My name is Cassidy, and I just finished my freshman year at Iowa State University. I’m majoring in Management and participating in the Pre-Law program. During my first year at Iowa State, I worked as an America Reads/America Counts tutor at a local elementary school, joined the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Sigma Kappa sorority, and volunteered at the Iowa State Athletic Communications department. I was also a member of the Freshman Honors Program and a Hixson Opportunity Award winner. While I’m in Washington, I’m also interning at the Washington Wild Things, as I would like to get into sports law or management after completing law school.
I have been working at Neighborhood Attorneys for about three weeks now, and I’ve already learned a lot from the experience. I was able to sit in on meetings with clients, Bar Association meetings, and even a custody hearing. One thing I’ve noticed so far that I thought was interesting is how the attorneys interact inside the court room. Most of them know each other, so they can go from talking about weekend plans and joking around to arguing on behalf of their client in minutes. I expected it to be awkward when the hearing was finished because of the disagreements between the attorneys, but it all went back to friendly conversation as soon as the recommended order was drafted. I think it’s good that the attorney’s I’ve watched in court are professional enough not to let personal relationships effect how they act in court and vice versa.
This is just one of many interesting things I’ve taken note of since starting at Neighborhood Attorneys, and I’m sure there will be even more that I never expected. If you’d like to continue sharing my experiences, check for my next blog post and connect with Neighborhood Attorneys on Twitter and Facebook.