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Monthly Archive: September 2005

1L Summer

I hate to think about it now, but the reality is slowly creeping up on me. A couple months after I quit my old job, I will have to start looking for a new one for next summer pretty soon.

I came across this Georgetown law student’s blog (as my Torts professor pointed out this week, blogging is a common illness among law students) describing his experience in the Public Defender’s office this past summer. I have to say that after reading his story, the PD’s office looks mighty tempting.

I enjoyed reading his story about how a “little guy” successfully defended himself in court. That’s what I think the practice of law should be all about: common sense coupled with logical reasoning, accessible to the little guys without the need for any fancy pants lawyers. And how humiliating it is to think that one time I chickened out even in traffic court…

So a PD’s office certainly sounds like a fun thing to do. I also found out that there is a federal district court less than five minutes from where I used to live in Maryland and where Ping is still living. We lived there for five years without ever realizing that building was a federal court. So if I could just intern there I’d be ridiculously close to home, and I don’t mind being a clerk for the clerks for a summer.

I also looked at a few law firms in MD-DC-VA. None seemed to be interested in 1L’s, as expected. It’s always nice to make a few extra thousand dollars, I suppose, especially after having spent too much on my laptop and desktop, so I will have to look again sometime later. Anna needs money for her diapers, baby food, a college fund, a camcorder, an LCD TV and a few good beers on weekends.

That Elementary Notion of Physics

Read this little gem in my Torts casebook today:

Andrews v. United Airlines
24 F.3d 39 (9th Cir. 1994)

KOZINSKI, Circuit Judge.
We are called upon to determine whether United Airlines took adequate measures to deal with that elementary notion of physics — what goes up, must come down. For, while the skies are friendly enough, the ground can be a mighty dangerous place …

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I did a little research on the author of this awesome piece of court opinion, and I found on A3G another hilarious piece by him.

You gotta love a judge like that.

Last year, Michigan’s Heidi, of Letters of Marque, expressed her feelings for Judge Kozinski. Yesterday, A3G reported that Heidi landed a clerkship in the 9th Circuit and will be clerking for Kozinski.

Paint a deck

Went to Jeni’s house for the weekend and helped paint the deck behind her house over the past two days. We had a fun time working on the project together while chatting about the legalese in court opinions and legal contracts, among other things.

I did a terrible job. Jeni was being very considerate and said the deck didn’t look too bad and would probably look better once the paint dries.

Conclusion: I have always been cognizant of my lack of talent concerning the matter of applying paint to wood surfaces heretofore. I shall refrain from undertaking the said activity henceforth, my strong desire to repaint the aforementioned deck notwithstanding.

Pubic Interest

The first assignment for the legal practice class is to analyze whether an exculpatory contract has violated “public interest” under California Civil Code Section 1668, and to write a memorandum on this issue.

Legal Practice Professor: “Do not rely on automatic spell-checkers. Always manually spell-check your legal writing. One time a student missed the ‘l’ in ‘public interest’…”

I think this beats yesterday’s “exception to exception” in Contracts.

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When I took a break from my torts casebook I did a little googling and found a few law schools that are involved in the “pubic interest.”

USC Law has a foundation dedicated to this interest.
Duke Law has an Office.
Vanderbilt Law doesn’t seem to like Gore.
Wisconsin Law dedicates a whole week.
This faculty member at Northwestern Law even defended it.
William and Mary Law has an alum that envisioned…
Georgetown Law even has a whole list.
and who can forget the Canadians? U of Toronto Law School is known for its strong Advocacy program.
And while we are talking international, the law school at Boston College also thinks there’s an international dimension to it.

An Ah-ha Moment

My Contracts textbook:

The general rule of U.C.C. § 3-311 is that…provided that 1)… 2)… 3)…

There are two exceptions to the general rule of § 3-311…

and then an exception to the two exceptions.

The “exception” and the “exception to exception” are mildly amusing. But what’s funnier is that I suddenly realized I was instinctively scanning below each “exception” in search of a “catch” clause.

Oh my former life as a Java coder.

Dominick’s

A few professors cancelled classes tomorrow and on Friday, so I went with a bunch of people from my section to Dominick’s, the bar right across the street from the law school, to celebrate the occasion. We had a great time drinking and chatting. Towards the end Neal commented that we have a great section of people, and I wholeheartedly agree.

I probably had a little too much to drink, so I am going to watch TV for the rest of the night. Next time I am going to attempt to get drunk so nothing can deter me from going straight to bed.