PICS v. Seattle Public Schools and My Summer
Well, unfortunately the case came out exactly as planned down to the votes and the reasoning. I have yet to read the opinion in full, that will probably come in the next week or two, as time permits.
In other news...being a summer law clerk is going great. I have had the opportunity to work on a myriad of really great cases and do a lot of really good work. So far I've done more settlement demands than I can count, learned how to read opthomolagical charts, fought the insurance companies (yes...we hate them at this firm), and learned a LOT about plaintiff personal injury and insurance bad faith in general.
The highlight of course...the following exchange before a deposition of a client...a client who we will no way in hell be putting on the stand (names changed to protect...well my dignity):
Paralegal: Good morning Jane, how are you doing?
Jane: Where's the other attorney? Shouldn't they be here by now?
Paralegal: He called and said he would be fifteen minutes late.
Jane: And when did you know this?
Paralegal: We found out about a half hour ago.
Jane: I wish SOMEONE would have called me. I could have stopped at McDonald's and gotten something more for breakfast!
(forward in time fifteen minutes)
Attorney: Good morning, Jane. How are you?
Jane: I'm so mad! I just want to punch you in the face right now!
(forward into the depo)
Attorney: Now Jane, can you tell me what your typical day is like?
Jane: I want to take the fifth amendment!
(forward further along into the depo)
Attorney: Can you tell me about what happened with the accident?
Jane: Oh sure! In fact...I have some pictures if you want to see. (proceeds to give opposing counsel a handful of pictures that she has pulled from her purse and which we have never seen).
Yes...everything that could go wrong absolutely did. Its so fun to physically see the settlement numbers dropping before your eyes.