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Uncertain Times

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Hello all!

 

WOW! So many things going on since last month! I will share just a few bits and pieces, focusing mostly on the topic of Uncertainty.

First off: in the field of law, of course, all is Uncertain. Lately there have been a few developments that are poised to push the law in new directions, yet still uncertain.

 

There is talk of immigration reform, and while this is not my primary area of practice, immigration has intimate ties to family law. Often the good family law practitioner must know a smattering of family law in order that she not advise her client to do something that will adversely affect a client's immigration status, or that of a relative, down the line. Here's hoping that a reasonable, cohesive result enables us to regulate incoming people while showing pragmatic compassion to those already here.

 

Another uncertainty in family law is the Prop 8 case pending before the Supreme Court. If you recall, Prop 8 was the November 2008 ballot measure where Californians chose to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. It's been appealed all the way up to that highest court, and The Nine are expected to rule on Hollingsworth v. Perry in late June. Because of the status of this case, it is notoriously difficult to give advice to same-sex couples in California, on a whole array of issues from marriage, divorce, adoption, and many others. Sometimes, the best we can say is, we'll see!

 

In my own personal life, there is some uncertainty too. I'm still looking for a place where I can hang my hat, and, more importantly, put my teapot. I was explaining to Austin the difficulties that come with being (not unemployed, as he wisely characterized it, but) underemployed. Namely:

    1. Not having a place to keep your stuff, call your own, put a little paperweight. The less bad sister of homelessness; I'll call it "workplacelessness."
    2. Not knowing where you'll be in the next week, month, year…I can so definitely handle sacrifice, patiently waiting, being on a budget…but the thing that kills me is the uncertainty. Not knowing if it will be today or tomorrow. Not being able to make long-term plans. Oh, and it kills me, too, to not be able to put it all on the calendar 6 months in advance, ha ha. I and my Google calendar are such BFFs. We're probably a little co-dependent…but is okay ;-)
    3. The desire to contribute to my family. Granted, Austin works which is a HUGE blessing, but I was really looking forward to making a significant contribution to our finances, and also maybe taking some of the pressure off of him to win the bread.

 

So that's what's brewing at williamsllp.com. I hope to have good news to report next time!

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