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Christopher A. Pizzi, CFM, MSFM, MJ-LEL Capstonian 2023

Countdown – 9 weeks left to an MJ-LEL degree at Tulane University School of Law.

I am in the midst of my capstone class.

Excuse my lack of focus or order -

Things to do - currently include, but are not limited to:

Trying to focus on my research paper in general, carting my daughter back and forth from competitions (which last all day every Saturday), the annotated bibliography, for my research, developing a protocol for Tulane Law Fellows to provide student support for other MJ-LEL students, 3 grievance hearings at step 4, planning and visiting colleges in Arizona and Kentucky for my daughter over the last month, doing this social media post for TLELA, helping my father with medical appointments, developing the framework for a Tulane Law School Fellowship Program, providing mediation between two management groups and two unions with differences of opinions on separation of duties, helping my mother-in-law correct her family trust legally (after the death of my father in-law), employee reviews, employee interviews, elected to, and participating in the high potential employee program, uuuhm, and oh- yeah, I have another class (Developing & Managing the Workforce), which I still need to review the lecture and take the quiz.

I think I forgot a couple things – like I said, my focus is a little off.

Where was I with the capstone? . ! . ? Oh – yeah, I just finished my annotated bibliography and smashing my head against the desk.


Now I can concentrate on my capstone outline and this social media post. Or is there another priority, never-the-less, I will figure it out.

Right now, everything melds together, and focus is a little scattered. In times of confusion, I tend to slow everything down, re-focus myself on the priorities, and just start methodically checking the responsibilities off of the list – one by one.

All of us on this MJ-LEL ride are in the same boat. However, peace comes to those who have faith in the knowledge that their scholastic sacrifices have an ultimate personal payout of indispensable knowledge. They will be elite in their professional fields.

Here is some inspiration, in a quote from British writer Charles Caleb Colton;

"Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds.

The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace.

The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.”

This storm will end in 9 weeks, and we will be free to start new storms, and drive new paths, create new policies, et. al., and electrify our peers with our new skills and knowledge.

We got this!!

"If it weren't for the people" © 2022 by Christopher A. Pizzi is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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Very well stated, Chris! Well said!


Feb 18, 2023

You nailed it. Love this!


Teryl Booth
Teryl Booth
Feb 15, 2023


I LOVE your writing!!! You are so talented and say exactly how we are feeling!! Thank you for this and for always being our source of encouragement!


Feb 15, 2023
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Thanks Teryl - I appreciate the support - I cannot wait to read yours

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