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I am a 3L originally from Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated from Binghamton University (SUNY) with my B.A. in 2005 and my M.A. in 2007 both in Political Science. I spent the 2 years between finishing my MA and deciding to go to law school as a Student Affairs Administrator and an Adjunct Professor...

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It's been awhile

Posted by Peter Eraca on 10/06/2010 at 11:00 PM

Have you ever had that thing on your “to do” list, you keep looking at it, but never have the opportunity to do it. That is what my blog has felt like since classes began. So, I’d like to begin by offering my apologies for not writing sooner.

When you work for certain governmental bodies, you need to be careful about “lending the influence of the body” to your words/actions, so I made the decision to refrain from writing about my summer position until it concluded. Over the summer, I had the honor and privilege of working in the chambers of the Honorable Cecelia Morris, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. It was an amazing experience, and while bankruptcy was not one of the areas of specialty I saw myself in when I began law school, I could not see myself absent it now. Through my work at the bankruptcy court, I experienced a myriad of issues, improved my research and writing skills, and gained a fundamental interest in a sector of our profession that is increasingly in need of excellent skilled practitioners. Outside of research and writing skills, working for a summer as an intern at a court is an invaluable experience of observation, you see how practitioners argue, approach the judge, and the occasional misstep. One thing you do not learn in class is that it is ok if you are not perfectly articulate, and the best thing to do is be prepared, confident, and honest with the judge.

I will write more in the coming weeks to bring my blog up to date.