For 15 months before I started law school in 1995, I enjoyed my most rewarding professional experience while working as a paralegal in the Supreme Court and appellate litigation section of Sidley Austin (“Sidley”). I don’t think most paralegals would describe their jobs in such terms, but my time at the firm was truly special. How could I have bested working with extraordinary attorneys on five Supreme Court cases—United States v. Lopez, BMW v. Gore, Missouri v. Jenkins, Romer v. Evans, and U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton—that I would study during my very first semester Constitutional Law class?
My job was far from glamorous. I edited, cite-checked, and made sure that all briefs conformed to the infamous Bluebook, the standard style manual for legal citation. I loved it and learned. ~ Ben Kerschberg re-visits those golden WordPerfect days in “Remembering The Magic of Supreme Court Briefs Before Technology Took Over” (Forbes)
This article is a great read for those of you, like me, who still remember and love WordPerfect (although I became much more accepting of Word in its 2007 incarnation), and once upon a time found satisfaction in taking an entire morning to photocopy and FedEx briefs. “My arms would tire,” recalls Kerschberg.
My arms love PDF files.