I have a headache that won’t go away. It’s not a bad one, just one of those naggy things that sits in the back of your head. Oh well, I’ll live. That’s what they make ibuprofen for, right?
Well, it’s Friday and I am looking forward to getting some knitting done tonight. The kids are all out and about. John’s at the CC and hotel and I’m done with most of my work for the week (except I’ve got to fax something before tomorrow a.m., LOL).
The TPR trial is almost over – only one more day of testimony. I definitely think the Department’s case is stronger than the father’s and probably will continue to be, but I’ve been totally surprised by judges before, so I don’t want to count any chickens. When we’re done with testimony, we’re not doing any summations/final arguments until we’ve done Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law – another way of picking through the evidence and telling the Court why we feel we should prevail. My pleasure! I’ve taken decent notes and have no intention of waiting for a transcript, LOL!
Anyway, yesterday I had a lovely walk with Nancy – until getting drenched in a sudden downpour. We continued the walk in the church. It always tickles me how Nancy is so at home in the church. I’m still trying to figure if it would depress or exhilarate me to work in a church – you have all these windows, but not a lot of direct sunlight. Not that a courtroom is much better, but I’m out a lot. But then, come to think of it, so is she. We had fun, but I have to admit, I have a hard time keeping up with her. It’s good for me to have someone in my life who challenges me both physically and intellectually. (Not that my other friends and family don’t do that – good Lord, of course they do – but Nancy is definitely sui generis, LOL.)
Had dinner at the diner with her and her husband, Rennie, except I was late and I hate that (had to get changed, I was a little too damp for polite company and then hit traffic!). Those two have such a great relationship – and talking with them is amazing – practically had two conversations at once:)!
After that, choir and then HOME. I could barely keep my eyes open!
Today was trial whilst my colleagues covered the hearings on my regular docket (bless them!)
It’s funny how there’s this dynamic during trial. Generally speaking, I’m not the leading person, because the case is usually (read: always) filed by DSS. And I’m either with ’em or agin’ ’em as they say. In most cases I’m with them. So, we pass notes back and forth and try to coordinate our (at this point) cross examinations and at the breaks talk about how things went. We (DSS counsel, the involved Social Worker and I) go to lunch together, talk about the case (if the judge doesn’t hit that restaurant), who we want to win on American Idol, our families, our lives. We bond. What can I say?
Then, the trial is over and we go back to being our usual selves again. And hopefully, if we didn’t piss each other off too much, we continue to have a cordial professional relationship. I know that if I didn’t already (I did), I’d have an even greater respect for the attorney for DSS in this case, Kathy. She is very hard-working and talented. I hope the Department appreciates her! And the attorney for the father, Tom, is another hard worker, even if I will do my damnedest to make sure his client does not win. See, the thing is, I believe you have to respect lawyers who do their job, even if it is for an unpopular cause. Many of my dearest friends just don’t understand how I can feel this way. But without lawyers, our system of justice and our very democracy would not work. Unless we protect the rights of the creepiest of creeps (I am not commenting on the parties to this case – just in general), we don’t protect the rights of anyone. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Well, since John finished off my last bottle of wine (and I am sure he’s earned the privilege!!!), maybe I’ll mosey over to the liquor store and get me a new one. Then I’m knitting and watching my favorite shows that bore my family to tears, LOL:) Tomorrow morning I’m off to Hagerstown to visit a young adult client and then home to laundry and some paperwork. Will post pics as soon as I’ve made any progress:)