Tuesday, April 18, 2006

It's Almost Over

I received some great news last week. I was awarded a fellowship from the Law School to work at in a public service organization this summer!

I was so glad to turn in the trial brief. It was a tedious process, and I'm glad it's over. I have a really good writing professor and I love to write. But I cannot explain the level of stress that goes into every sentence. If you have trouble writing, I don't want to scare you. Just know you may spend more time than you plan on your writing assignments.

Right now I'm trying to settle down enough to do the last few reading assignments. I also try to work on my outlines each day. After this week, we only have two more days of classes and then preparation for finals starts in earnest. Actually preparation for finals has already started, but we still have to go to class and be prepared each day to recite cases.

I don't know if the next two years will be any easier, but at least I'm almost finished with the first year's initiation.

Friday, April 07, 2006


I never thought I’d have to say good-bye to a classmate so soon. My friend, Matthew Dunn, passed the Bar before any of us. He passed from time into eternity to stand before the only Judge who really matters. As the angels sing to welcome him, we grieve our loss and stand in support of his family. He was such an easy-going guy who loved to laugh and entertain us with great stories.

Since I always like to talk about controversial issues like racism, classicism and sexism, last semester Matt engaged me in an interesting conversation about how he came to an understanding of racial issues. I had made certain assumptions about him because he grew up in Georgia. My opinion got even more skeptical when he told me he had a nanny who was a black woman. But the cool thing was that he told me he didn’t see his nanny as different. He said he knew her skin was darker than his, but it never occurred to him that the difference in their skin color meant anything.

In school, he made friends with everyone regardless of color. I asked him about the school cafeteria thing where you have the white table, the black table and the Hispanic table. He said that he sat at every table because he had friends at every table. He found out in subtle ways that everyone didn’t agree with how he embraced all people. He began reading history books about racism in America and only then did he realize why his outlook was unconventional.
Nevertheless, he continued the trend when he went into the military, and he said he was always the only one who sat at every table. I told him how great it was that he was a person who could remind us that our differences should not separate us. Matt’s wonderful spirit transcended the differences. Now he can sit at one Table where everyone is united.

I’ll always remember Matt.