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Wow, this week has been a busy one for me personally and professionally.  In the area of law I am working in at this time, Family Law, it either becomes busy right before the holidays or extremely slow.  This year, it is crazy busy.  I don’t know why, but I have an idea it has to do with the economy.  Work has been keeping me so busy, that I haven’t had time to read my personal e-mail, until last night.

Imagine my surprise to find not one, but two e-mails from two separate sources announcing that my blog has been listed as one of their resources.  I am both proud and pleased to be mentioned with many of my favorite paralegal bloggers that I myself follow.  Rasmussen College offers some online degrees in Criminal Justice and you can find my mention here.  Paralegal.net offers information on many online paralegal schools as well as information regarding paralegal salary’s, job descriptions and much more.  You can find my mention here. I want to thank both Rasmussen and Paralegal.net for mentioning my blog.

Some of the other mentions are Lynne DeVenny, Daphne Drescher, Chere Estrin and Kim Walker.  I think I’m in good company, don’t you?  Oh, yes, and as to my Mom (who has said on many occasions), “I read your blog but I have no idea what most of it means”, I just want to say, someone out there does get it Mom, and it’s okay if you don’t, just keep reading because I need all the followers I can get!

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We Californians love to be first, just try driving down the freeway and you will see what I mean.  While voters did not approve Proposition 19 which would have legalized pot, making us the first state to do so, we have elected the nation’s first transgender Superior Court Trial Judge.

As reported in LGBTQNation.com , Victoria Kolakowski, who is 49, was elected in Alameda County as a new judge.

Victoria Kolakowski

In an interview with student journalist Alexa Sasanow of The Tuft’s Daily newspaper, Kolakowski said:

“The trans thing isn’t the first thing I talk about.  I talk about my experience, things I’ve done as a lawyer, things I want to do as a judge, and when there’s time, I say something about being transgender.  It’s not what I lead with, and a lot of people don’t know.  I’m not hiding it, but it’s one of the things that is difficult when you’re running a race; how do you address this issue? You don’t want to be hiding something about who you are, if you’re out, but you also don’t want to say, ‘Vote for me. I’m wearing a rainbow flag.”

Kolakowski was part of a group of transgender candidates across the nation that was recently profiled in the New York Times, and she cited some of the online comments on the article as indicative of a culture of homophobia and transphobia that still exists in the United States in many forms.

While I don’t know Ms. Kolakowski and Alameda is not the county in which I assist attorneys at this time, I think she will bring some great life lessons into the courtroom with her.  I would love to hear from paralegals and their attorneys in Alameda on their thoughts  about this election and on Ms. Kolakowski herself.

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