This summer I was an intern at Halverson Northwest Law Group located in Yakima, Washington. Interning at Halverson was a great experience and a great office that kept me pretty busy all summer. I am from the Yakima Valley, so working and living at home for the summer was a great. At Halverson, I received projects from several different partners of the office. The projects ranged from criminal law to corporations and contract law. I also had the opportunity to make court appearances. Specifically, these experiences were ex parte appearances. During my very first court appearance, I was so nervous. I spoke, but I have no idea what I said. My supervisor was with me for the first one. She presented me to the court, and she assured me that I said what I needed to say. I found amusing the idea that I had “blacked out.” However, the more I did ex parte appearances, I became more comfortable with speaking to the judge. I always introduced my self as a Rule 9 intern, which in my mind put everyone on alert that I was very nervous. Towards the end of my internship, I felt one hundred percent more confident and comfortable in speaking to the judge during these appearances. Overall, I learned a lot at Halverson. I had the opportunity to work with laws and cases that I never imagined I would work on. My experience reminded me that, although graduating from law school will not mean I know everything about the law, my time in law school has taught me the skills I need to teach myself how to work with new laws. After my internship and before fall semester began, I had the opportunity to participate in the trial advocacy class. Taking this class was a very huge sign that summer was over and school was in full gear. The week of the trial advocacy class was very busy, tough, and overwhelming at times. However, I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who is considering doing litigation work. Our case this year was a first-degree murder case, and I was on the prosecution team. Throughout the week, you learn and practice different parts of a trial—from jury selection to closing arguments. You learn each section on its own and the culmination of what you learned is the final full trial. Our trial began at 9am and ended at 6pm, which made for a very long day. We had a few hiccups, but overall I was very proud of our performance. My side ended up winning, and the defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. The end of the trial was a very great moment for everyone because we had survived trial advocacy, and we felt really proud of what we had learned along the way.