Life only gets crazier in the second year of law school. Yes, I’m no longer afraid of the cold call or the unknown beast that is a law school exam. I also have a better idea about where my interests and strengths lie; and the classes I’m in feel valuable not only as an intellectual exercise, but as actual practical training for the work I’ll be doing once I graduate. However, I am as sleep deprived and crunched for time as I was last year. There’s a lot going on: meetings to attend, events to plan, internships to work. To illustrate, let me tell you about what I’ve been up to the past week.
- On Saturday, I went hiking and Oktoberfesting at Bear Mountain, an event sponsored by NYU’s student-run “Portmanteau” adventure club dedicated to exploring the city’s non-law offerings. The weather was beautiful, the views were stellar, and sipping German beer while sitting riverside post-hike was quite the way to spend a sunny October afternoon.
- On Tuesday, Judge Robert Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit visited my Media Law class and gave a fascinating talk about defamation and privacy issues in traditional and online media.
- That evening, I participated in a videotaped negotiation for my Negotiations seminar, where we simulated representing a client in an employment discrimination lawsuit working towards settlement.
- It was time for the CMJ Music Marathon (!), a week-long music festival taking over New York and showcasing over 1,200 new bands. NYU’s IP and Entertainment Law Society hooked me up with one of the free all-access passes it scored for law students, so I got to attend all kinds of concerts for free.
- Wednesday was an art-filled day: first, I was lucky enough to have lunch at school with Sergio Muñoz, Associate Director of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, “an artist who practices art law.” Later that night, after band practice with some friends from my first-year section, I headed up to the Met for the debut of their John Baldessari exhibition, “Pure Beauty.”
- Unfortunately, my class schedule on Friday meant that I had to miss the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law’s annual conference, which focused this year on nonprofit speech in light of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. One of the speakers at the conference was Jill Manny, the Center’s Executive Director who also teaches my (fantastic) Law of Nonprofit Organizations class.
I understand that my life reads like a brochure for the law school. But how can I not take advantage of this embarrassment of riches? I feel lucky to be in a place that keeps me so busy and engaged. I’ll sacrifice sleep for that.