Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Gospel According To Lessig

Lessig's Life Lessons


Seeing as I have my Con law final in less than an hour, I think it's a good time to reiterate some of the lessons learned over the last 40 lectures. Here are, at least, the ones that I'll have a good chance of remembering in twenty years.

10. Good lawyers are concise. But, cool lawyers use their own codes and slang like s2bp and a2b.

9. When the text doesn't support you, cite history. When history doesn't support you, cite logic. When logic doesn't support you, make up an answer. But, try to sound judicial and avoid s2bp.

8. Black jeans and white shirts are the rage in professorial wear.

7. Society will one day recognize that the divide between man and dolphin is no mere distinction, but an invidious discrimination of the vilest sort.

6. Slippery slope arguments are for the weak of mind and faint of heart.

5. To speak technically is to speak correctly.

4. Button down shirts are only tops with buttons on the collar.

3. To always say "please."

2. Sunscreen prevents cancer.

1. There is a 60% chance the Supreme Court is not a fraud.

3 Comments:

At 2:33 AM, Anonymous PG said...

What do s2bp and a2b mean? And is logic another word for "public policy"?

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger SLS2L(@YLS) said...

s2bp = seeming to be political

a2b = person A to person B legislation (a la Calder v. Bull).

logic can mean what would make good policy, i suppose. but, i take it to also mean any tool of interpretation not textually required.

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger MaDAm SarcAStIc said...

"When the text doesn't support you, cite history. When history doesn't support you, cite logic. When logic doesn't support you, make up an answer. But, try to sound judicial and avoid s2bp."

In the education sector it would be "if you can convince them, confuse them."

:)

 

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