I’ve been at my job for two and a half months now, and I’m starting to go to court! It’s very exciting for me, although, like most things, I’m sure it will become boring or even something I dread some days. But today is not that day! Today, I am excited to go to court!
I went to a “Short Calendar” in New London yesterday that was only foreclosures. I went to observe my colleague argue two cases. As the name implies, Short Calendars are made up of dozens of motions between dozens of parties that can be argued relatively quickly. In foreclosure court that might be a Motion to Reapply for Foreclosure Mediation made by a defendant, or a Motion to Extend the Law Day (the day the house is foreclosed on) by the defendant, or (in our case) a Motion for Strict Foreclosure made by the plaintiff (in our case this was the Town–we do tax foreclosures), or a Motion for Foreclosure by Sale made by the plaintiff (the Town or the bank). These are relatively short arguments, and the court hears dozens of them over the course of a morning.
Well, yesterday was a bit odd. Everything moved slowly, and my colleague told me to leave at 11:00, even though he hadn’t argued yet. I needed to go to Probate Court in Norwich to read through a file, and then we needed to get back to the office to prepare for a Trial/Administrative Appeal today. So I reluctantly left, not having seen the argument. Next Monday I will accompany him to a foreclosure Short Calendar in Middletown. And at some point, very soon, I will have to go to the Short Calendars by myself!!
So today is a Trial/Administrative Appeal. It’s an appeal of a decision by a Zoning Board of Appeals. You appeal those decisions to the Superior Court, which is the trial court level in Connecticut. So even though it’s an appeal, it’s heard at the trial court level. I’m not exactly sure how that all shakes out, but I’ll find out today.
My very first day of work, two and a half months ago, I was given the task of writing the reply brief/trial brief for this case. I read a bunch of case law and zoning regulations, and went through a half-dozen drafts back and forth with my colleague. So I have a soft spot for this case, and I’m psyched to “second chair” the trial.
In other news, I’ve been loving the August Break photo-a-day program. A few weeks ago I was at my grandparents’ cottage with my brother and sister-in-law. We were chatting about Instagram, and I said that you could follow me on Instagram to see pictures of my cats. “And food!” my sister-in-law added. “And food, indeed!” I agreed. The August Break prompts have given me a new perspective on things to share.
I obviously adored the “in my bag” prompt, sharing what’s in my work bag, my clutch, and my organizer cube that goes from bag to bag (thanks Tom Bihn for retweeting that link! My blog traffic really spiked!!!). Taking the “selfie” brought me a bit out of my comfort zone, but I was reminded of the Dove Selfie Campaign video I saw in January (it’s 8 minutes long, but worth it). I feel generally more inspired to capture different parts of my life, now, which is super cool.
I also have been appreciating my camera, which lets me take cool shots, like this one where only the water is in focus. I posted what’s in my camera bag, and I’ll write more about my camera set-up sometime.
I hope your August is going spectacularly. Wish me luck at court today!
All the best,