Adventures in Law School – The Reprise!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about law school and my courses. Well, I think it’s about time I get back to it.

Last year, around the time that I started my first year of law school, I had the ambitious project to compile my notes into posts. I had two purposes in this: first, I wanted to share the information I was learning with everyone here on Steemit. Second, by compiling my lessons into posts, I was going to help myself recall and solidify the information. This was going to be a study tool for me.

Unfortunately, as I found out after the first week, I had no way at all to make that happen. When I wasn’t drowning in my school work and reading, I was drowning in taking care of Kate. And when neither of those were sapping my will to live, I was trying to keep myself emotionally stable after a particularly painful divorce. All of this combined into me disappearing almost completely from Steemit.

But you know what? This year is going to be different.

I’ve got Chelsea here to help me out around the house, and my workload for my classes is dramatically less than it was last year. That means more time for me to share what I’m learning on Steemit in a structured (and hopefully useful) way.

These are the topics I’m going to be covering this semester:

Criminal Procedure – Criminal procedure covers the rules of court that must be observed by the state when pursuing a criminal case against a defendant. For this course, I’m going to be focusing primarily on the protections and prohibitions on government action imposed by the Constitution of the United States.

Family Law – Family law covers a wide array of topics all relating to the disposition of formal relationships between people. This course is going to cover topics ranging from premarital agreements to custody arrangements. There may well be some topics that it won’t cover in depth, but I’m open to looking into questions that anyone may have.

First Amendment and Individual Rights – This is the second half of Constitutional Law. This course focuses on the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution, how they are interpreted, and where government has the ability to act.

Evidence – The Federal Rules of Evidence are the rules that govern what is considered evidence in a civil or criminal trial, how information offered at trial can be offered into evidence, and what objections can and should be raised by the respective parties to a trial on evidentiary grounds. This course is going to cover the substantive rules that a lawyer must know to effectively present a case.

Jurisprudence – Jurisprudence is better known as the philosophy or theory of law. Discussion of what law is and why individuals have a duty to obey the law fall under jurisprudence. This course is my rigorous writing class, so I won’t have a structured curriculum to follow, but I will be posting notes and sections of my own jurisprudence writing for everyone to peruse and look through. I’d also like to open posts on this topic up for discussion.

This semester is going to be great fun, and I’m looking forward on bringing you all on this journey with me. Finally.

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Love Letter to My Beloved

Image courtesy of my wonderful girlfriend and my beautiful daughter

To My Darling:

I love you. Truly, I do. You uprooted your life and came thousands of miles to start a new one with me. I can’t think of a more forceful and meaningful display of dedication than that. It’s humbling, and I constantly wonder if I’m even worthy of that kind of devotion from such a wonderful woman.

You’re the light of my life. You fill my days with happiness, even when we’re having a slow day or we’ve had a dozen things go wrong that day. You warm my heart every morning when I wake up, and we curl up together with each other every night. I love it. I makes me happy beyond words to have you here, sharing every day together. You’ve filled a hole in my I didn’t think I could fill.

Your wit and humor make me smile. You get me, and we get to laugh about the strangest, most absurd jokes. Things that no one else would ever understand. Things that, frankly, would make other people question our sanity. Not you though; you love the same strange, twisted things I do. You’ve seen the darkest parts of me, and you embraced them all the same.

I love you with all my heart. We’re going to have a wonderful life together.

Yours forever,

Your One and Only

What the Hell Do I Write About?

I’ll be honest with you guys. I have no idea what to post about.

I started law school in August of 2017, and I was swamped. I’ve never been that busy in my life, and I spent four years in the 82nd Airborne, where being busy was a fact of life. Coupled with the fact that I’d divorced my wife of five years a couple of months prior, and you can imagine how messed up I was in the head. Law school swallowed me whole. I hadn’t been posting all that frequently before hand, but I practically dropped off the surface of the earth during the year.

Trouble is, I’m still not back. If you look at my post frequency, it’s still low. I rarely post twice in a week, and I used to be posting at least every day, if not twice a day. Trouble is, I have no clue what to write about. It’s like every time I sit down to figure out what to write, my brain shuts down.

“Don’t even bother, Andrei. I just got done with hours of shit work, and I am in no mood to be blogging.” That’s me right now. I’d sit down and write fiction, but even that seems to escape my grasp. It’s like whenever I get the urge or feel the duty to write something, my brain screams in terror, runs away, and locks the door behind it.

I realize I don’t really have it all that hard. I know I don’t. Chelsea has been a tremendous help around the house since she’s moved down, and things are easier this semester than they ever were my first year. Still, I can’t shake this writer’s block loose from my head.

So what’s there to do? Ramble on about how I can’t find anything meaningful to write about I guess. Maybe something will come to me tomorrow. If anyone else has felt the same way lately, drop a comment. I’d love to share company over our mutual inability to find anything meaningful to write about.

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Me and My Girlfriend Are Finally Home!

Well guys, it’s finally happened! @ladymaharet has come home to me in Alabama!

This beautiful woman is finally living with me!

This has been a long time coming. We got together a year and a half ago, on February 6th, and it was a long journey to here. I was messed up following my divorce, and I was certain I wasn’t ready for any kind of relationship. Then, lo and behold, I meet Chelsea, a woman who looked at all the faults in me, all the places where I was broken and where I’d tried unsuccessfully to fix myself, and accepted me anyway. She loved every part of me, and she still does. And now, she and her son Traven are living here, with me!

To christen this amazing turning point in our lives, I flew up to help her make the grueling 39 hour drive down from Edmonton, Alberta, CA to Montgomery, Alabama, USA. First stop on my journey was Houston Airport, where I found the coolest bar/restaurant I’ve ever seen in an airport.

I realize this a detour in the story, but seriously. You sit down at the bar, there’s a charging port right there for you to use, you order via kiosk, and it looks cool as hell. Alright, that aside! I came into Edmonton and she picked me up, and I got to enjoy what I don’t ever get to enjoy down here in the South: CARL’S FREAKING JUNIOR. I would have posted a picture but I was too busy stuffing my face with a guacamole burger and crisscut fries. God I miss crisscut fries. We spent the next day in Edmonton getting ready to go, and for our last meal in Canada we ate donair, ginger beef, and some wicked cheese sticks. The next morning, we got on the road for what is currently the longest roadtrip I’ve ever taken.

We crossed the border at Portal, which is just on the Canadian side of the North Dakota/Canada border. From there, we traveled what I’m pretty sure was the entire length of North Dakota before stopping for the night in Fargo. Yup. That Fargo. To be fair, it’s not actually that cool anymore (assuming that organized crime is not longer as cool as a Cohen Brothers’ film; I could be wrong), but there was a Duluth Trading Co. store there, where we picked up some new clothes for ourselves. I love Duluth Trading Co. stuff, and if anyone wants a great pair of cargo pants, buy Duluth.

From Fargo, we headed through Minnesota and into Wisconsin, where we stopped and got some real Wisconsin cheese. It was as delicious as you’d expect it to be. Sadly I don’t have any pictures of that because we devoured that cheese. It was delicious. We stopped for the night outside of Chicago. It was the roughest part of the journey and took the longest, so Chelsea, Traven, and I were starting to get stir crazy in the car. We passed a guy hanging out in his driveway and Chelsea swore he was covered in pepperoni nipples. So that was a thing. We about died laughing all the way to our hotel, where we crashed for the night.

The next day, we went through Chicago and made our way down to Indianapolis. We stopped there and took Traven to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. It was a bit of a rough time for him, but he handled it admirably. Honestly, I’m amazed any of us lasted an hour there; there were a lot of cool exhibits, but it was packed with people and it was loud as hell. I wanna know how everyone had time on a Monday to take their kids to the museum. Does no one there have jobs?! We spent the night in Nashville before we made our way all the way down to Montgomery. We finally made it home.

Traven was a real sport about the whole thing. He’s mildly autistic, so changing things up for him is not usually a good thing, but he was happy as a clam on the road, and he loved staying in the hotels. He really did a great job, and I’m proud of him. It hasn’t been the easiest transition for him since moving here, but me and Chelsea have really stuck to our guns about being calm, collected, and supportive, and he is really responding well.

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