Sunday, August 27, 2006

Fun With YouTube

How to get into Stanford Law School in 4.31 seconds.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Kanye And Clip Art

I've said before that the best part of my law school experience has been the people. Hands down. They're just the most accomplished, talented, and skilled individuals that I've ever been privileged to know. I mean, just take a look at this work of clip art crafted by one such gifted student.

Stanford's resident Queen of photoshop is piecing together a "look alikes" album of the 2L class. How can Yale really compete with this?

And, yes, she did ice my ear with a classy and understated piece.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Call Now For Your J.D.

So, I got an offer to work next summer at the firm that I interviewed with two weeks ago.

For all the intellectual rigor that the law degree purports to demand, I can't shake the feeling at this point that the JD is ultimately a vocational program. It's already said that law school doesn't actually teach you how to be a lawyer. But, I feel more like I'm studying to be a television repairman than preparing to talk jurisprudence around the fire with other philosopher kings.

I completely understand if that doesn't make sense to anyone but me.

Monday, August 14, 2006

To Those About To 1L, I Salute You

Sometimes, I'm reminded that more people read the extemporaneous rambling here than a few friends from school and back home. To those people, and in particular the ones cruising law blogs, I offer the following wholly subjective advice grounded in nothing more than my own experiences.

top ten things to remember about 1L:

10. seats are generally assigned based on your first day arrangement. choose wisely.

9. people that use all the highlighters in the pack to do a single reading should be approached with extreme caution, if not entirely avoided.

8. no persuasive answer to a legal question includes your opinion in it.

7. never ask a question without being prepared to answer it.

6. never study at the library. the people you will see there will stress you out more than the stress relieving effects of getting work done.

5. any stress people experience during 1L is wholly a result of them so choosing to be stressed.

4. as you get used to what each professor's "take" on the law is, every day gets easier.

3. your professors are really in awe of you. you're younger and have them outclassed in terms of untapped potential.

2. keep your sense of humor. it's still okay to laugh if your civ pro teacher tries to draw neighboring jurisdictions on the board, but manages to depict reproductive anatomy.

1. it is a freaking privilege to still be on an academic schedule. working full time is a grind.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Last Day Theatrics

Act I

Scene i, United States Attorney's Office, SDNY, 6th floor.

4:40 p.m., [SLS2L, armed with a stack of papers and folders, stands near the elevator bank. He pushes the down button and waits. The government issue fluorescent lights hum in the background.]

Signal flashes and timidly beeps. Elevator rumbles to a stop. Voices behind the door anxiously carry on back and forth.

The doors open.

Assistant United States Attorney 1 [to the United States Attorney and Assistant United States Attorneys 2, 3, and 4]: ...on what charge?


SLS2L [nods first in acknowledgment of superiors, pushes the 2 button]: Hi.

The doors close. Silence continues until SLS2L arrives at floor two.

The doors open.

SLS2L [turning back around to the prosecutors]: This conversation may resume...

The doors begin to close.


Scene ii, United States Attorney's Office, Lobby.

5:45 p.m., [SLS2L, departing for the day, crosses paths with AUSA 2 and 3 near the security checkpoint.]

AUSA 2 [acknowledges SLS2L]: You just scored two points with the big guy.

SLS2L [surprised]: ....really? When do the final standings come out? The interns are placing bets in the library.

AUSA 3: They should post on Monday.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Summer Here Often?

I interviewed yesterday for a summer job for next summer.

This would have seemed so strange only a year or two ago. It still kind of does. I haven't even finished my summer job for this summer. But, such is the game of the law firm.

I really enjoyed the process. It was entirely painless. The people I met were interesting and seemed genuinely nice. Over the course of four back-to-back sessions with different partners and associates, I think law was discussed for a sum total of ten minutes. If this is common, I certainly wasn't expecting it. Having opted straight away to grab the government job I was offered, I didn't go through the ringer last Fall. With more time spent discussing Zagat's Food Guide, Las Vegas hotels, methods of commuting, and gameshows, it felt more like a first date.

I know "they" say first dates are interviews. But, this interview actually felt like a first date.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Estoppel In The Name Of The Law

Try and give my apartment away now. Go ahead. My B+ in Contracts will destroy you.

Even if I concede that the deal has not ripened into a contract without signing lease papers (which I am not yet prepared to do), watch in shock and awe as I make out the prima facie elements of my estoppel claim.


I will begin now.

1) Promise

2) Act or forbearance (or promise) by promisee

3) Induced by the promise

4) Reasonably expected by the promisor

5) Enforcement is necessary to prevent injustice
Quoting Apartment Manager :

Good morning SLS2L (let me know if you prefer YLS2L). I wanted to send over my email address so if you have any questions you can get in touch with me. I can be reached at or in my office at ***-***-***.

Have a good afternoon.

Best regards,

General Manager
The CenterPointe of New Haven
New Haven, CT 06510

From: SLS2L []
To: C
Subject: Re: CenterPointe

Dear C,

I still have not heard back from S regarding the deposit I placed on the CenterPoint studio. Maybe it's the future lawyer in me, but I'd appreciate some sort of written response indicating that I've claimed it. Or, maybe it's the nerves about moving to a city in less than a month but not having cleared all this up yet! [(5) Enforcement is necessary to prevent injustice]

Thanks for bearing with me,

Quoting Apartment Manager :

Hi SLS2L. The office received your check and faxed me a copy. I am drawing up your lease today. It should be in the mail tomorrow by the latest. [(
1) Promise, (4) Reasonably expected by the promisor]


Quoting SLS2L :

Great. Then I will go ahead and tell the other landlord that I have been dealing with that I will no longer be pursuing a space in his property. [
(3)Induced by the promise]

From: Matt Short
Subject: Re: 80 Howe Street Apartment

Have you decided what you will do?

Quoting SLS2L :

Thank you for your help, but I have since found housing in New Haven. I will not be needing the 80 Howe Street space. Thank you. [(2) Act or forbearance (or promise) by promisee]

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Analyze This

Within five minutes of sitting down at a dive bar on 9th Avenue, I was told by the bartender yesterday night that I should "go with the flow more" and "stop over analyzing so much."

This really shouldn't have been surprising. I've been hearing this refrain for as long as I can remember. I guess what stands out for me is just how briefly it took this man I've never met to size me up. Maybe there's really something to this.

I don't know how else to explain it other than that my brain just doesn't let me work in "black or white" and "yes or no" terms. When I was 17, a junior reserve on the High School's Varsity soccer team, Coach motioned to the referee he wanted to make a substitution. It was a cold day and he looked down the bench and called out to me.

"Are you ready?" For some reason, my response took the following form.

"Well, I'm not loose. So I'll stretch out a bit. But if you want to go ahead and call for the sub, by the time there's a stoppage in the play, I'll be set to go."

That moment stuck with me too. It's not in my nature to "just answer the [expletive deleted] question!"

All he wanted was a "yeah, Coach. I'm ready." But, for some reason, I see shades in positions everywhere. I didn't even give this bartender last night a straight response when he asked "if I liked having money in my pocket." I think I first replied in asking him relative to who and what.

The strange thing is that I am truly not trying to be evasive. Not at all. In that moment, my head raced through which of the hundred different responses to that query seemed most appropriate and germane when a simple "yes" would have sufficed. To prove his point, he pointed at a stranger down a few stools and barked the following toss up.

"Beethoven or the Beatles?"

How can you even begin to answer this? Musical genius? Influence on other artists? Personal preference? Contemporary significance? Or, as grizzled postal worker succinctly put it.

"Neither. They both should have been shot."