Hey y'all, so after discussion with my sister about just how incredibly interesting "day in the life" blog posts always are, and given that I need to catch you up on my life anyway because I haven't blogged in months, I decided to do a post on a "day in the life of a lawyer." This sample day in my life reflects some things that went on both on Wednesday and Thursday last week, so it's not really one specific day, but all of these events happened on one or the other of those two days and this will give you a good idea of what my typical day is like:
5:11 am: Wake up because Max (my cat) is meowing like the world's about to end (as he so often does at the crack of dawn). I manage to tune him out and fall back to sleep until about 6.
6 am: Wake up and pay all my bills on my iPhone, and check emails and my calendar, while lying in bed.
6:45-7:15: Go "back to bed" for 30 minutes. I do this every day after I take a shower. It helps me start the day on a relaxed note. I use the time to read articles I want to read, get on Facebook, update my to-do list, even journal if I feel like it.
7:15: Get ready for work. Drink an Arden's Garden smoothie for "breakfast." If you've never had one of these, you should because they are delicious and really healthy.
8:15: Arrive at the office. Check work emails. Get coffee (which I will probably not actually drink more than 3 sips of, as those who know me well can attest).
8:30: Phone call with client. Work on drafting requests for production of evidence for several subpoenas for a case.
10:00: Case list meeting. My whole practice group gets together every few weeks to get a game plan on cases, figure out who's working on what, and discuss strategy.
11:00: Draft motion for contempt for another case.
11:45: Meeting with my boss about a client's settlement agreement.
12:20: Go get a salad at the cafe next door.
1:00: Conference call with one of the expert witnesses for a case.
1:30: Meeting with client.
3:00: Phone call with client about a settlement agreement.
3:45: Legal research.
4:30: Draft a motion in limine, which is a request for the court to exclude certain evidence from trial, typically because it is legally irrelevant or prejudicial.
5:30: Wrap up my work on the subpoenas from this morning.
6:00: Leave the office for the day. Go run my errands (pick up dry cleaning, buy food for Max, and get gas).
6:45: Get home, make dinner, watch TV, phone call with my parents, and phone call with my sister.
8:15: Go to my gym and go swimming.
9:30: Return home and read my book (Jodi Picoult's The Storyteller) and get ready for bed.
11:00: Go to bed!
I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my typical day! Maybe I can even start including "write a blog post" in more of my typical days . . .