The most helpful thing that I’ve found so far to prepare me for misdemeanor calendar work was hidden away in a stack of papers on a desk in my assigned courtroom. It’s hard to tell exactly when it was written, because it is undated, but based on some of the content I think it was put together in late 2008 or 2009. It is 19 pages of stiffs, slightly yellowed paper titled “Welcome to Misdemeanors.” No one told me to read it. No one even told me it exists. But it is far superior to the 5 page orientation document that I received when I got to my assignment. So superior, in fact, that I have to wonder why anyone would replace it.