I want to thank whoever invented drop-in daycare. That little service has saved Casey and me on a number of occasions over the past three years, and I don’t think it would be a stretch to write that I would have been fired long ago without drop in daycare.
This past weekend where Delta gave us a big surprise by cancelling Casey and Vivi’s direct flight to Salt Lake City and all but eliminated Vivi’s plans to go to Utah left me in quite the scamper.
Most lawyers I’ve met are meticulous about their calendars. They have appointments and court hearings scheduled on their calendars, as well as notes to check this discovery deadline, write that follow-up letter, and prepare for that trial. One of the worst things a lawyer can do is forget that a client has an upcoming trial that is set for the entire next day.
Consequently, most of us plan how and when we are going to prepare for trials weeks in advance and I’m no different.
When Casey asked me last week if she could leave Vivi with me while she and Addie went to Utah, the first words out of my mouth were, “no, that would kill my trial prep.” I had planned on using that weekend to prepare for my busy week.
I’m in the middle of one of the busiest weeks of my short career as a lawyer. When Casey asked if she could go to Utah without Vivi, one of my bosses was headed out on a vacation and had left several of his projects for me to complete that were going to eat up at least half of my time over the next week, and I had two full-day trials scheduled back-to-back (one was a jury trial), and a second jury trial scheduled for the first day of the next week.
Most full-day and jury trials are like taking and preparing for massive finals. I have to spend hours memorizing everything in the file, which usually measures at least 6 inches thick and that’s only if there is just one expandable folder, outline the case, prepare questions, exhibits, potential lines of cross examination questions, and arguments. Not only does preparing for trial require all of those tasks, it also brings with it a tremendous amount of pressure and anxiety.
There’s nothing like walking into a courtroom knowing that your performance has real life consequences for your real life client.
Anyway, some things have fallen in line this week which has kind of eased the burden. One jury trial was vacated, the other trial has enough evidence that my preparation has seamlessly fallen into place rather quickly, and I’ve got the fortune of having a drop-in daycare to help me with Vivi.
Knowing that there is a place that we can call at the last minute and bring Vivi for a relatively affordable price is priceless.
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