This evening I got to go to the Dean’s House on Point Loma again. Lest you forget, I was there a couple of months ago for the “schmooze the new scholarship candidates” dinner. Nice location overlooking the Pacific:
This time the event was for the students who made the Dean’s List over the last academic year. That includes me. Yeah, it still seems pretty odd–Dean’s List in law school. Me. Go fig. I still have a hard time accepting that I’ve held an academic scholarship for law school. I mean, I’m no dummy, but it’s law school and expensive!
Anyway, dressed less conservatively than most of the others (I wore a dress and one of my hats), I looked around at who else was there. There were quite a few people, more than I expected, but it was for three terms so I had underestimated, I think. I looked over and saw Barakat, and that was it from my “regular” group. I was surprised. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Christina’s name on the list so I guess she couldn’t make it for some reason, but I didn’t ask ‘Kat, just in case.
I ran into this one guy whom I first met at one of the schmooze events before we started as 1Ls and whom I sat next to in Torts 2. Cute-ish tall guy who speaks rather surfer-ese, and whose name I can never remember. Yes, I’m that bad with names that I sat next to him for a whole term and can’t remember his name. Pathetic. Anyway, he introduced me to his friend (who came up to about my chest–but I was wearing heels) and said, “Leslie is hilarious–she is always cracking jokes.” I always thought he thought I was a dork since he’s one of the cooler guys on campus. I felt vaguely popular. Almost unnerving for me. (ha!)
Later, ‘Kat (not having heard the earlier remark) said “You are such the social butterfly!” and said that I talked with all sorts of people and was always all smiles. It was odd, but she’s sort of right. I do now go up and talk to people much more easily than I did before I was about 35 or so. And I do make a point of smiling and know that I stand out for how I dress and, I’ve been told, my apparent confidence (I’m a hell of an actress, I guess!). Well, if not letting fear stop me from asking questions is confidence, then, well, guilty.
Speaking of overcoming fear, I introduced myself to Professor Conte (pronounced “kon-tay” by the way) who is the lecturer for Trial Practice (and he coaches the competitive teams). I saw him standing on the other side of the pool and thought “Well, if I want to know what the workload is like in Trial Practice, here’s the man I should ask!” So I did.
Prof. Conte is a physically little man who is very good at what he does. He gave a lecture to us as 1Ls before we did our appellate advocacy competition in Legal Skills 2 and he looked like Central Casting sent a high-priced defense attorney–who’d been left in the dryer too long. Maybe it’s partially “little man syndrome” but I would not want to argue against him. Ever. Actually, he’s very personable and has a warm smile, when he’s not intimidating the hell out of you. To my question he said the work was variable depending on the student, of course, but gave me a range of time for prep. I think it’s doable. I’m going to go for it.
I also spoke with Prof. Thyfault, my Legal Skills prof whom I didn’t really like. She spoke with Barakat and me, but mostly because she likes Barakat, I think. Previously, I exchanged a few words with the Dean and his wife before he gave his little speech congratulating us on making it onto “a good list to get on in law school” and for having done something difficult; he ended by expressing his belief we had great futures ahead of us. Later, I joked with the Assistant Dean for Academic Support asking what sort of event the school puts on for the people on the “bad” list (she laughed and said “They come see me”).
Finally, I thanked Prof. Lynch for having convinced me I could do this. I will always remember him fondly for that.
So, here’s a pic with a couple of my profs in it. The one whose name I can’t remember is one of the profs for the pre-bar review class I’ll take next term (he walks just like Coach/gym teacher Larry Larson from Grandview).
I hope I do well my last term. I’d like to come to one more of these, even if as an alumna. Have I mentioned that I love my school?