It’s true, I do hate them. It started in kindergarten and to this day I still refuse to eat them out of protest. What does this have to do with law school you might ask? Nothing. Truly. But my friends have been bugging me to update my blog and it got me to thinking about my lack of focus right now. As a 3L I feel like I’m being pulled in a hundred different directions. I’ve got school (of course), the job I work, the job I’m hoping to find, obligations to friends and family, and school. I did say school twice, I because that’s where it should be.
The 2009 version of the annual throw-down between representatives of all 3 classes and the faculty was a nail biter. It was a raucous crowd of well north of 150, each class with its own color and t-shirts adding to the high energy.
The Law Library’s collection has various study aids on numerous legal subject areas. These study aids include the West/Thomson Reuters hornbooks and nutshells, the LexisNexis ”Understanding...” series and Aspen Publishers Explanations and Examples series of study aids. Current editions of these study aids are on Reserve while older editions are shelved in the law library stacks.
Last week, the School of Law had its Heritage Pride Celebration. Here is a recap from Lydia Hanhardt, our Director of Diversity and Outreach:
The Law Library subscribes to various databases for legal research. Among them are the BNA subject databases such as U.S.
The new academic year brings with it a chance for students and faculty to hear from experts on the most pressing issues of the day, and fall 2009 is no exception.
As I type this, I’m sitting up on the third floor, in the Moot Court cubicle, taking a break from researching an 8th Amendment argument for the Nationals Competition. It is raining cats and dogs outside, which I don’t mind, since I’m relegated to spending this weekend tethered to 5 pounds of westlaw printouts. The wind is howling, the timer on the motion sensor lights keeps going off, and I’m trying to figure out where the evolving standards of decency in American punishment jurisprudence has left us.
From the ABA Journal’s website is a recent story about Florida U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Presnell who criticized attorney David Glasser’s motion for dismissal as “riddled with unprofessional grammatical and typographical errors that nearly render the entire motion incomprehensible.”
The hectic life of a law dean leaves little time for scholarly reflection. Nevertheless, when I was asked to participate in a First Amendment workshop sponsored by the Southeast Association of Law Schools this summer, I agreed because for some time I have been interested in how the law adapts to changes in how news is disseminated. (I wrote an essay on the “24-hour news cycle” that appeared in a symposium on the impact of technology on Media Law while I was still on the faculty at Wake Forest:
During the academic year, all students receive a weekly email from the Associate Law Librarian Lucinda Harrison-Cox containing highlights from BNA’s U.S. Law Week database. Updated weekly, BNA’s U.S. Law Week is the premier database for news about recently decided federal and state cases and activities of the federal agencies. Also included within the database is legal news about the President and the U.S. Congress.