Tuesday, March 21, 2006

(Not) touched by an angel

I have learned lately that angels come in all shapes and sizes and where you least expect them. Some people can smell vulnerability from a mile away and use it for their own purposes. Others see an opportunity to help and actually use it to help. What motivates people to do this? I don't know. But I do know that I am lucky enough to have two such career angels and that I don't really deserve either of them. But I guess that's how it works.

One of my angels works at a big firm. His firm is done hiring for the year, but he's been aggressively sending my resume out and has gotten me an interview at a place I would probably be quite happy working. They're not hiring right now but I know that if they are in the future, they will probably call me. This is partly because I had a good interview, but mostly because he is helping.

The other angel works at my DA's office. He has taken me under his wing and has become my de facto mentor. Every day I'm at the office he touches base with me, never inappropriately, but in a caring and helpful way. When I had a case that was going to go to trial, he took his lunch break on Friday and sat down with me to help me plan out my case. He took me out to lunch to discuss my career plans and wants me to talk to a woman ADA because he knows that he can't give me that perspective on the office. He is 6'5", black, intimidating as hell, and when he did a direct examination of a 14 year old girl in court today, was kind, sensitive, and spoke in such an age-appropriate way that he almost sounded like a teenager himself.

I know that I'm very lucky to have people pulling for me. Especially in light of the fact that I got an email from the career office directed at 3Ls, advertising a summer internship at a (minor) fashion house. Don't worry, it's unpaid. And don't even ask me to explain why it was sent to 3Ls when there is a little thing called the BAR EXAM happening this summer. So, yeah. I guess I have my angels for a reason!


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