talent show

20 Jul

As I prepare my presentation for tomorrow’s trial (organize, make an outline, mark exhibits, mentally arrange witnesses in an order that will accommodate the schedules of 4 doctors AND make sense to the Court, re-read the medical evaluations, and make a list of elements to prove), my children are putting on a show of their own.  Anna has found a spare harmonica and given one to Henry, so now they are both serenading me with the happy sounds of the harmonica.

I am feeling stressed, anxious and unprepared to start tomorrow, but they have taken my mind off the scared feelings for a full hour now.  There’s nothing you can do in the face of such chaos but laugh.  And, like Henry orders me: “Clap, Mom.”  Wish me luck.


4 Responses to “talent show”

  1. Tifani July 20, 2010 at 2:11 am #

    praying, praying, praying

    And put on some Blues Traveler to inspire those kids!!

  2. Carmen July 20, 2010 at 2:35 am #

    There is no one I can think of who will fight for justice for this child like you. You will do a wonderful job. We’ve talked about this case only briefly, but you know it backward & forward, & like all trial attorneys, it has filled your conscious & subconscious for days . . . probably weeks. You are ready. He is lucky beyond words that you have his case, & justice will be served. We’ll go for a glass of wIne when it’s over.

  3. Rachel July 20, 2010 at 3:00 am #

    Claire, please know that your friends are thinking of you and praying for you. Carmen, let me know when ya’ll get together for the wine!! :o) I’m always ready to help others drink adult beverages.

  4. Carmen July 20, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    I’ve already told Claire this, but I post it for the benefit of those of you who did not get to see her in Court today. One of her star witnesses is a leading expert on child abuse. He is involved in 1 of my cases, so I decided to take advantage of an opportunity to see how he comes across when he testifies. He is fine . . . honestly somewhat boring and dull, but gets the job done.

    Claire, on the other hand, is great! The case she is trying is to the Court as opposed to a jury, which cuts through a ton of the courtroom drama. Claire is direct and rapidly cuts to the heart of the matter for the judge who is deciding the case. Claire asks good questions, soliciting the information she needs from the witness without going into a bunch of unnecessary junk, and understands appropriate use of silence between questions to allow the witness’ testimony to be considered and to sink in. She is doing an outstanding job and all of you who love & adore her should be very proud of her, even if you don’t get to see it in person.

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