Saturday, March 10, 2007
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Not sleepy

For some reason, the alarm in my phone went off, waking me up. When I wake up mid-sleep, I usually find it hard to get back to sleep.

So, this is probably a good time to consolidate what I learned yesterday.

The first lecture was on oral advocacy, basically the art of arguing your cause before a judge. It's basically public speaking fundamentals, put in a way easily swallowed by a lawyer's huge ego.

Next, came a curious subject of "good moral character" requirement in the practice of law. It's basically a legal ethics course. Somehow, lawyers tend to forget what they could and could not do in practice, I suppose.

Then, it's pre-trial. This concerns procedure and actually, the lecturer said mostly things I already know. His lecture was on "prime time" (read: nap time) so I decided to put in my iPod on low volume just to give the lecturer some background music to keep my attention on him. Believe it or not, it helped me concentrate.

Finally, the last lecture was on some topics on Family Law, specifically this "new" law on anti-violence against women and children that I already used to oust a particularly abusive husband out of his own home. And then, came a discussion on adoption, which I can use for an upcoming case.

All in all, a useful seminar for my particular brand of practice.

Anyway, I have to go back to sleep. There's another seminar day today and I need all the rest I can get. The time of this seminar will have me rush to choir... but I suppose I can make it on time.

A great weekend (and week ahead) to us all.

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