My day really began at 2 p.m. in the afternoon, when the LR editorial board held its only meeting this semester. The meeting was unnecessarily long. I had always been intrigued by what would happen if you lock some of the smartest kids of the law school into a room and unleash them upon each other, and each time the LR holds a board meeting I get satisfaction—-out of watching my fellow board members haggle over a choice of word in a memo to be distributed to the associate editors, an inconsequential tweak in notification procedure, or some de minimis things like that. And today I was not disappointed.
To be fair, though, I like most, if not all, of the ed board members. Some talk too much, but that’s to be expected when someone has an overflow of intelligence and energy. And this is law school after all. In dental school they probably should teach the dental students to shut up when they drill holes in people’s mouths. But law school? Law students are trained to haggle over little things. And make outlines and solve exam hypotheticals.
Ok, ok, I know I am taking on a cynical tone here. I blame it on the book, Anonymous Lawyer, that I am reading this weekend. The paragraphs above are my meager attempt to mimic the grumpy, sarcastic, and anti-social tone of the book. I enjoyed the book so much that I managed to finish it in two days, along with a whole lot of other things that I managed to stumble through this weekend (ahem–someone knows what I mean). Some details about law firm life depicted in the book are eerily familiar, remind me of my days in the not-too-distant summer at the firm, and send chills down my spine. Other parts had me burst out laughing.
Overall I think the book is an excellent read, even though I don’t like the fact that I am now infected with the sarcastic tone — something I managed to get rid of some years ago. Then I checked my mailbox. A little vanilla envelope from the firm lay quietly in my 5×5 hole in the wall. “Welcome to the firm,” the letter said, “I am confident that you will be happy with your decision” or something to that effect. Perfect timing, I thought, and reached for the book again, flipped through it, and attempted to decode the letter really meant.