First case == win!

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Sep 24, 2012 in The After-3L Life | Subscribe

Hey everybody!

I know it’s been ages since I last updated, and any hopes of getting through the May/June backlog have been dashed. I’ve got a lot to update y’all on but an 8am meeting tomorrow so not a lot of time to do it tonight :beatup:


Some (duly anonymized) details are over at this entry on JD Oasis, a blog-ish/forum-y spot where I’ve been contributing pieces once a week.1 Here’s an excerpt:

When we were all in law school, each of us probably heard the century-old lawyer’s adage “When the law is on your side, hammer the law; and when the facts are on your side, hammer the facts” (typically followed by “and when neither is on your side, hammer the table”).

It’s a magical experience seeing it play out in person.

Earlier today I served as local counsel at a foreclosure hearing on behalf of a mortgagor. I’d had some trial experience under North Carolina’s 3L Practice Rule, but this was my first hearing since becoming a bona fide attorney as well as my first involving real estate law.

And, at least on the legal merits, it was a dog of a case.

I’ll let you head over to JD Oasis for the rest, but it was pretty unexpected and exciting and awesome all rolled together (and obviously not something likely to happen again any time soon).

More updates on life — including some positive NC SPICE-related news — some time in the next few days!2 Have a great night! :D

  1. Yes I realize I really should be updating law:/dev/null at least once a week too since it’s my own site — I promise I’m working on that! :beatup: []
  2. For now I’m just relishing the unblemished a 3-0 record ;) []

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Sep 27, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Congrats on the win, especially considering it was a tough case and you were on the side of the downtrodden. But you really should buy some more professional clothes, and NCCU shouldn’t have a law school. The market is saturated enough, and it hardly needs any more schools with 60% pass rates.

Oct 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM

There’s something more professional than a charcoal suit, white shirt, and power tie? This “being a real lawyer” thing is harder than I thought! :beatup:

The rest of your comment doesn’t make any actual sense — if NCCU Law people aren’t passing the bar, they’re not contributing to market saturation; if they are passing the bar, they’re becoming lawyers at one of the lowest costs in the country — so I’ll just agree to embrace getting rid of NCCU’s law school when you embrace shutting down everyone charging more than $9K annually :)

After all, the market isn’t saturated with attorneys: it’s saturated with attorneys trying to bill out at $250+/hr because they’re trying to repay their quarter-mil+ in loan debt ;)


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