I’ve had quite the week. The struggle has been real to be a motivated law student this week.
I had a truly amazing day on Thursday. I found out that my application to do an externship at Georgia Legal Services Program in Athens has been accepted. I’ll be there all next semester and will get credit for my time. We haven’t registered for next semester’s classes yet, but I plan to be there for a full day on Wednesdays and Fridays. I am looking forward to not being in the classroom all week.
I also went to the Stonewall Bar (LGBTQ) Association’s Annual Awards Dinner Thursday. I went down a little early and got my haircut in Decatur. These Athens guys just can’t hang with my Decatur barber shop! Afterward, I went to my old Decatur law office to say hi to the gang, and then I dropped by Atlanta Legal Aid to say hi to my summer crew. Unfortunately, I was too late to see everyone at ALAS. I hope that I can get back there sometime soon to have lunch with everyone or something like that.
The dinner was a lot of fun. I ran into a former UGA OUTlaw president at the reception who was nice enough to invite the UGA students to sit at the King and Spalding table up front. The keynote speaker was Mary Bonauto, one of the Supreme Court oralists in the Obergefell (marriage equality) case. Her speech was truly spectacular. About 75% of it was about transgender rights. She was sitting at the table beside me, and after the dinner I introduced myself and thanked her for her speech. She seemed kind of surprised to see me. I don’t know if it was because she thought I’m a cisgender man or she was surprised to see a trans guy in law school. Regardless, I told her about a paper that I’m writing about Title IX and bathrooms. She gave me her card and told me to send it to her when I finish! No pressure, right?!?
After the dinner, I went to an after party that was fun. Lawyers are quite entertaining… haha
I went to a birthday/Halloween get together yesterday. I had a really good time. I dressed up as Clark Kent. I can’t help but look back and think about some of my past Halloween costumes: a UGA football player, a cowboy, a disgruntled Tennessee fan, the red Power Ranger, Batman, and the list goes on. Halloween was a day when gender norms got thrown out the window, and I got to be authentically Harris. Now I get to be the man I was always supposed to be 365 days a year.
All the best,