Stefanie Young

3L Year


September

The last hurrah! I cannot believe it has been such a long time coming. 3L year is in full swing and I miss the summer already. This past summer I was a Rule 9 at King Count Public Defense at Associated Counsel for the Accused Division, in the Involuntary Treatment Abuse (ITA) Unit. For those who do not know what ITA is, it is the Mental Health Unit for KCPD. It was truly amazing experience. I was able to go on the record, talk to many clients in hospitals all across Washington and explain them their rights, ask the clients what they wish their next steps were, and even did a mock trial. My supervisor is phenomenal, and I am so blessed that we got paired together. She gave me true Public Defense overview; I shadowed the investigators and went downtown looking for a homeless defendant, went to a witness’s home to see if we could ask him questions about another defendant. I also shadowed a social worker and went to various hospitals to talk to clients that attorneys requested a social worker for; I event went to drug court to see how it functions differently from civil commitment.

I did my Rule 9 as a criminal externship, which means that I went to class every two weeks and got six credits for it. It was nice to hear what others were doing at different units and organizations. Professor Stearns was an amazing professor that I got a chance to learn from, and he even came to DPD during one of our trainings to talk about storytelling.

I also took the MPRE this summer and studied for it while I was doing my externship. Luckily, the MPRE was on August 11th, and it was the day after I ended at DPD.

This semester I will be volunteering with DPD and going to talk to clients at the hospitals!

Aside from the law, I went home for a week, went LA for a basketball tournament and saw some of my best friends down there, and hiked a lot this summer around Washington!


October

This semester I am taking Contract Drafting, Internet Law, Uniform Commercial Code Sales, and Trust and Estates. I have already had a “quiz” (which more like a midterm) in my Trust & Estates class with Professor Minneti (one of the best professors, but he will make you work! As long as you put in the work, you will succeed). I have another “quiz” this Friday and then we are going to be in the home stretch. Internet law has been extremely interesting given how far technology has advanced, I highly recommend this class taught by Professor Tapia.

This month has been filled with lots of networking events. I attended the Asian Bar Association of Washington’s Annual Gala and the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) had three events this month. We had our first ever networking event with the Loren Miller Bar Association (which was a tremendous success!), we brought back the Halloween party, had a fun time, and we collaborated with Operation Night Watch, a soup kitchen right by campus to cook and provide food for the homeless. Now it’s time to buckle down and get outlines done and work on practice exams so that I can enjoy thanksgiving break and crush finals!

We started a flag football team for intramurals but we aren’t doing so hot, so hopefully we will get a win soon!


November

Finals are coming up and I have some pretty hard finals. My hardest final is probably Trust and Estates. Property was really hard for me and this class is like a Property 2.0 for me which I really appreciate. UCC Sales is another hard final, it is open note, but it is all multiple choice, which is quite hard. The review questions provided were really helpful though.

I’m finishing up my contract drafting contract for the class and I will be done with it. No final!

For internet law, I have a paper final and I got an extension for it because the paper is due the same day that I have a final. The topic is really interesting and I highly recommend this class with Professor Tapia.

For Thanksgiving, I went to San Francisco to celebrate and get some family time.

I also am registering for classes for next semester and will probably do a clinic – either the youth advocacy clinic or administrative law. I also recommend doing a clinic while you are in law school because you get to do hands on work and make an impact on someone’s life!


December 2018 / January 2019

It is finally the last semester of law school! Finals were tough because of the Trust and Estates final that I had, but my grade for it was better than expected. Overall, the semester was very solid, and I am glad we are close to the finish line. Over break I went to Tahoe for some snowboarding, then went back to Hong Kong to seem my family and we went to Adelaide for a family reunion with my dad’s family. It was my first time meeting some of them and I found out that they actually live in Toronto. It was nice to see my grandparents, their home, and exploring Adelaide with the cousins. After Adelaide, we went to Sydney with just my family. We did the bridge climb and took the ferry to Manly Beach. During December, I also met up with attorneys from San Francisco and had some interviews. I applied for the CA bar and just submitted the final paper work for character and fitness portion.

I came back to the US the weekend before school started for the final semester. This semester I am taking Bar Skills, Youth Advocacy Clinic, and Biomedical Law and Policy. All my classes are very interesting, and I am looking forward to preparing for the bar exam. It is hard work, but it will be worth it in the end. BLSA also won Chapter of the Year, which is such an exciting moment because Noe and I worked so hard over break on the application itself. Shout out to her mock trial team for making it to Nationals!

On another note, intramural basketball also started and we have a solid team this year.


February

February has been a busy month! Classes are in full swing and it has been hard getting into the flow of things with all the snow days we have had. I had a couple online classes and some of my classes are going past the scheduled time to make up for the days we missed.

I have officially applied for graduation, but school is still very busy. We have been preparing for a mock trial with the Youth Advocacy Clinic and just got our first case. It is a Special Immigration Juvenile case – a very interesting area that I’m looking forward to working on. I know we are helping the child get dependency status here in the United States. Bar Skills class is very helpful; it’s helping give me an overview of what the bar exam will be like, making me do flash cards, and providing me with strategies to study and memorize for the bar exam.

As of right now, I’m trying to get all the things that I can address before the bar exam done and squared away before I fully start studying. For example, making sure I give notice to my apartment complex for when I move out, getting my bills paid, and filing my taxes.

Aside from class, Intramural basketball is in full swing, and playoffs are starting so hopefully we win before I graduate!