Monday, September 28, 2009

I PASSED!!!!

WAHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I could not have imagined sweeter words than those on the other end of the line, "That name is on the pass list. Congratulations!"

Thursday night we decided to head to the beach for a three-night stay. Results would be available at 2:00 on Friday. Good news - bad news - at least we'd be at the beach. Friday Wife and I about made ourselves sick counting down the hours until the 2:00 call-in time. We'd had a fun morning playing on the beach with the kids, eating some good food, then heading into a touristy area to see some sights. Finally, amid the sounds of barking (roaring?) sea lions, it was time to call. When I heard the AMAZING news, I thanked the person, hung up and the whole family screamed and cried in celebration as on-lookers wondered what was happening.

I tried calling friends and family - but NO ONE answered!! I finally reached my step-dad on his cell phone, but he could not understand me. So here I am, standing on the sidewalk, loudly saying, "The bar exam...I passed the bar exam!" He didn't get it, but I did get a hearty congratulations from a couple of strangers on the street!

A short time later, I was able to reach people, or them me, and was able to share the news.

To all who have supported me at any time over the past four years, thank you so much! For all you law students out there just starting out, or making your way through, you can do it!

Wife wrote this in the sand Friday morning, in hopes that I would be able to use it for this very post. So, here goes:

26 comments:

Casey said...

You really do rock!!!! I am crazy proud of you. Congratulations, honey!!!

Law School Mom 2b said...

That is sooo cool. Congratz and enjoy this time. Dakota, Attorney at law. =) When do you take the oath?

Dakota said...

Law School Mom 2b - I take the oath on October 8th. Thanks for asking - and good luck to you!

Law School Mom 2b said...

lol Thats my birthday...By the way Im heather I have been talking to you for a while I just finally started a blog. =)We are in SO Ca and I use to work for Disney =)

Caroline said...

Yes you do totally rock and I am soooo happy for you and the whole family. As I wrote on Casey's blog...you guys really tested my patience with waiting until Monday morning to post the results. Lynilu and I even sent TXT messages back and forth all weekend about the results.

I am glad you went to the beach and were able to spend the time with the family to celebrate. So..how long did it take for your heart to slow down from the excitment?

I am taking my state license test in the next week or so and am hoping for the same results as you.

Dakota said...

Caroline - Thank you so much! Sorry for keeping you and Lynilu in such suspense! :) I really appreciate all of your support and know that Casey does, too.

Good luck on your exam!

nikk said...

Ken Thompson, Greg Askey, Regna and Harry all pass on their congratulations via facebook!

Of course, I never had any doubts. Well done!!

Dakota said...

Nikk -
That is fun! Thanks for posting about my accomplishment. Let them all know I say "hi" and "thank you." Guess I need to get on Facebook, now that I don't have to worry about bar results....

Thank you for your constant support and faith in me. (The check is in the mail.)

Audra said...

I could cry for you! This is such great news! Congratulations on being a lawyer! All your hard work has paid off!! Way to go!!!

Dakota said...

Audra - Thank you! Dillon will be in this place soon and you two can be crying in the streets just as we were!

Proto Attorney said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!! And so so jealous!!!! :D

Never any doubt you'd pass! But the waiting was (still is!) pure torture!!!

Mieke said...

Dakota!!!!!! I am screaming at the top of my lungs for you!!! I am grabbing you and giving you a giant squeeze!!! You are a superstar MAMA!!! HIP HIP HOORAY!!!

Mieke said...

I am actually having a small cry now - relieved and happy for all the hard work you put in. You should be very proud Dakota. Really! Wonderful! And thank you to Casey too - for all of your support and the weight you carried while Dakota studied and studied. You two!!! Happy. Happy.

Dakota said...

Proto Attorney - Thank you! I'm wishing you all the strength and patience you need. The wait sucks!

Best of luck to you!

Dakota said...

Mieke - Thank you so much for your joy and support! Before you know it, you will be on the receiving end of all of these well wishes!

Anonymous said...

Dakota, Congratulations on passing the bar! I think Mikayla and Parker could hear you guys all the way up here with you guys celebrating!
Rachel

Dakota said...

Rachel - Yup - that was us they heard! :) Thank you very much!

Anonymous said...

I hoped that we hadn't heard anything because you were off somewhere celebratin.

By the way, as a licensed attorney, your idea to go to the beach the day of and have a three day weekend no matter what is AWESOME! My husband and I WILL be doing that next October when it's his turn to hear his bar exam results.

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU! Welcome to the fold, counselor!

Dakota said...

Anonymous - thank you for the warm welcome! Best of luck to you both as you manage through your husband's final year, and the bar!

Butterflyfish said...

YAHOOOOO

I hope I can similarly post in a few weeks

Anonymous said...

Dakota and Casey,

Well ,we just about had a nervous breakdown waiting for you to post the results! I must have checked a dozen times over the weekend. All I could hope was that you were too busy celebrating. And you were!!! YEA!!! When you look back on it, it seems to us only yesterday that you were trying to decide whether to apply for law school or not and now you are a full fledge Attorney at Law! We are so proud of you and you beloved supportive family. Congratz all around. We are so happy for all of you.

Love Lynn and Diana

Lynilu said...

Sweet words, Dakota!!! Congratulations!!!!

I was out of town for the day, and I didn't have the computer to let me know, but our friend Caroline called me as soon as she saw the post from Casey! LOL! Covering all bases, right?

Again, Congrats, and Best of Luck!!!

Dakota said...

Butterflyfish - You will! I know you will have good news! Thanks for checking in!

Lynn and Diana - I know, who would have thought 5 years ago that I would be here today? Crazy! Thank you for all your love and support!

Lynilu - Thank you so much!

Monogram Queen said...

I'm tardy to the party but WAHOO!
We were all wondering!
I'm so happy for you Dakota.

PT-LawMom said...

Congratulations!!!!!! :-)

PT-LawMom said...

Congratulations!!!!!! :-)