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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Law School Purchases Naming Rights For Minor League Baseball Park

Thomas M. Cooley Law School purchased naming rights to a minor league baseball park at the tune of 1.5 million dollars over 11 years. Sometimes you just cannot make these stories up. A National Law Journal about this waste of student assets is available here. If this law school has some spare money, why don't they lower tuition??

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

April 13, 2010 in Law Schools, Oddly Enough, Law School | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

High Court Justices and Others Win Legal Writing Awards

High Court Justices and Others Win Legal Writing Awards

The Green Bag, the unconventional law review, has just announced its "Exemplary Legal Writing" awards for 2009. Among the winners are three Supreme Court justices: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and now-retired Justice David Souter. Souter's award is perhaps the most notable due to the brevity of what he wrote: a simple and elegant two-sentence concurrence in a mostly overlooked ruling from April.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

February 18, 2010 in Oddly Enough, Law School, Oddly Enough, Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

How Good Was Obama In Running Harvard Law Review?

Obamabutton How Good Was Obama In Running Harvard Law Review is an interesting Feb. 12, 2008 posting from the VDAR.com blog.  They conclude that Obama's volume was cited the least in the last 20 years. As this posting states: 

Obama’s vol. 104 is the least-cited volume of the Harvard Law Review in the last 20 years

I’ve run electronic searches to determine the number of times Obama’s volume 104, and every other volume of the Harvard Law Review published during the last 20 years, has been cited in all law reviews during each subsequent year for which full data is available (starting in the year after the last issue of each volume appeared, and running through 2006, the last year for which full citation data is currently available).

The results of my searches are in a PDF which you can download here: http://www.mediafire.com/?bxdzmmtuanx 

Frankly, the amount of times a volume Obama edited is totally irrelevant to his Presidential bid. It says nothing about his qualifications to be President. It also says nothing about his ability to be a lawyer or law professor. An editor does not control the quality of articles he was given that year.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein   

February 13, 2008 in Current Events, Law Review Articles, News, Oddly Enough, Law School | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, January 31, 2008

3L For Hire

Check out an interesting Jan. 31, 2008 Wall Street Journal Blog article about a 3L who placed an announcement like advertisement on the ABA Journal's web site seeking employment. That article is available here. That same student created a web site entitled 3L For Hire where he simply posted a resume and cover letter online.

Now all he needs is a lawyer blog!!

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

January 31, 2008 in Law Students, Oddly Enough, Law School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Animal Law Becoming A Specialty

Percy The November 2007 ABA Journal has an important article on animal law entitled "Beast Practices" which discusses the growing field of animal law-which until recently has largely been considered a branch of tort law. The article reports that Pace Law School offerred the first class in animal law in 1986 and now 89 schools offer such classes. Animal law involves topics such as vet malpractice, mistreatment of pets, animal cruelty and trust and estates. As the article states:

Judges, legislators and other policy-makers around the country—federal, state and local—have been hearing more and more in recent years about how animals should and should not be treated, especially in the past 10 years, and even more so in the past five.

Public sentiment can be a significant force for changing law and policy, though here it has far outpaced the law, largely because the courts feel bound by longtime precedents concerning animals as property and because legislatures always listen to powerful interests. The public’s perceptions, for example, became more sharply focused after:

-- Stories, pictures and videos showed the plight of pets stranded or dead in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

-- Saturation news coverage detailed the investigation, indictment and slow-motion lead-up to a guilty plea for football star Michael Vick over his illegal dogfighting hobby.

-- Thousands of pet owners told the U.S. Food and Drug Administration they believed their dogs and cats were killed earlier this year by contaminated pet food.

-- An eyebrow-raising $12 million trust was left to a dog named Trouble. It was bequeathed in August by the late hotel magnate Leona Helmsley.

-- In the 43 states where anti-­cruelty laws are felonies, 29 were enacted in the past 10 years.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

P.S. The picture is of my Bichon Frise named Percy

November 17, 2007 in Oddly Enough, Law School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Summer Associate Life

The June 24, 2007 New York Observer is running an article entitled "My Very Special Summer" which is about summer associate life at large New York City law firms. The article discusses the perks of being a summer associate; the lavish lunches, scavenger hunts, cocktails at the Central Park Zoo, cooking classes, wine tastings and of course, the $3000 per week these 2L students are making.

Though I am no fan of large NYC law firms, I think the article is a bit misleading in that it mainly focus on the perks summer associates get. The article only devotes a few lines to work by mentioning 12 hour days and the many lost weekends summer associates have to give up.

I actually never was a summer associate, but I have worked as a full time associate at two large NYC law firms and was one of the associate's who wined and dined with the summer associates. For most summer associates as well as law firms, the summer is very significant and very serious business because it offers a type of try out to see if that 2L will make to the associate ranks the next year when he or she graduates.

Any one reading this should ask themselves why do law firms do this each year? The answer is because they have too. The turnover rate at these firms is very high. Why is that you might ask? The dirty little secret of large NYC law firm life is that most associates are miserable. Additionally, there is an unwritten rule that many attorneys who are passed up for partner after 8 years or so of being an associate, should leave the firm. Most associates do not make partner and the reasons for that often do not have anything to do with performance. Further, guess what; many partners are miserable as well. Walk through the isle of any of these large NYC firms and you will find a group of divorced millionaires who never see their children and whose life is work.

In fairness, most large NYC law firms produce an excellent work product and there are, of course, some who like this type of work. In my 21 plus years of practice on both sides of the fence (working at two large law firms and going against several large law firms), I have only come across a few. 

Summer associates of the world-enjoy your summer. It might be the last bit of fun your going to have for awhile.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein       

June 27, 2007 in Oddly Enough, Law School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Individual Convicted of Trying to Bribe LSAC Official

The Intelligencer Newspaper is running a story which indicates that a man was convicted of trying to bribe a law school admission council official in order to receive a copy of the LSAT. He faces up to 9 months in prison. The article provides in part:

   New Jersey man who tried to cheat his way into a better law school pleaded guilty in Bucks County court Tuesday.

Kevin ____ will be sentenced later this year and could face up to nine months behind bars. He admitted trying to bribe officials at the Law School Admissions Council, a Newtown Township law-school prep service, to sell him an advance copy of the Law School Admission Test for $5,000.

Sometimes you just cannot make this stuff up.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

June 21, 2007 in Oddly Enough, Law School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)