection as UNCASG President
  3. Get into law school

The first one was going to happen come hell or high water — the only question was whether it would be in the spring, summer session I, summer session II, or fall :) I couldn’t let myself come into 2010 as a perennial undergrad.

Reelection was also a relatively foregone conclusion, since a majority of the voting delegates asked me to run again. The only catch was that I had to be enrolled in a UNC institution, and I wasn’t sure either NCCU Law or UNCCH Law would accept me — so I just planned to pick up a Master’s in Econ at NC State as a fallback. Sad, I know, but I love my job :beatup:

“Get into law school” was intentionally worded that way too: even if I didn’t get in where I wanted to go, I was going to get in somewhere even if it meant applying to some JD farm :D Luckily I got my first choice.

So 3 “resolutions,” 0 of which were actually in doubt.

Since setting a low bar worked so well last year, I was going to take it a step further this year and set no bar at all. But I felt bad when I was talking with some friends who were sharing their own resolutions, expecting me to do the same… and then I said I had none. So after that I came up with a few for 2010. Here goes:

  1. Finish 1L year with at least a 3.0 GPA. A friend of mine who graduated from a T2 law school this past May said that law school grades were 1 part your effort, 2 parts your classmates’ efforts, and 3 parts random chance. Even if his aphorism turns out to be true, I’d really really really like to finish the year with at least a B average. Considering my grades in undergrad, I’d like to be considered a “good student” again :)
  2. Make it to, and through, Marine Corps OCS. Last July I started the application process to become a JAG officer in the USMC, got to the Physical Fitness Test… and discovered I was more out of shape than I thought. I’ve been doing physical training since then but progress has been slow, especially last month when I was on crutches. Getting to Officer Candidate School this June is going to depend on getting to 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches, and 3 miles in 18 minutes. I’ve got a long way to go and only 3.5 months to get there.
  3. Finish strong. My term as UNCASG President ends on April 30th, which also marks the last time I’ll be involved as a Student Government official of any kind at the campus- or state-wide levels. Even you new readers to law:/dev/null know I take SG seriously — for reasons I’ll elaborate on in a later post — so I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to adjust :beatup: But if this is going to be the end, I want to finish on top. After breaking so many records in a year I’d like to knock down a couple more in the few months that are left.

So that’s my list of resolutions for 2010. They’re a little more difficult than the resolutions from last year, but hopefully when I write a post like this a year from now it’ll turn out the bar was still set pretty low :)

Off to bed, UNC Board of Governors meeting in the morning. Have a good night folks! :D

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