Hello, my name is Brittany Molnar. I was born and raised in Arizona and attended Arizona State University majoring in political science with an emphasis in international studies and a minor in sociology. After graduation I went on to work in a small boutique estate planning/administration, probate and civil litigation law firm. While working at my law firm I went on to earn a certificate in paralegal studies. After spending 23 years in Arizona, I knew I wanted to experience something different and am so happy to have moved to Seattle for law school. When I am not in school I enjoy sporting events, mainly football (Go Sun Devils!), traveling, and reading.
So this Sunday, December 1st, will mark six months since I moved to Seattle. I can't believe how quickly time has gone by and how much I am enjoying living in Seattle. It has rained as much as everyone told me it was going to, and we have been lucky that the past week has brought a lot of sunshine. However, it makes studying so much harder since I just want to be outside soaking up the sun while it is here. Speaking of studying, it has now started to seep into my self-consciousness and I have started to dream about negligence or some joinder rule from Civil Procedure. It seems lately that everything I do relates back to law school in some form or another. Oh well, I guess that's what law school is all about.
I elected to stay in Seattle for thanksgiving break knowing that I would need the study time to work on my legal writing memo and finish my outlines. I'm also looking forward to catching up on some much needed sleep with the four days that we have off. However, I am looking forward to spending Thanksgiving Day with friends and eating a whole bunch of turkey and mashed potatoes.
You can also tell the minute you step on campus that finals are just around the corner. Everyone is starting to become tense and there doesn't seem to be enough coffee around to keep those late night studying sessions productive. I am so glad that I only have three finals to worry about this semester rather than four; summer criminal law is just the gift that keeps on giving. I am also starting to figure out my plans for summer and I am bouncing between the idea of studying abroad at Oxford or staying in Seattle and taking evidence and a judicial externship with the court of appeals tax division. I would really enjoy doing both, so I may have to make a pro con list to see which one wins out.
So I am officially in the midst of the semester, and I can kind of start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The semester so far has been challenging, but I have learned a lot and everything seems to be coming together. The civil procedure midterm went well, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to take a test and see how the questions will be formed before heading into the final. I also completed my second legal writing memo, which turned out to be a pretty interesting topic. We wrote about hypothetical clients wishing to turn their family home into a bed and breakfast. It was interesting to see how certain codes and regulations could be interpreted differently by others in my class and how to address those issues in your memo.
I also did my first volunteer opportunity with the Foreclosure Mediation Outreach Project. Overall, it was a great turnout and I got to speak directly to clients and match them to a corresponding attorney or housing justice counselor, depending on what stage they were in within the foreclosure process. It was very inspiring to be able to help people who do not understand the foreclosure laws and to be able to help them in any way possible. I was also able to sit in on attorney/client meetings and see how one works through the clients issues.
It seems like only yesterday I was starting my first day of fall semester. Law school has been easier than I anticipated it to be, and it helps that I took criminal law over the summer. Taking criminal law over the summer may just be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Having that one less class my first semester has been a blessing in disguise and has really cut down on my stress level. Civil Procedure has easily become one of my favorite classes to attend. Professor Shapiro really knows how to engage her students and make learning fun!
Fall is upon us and I am really enjoying the greying skies as well as the leaves starting to change color. Adjusting to Seattle from Phoenix hasn't been that difficult; I have really come to love being able to walk everywhere and immersing myself in the city's culture. I have also joined a few organizations on campus to become more involved. One that I am really excited about is the Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project (FMOP). FMOP is a law that was recently enacted in 2011 about helping homeowners who are in the beginning stages or at the end stage of the foreclosure process. I am really excited to attend my first clinic and also start working towards the Pro bono pledge.