Showing up to work every day has become difficult. I have a staggering caseload, an all-time high number not only for me personally but the office caseload is at an all-time high as well. Taking time off only exacerbates the problem - because then I come back to work and the same number of cases is there, except a week behind. Or covered by another attorney and not done as I had preferred. There's no way to keep up, and no way to predict what will actually happen as scheduled. So I'm maybe 30% prepared for everything, fully prepared for nothing, and stressed about everything.
When something DOES go as / when scheduled, I can then finally fully prepare and abandon my other cases in pursuit of representing one or two people fully.
And that's how my day goes, day after day after day.
I was supposed to call Mr. Smith to remind him to keep his appointment. I was supposed to see if Ms. Lynch actually maintained her treatment program as she promised, otherwise her case will become a lot more complicated. I promised Mr. Williams that I'd visit him at the jail, because we really need to discuss important elements of his case, but I just could not leave the office. I meant to finish adding to that DWI motion but I never did, so I guess that issue will be overlooked one more time until I have the time to argue it adequately. Besides, why argue it fully if the judge denies it every time I peripherally mention it? I'm not sure whose phone calls I've returned and whose I still need to return. It never goes away!
I am really looking forward to when the weather gets cold, in hopes of arrest numbers going down, and more time for me to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a book. Instead, the AC is still running, I'm still sweating profusely, and the work still goes on, and on, and on...