Saturday, September 23, 2006
Bellezza made me do it
I work for a company that provids online legal research to practitioners, judges, clerks, law students, and generally really anyone who can afford the service and need it.
Here is what I do.
If a case is decided in the district courts of the Sixth and Ninth Circuits, I summarize those. So anything from Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and then those states out there on the West Coast ... Cal, Ariz, Wash, Ore, Mont.
And what is a summary, you ask? I read a case. I pull out generic points of law like this:
An appellate court reviews a district court's denial of a motion for summary judgment under the de novo standard of review. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56.
Then I classify that little nugget of law into something that is generally searchable, so when our customer comes online, they can pull up all cases that have that classification, which would be something like: Civil Procedure; Summary Judgment; Standards of Review; De Novo.
I then write a brief synopsis of the case, pulling out what I believe to be pertinent information, so when a customer finds this one case, all of that information is at the top of the case. All they have to do is read that summary and decide if it is something they want or don't need.
So isn't that exciting? Hey ... I had to use that law degree SOMEhow.
I work solely from home, with the work week starting at 12:01 am Monday and running through 11:59 pm Sunday night. My family has learned to NEVER call me on the weekend.
I'm a mom of three peeps ... Queen Bee, The Door Man, and the Chandelier Monkey, and wife to Ace, the Helpful Hardware Man. I created this space to get away from the people known as my inlaws, and because life with three kids and a hubby is all Unexplored Territory.
Y'all have a good weekend, hear?