Thursday, November 13, 2008

Do you believe in omens?

I'm beginning to wonder if maybe the universe (or at least the legal profession) is trying to tell me that I'm not supposed to be a lawyer.

Every bit of mail I have ever gotten from the Federalist society has been addressed "Mr." Now, in some cases I could understand an organization getting slightly confused about gender-neutral names. But has anyone here ever in their life known, met, or even heard vague urban legends about a man named Elizabeth?

Now, I've heard from other (more gender-neutrally-named) female friends who are also Mr. to the Federalists, so I wouldn't necessarily take that as a conclusive sign, but today I also got a letter from the American Bar Association. At least I think I did. It has my address and my middle initial and my last name on it, but they have my first name listed as Cristina. Which it isn't (see above point about my name, Elizabeth, not being a man's name).

If they can't even get my name right, why am I bothering with all this again?

Note: To be fair, I should point out that I'm not the only one whose name the ABA is confused about. Shallow Man's letter (which also had the correct middle initial, last name and address) was addressed to Richard. Which isn't his name, either. So maybe the ABA would just rather have our family choose a different field? You tell me. (Although the Federalists at least have gotten his gender right.)


Erin Taylor said...

No, they don't want you to choose a different field, just different names! Maybe "Elizabeth" doesn't sound fierce enough for the legal system? Try "Electra"...I'd be afraid to go up against an Electra in court!

erachamay said...

I second Erin's comment! the end.