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Leandra Ebreo

A photo of Leandra EbreoMy name is Leandra Ebreo. I am originally from the Seattle area and very proud to be a local. In 2012, I graduated from Santa Clara University near San Francisco, California. I majored in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law. While I loved the sun and warm weather in California, I am very happy to be back in Seattle! I first became interested in law after watching famous criminal trials on TV with my grandmother. This interest has followed me since then and ultimately led me to law school. I am so blessed to say that I am a 1L at Seattle University. Even though the first year is just as challenging as people warned me, the professors at SU are amazing and have made the transition from undergrad a smooth one. Keeping an open mind, I am looking forward to learning about the different areas of law and finding one that suits me best. I love swimming, art, and especially food!

October

Good news, I got the J-O-B!!! And it took less than a day for me to officially accept it :). I am so honored to say that by this time next year I will be a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney!

Let's recap a bit from my last journal entry. Remember when I said that we were supposed to hear back from the office for a job offer by the end of September? Well, that was not completely accurate. In reality, we all actually heard on October 1st, and from now on I will never forget that day.

In the last two weeks of September, all of the Rule 9s waiting for job offers were on pins and needles. We all had heard through the grapevine that we would be receiving a call from the office either offering us a position or not. Literally every phone call we received we would step out of class and answer it, and often times we were disappointed to hear that it wasn't the office, but instead a random caller. Even walking through the halls at school we continually asked each other if we had heard back yet. I'll admit that I wasn't even getting very restful sleep.

On October 1st when I actually got the call, I was overwhelmed with emotion that I shed a few tears of joy. That never happens to me... So, now that I'm pretty sure of what I'm doing post-grad, I will just put everything I have into taking the bar exam.
I'm finding that this year it's much harder to focus on classes, but the light at the end of the tunnel is knowing that I only have a few months left.

In other news, I got to attend the annual gala for the Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW). As always, it was an amazing time with an inspirational group of people. I also, was lucky enough to sit on a law school panel and talk to prospective students at Western Oregon University.

I'm excited to see what's coming next month!

September

It's 3L year; my last year of law school! I almost cannot believe that this is a fact whenever I think about it. It is September and school just started. I'm still trying to get into the swing of school after having such an amazing, crazy, and difficult summer.
This past summer has been one of the most exciting experiences I've had thus far. I was lucky enough to have my Rule 9 card and work for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (KCPAO) for another summer. Because I had my Rule 9 limited license to practice, I was able to go to court and actually do some real trial work! That may sound not so exciting, but for me, being able to finally get in court and speak on the record was one of my biggest accomplishments and was something that I've been working toward since I was a child.

So what was my schedule like? Well, on Mondays through Wednesdays I covered all of the District Court calendars from arraignments to sentencings and reviews. On Thursdays and Fridays I would be assigned to a motion calendar. Being able to see all stages of a misdemeanor case was fascinating and eye opening since I didn't realize all of the steps it took to get to trial.

Once a month I was also assigned to a trial week. Those were the weeks that I found myself in the office from 7AM until almost 9PM. There is something to be said about actually being able to do what I've worked toward for almost my entire life. Getting a case and being given the opportunity to try the case in front of a six person jury was amazing! All in all, I now have six jury trials under my belt as well as all of the experience I could possibly hope for in misdemeanor trial work prior to graduating law school. I also now know for sure that I want to be a criminal prosecutor.

We're are supposed to hear back to see if we get a job offer at the end of this month...fingers crossed! :)


April

April has felt like a marathon. It’s excited and daunting to know that next week is the last week of school…then there are finals. Honestly, because I’ve prepped all semester for finals, I’m not as scared as I probably should be.

On the brighter side of things, I finally turned in my complete application for my Rule 9 limited license to practice. It was really interesting to fill out all the questions and describe my history, but people say that the Rule 9 application is good practice for the bar application (and I’m so happy I only had one ticket to explain). Being a Rule 9 is really exciting because now I’ll be able to try my own cases…jury selection and everything!

Now all I have to do is get through finals. I’m getting ready to just live in my books for the next couple of weeks. Wish me luck!

March

It’s crazy to think, but March has come and gone and there are only a few weeks until finals. When I started to write this entry, I was curious to see how I felt this time last year and I went back to read last year’s entry. It surprises me to say this, but last March I was much more rested compared to this year. It is official: 2L year has definitely been much harder for me than 1L year.

This year, instead of going on a vacation during spring break, I traveled to Milwaukee, WI to attend the National Black Law Student Association Convention. The convention was so inspiring and I’m very happy I went. Unfortunately, a week before the convention, I learned that my uncle had passed. So, instead of staying in Milwaukee through the weekend (as planned), my family flew me all the way from Wisconsin to Juneau, AK for my uncle’s funeral. Needless to say, my spring break wasn’t very restful.

Something that did stay the same for me this year was the Spring In House Mock Trial Competition. I’m no longer a 1L, so I got to compete in the real Spring Competition. And, as always, the competition was a lot of work, but it was a blast! I’m even proud to say that my partner and I made it to the finals and got Second Place.

Finally, the rest of March was consumed with gearing up for finals. This round of finals will be tough, but knowing that I’ll soon be trying my own cases is enough of a motivator.

Woohoo! Only a little more than a month of school left!

February

I can’t believe that it’s almost March. This semester is going by so fast and I’m stunned that in two week it will be Spring Break! Even though I’m excited, I’m starting to get worried because Spring Break marks the time for outlining for finals…which is never exciting.
 
On another note, the last week of February is Diversity Week at the law school. As the SBA Diversity Representative, I helped facilitated a week of events that focused on celebrating and understanding diversity. This year, my committee and I came up with the theme “Justice Beyond Borders” which focused on how diverse communities face barriers to accessing justice, higher education, affordable housing, employment, and safe working conditions. All of the events were awesome! It was so great working with a bunch of different student organizations and guest speakers.

Right now I’m getting ready for the wrap-up reception for Diversity Week tonight at the law school. I’m so happy the week was a success, and I can’t wait to help again next year!

Remember: “Be the change you wish to see in the world!”

January

Happy 2014! This year has started off pretty hectic, but good. For part of my break I was able to sit around and do nothing. I slept in, went out with my friends, and ate lots of good holiday food. Once Christmas passed, the rest of my break focused on mock trial preparation.

My team and I were preparing for the BLSA Regional Mock Trial Competition which was held in Sacramento this past month. Every year, BLSA and Moot Court sends the two top scoring BLSA teams from the In-House Mock Trial Competition to the BLSA Regional Mock Trial Competition. I’ve done well with mock trial in the past, but this year my in-house partner, Lawand Anderson, and I did great! We got third place in the in-house competition and were ready to tackle the regional competition problem with our new teammates.

The only thing that wasn’t so great about the competition was that it was held during the first week of our Spring Semester. That week was crazy. Luckily, I was able to attend the first day of each of my classes and save my spot while I was at the competition.

The competition itself was stressful, but a lot of fun. Though our team didn’t place at the competition, I really enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to compete against teams from other schools. Also, as an added bonus, the weather in Sacramento was amazingly sunny and the temperatures were in the 70s. After such an interesting and educational experience, I’m looking forward to next year’s competition and possibly going to regionals again!

Till next time.

December 2013

Law students have mixed emotions about the month of December. For regular people, December is mostly about the upcoming holidays. But for law students, December is the month of finals. Thankfully I'm done with all my finals at this point because this semester I was lucky to only have two in class finals! Even though I only had two finals, both were extremely difficult, and I know that I could have used another hour for each...

But being done with finals mean I am officially halfway through law school!!! THIS is probably the best Christmas present for me.

This semester has been such a whirlwind for me and I didn't think that I could make it through. With Legal Writing II and my externship, I was always doing something and never in the same city. That's why I am excited to start the next semester and see what kind of challenges the new classes bring. See you in 2014!

November 2013

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm almost halfway done with law school! It's crazy to think that this semester is almost over, but I'm very happy and thankful that it is. Since I was so busy last month with all my activities and school, November has actually seemed a little more relaxing. Don't get me wrong, my classes are just as tough, but this month I've been able to breathe a little during the weekend.

One more thing I forgot to mention during my last journal entry: I competed in the in-house mock trial competition in October. I was lucky enough to have an amazing and knowledgeable partner (Lawand Anderson) who got us prepared for the competition using her past experiences. Lawand and I got 3rd place in the in-house competition (!!!) and we will be proceeding to the Black Law Student Association's Regional Competition at the West coast Regional Convention in January. I'm really excited to get more practice with the trial skills used during mock trial and I know that these skills will help me this summer.

As the dust starts to settle, I've been trying to get all of my materials ready for finals. Luckily, I only have two in class finals and my externship will be over on the first week of December. Other than that, I'm just extremely happy that I've almost made it through this semester and I can't wait for the turkey and stuffing this week!

October 2013

I'm not going to lie, this month has been really hectic for me. From school and interviews to BLSA, SBA, and my newly appointed role on Seattle University's Diversity Task Force, I am TIRED. Needless to say, people were right when they said "2L year they work you to death."

Though I find myself constantly tired, I also know that all of this work has been paying off. Working on interviews early in the school year allowed me to solidify a paid internship offer for this upcoming summer. Even though interviews and applications were stressful at the beginning of the year, I am SO happy that I already know what I'll be doing this summer and that I won't have to worry about anymore interviews and applications.

Aside from the job applications, I have been trying really hard to apply for scholarships. *TIP: even if you don't get much scholarship in law school, don't stop trying! There are so many other organizations giving out scholarships, so GET THAT MONEY! (or at least try). I was lucky enough to received two scholarships this year: one from the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) and another from the Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW). Seriously, I am so blessed to be a part of both organizations! In law school it is so important to have support and I feel that both of these organizations have been a great support for me and many other law students.

Anyways, the Black Law Student Association is having our annual Halloween Party this weekend, so I have to go get stuff ready! Till next time...

September 2013

Wow, I can't believe I made it through 1L year! The first year is definitely crazy, but very do-able. A lot has happened since my last journal, so I'll try my best to keep this journal concise and full of the most important things (just like our legal writing professors always suggest).

This past summer I got to work at my dream job: the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office (KPAO). I worked in the Special Assault Unit at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. First of all I'd like to say that everyone cautioned me from getting my hopes up for this position. People warned me that "real criminal law is nothing like you see on Law and Order: SVU." Looking back on my experience, I can now tell those people that they were COMPLETELY wrong! In my experience at the prosecutor's office, every day was just as exciting as I saw on TV. Some of the projects I got to work on included: helping create trial briefs, motions to the court, and findings of fact. All of these projects may sound boring on paper, but because I was able to watch a number of trials from beginning to end, I was able to appreciate all the work I contributed to the trial process.

KPAO also gave their interns opportunities to go on field trips and see everything that leads up to the trial and more (I went on every field trip!). Through these opportunities I got to see the medical examiners' office, the Washington State crime lab, the King County jail in Kent, McNeil Island, and the Washington State Patrol Office. Now, even if I don't decide to stay in prosecution, at least I have a good overview of the criminal justice system as a whole. I would definitely recommend KPAO as an internship placement, so feel free to ask me any questions about my experience.

Next, what's currently going on with 2L year? People were right in saying that 2L year would be a lot of work. I do have so much work to do, and some of it isn't even on campus! For classes, I'm taking Legal Writing 2, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative, and an externship class. This semester I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to extern at the Supreme Court of Washington! I also am the Diversity Representative for the Student Bar Association and Vice President of the Black Law Student Association. PHEW, that was a lot!

As you can see, I need to get back to doing something on my large TO DO list :) 'till next time!

April 2013

I can't believe that my 1L year is almost over! I'm really happy that it's almost the end of the year and that I'm still alive ?. April has gone by so fast and I can't believe that I'm about to get into finals again. 

Most of this month has been focused on final projects/papers and trying to prepare for finals. Even though the workload has stayed the same, since I have gone through one round of finals I feel much more prepared this time around.

In other news, I recently got elected as the Diversity Rep. for the Student Bar Association (SBA/law school student government) and am just starting to transition into my new position. It has been great meeting new people through the SBA that I don't think I would have met otherwise.

Other than preparing for the upcoming weeks the only other thing to talk about is Barrister's Ball. Barrister's Ball is more commonly referred to as "law school prom," and I have to admit that it really seemed like prom. Although the event was not what I expected it to be, I had a great time spending some time outside of the classroom with people from my section. It definitely was an experience...

Off to go study some more!

March 2013

March was an amazing month. Maybe I've been lucky because of St. Patrick's Day, or maybe my hard work is finally paying off. :) Not only did I get my summer internship set up, but I also got to spend a week in San Jose de los Cabos, Mexico!

Now time to rewind for a bit: last entry I completely forgot to mention that February was the month of the 1L Mock Trial Competition. Since I'm interested in litigation, I thought that the competition would be a great way to get my feet wet. Preparing for and participating in mock trial as a 1L was a lot of fun and extremely useful for the future. Thanks our hard work, my amazing partner (Eric Reutter) and I made it to the Semi-Finals! Anyways, I really encourage anyone and everyone to give mock trial a try (even if it's only your 1L year).

The reason I mentioned mock trial is because I believe that it helped me in all of my interviews. Mock trial was not only helpful in building skills applicable to my summer internship, but is also a great conversation starter. Speaking of my internship, I am really happy to say that I will be at criminal law internship (my first choice!). 

Finally, to be completely honest, the rest of March was focused on enjoying the sun in Mexico. It was my first time in Mexico, but definitely not my last. Now getting back into the swing of school, I realize that spring break was a great time to recharge and get ready for the final push until summer.

Cheers to a little more than a month of school left!

February 2013

All of my internship applications have been turned in...FINALLY! For me, February has been the month of interviews. I have been lucky enough to receive a number of interviews and although interviewing is fun, it has also been really exhausting. On one hand, I've enjoyed meeting such a wide variety of people through the interview process and I'm excited to see where I'll end up.  And on the other hand, the travel time to the different locations has been wearing me out since I still have to go to class afterward. Between traveling to the interviews and meeting with CPD, it almost seems like I'm taking another class!

On the bright side, finishing February means that I can start March which means that I will soon know what internship opportunities I'll have for the summer, and more importantly, SPRING BREAK! As much as second semester has been better than first semester, I'm really excited to take one week off in March.

I'll let you know how it goes. :) Until next time!

January 2013

Happy New Year! 2013 has started off a little rocky for me, but not too bad. Once finals were over I had surgery on my foot, so I've been on crutches for the past three weeks. Also, now that Spring Semester has started, I've been crutching all over the law school with pounds and pounds of books on my back. Other than that, it's really nice to know that I have one semester under my belt. Knowing how to outline, what finals are like, and finally having grades is such a great feeling! I feel a lot less anxious about my classes now that I know what to expect.

Aside from crutching around, summer internship/externship applications have been a rude awakening coming back from break. The deadlines have been sneaking up on me, but I've been knocking them down! CPD and 2Ls have been so helpful. Hopefully, I will be doing something interesting this summer.

Lastly, I was so blessed to attend the King County Bar Association's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon at the Sheraton in downtown. As an undergrad I focused on minority politics in America and read excerpts from Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow. I was so excited to learn that the key note speaker at the lunch was Michelle Alexander. She was such an amazing and inspirational speaker! Listening to her key note address made me really think about what I can do to improve the criminal justice system once I become an attorney. I strongly recommend her book :)

Well time to get some rest now. Until next month, my dears!

December 2012

Happy finals month! December is more about finals and less about everything else. By this point, most of my classes are reviewing, but some professor think that it is a good idea to keep learning (which is concerning to me). I don't know how I'm going to memorize everything, but I am definitely going to try!

Something negative: It was really difficult to rest during Thanksgiving Break, especially knowing that finals were only three weeks away. I found that I brought my laptop to my family's Thanksgiving get together so that I could finish Memo 2 before school started up again.

Something positive: I was able to finish Memo 2 on Thanksgiving Day while waiting for four pies to bake! Also, in a month from now I will have completed my first semester of law school!

I have to get back to the library now, so see you on the other side (of finals :)

November 2012

November is going to be a fast month. Not only do we have time off for Thanksgiving break, but everyone is starting to feel the pressure of finals. As finals approach, I find myself becoming much more anxious about everything I'm learning. Amidst all the anxiety, I found that actually reading the weekly announcements from the law school can open the door to many interesting opportunities. Although I find myself in the library a lot more, I made time to volunteer for the Washington State Bar Association's Trial Advocacy Program.

The weekend of the mock trial was so much fun! I originally signed up to be a juror, but the night before the event I received an email from the Washington State Bar Association looking for more witnesses. The morning of the mock trial was really a blur. I was handed a fake deposition to memorize and then I talked to the attorney who was going to use me as a witness. While I've seen a mock trial before, this was on a completely different level. While one of the attorneys on the plaintiff's side had been practicing for 15 years and was obviously well practiced in the courtroom, but his partner was still learning the details of objections. Even with the inconsistencies, watching the process was so exciting and now I can't wait to participate in mock trial. After both sides presented their cases, the judge let me accompany the jurors into the jury room to observe deliberations. Listening to the jurors' arguments for either side was one of the most interesting situations of the day. It was fascinating to see what the jurors saw as important. Finally, after the trial was over, I was able to tour the Downtown Seattle Courthouse (which actually had an awesome view from the top). I am very happy that I volunteered for the event and now I will be sure to always read my emails!

See you in December!

October 2012

Yay! October is almost over! Since my last entry I have completed more than half of a semester, taken a midterm, and turned in Memo 1...all in law school! Though this doesn't sound like much, I really feel accomplished.

Now that I've taken a midterm, I understand how fast an hour can pass. The hour that we had to complete the midterm honestly seemed to fly by. At first I was panicked, but then I realized that other people probably felt the pressure too. While the midterm was scary, I thought that it was really helpful to have. Preparing for the midterm taught me how to outline and how to use examsoft. Overall, I'm not too concerned with what my grade ends up being, I'm just happy that I'll finally be able to see the things that I'm doing right and what areas I need to improve on.Since the midterm, I feel like I'm getting into the groove of things now. I give myself enough time to finish the assigned readings and I can somewhat have more of a social life than previously thought. I'm involved in two on campus clubs: The Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association (APILSA) and the Black Law Student Association (BLSA). At the end of the month, BLSA will be having their annual Halloween party. I'm excited to go and I even invited some of my friends from high school. Plus, it will be interesting to see my fellow law students dressed up and not nose deep in their books.Finally, one of my friends invited me to go to the Filipino Lawyers of Washington's (FLOW) annual Barrio Fiesta on the 26th. The night was a dinner full of performances, great food, and fascinating people. Our keynote speaker was Ron Sims! He is an amazing public speaker, and hearing about his life made me optimistic and ready to face the challenges of law school. I met a lot of people at the dinner and I was really happy to meet other Filipinos in the law community, including some Seattle U alum. The night was a great opportunity, and I plan to attend next year.

Between reading, working, and trying to spend some me time, the weeks are just passing by.  See you in November!

September 2012

Summer was awesome! After graduation my family took me to Disneyland and I remembered how much I loved "The Happiest Place on Earth." The weather in Anaheim was an amazing 80 degrees, and I was happily surprised to return to Seattle with the weather just as sunny and warm. I love being back in Seattle, especially with all the local food. Some of the first places I visited when I got back in town (and which I highly suggest trying) were Dick's Drive-In, Pagliacci's Pizza, and Ezell's Chicken. All of these eateries are only in the Seattle area and I've missed them so much while I was in Santa Clara! By the way, the Seattle Center has some really great attractions right now. If you love history and art like me, I would really suggest checking out the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center or grabbing a bite at the new Chihuly Garden and Glass Café. Otherwise, just enjoy seeing the "Galaxy Orange" on the Space Needle in commemoration of the Icon's 50th anniversary. All the excitement from these events and the great weather this summer helped me remember how much I love this City. I really enjoyed pigging out, hanging out with friends, and letting my brain mush in the summer sun (even though it was only for 2 months), but I was ready to get back in the grind of school.I'm two weeks into my 1L year of law school (WOW!), and I have to say that law school is definitely as hard as people say. But, what has given me relief is realizing that it is definitely not as hard as Legally Blonde made it out to be. My professors are really personable and seem to honestly love the subjects they are teaching which makes the classes much more interesting than I anticipated. I am currently taking the normal 1L load: Criminal Law, Torts, Civil Procedure, Contracts, and Legal Writing. Things are difficult, but manageable. Hopefully, I will figure out a system that works best for me soon. On another note, everyone I've met so far is so friendly. It is so interesting to meet people with such a wide range of life experiences. I am excited to start getting involved in some student organizations, but I am also trying to limit the number of organizations I join. I don't want to overwhelm myself.Until my next entry.  Enjoy the wonderful sunny weather!