I just realized that title could be taken two ways. Don’t worry, my post will be about my time in the city 😉 Anyhoo, moving on from that inappropriate and largely unnecessary joke, yesterday I went into Chicago to shadow a judge at the Daley Center through a program at my school. I was nervous for several reasons. First, I put judges on a fairly high pedestal, and the idea of actually interacting with one terrified me. The unknown terrifies me. And, I couldn’t find a proper suit that fit me in time, which made all of the above even more terrifying.
It ended up being a fantastic experience, and I’m going to share with some of the highlights of the day.
1) My judge was one of the jolliest men I have ever met. When he would be hearing motions he would end each one by saying, “Super!”. It makes me a little more relaxed to think that I won’t come up against onerous judges my entire career. Because I have encountered a few that were not exactly friendly.
2) Mid-morning we sat in on traffic court. Oh my word, that is like entering a whole new world. My favorite part was the man who came to his hearing wearing a stolen shirt complete with the still-attached-security-tag. Keeping it classy, Chicago.
3) The other student who shadowed this judge was a friend of mine and I found out during lunch that she grew up with my first law school crush. To say that the lunch was informative would be putting it lightly!
4) I had the privilege of sitting in on the beginning of a medical malpractice case after lunch. That it the exact type of law that I would like to practice, and I cannot even put into words how amazing it was to sit in the courtroom and watch what I will potentially be doing in three years. Sitting in that room only solidified my desire to go into that field.
The law school fun doesn’t end there. I don’t know if I should tack on unfortunately or fortunately to that sentence. Tonight I have a networking reception at Willis Tower where I will be meeting a number of large firms in the city. The word nervous does not even begin to cover my feelings on tonight. However, I DID find a proper suit this morning so at least I will be well outfitted!
Did any of you do anything exciting this week?