It's been a busy, stressful few weeks. But right now I'm feeling very positive and grounded and ready for anything. I have a lot of things that have been on my mind that I want to post about. Coming soon, I promise.
I figure my friends who couldn't make it to New York deserve an update.
The Annual Meeting has been pretty good overall. A great dinner dance venue, hanging out with some of my favorite YLD people, Assembly that finished slightly early each day, a very productive meeting, and the best designed CLE I've ever been to.
Not all was good though. The after party location on Friday left much to be desired so I ended up walking around the East Village with a friend for at least an hour and a half in 3-inch heels looking for somewhere else to go. My feet still hurt. Other than the great CLE, I didn't go to any other programming because everything of interest conflicted with Assembly, or was something I had attended previously. I will be spending time this week with several very good friends in the city, but it was disappointing that several YLD friends couldn't make it this time. And how do you say no to a judge?
Still, it was a good conference, and although I'll be checking out momentarily, tomorrow I'm going to the pro bono publico luncheon because they're honoring a young lawyer for the first time, so there's still more ABA fun to be had. Plus a week of traveling and celebrating my friend's wedding still ahead
Guess what will really cheer a girl up? And no the answer is not
x-rated, as OLS assumed. A really giant hotel room, that's what. This
is the second largest hotel room I've ever stayed in (and the largest
was this awesome Hilton suite in Chicago that I got upgraded to when I
had diamond VIP status). They upgraded me to a king deluxe room and it may not be the nicest hotel room ever, but it is just so big! It is probably close to the same size as the downstairs of my house. It has a nice view, too.
Right now I'm watching Made of Honor. I love watching movies in hotels. I never have time to see movies at home, and it is a nice way to slow down and really feel like I'm on vacation. As soon as the movie is over, it's off to register, get the requisite blue and black bag of propaganda, and then back to my hotel again to get ready for the evening's social events. I also need to check and see if I was ever certified as a delegate for the YLD assembly. If not, I'm not going to beg again... I enjoy assembly, but it isn't worth the stress if it's a hassle to even be a delegate.
Not that I really know what I'm talking about, but I think that to be successful as a young lawyer it is important to not just do good work, but to be engaged in the direction of your own career and the future of your firm. I like where I work and envision myself working there pretty much forever unless all the other attorneys leave or some man whisks me away or something else crazy happens. So because my future and the firm's future are intertwined, I feel an obligation and passion to work hard to create the future I want. So that's all good and everything, right?
But... I might want to use a bullhorn to declare that the future is now, and not everyone is quite ready for that. And that can lead to a lot of frustration on my part. And it can lead to a lot of wasted time and energy. I don't know how to balance it all, and right now it feels impossible to ever do so. It is surprising to experience so many strong and overwhelming emotions about marketing. Really, that's ridiculous and I know it.
So let me know if you've figured out how to give 100% and not care at the same time. Please.
I am a new-ish litigator with an opinion on everything and a life that is much more dramatic in the retelling than in reality. Email me at LAWVLIFE at aol dot com, or leave a comment if you want me to read it soon.