The captain’s command lured me from my daydreams. Back to reality. Back to Boston, where the 12 degree weather felt acutely insulting after leaving San Diego’s 70 degree embrace.
In hindsight, perhaps my spring break itinerary was a bit too ambitious. Never mind the “Academic Goals” portion of my To Do List; I only managed to check every box under “R&R”: spend time with family, bask in the sun, catch up on sleep, and eat loads of Japanese food. I do believe I accomplished those objectives admirably, though.
I fully expect March to whiz by at warp speed, with restorative justice and boats at the top of the agenda. BU’s graduation requirements include completing a lengthy research paper written under the supervision of a faculty member. Most students accomplish this through their journal note, but since I’m not on a journal, I decided to “cert” through the marvelous Juvenile Delinquency seminar I took last semester. My cert paper explores the benefits and drawbacks of restorative justice interventions as both alternatives and supplements to traditional criminal proceedings. I’m now three drafts and 92,000 words into the process—it’s officially longer than my master’s thesis!—with the final draft due next week. My one piece of advice is to cert on a topic that captivates your interest, one that will continue to inspire curiosity and tender devotion many months later. Some of my friends made the unfortunate mistake of certing on a subject they felt only lukewarm about. “It’s like taking a cross country road trip with a nettlesome companion,” or so I’ve been told. By contrast, the experience has been extremely rewarding for me. Juvenile justice reform was a driving factor motivating me to attend law school, and I couldn’t be happier to come away from the process with a rich and nuanced understanding of restorative justice programs.
Admiralty Moot Court is the other carry-over from first semester. Our rock star team of three proudly submitted our brief in mid-February, and since then we’ve been diligently preparing for oral argument on March 23. Prior to spring break we argued before two separate panels of judges (many of whom are members of the admiralty bar) in BU’s courtrooms. Two practices remain before we head to New Orleans, and I’m feeling confident that our team will make BU proud. Participating in moot court has noticeably sharpened my oral advocacy skills and has taught me a great deal about the eccentricities of admiralty law. I now await the day I can contribute my knowledge of allocating damages in admiralty cases during a round of pub trivia.
It’s time to sign off and commence tomorrow’s homework. In other news, I hear there’s a blizzard warning for Tuesday. 12-18 inches–yippee!