Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Law school introduced me to the concept of outlining. My brain gagged on it at first, but now I dig it. My organizational enlightenment (which hasn't helped my desk stay clean) illustrates a profetic statement by Professor Goble:
We're going to get inside your heads, mush everything up, and restructure the way you think.
The mushing part was kind of uncomfortable. . . Law students: be sure and click on the cartoon for the full sized version, so you can read my outline of first year law idioms.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sunrise Ayers, Attorney at Law

Sunrise Ayers also works at Idaho Legal Aid. Mostly she covers the Senior Advice Line. There's a lot of heartbreaking cases, and a lot of advice to give. A lot of the cases are similar and she goes through a case or two of canned notes a day. She also deals with the occasional whopper of a legal question. And then there's the time-keeping, every .1 hour has to be recorded.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bureaucrat at Law Jim Cook

Jim Cook is an attorney at Idaho Legal Aid Services. He writes grants and otherwise digs up funding. His Dog, Lucy comes to work with him. Lucy is a specially trained grant-hound who can smell a dime-sized contribution from a mile off. When she finds one, she barks and points with her nose. But most of the time there are none to be found, so Lucy just lays around looking bored while Jim does all the work.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

the Honorable James A (J.R.) Schiller

A Magistrate Judge in Canyon County.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Mr. Jud Bailey, Ada County Marshal

I have yet to see one of these guys use force in the courtroom, but they look very prepared to. . .

Monday, July 7, 2008

Ritchie Eppink, Attorney at Law

Ritchie Eppink works at Idaho Legal Aid Services. We law students know him for his study aids and website found at Here at ILAS, one of the most common questions is, "Is Ritchie here?" That's partly because he works out of two offices. This caricature is incomplete in that it's missing the characteristic stack of books and files that he usually lugs around. I'm also not quite sure about it's eppink-ness. Hopefully, I can squeeze in some time to create a better one some day.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Judges Honor Allyn Dingel

Today a courtroom full of judges, justices, commissioners, and other lawyers gathered to honor Mr. M. Allyn Dingel, Jr. by naming a courtroom after him. Numerous judges had signed this large printout which was presented to Mr. Dingel as a light-hearted part of the ceremonies. Much earlier, I made the sketch-work for this project at a committee meeting where he was present. I ate cookies and secretly sketched him while holding my notebook under the table. This was at the request of a local judge, who shall remain nameless, because judges aren't supposed to have any dealings under the table.