After lunch we filed a suit in Civil Court which is actually just a few blocks from our office, great building even with some of the windows and lettering broken from the winds. Tomorrows the last day for filing these suits after the few month extension that was granted after the hurricane, we saw a story on it later tonight (hey, we were there today, we were there!). Afterwards we walked (yeah, no cars required bad reference to no batteries required, anybody?) to the 4th district court house which is new and really gorgeous. Its also the house of the state Supreme Court I believe, right in the middle of the French Quarter.
The clerks were frustrated but not too overcrowded. Normally what happens next is the opposing party (the ones who didnt turn in papers yet) go to the court, look at the papers and the arguments they contain, then write a response thats due maybe a week later, just a little while before the hearing date where they actually go to court. This way everyone knows what the arguments are and has their best responses and research already donewhen they get to court they just have to summarize since the arguments are all already done basically. The courts normally accept mail post dated to the date it is supposed to be submitted. BUT, they have some serious problems getting mail down here, some regular mail takes as many as 20 days to reach some addresses if it makes it there at all. That is longer than the due date for the response to the papers that are still in the mail. It may even be longer than the time between filing the papers and the hearing date. The clerks are still accepting mailed submissions but this can be a problem that makes the courts delay hearings. After a certain time this just takes too long (lawyers may call it a due process violation because they have to have a hearing in a timely manner) and being fair to lawyers who file by mail become unfair to those filing suits or those waiting to have suits dismissed. Anyway, its a problem.
I answered phones for 45 minutes today, nothing exciting, but I did get to make one of the attorneys I was working for come into the secretarys office so I could give him a summary of my last memo to him.
After work we went home and relaxed for a while, got dinner next to the mediocre Italian place from the night before at a African food place that turned out to be excellent (great quality ingredients, way relaxed vibe inside, affordable prices).
We went home and saw that the miners in W. Virginia had been rescued, freakin amazing, we were all pretty riled up for a while.
Tomorrow we may visit Chalmette (sp?), then back to work on the brief if it turns out the opposition filed their papers on time.
Megans first day of teaching today, go Megan! Sounds like it was hard for her but she is in control and Im confident shell whip the kids into shape faster than even she believes possible.