Saturday, December 23, 2006

Change Is Good

Unlike Tupac, I do see changes.

Did you know the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct were amended in 2004? I learned that wonderful nugget this morning - after I was already knee deep in my forthcoming written contribution to the academy.

Good thing, too. Since, you know, the thrust my argument was that Rule 1.7 needed to be modified to ease the presumption of conflicted interest for legal aid providers. And, well, it had already been so modified.

Friday, December 22, 2006

It's About Time

Rape charges dropped in Duke lacrosse case.

More importantly, I'm filing my own charges against the DA for malicious, politically driven prosecution. Was there a reasonable attorney out there who thought this case was tenable?

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Commish In The House

Gary Bettman sat two tables over at Nobu yesterday night. Were he not out with his wife(?) and I not out with my birthday girl, I probably would have introduced myself to him as future counsel.

There was no gawking involved. But, I'm surprised he didn't get the black cod with miso.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

On Second Thought

I'm not sure whether this supports or undermines the logic animating my last post. But, I just came across the following quote written by one of the most famous American jurists upon his college graduation.

"If I survive the war, I expect to study law as my profession or at least for a starting point." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1861)

The Great Dissenter, himself, went through the rigors of obtaining a law degree without fully intending a career in it? Apparently, this epidemic fear of career commitment is both venerable and sweeping.

Too pervasive, maybe, for me to make some normative justification for or against it. It just is. If you want to go to law school, go to law school. The rest will take care of itself.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Knowledge Is Power

Do not go to law school if you are attracted to the "flexibility of a law degree."

There are much cheaper, freer thinking ways to keep your options open. Moreover, you are fighting against a mountain of empirics pointing to the obvious likelihood that if you attend law school, you will become a lawyer. Plus, it's a hell of a lot of work in the mean time.

Don't buy the hype.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Poaching Poinsettias

And now, the latest from our continuing series in "actual e-mails sent by law school types."
From: Jillian Del Pozo
To: Law Announce
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Subject: Undergraduate Theft of Poinsettias

It's already happened.

We know it wasn't a law student and they've been seen around the law school near Kresge when the undergrad classes let out.

Please be on the look out for the undergrads that purposely stole a pointsettia from the lobby. We've got the whole activity on camera from walking around the lobby to a quick grab and go method with nobody in the lounge area.

We've posted a picture of the culprit and her accomplis. Please keep your eyes out for them to come back, as it was an easy grab so I'm sure they'll come back for another round.



Jillian Del Pozo
Director of Facilities & Operations
Stanford Law School

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Just Passing Through

Grading at Yale is entirely pass/fail.

Though there is also an opaque "high pass" and "low pass" distinction, it doesn't even apply in my case. I'm just carrying naked credits back to Stanford.

So, anyway, I took six classes this semester. For a rough description at how this grading structure might effect how seriously course work is taken here, I offer the following actual exchanges as examples. All are from the last week alone.

Law of Democracy
Me: "I actually had a multiple choice exam last year. I just figure the Professor didn't want to grade papers."
: "That's never really been a problem for me. I can usually grade an exam in around five minutes."

Administrative Law
Prof (to class, re: final exam):" Credit is given for attempting to answer the question."

Public Welfare Law
Me: "When should the research paper be turned in?"
Welfare Prof
: "Whenever you'd like the credits."

Prof (to class, re final exam): "There are no rules. Just write that on your exam and you'll get your pass."

Supreme Court Reading Group
Me: "Hey -- about your last e-mail to the section. I know my attendance wasn't perfect. How's my standing?"
Reading Group Moderator
: "Oh? I was just kidding about that. I was trying to scare some up to attend. Yeah, you're good for your credit."

Race and the Constitution
Prof: "Write something demonstrating you attended my class this semester."

Monday, December 04, 2006

Poker Prof

Rumor has it my Evidence teacher is a serious cards player. Apparently, he rolls to Foxwoods quite often to play in nightly tournaments there.

That's my kind of office hours.