I have had more trials and hearings than I care to describe. I love my job. I am so grateful for it daily. More than that, my practice has grown incredibly.
Some of the new things I have done:
- Represented a birth mom in an adoption. That was both wonderful and terrible at the same time. There is something beautiful and selfless in this -- but as a mother myself, I imagine the heartbreak would be crippling at times.
- Had a judge ask me to represent a child in a very, very unusual way. First, I was shocked that the judge had heard that I represent kiddo's on pro bono status. Then to see the judge's thoughts and have that rare ex-parte contact was interesting.
- Had a trial go sideways. And I do mean sideways. The result was so unexpected.
- Working my first appeal. The otherside is pro se, but whatever. Interesting nonetheless.
- Dealt with the first TRULY crazy pro se person. Word to the wise: never speak on phone. Only ever speak in person.
- Won my first UCCJEA case. Yes, these are real. Yes, the are messy. And while technically this was a federal act, each state implemented and interprets differently. My case required close work with an attorney in Hawaii.
The one thing that I have learned: Domestic Relations is NEVER boring. There is something new every day. The challenge is the emotional toll it can take.