Summer Lessons

As autumn is upon us, and winter is quickly approaching, it is rewarding for me to look back at my summer experience and review what I have learned. During the summer I was able to leave Boston and travel back home to sunny California. Returning home was good for me because after the stressful first year of law school, it was nice to spend time with my family. Although it was nice to return home, there were some lessons that I learned. Here are just a few of the things I learned during my time back in California.

I actually missed the T. Driving took a lot of energy. I had to drive every day for 50 minutes to an hour in traffic. Despite the constant delays and drama, the Green line was faithful to me last year. At least I could stand and listen to music and not focus on anything besides not falling. Although I love the freedom of driving, after driving all summer the sweet sound of the T screeching along the rails was music to my ears.

I LOVE being on a work schedule. My personality is geared towards being on a routine. It gives me security and consistency which I deeply enjoyed this summer. I woke up at 6am and went to bed by 11pm. It was a great break from 1L year and a nice transition back into 2L year (more on that later).

I was able to spend some quality time with family. It is very easy in law school to neglect the ones you love. Many law students suffer from tunnel vision, and are mostly focused on the next assignment due or the next reading reading assignment to be completed. It was satisfying to be pampered by my grandmother and talk to her every day. There is nothing as wonderful as coming home every day to hugs, smiles, and a home-made meal.

Over the summer I learned a lot about myself. Law school has molded me into a different person, but it has also made me a much more grateful and attentive person. My experience over the summer has made me a better friend, and student. It gave me a much needed break after the stress of 1L, but it also reinvigorated me to handle my business this 2L year. I hope for any prospective students or 1Ls reading this blog, that you take every opportunity as a learning opportunity, and appreciate the time you have with your family and friends.


A Summary of Summer

Although we have officially moved onto autumn, I thought I would share a bit more about my summer after 1L. Since most 1L internships only last 10 weeks, there is still plenty of summer to enjoy between first and second year. Since I had a few weeks off in both May and August, I wanted to be sure to make the most of that time. After all, it’s not so often that a law student has so few obligations! Here’s a look back on my summer.

During May, I had a visit from family members. That meant that I got to enjoy being a tourist for a few days and retrace my steps around some favorite Boston attractions. During their stay, we went to Charlestown, the Athenaeum, the Public Garden, the Otis House (an off-the beaten-path attraction for Boston history buffs), the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the Esplanade, and even made an impromptu trip over to Cambridge. It was fun to show my family where I was living and some of my favorite spots around town. Needless to say, this was a great way to enjoy a vacation while staying in Boston and getting ready to start my summer internship at the end of May. I even learned a few new things about Boston while living the tourist life!

From the end of May to the beginning of August, time flew. Before I knew it, my 10-week internship had concluded. I was left with nearly the entire month of August to have another bit of summer vacation. By happenstance, I had recently learned about the upcoming Maine Lobster Festival and decided to make the excursion. The Maine Lobster Festival takes place annually (early August) in Rockland, Maine, right on the harbor. There are artists, carnival games, entertainment, carnival rides, and delicious food… including plenty of fresh lobster. For true lobster fanatics, there is even a lobster parade on one day of the festival. After that calorie-dense venture, it was time to get some exercise. Accordingly, my trip continued north to Acadia National Park, which I would highly recommend to any law student looking to get lost in the woods for a few hours. Luckily enough, I happened to be in the area during wild blueberry season. A pint of fresh wild blueberries makes the drive back to Boston all the better!

After getting prepared for the upcoming school year, August concluded with a trip home – a week of relaxing and going to some of my favorite places in Minnesota. Being able to unwind and catch up with friends and family was the perfect way to end summer. Even though summer feels like a distant memory by now, it is fun to look back and know that it was time well spent.

Donkey Kong Goes to Court

BU Law, like many law schools, has a writing requirement for upper-class students. In order to satisfy the requirement, students must write a paper or combination of shorter papers totaling 7,500 words, not counting footnotes. Further, students are required to get their paper “certified” by a faculty advisor. There are several ways in which students may satisfy the writing requirement. The most common way is through a Journal Note (don’t let the “note” part fool you) written for one of the school’s Law Journals. Many students who are on a journal choose to satisfy the writing requirement this way since they are required to write a “note” for their journal anyways.

Another popular way of satisfying the requirement is to take a course or seminar that allows students to write a paper in satisfaction of the writing requirement. Last year, I took International Business Agreements with this goal in mind. We had a final paper for the class and our professor gave us the option of adding an extra ten pages to the final in order to satisfy the requirement. For several reasons, I chose to forego this option and satisfied the requirement through a third method—serving on a Moot Court Board.

At BU, second-year students have the option of competing in the Edward C. Stone Moot Court Competition. I chose to participate as a 2L and was selected as a Director for the competition as a 3L. In Stone, 2L’s are able to choose one of three problems and then write an appellate brief in teams to argue before a panel of attorney and student judges. As a Director, I was required to write one of the three problems from which the competing 2L’s would choose. Most of the writing happened over the summer since the competition begins in September with oral arguments in late October/ early November. While writing the bench memo required a significant amount of research and time during my summer (coupled with working at a large firm), it was an invaluable experience. I’ve always enjoyed legal writing and appreciated the opportunity to research legal issues I may not otherwise have researched on my own time.

The title of my problem is Koopa Collectors v. Donny Kong and is set before the U.S. Supreme Court. The problem centers around a debt collection agency, Koopa Collectors, and their debt collection practices. Following a difficult marriage with Yoshisaur Munchakoopas, Donny Kong, a resident of the luxury Bowser Building in Pipe City, is laid off from his job at Mushroom Factory and is left unable to pay rent. Donny Kong moves out of the shared apartment and unsuccessfully attempts to transfer the lease to Yoshisaur. Donny Kong is then targeted by Koopa Collectors for his unpaid rent. Later on, a four-alarm fire in Peach’s Bakery, located below Koopa Collector’s offices, leaves all of the agency’s records destroyed. Donny Kong files a class action against Koopa Collectors and the case makes its way all the way to the Supreme Court. The case contains two issues: 1) Whether a dispute as to the validity of a debt must be made in writing under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and 2) Whether Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 calls for a heightened ascertainability requirement.

The 2L Briefs are due this coming Friday with the oral arguments starting in a week! I’ll update further on how the competition goes.

I Like Big Law and I Can’t Deny

Rolling out of my last final exam last semester was such a welcome relief from the stress and rigor of one crazy year. My rest & relaxation didn’t last long though, because my summer job was scheduled to start in just one week. I was apprehensive and nervous, but excited too. It was going to be my first time ever working at a big law firm, and I had no idea what to expect.

For some background on me, I never thought I would be working in Big Law. When I came in to law school, I was gung ho public interest or bust. “I know myself,” I said, “I’ll only be happy doing public interest work where I can really make a difference.” However, I’m a firm believer in seizing every opportunity that comes your way. At least consider the options available to you, before you make your choices. I was presented with one such opportunity when I learned about the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group. The PDLG program works with first year students to place them with law firms and in house positions for their summer experience. I was reluctant at first, but ultimately decided to apply. Over time, I started to think that if I was offered a position through this program, it would be better to test the waters when I have the freedom and time to change course.

Fast forward to the end of one of the most fascinating and academically interesting summers I’ve had to date. Much to my surprise, I actually really enjoyed working with my firm over the summer. I was able to expose myself to such a wide array of practice areas and legal scholarship. I worked on projects including an analysis of private drone use and the impact it has on aviation law, insurance recovery suits for a major non-profit corporation, and even begin the legal groundwork for a Constitutional challenge to a State statute. I was pleasantly surprised with how my goals of wanting to impact others and make a difference in my community were actively advanced working at my firm. The attorneys I worked alongside were incredible, and the depth of my assignments was truly invaluable in advancing my understanding and competency in legal analysis and writing.

Not only was I happy with the work I was doing, I was happy with my environment and the people that I got to work with. I started law school with a preconceived notion of what a law firm would be, and my summer working at one shattered a lot of stereotypes for me. Instead, I saw a large network of individuals who cared about the success of the firm and the success of their fellow colleagues. Mentorship opportunities were plentiful, and everyone was happy to lend a helping hand.

Ultimately, I learned a lot over the summer. But most importantly, I learned a valuable lesson about not being so quick to get stuck in my own biases about what a certain job or field would be like. With a profession that allows for such a wide array of positions and the ability for a dynamic practice, it’s important to keep an open mind and be willing to explore new opportunities and experiences. I will be going back to my firm this summer, and I look forward to another round of learning, working, furthering my goals of becoming the best attorney I can be.


Since the moment I first laid eyes on a DUKW—an amphibious vehicle known as a Duck—I wanted to ride in one. Badly. Originally designed to transport military troops and supplies during WWII, these days Ducks are better known for transporting tourists around Boston’s best-known attractions.

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My dream finally came true thanks to an unexpected invitation from BU Law. As part of Boston University’s Alumni Reunion festivities, the law school organized a Boston Duck Tour outing for students and alumni. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity and roped my friend Nina into joining the tour as well.

Menacing clouds gave way to rain as we trudged along to our rendezvous spot. The technicolor milieu typical of autumn in New England was muted by monotone skies reflecting off skyscrapers. I feared the inclement weather would put a damper on our excursion.

B&N_PreBoatGameAtStarMarketI was wrong. Boarding Frog Pond Lily was akin to landing in Oz via the Magic School Bus. The interior was awash in red pendants, BU-branded sunglasses, and the rosy countenance of our fellowship. ConDUCKtor Milk was our fearless leader. He skillfully guided us through the enthralling chaos of downtown Boston, all the while enlightening us with trivia about the founding fathers, local delicacies, and The Boston Molassacre. Finally, the big moment arrived: We drove straight into the Charles River.

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Driving the Frog Pond Lily

Driving the Frog Pond Lily

What happened next might just be one of the greatest moments of my law school career: I, Brynn Felix, was handed the wheel of the floating Frog Pond Lily. The sheer excitement of it all rendered me terribly awkward; I was so overcome that I only managed to mumble, “This is riveting,” in response to Mr. Milk’s fluid comedy routine at the helm. I’ve been in the presence of Senators, Governors, and even an Emperor, but nothing quite beats the thrill of maneuvering the Frog Pond Lily through the Charles River. I’m grateful to know that if a career in law doesn’t work out, I could always have a future in the Duck arts.

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