I’ve had an interesting time since the last time I popped in over here. It’s clearly been “Kick Jillian” month in the legal world. I have three big cases going on right now that I am more involved in some than others but they seem to all have people who want to deflect the fact that they have nothing to base their case on and put the spotlight on me and what I may have done that makes them unhappy.
When I was in law school, I had a professor say, “If the law is on your side, argue the law. If the facts are on y0ur side, argue the facts. If you have neither, pound on the table.” We have definitely been having some table-pounding going on in my world.
In one of the cases, the other lawyer said such awful things about me that were completely untrue, I got in my car and drove three hours one way to court where I was initially going to appear by telephone. I felt I had no choice and needed to be eyeball to eyeball with the judge when I set the record straight. AND in fact, after pointing out that my integrity had been impugned, I argued the law, not the emotion of my anger at being thrown under the bus and the court granted my motion other than one item she needed more information about.
So, just as I got over that incident, along came another, less slanderous issue.
After I handled that, one more blindsided me. I almost, almost didn’t read the pleading because the issue was between two other parties but I decided to give it a once-over and shock me! – the one lawyer used 8 pages out of 14 to trash me and yet again, I was thrown under the bus- AND this wasn’t even my issue. Crazy world. I responded to that as well and set the record straight yet again and the court ruled in a way that showed the other side had wasted their time attacking me.
So, I’ve staggered around this month getting kicked about but always getting back up. I’m trying to avoid buses to be tossed under right now but thought maybe I should try to make friends with one that seems to be lucky and so I’ve shared this youtube link.
Happy April from a beat-up but not defeated Jillian. By the way, this is my 100th post over here! PARTY!!