YouTube | Where have I been?

Where have I been?

So, where have I been? Here, there and everywhere it feels like.  But, I’m not talking about destinations in this post, I have been so quiet over on YouTube and I wanted to let you know that’s all about to change.

I filmed this quick video to explain where I have been, and what you can expect going forward!

What can you expect on my Lawyer In The Making YouTube channel?

If you watch my video you will see that I do want to keep the content tailored to both audiences.  So content for law students, but also content for lawyers and those working in the legal profession.  I am hoping that some videos will sit nicely between the two, but I am also very aware that not all the content will do that.

What can you do?

So of course I would love it if you subscribe to my YouTube channel, it just means that you will never miss a video!  You can subscribe by going onto my YouTube and hitting the subscribe button.  Equally, likes and comments are always appreciated on my videos.  Plus if you like what you see on my YouTube channel, then share a link from it to social media or with people you think will like it.

More important than that though, I would love to know what you want me to film and share.  I have a big list of topics and things I want to talk about and share, and this list I have generated myself and from conversations an discussions with people in person and online – but, I want to know what you want!

So make sure that you send me messages on social media, that you comment on my videos or that you email me with what you want.

I want to be producing content that is of interest to you, but also a benefit – so what do you want to see or learn about?

Rebecca x

Opinion – Am I A Victim?

Am I a victim? On paper, and by definition, yes I am.  Do I think I am one though? No.

Am I a victim? Click To Tweet

Yet when I look at my life and the way I react to and feel in certain situations, then that incident, 13 years ago this month, has massively impacted on my life.

13 years ago this month I was sexually assaulted on a train, heading home from school  on a Friday night.  I was sat on the train with my little sister, she had just started Year 7 and we had just returned to school after the summer holiday that week.  We occupied a set of seats on the old style metropolitan train.  Across the aisle on the smaller pair of seats was another girl from our school who had just started year 7.

The train journey itself lasted 10 minutes maximum. We got off on the 4th stop.  However, this particular Friday, the doors stayed open at Rayners Lane for a little longer than normal, which wasn’t out of the ordinary.  The doors closed, then re-opened, as they re-opened a group of boys/guys/men jumped on the train.  I would be lying to say I didn’t feel relieved when they walked by my little sister and I.  Plus we were now on our way to our stop, so nothing bad was going to happen in the short time frame!

However, they soon turned around and came and sat amongst us.  I remember someone sitting next to me on each side, one by my little sister, and open opposite the girl from school I didn’t know.  A couple of them were standing in the walkway.

Time seemed to stop still, I was sexually assaulted on that short train journey home, and was appalled that the adults stood in the middle section with the pole bit, who could clearly see us didn’t step in to help.  I was adamant that they were in no circumstances going to touch my sister or the other girl.  As it approached our stop, I made sure the girl got off with us, and that evening my dad was picking us up from the station and I made her drop the girl off where she had planned to meet her mum.  I would never have lived with myself if I had left her on the train with them.

What followed then was an evening of trying to remember and write down everything, police visits, a trip to the hospital, buying a new school blazer and skirt, over the next few weeks various trips to the police station,and for a little while an undercover police officer walking near us on the way to school and the train journey.

So am I victim?

I guess I am, but I don’t spend my time thinking about what happened, and this is the first time I have ever written about it, plus hardly anyone knows this about me.

Yet, everyday I am impacted by what happened that day.  I am so anxious on public transport, I would rather stand than sit down, I am super anxious if there are relatively empty carriages, I used to dread coming home later on at night if drunk people were on the train, I hate carparks day or night, I hate getting taxis/cabs, I don’t like walking around in the dark (and sometimes even the day).  I check around my car before getting into it, and then have to reach around the back of my seat just to make sure I am safe.  I triple check my front door is locked.  I am constantly scanning around when I am out and about, trying to remember what people near me are wearing, just incase something happens.  I don’t even think about doing that, it just happens.

Please don’t think I am crazy!

However, if you follow my blog or social media, you will know that I still do most of those things.  In DC I spent my life jumping in and out of cabs getting to conference venues and then after parties.  I get the train into London frequently (I used to do it everyday for work), I get the train home after I have seen friends, I even sit down sometimes on the train, I leave my car in carparks and return to my car etc. I sat and watched the sunset by myself down by Boston harbour and walked back to my hotel every night.

I refuse to not do these things even if they make me ridiculously anxious and uncomfortable.  Sometimes though my nerves do get the better of me.  I walk around anxious and paranoid more often than not.  I constantly think that the people around me might be potential attackers, and it is awful to think that about complete strangers, who 99.9% of the time are just innocently going about their day.

Sometimes it does all get a little bit much, and I had full blown anxiety attacks when I arrived in DC in 2016, to the point where I considered spending thousands of pounds on a flight home!

I know that everyone is relatively cautious when it comes to some of these things, and personal safety is paramount.  I do sometimes wonder whether I would have been like this anyways, even if I hadn’t been assaulted? Would I have always been a little bit extra paranoid? Maybe, maybe not.  I guess I will never know the answer to that.

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One thing I do know is that my family and the police helped me massively through that period of my life.  At the age of 13 having to do police interviews and be subject to some pretty harsh questioning (by one particular women) was tough and knowing that people had my back made such a difference.   I also know that by reporting them, they maybe/hopefully wouldn’t do it again!

This post isn’t to get sympathy, this happened such a long time ago.  Please remember though, that every day you meet people and they all have stories from their… Click To Tweet Good and bad, they shape all of us and impact on our lives, even if we don’t disclose what or why.

Rebecca x

 

 

Throwback Week

Wow, this week really is a full on throwback week.  My Facebook and TimeHop keep reminding me of all the things I have been up to over the last few years and this week is a particularly good one.  So with that in mind, I thought I would share my throwback week, plus they are all law related (no surprise there then!).

Throwback Week | Number 1

Two years ago this week I graduated! Two years ago, where does the time go?

For me the whole graduation ceremony wasn’t high on my list of priorities and must do’s.  I was just pleased I could say I had my law degree.  It was something I had wanted since I was a little girl and I loved the entire process of studying.  You all know that I didn’t go to uni or study law as I had imagined I would.  However,  looking back I wouldn’t change anything.  I wouldn’t change where I am now for the world.

The only benefit for me for actually going to my graduation ceremony was that I could show my family the photos.

Throwback Week | Number 2

I started the BPTC this time two years ago.  It was a really great week, graduation from my law degree and then embarking on the BPTC the same week.  It was the start of my one weekend a month training.

Don’t get me wrong though, studying one weekend a month isn’t as easy as it sounds. I loved studying the BPTC but when you are working a full time job (which isn’t full time 9-5 hours) and then blogging and freelance work it can be a lot.  I loved it though.  The only other thing with only having classes one weekend a month, is consistency.  You aren’t doing advocacy every week, or every fortnight.

Throwback Week | Number 3 – Boston Law Schools

This time last year I was in Boston, having the most amazing time.  I stayed at a lovely hotel, The Ames Boston (I highly recommend it) and I was fortunate enough to stay in one of their corner suite rooms and I had the most amazing views. The sunrises and sunsets every day were a particular highlight.

I got up to some amazing law related things whilst in Boston.  I had the pleasure of visiting 3 law schools, sitting in on classes, meeting professors and students etc.

Suffolk University Law School was the first one I visited, I had a brilliant day and the staff were so friendly and accommodating.  Plus the law school is in an amazing location.  Suffolk Law School was a stones throw from my hotel (so not too far from the waterfront and the shops/restaurants near Quincy’s Market).  It is also, right on the Common and surrounded by Freedom Trail landmarks.

Boston University School of Law.  Where do I start? The views over the river and town are simply stunning.  The facilities are amazing, and the staff and students welcoming! I had a brilliant day again, and really enjoyed my time here.

Harvard Law School.  This was my absolute dream, and short of studying at Harvard, I am so pleased I ticked this off.  Walking around, chatting to students and chatting to Harvard Law Alumni (as they had a big reunion dinner on the day I visited) was amazing.  The bookshop was a law geek’s dream. If I hadn’t had to fly onto Washington DC and then fly home, I would have bought more books! Plus they do have the most amazing collection of baby apparel… and I did have to buy myself a Harvard Law School hoody.

Throw Back | Number 3 – Exploring Boston

I of course spent time exploring Boston and areas including Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall which was just down from my hotel.  Most days I managed to take a quick stroll around the Common, the cute bridges are a great spot to watch the world go by.  Newbury Street is a must, for all those who love a designer shop.  What I really loved most though was going for a wander, there are some beautiful houses and streets to admire.  These streets are littered with cute coffee shops and florists.  Plus you can’t forget the Freedom Trail, a must do, and it takes in some great places.

One of my highlights had to be going down to the waterfront on evenings when I had no plans, grabbing a drink from Starbucks and just watching the sunset across the water.  Watching the world go by, whilst I worked or blogged was a highlight and I am a sucker for a sunset.  Thankfully it was only a short walk back to my hotel.

Some other must do’s if you are in Boston include; whale watching, the USS Constitution and Bunker Hill, checking out the various stops on the Old Town Trollies (a great way to check out the sights), a sunset cruise (a must do, the views of the Boston skyline as the sun sets will not disappoint, plus hearing the cannon go off by the USS Constitution is amazing) and also watching the Boston Red Sox play the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

Rebecca x

Rising Star Law Award | Shortlisted

So I have been shortlisted for a Rising Star Law Award. Whilst I am sure I won’t win, I would love your vote. If you just want to vote then click here, select “law” in the drop down and then my name, Rebecca Morgan.

Rising Star Law Award

The Rising Star Awards (something I had not really heard about before) acknowledge people who they deem are doing amazing things in their sector.  I am named alongside some remarkable women in the legal sector (which is an honour in itself).  Please check out everyone that has been nominated in the legal shortlist here.

Sponsoring the law award is Reed Smith LLP, and it is in memory of the remarkable Lynne Freeman.

I still can’t quite believe it. Not only have I been nominated by someone, but I have been shortlisted by a panel of judges.

The process of the Rising Star Law Award

So as mentioned above, I had never heard of the Rising Star Awards.  I had however heard of We Are The City and the work that they do.

Quite few months ago I received an email from We Are The City/Rising Star saying someone had nominated me for an award in the legal sector.  I filled out a form with some more information and had to wait to see if the judges would shortlist me.

As always I never expect to be shortlisted, and I am still shocked someone has taken the time to nominate me. Then on Monday, I was walking around The Justice Museum in Nottingham (being a law geek) and my phone notifications went crazy.

It was via twitter that I realised I had been shortlisted for the law awards.  There is a public vote for some of it and I would appreciate your support.

Vote for me in the Rising Star Law Award

If you would like to vote for me (before the 9th June 2017) then follow these simple instructions.  Click this link, fill in your details, select law from the dropdown and then my name, Rebecca Morgan.

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support with my blog, but also the votes for these awards. I never expect to win these things, but really appreciate you voting for me.  Please do share with friends and family, or on social media.

Rebecca x

Lawyer In The Making is going to the National Justice Museum

I am going to the National Justice Museum next week. Excited is an understatement.  It is no secret that I am a massive law geek and whilst I love sunny holidays and also city breaks. I also love going to crime and justice related places.  That include museums, castles, prisons etc.

Whenever I go on business trips I always try and find something law related to go and see or do.  I even managed to do that when I went to California for 3 weeks on a sight seeing type holiday.

I have an ever-growing list of crime and law related places I want to visit, both here in the UK and abroad.

National Justice museum

So on Monday I will be in Nottingham, and I am heading to the National Justice Museum.  It has been on the list of places to visit for a while, as I have heard great reviews.

The weather isn’t meant to be amazing Monday/Tuesday in Nottingham, so it will be good to kill a few hours.

Plus I have heard that the pub/bar in a church is next door so that is always handy.

What is at the National Justice Museum?

So what is at the National Justice Museum? A series of cells to check out, various methods of punishment and lots of history (as well as more modern topics).

Our impressive collection is made up of over 40 000 objects and archives. It is the UK’s largest collection relating to  to law, justice, crime and punishment.

I am really looking forward to checking out some of the Great Train Robbery evidence as well as the dock from Bow Street Magistrates Court, which was used in notorious cases such as the trials of Oscar Wilde, Roger Casement and the Krays

I am going to keep this blog post short and then fill you in on my thoughts once I have visited.

Have you visited the national justice musuem? let me know on social media!

Rebecca x

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