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Going casual for a whole month? Ok…

Posted in Casual, Job, Wear to Work with tags , , , , on April 5, 2011 by Jessica

So in light of the tragedy that has occurred in Japan, my office decided to do something about. So they decided to do a fundraiser titled “Casual for Charity”. Basically, for a small donation individuals at the office can wear denim for the next month! Of course, I jumped on it. Who doesn’t like to wear denim as often as possible (and to keep down their dry cleaning bill)?

I find that dressing casually at the office presents its own particular set of problems. First, there is the ability to maintain an appearance of authority that is inherent in business attire. In order to do this, I plan to wear more structured tops than normal such as button-front shirts, more fitted/structured sweaters, and vests.

So for my first day of a month of casual, this is what I wore:

I think this particular outfit fits the bill pretty well. I like these jeans in particular for the what appears to be faux seams/pleats down the front of the lower leg. I honestly have no idea how these lines appeared down the front these jeans, but I rather like the look of them.
As for the vest – I spent some considerable time obsessing over finding a suiting-style vest that I liked. This is what I came up with. It’s not 100% what I wanted, but I do rather like it. As is very obvious, not all of the buttons can be button (though in my own defense I would point out that the bottom button-hole is not a real hole and is just for show). I am aware of the fact that an item such as this doesn’t… well… down-play certain assets of mine. However, I take the attitude that my, uh, assets are fairly obvious to the rest of the world. And it’s not like they’re hanging all out for the whole world to see. So trying to dress as if they don’t exist, or worse, that I might be embarrassed by them, is pretty much futile.

Now it’s time for dinner and a little de-compression after a busy day. Have a great evening, all!

Thoughts 7 weeks into my first job

Posted in About Me, Job, Lawyering with tags , , , on April 3, 2011 by Jessica

I’ll have been at my job a whole 7 weeks tomorrow. That’s 3 paychecks (with the 4th arriving Friday this week). That’s a sizable handful of hearings and trips to Ocala, Tallahassee, and Daytona Beach. That’s 35 days in the office and something along the lines of 280 hours actually in the office and 90 hours billed (cut me some slack, I’m new at this).

I’m starting to feel more confident with what I’m doing the more time that passes. It was only about 4 weeks ago that I was officially assigned my own caseload and expected to cover hearings. I find that the longer I am forced to actually practice, the more comfortable I become with it. That first leap into actual, real lawyering is a scary one – but making that leap is the only way to become comfortable with the job.

Don’t get me wrong – I still frequently have moments where I have absolutely no clue what is going on or what I should do. But I find those moments becoming fewer and farther between. I’m not longer walking into my supervisor’s office 12 times a day with questions – now I’m down to 3-4 times a day.

7 weeks into my first job I can say that I am happy and that I feel good about the caliber at which I am performing my job. There’s alot of I’ved learned and that I’m now comfortable with, but there is still much for me to learn and grow more accustomed to. All in all, I think this is going to be a good stretch.

Nighty night, readers!

Writing your firm bio

Posted in About Me, Job, Law Firm with tags , , , , on March 27, 2011 by Jessica

So this weekend I’ve been instructed to complete a task that requires finding that delicate balance between hubris and humility – writing my bio for the firm website. Thanks to the ladies at Corporette (scroll down to around comment 90 to see my question and the responses it received), I was able to get some advice.

Generally speaking, the theme of the advice offered was to check out what everyone else wrote.  Not including the bios of the higher-ups, most of the associate bios ranged from about 70 to 150 words. Some where very bare bones – where and when they went to school and when they were admitted to the bar. A few took a few more liberties discussing accolades, areas of concentration, or memberships.

Seeing the relative shortness of the firm bios written by other associates, I’ve found the greatest challenge to be keeping my bio brief. Rather than just stating an accomplishment or association, my instinct would be to describe it as well. But 70-150 words doesn’t give a whole lot of wiggle room for description. For the same reason, there’s also the issue of deciding which accolades and memberships to actually include. Thankfully the brevity of my bio should keep any over-the-top hubris to a minimum.

So this is what I submitted (redacted to protect the blogger’s and firm’s privacy):

Jessica C, Esq., is an associate at the Tampa office of [Law Firm]. Before joining the firm, Ms. Craven completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida in December 2006, graduating magna cum laude. Ms. Craven completed her Juris Doctor from [Law School] in May 2010 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in October 2010.

 While at [Law School], Ms. Craven received a Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy in addition to her JD. She was also active in the legal fraternity [Fraternity Name] and remains active as an Assistant District Justice.

Ms. Craven is a nearly life-long native Tampa Bay and currently resides in the area.

As a side note, Above the Law did a suprisingly informative and non-misogynistic piece on Law firm Bios back in October 2010 – What’s Wrong With Your Law Firm Bio?

Thoughts on starting a new job

Posted in Job with tags , , , on February 13, 2011 by Jessica

So tomorrow is my first day at the new job. I have to say, I’m rather excited. I do admit that my excitement was immediate and I’ve gone through a whole range of emotions to get here.

First: Excited
There’s the initial excitement at getting a job. Jumping up and down. Doing the happy dance all over the house. Calling/texting/emailing everyone you know to announce the big news. It’s a big f—in’ deal and you’re incredibly happy.
There’s the excitement of starting a career and having that first grown-up job. It goes without saying that I’ve worked really hard to get my law license and to see all that hard work finally lead to the end goal. And to finally get to feel like the grown-up my age suggests.
Aside from the obvious reasons, I’d been unemployed for quite sometime. For those of you who have never had the experience, long-term unemployment can be quite demoralizing. When I graduated in May, I set what I thought to be a very reasonable goal of finding a job by the new year. Well the new year came and went. Add that to the fact that I was the last from my circle of law school friends to find a job. As I was pretty down on myself about the whole thing, it made the high of finally landing a job that much more higher.

Second: Nervous
So wait, I have to be an attorney now. I’ll have my own caseload, clients, supervisors, and hours to bill. Responsibilities. As excited as I am to be starting my career, I’m suddenly nervous about all that responsibility. The responsibilities of being a grown-up seem like minor cares next to the ethical and moral responsibilities of a lawyer. Someone’s case will rely on me. Suddenly the nervousness at having all these responsibilities is making me scared that I can’t handle it. Which leads to…

Third: Scared
Will I be able to handle my responsibilities? Am I cut out for this? Will I be a good attorney? Heck, will I even like the place? OMG OMG OMG!!!

Finally: Excited again.
And then back to the beginning. Eventually either the fear fades or you realize that the fear is part of the excitement. Excitement with just a dash apprehension is what makes up an adventure. And who doesn’t want an adventure (excitement)? Part of the fun of the adventure is not knowing how it will turn out (fear). And the only way to find out is to show up. So I will be showing up at my new adventure – bright and early tomorrow morning at 9:30am.