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Final Day at the Semrau Law Firm

Hello Everyone! Today is my last day as an intern at the Semrau Law Firm. This past month has been filled with incredible experiences and I couldn’t be more pleased with how everything went!

Before I arrived for my first day, I had no idea what to expect. I figured I might be making a ton of copies, running errands and other tasks like that. What I experienced was nothing like that at all! Throughout the past month I was able to learn the ins and outs of handling a case, experiencing various court processes, memorizing many different types of laws, as well as the general life of being a defense attorney.

This past month did not only involve me sitting back and watching. I was able to perform many tasks as well. When Scott began asking me to perform certain tasks, I was honestly a bit nervous. I had no idea what I was doing. Scott helped me through every obstacle and I was able to learn so much more because of that!

A few projects I was able to complete included: Updating the website, updating the blog, requesting documents from various clerks, writing my own motion for the transfer of a case to juvenile court, taking pictures of a crime scene, and questioning a client and witness. These types of tasks were incredible experiences and I never would have guessed I would be able to them!

One incredible experience that really stood out to me was an indecent exposure case I was able to help Scott with. This particular case involved a client who was seen urinating in a Gatorade bottle in his car. The catch is the witness claimed he was doing a little more than urinating. Scott gave me quite a few tasks involving this case.

First, I gave our client a call and asked him to give me a detailed description of what happened. Later that day, I was asked to go to the park where the alleged act took place and take pictures. This was very interesting because I was able to imagine what happened much better than if I never knew what the parking lot looked like.

The next day, I was able to call the witness and ask him what happened from his perspective. To be honest, when I was asked to do this, I was beyond nervous. But it ended up being a fascinating experience and I am so grateful I was able to do it! My final task involving this case was contacting out client and asking a few more detailed questions. It was enjoyable to have direct contact with the people in this case. Instead on watching what happened I was able to engage in many aspects of the case myself!

It seems to be a common occurrence for lawyers to tell aspiring lawyers not to go to law school. While other lawyers have told me this a few times, it has not deterred my decision of becoming a lawyer. My plan is to finish my criminal justice degree and continue to law school. One day I hope to be able to be a public defender and help indigent defendants who need my help.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone at the Semrau Law Firm as well as everyone else in the building. I was blown away by this opportunity and I am so thankful I was able to experience it!

First off, I would like to thank Scott. He put a ton of creativity and effort into making my internship as educational and interesting as possible. He blew my expectations out of the water and then some. I would also like to thank Mike. He taught me so much throughout this month and he gladly answered my excess of questions. Another person who really made my experience more enjoyable was Tomeca. She is the go-to person when you need help with something, I was very impressed by her knowledge and I am so thankful I had her to help me!

I would also like to thank everyone else in the office. Cleve, Pam, Rebecca, and Lawrence. You all were a pleasure to be around and I am very thankful to have met you all!

This past month has been one of the most interesting experiences of my life. Words cannot express how pleased I am with everything I have learned and I will never forget this opportunity. Thank you again The Semrau Law Firm!

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