Friday, 30th May '08
Momentous... Well... Moments
It's been an eventful week, to say the least. As my powers grow "fast and furiously" - or so it feels to unready me - and Spiderman is always right, with great power does come great responsibility, this seems to be a fitting place to record the events of the last few days.
Last Saturday, 24 May 2008. Mass call. Nothing insanely grand, but instead a very efficient movement of 216 newly qualified members of the bar. Swimming around in a court gown that was technically meant for a much smaller person but still felt so damn big and flouncy, taking a handful of photos, and a celebratory lunch of sorts with the parents at Beach Road Prawn Mee, and it was all over.
Monday, 26 May 2008. Back to work as a true advocate and solicitor, but not yet a practicing member of the bar. Somewhere stuck in the middle where I'm designated "Associate" but am quite happy to not have to bill or sign off on anything.
Wednesday, 28 May 2008. Practising Certificate is efiled. OMG, I have been what my firm likes to call "Unleashed on the Unsuspecting Public". Since PC only arrives at 5:30 pm, I am able to avoid doing the world any disservice. For now.
Thursday, 29 May 2008. NQL (Newly Qualified Lawyers) celebrations. All in good fun, poor Joseph is bullied into doing a live rendition of Video Killed the Radio Star, with Ramesh as reluctant backup. Weiheng has an unfortunately vegetarian experience, after being so clever as to tell admin that he'd prefer not to have pork on his menu. The Chinese restaurant didn't serve halal, of course, so it was veggies all night until a partner left and he started looting from the extra food.
Friday, 30 May 2008. After spending a hopelessly uneventful morning and afternoon, it all culminated in MY FIRST EMAIL TO CLIENT and MY FIRST LETTER TO OPPOSING COUNSEL. Many thanks to Eunice for giving me just about all my big opportunities throughout pupillage and beyond. Still shaking from the stress of responsibility, and I can imagine all the more senior people looking me and clucking their teeth and thinking how amusing the young and innocent can be.
I think I'm growing up. Being a lawyer is a growing up thing. You're not going to be ready for it, but it's going to happen anyway. Might as well enjoy the ride.
[well, the pictures aren't going to take themselves!]