Monday, August 18, 2008

the mindset of this year's 1-L's

While this isn't the up-to-date mindset list on this year's freshman (it hasn't been released yet; but here's the site), it IS the list for the students we probably have in our 1-L classes this fall.

Traditional college-to-law-school  1-L  students  . . . were born in 1986.

  1. Desi Arnaz, Orson Welles, Roy Orbison, Ted Bundy, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Cary Grant have always been dead.
  2. "Heeeere's Johnny!" is a scary greeting from Jack Nicholson, not a warm welcome from Ed McMahon.
  3. The Energizer bunny has always been going and going and going.
  4. Large fine-print ads for prescription drugs have always appeared in magazines.
  5. Photographs have always been processed in an hour or less.
  6. They never got a chance to drink 7-Up Gold, Crystal Pepsi, or Apple Slice.
  7. Baby Jessica could be a classmate.
  8. Parents may have been reading "The Bourne Supremacy" or "It" as they rocked them in their cradles.
  9. Alan Greenspan has always been setting the nation's financial direction.
  10. The U.S.has always been a Prozac nation.
  11. They have always enjoyed the comfort of pleather.
  12. Harry has always known Sally.
  13. They never saw Roseanne Roseannadanna live on "Saturday Night Live."
  14. There has always been a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  15. They never ate a McSub at McD's.
  16. There has always been a Comedy Channel.
  17. Bill and Ted have always been on an excellent adventure.
  18. They were never tempted by smokeless cigarettes.
  19. Robert Downey, Jr. has always been in trouble.
  20. Martha Stewart has always been cooking up something with someone.
  21. They have always been comfortable with gay characters on television.
  22. Mike Tyson has always been a contender.
  23. The government has always been proposing we go to Mars, and it has always been deemed too expensive.
  24. There have never been any Playboy Clubs.
  25. There have always been night games at Wrigley Field.
  26. Rogaine has always been available for the follicularly challenged.
  27. They never saw USA Today or the Christian Science Monitor as a TV news program.
  28. Computers have always suffered from viruses.
  29. We have always been mapping the human genome.
  30. Politicians have always used rock music for theme songs.
  31. Network television has always struggled to keep up with cable.
  32. O'Hare has always been the most delay-plagued airport in the U.S.
  33. Ivan Boesky has never sold stock.
  34. Toll-free 800 phone numbers have always spelled out catchy phrases.
  35. Bethlehem has never been a place of peace at Christmas. Episcopal women bishops have always threatened the foundation of the Anglican Church.

  36. Svelte Oprah has always dominated afternoon television; who was Phil Donahue anyway?

  37. They never flew on People Express.
  38. AZT has always been used to treat AIDS.
  39. The international community has always been installing or removing the leader of Haiti.
  40. Oliver North has always been a talk show host and news commentator.
  41. They have suffered through airport security systems since they were in strollers.
  42. They have done most of their search for the right college online.
  43. Aspirin has always been used to reduce the risk of a heart attack.
  44. They were spared the TV ads for Zamfir and his panpipes.
  45. Castro has always been an aging politician in a suit.
  46. There have always been non-stop flights around the world without refueling.
  47. Cher hasn't aged a day.

  48. M.A.S.H. was a game: Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House.


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AALS Does the Right Thing -- No AALS Events to Be Held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt

Aalslogo_2 The Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools has announced that the 2009 Annual Meeting of the AALS will still be held in San Diego, but that no AALS events will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.  The owner of that hotel (Doug Manchester) contributed $125,000 to help put the anti-gay constitutional amendment on the November ballot.  The constitutional amendment would repeal the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. 

The Legal Writing Institute (and other groups, such as the Society of American Law Teachers) had written to the AALS earlier to inform them that they would also not be holding any events at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.  Several AALS Sections also voiced their concerns about holding any meetings at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

AALS had been in a difficult position -- it is not easy to move thousands of people at the last minute.  The solution reached helps ensure that as little money as possible will go to fund further discrimination.

Here is the statement released by the AALS.  Click here for an earlier post on this issue.
Statement Adopted by AALS Executive Committee 
August 15, 2008

The AALS 2009 Annual Meeting will take place January 6-10, 2009, in San Diego, California. Several years ago the Association booked rooms at the San Diego Marriott and the Manchester Grand Hyatt. In the last few weeks there have been suggestions that the Association should boycott the Hyatt because its owner has contributed money to a ballot initiative designed to overturn the California Supreme Court's May decision in favor of same-sex marriage. In addressing this issue, the Executive Committee has sought to ensure that the Annual Meeting serves the needs of all participants to the maximum extent possible given our contractual obligations to the hotels.

Our contracts with the hotels provide that each hotel reserve a block of guest rooms, and leave to the AALS the choice of where to locate the AALS Registration, Exhibit Hall, Section Programs, Presidential Programs, and House of Representatives meetings. We will honor our contracts with both hotels, and we have exercised our option to hold all AALS events at the Marriott to ensure the maximum participation by our members.

Law schools and other organizations hosting meetings and receptions will be contacted soon by an AALS meetings manager regarding the location of their events. Faculty and staff at law schools will soon receive housing information and you will be able to choose your individual hotel room on a first-come, first-served basis in accordance with the usual housing procedures.

August 18, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

new LRW scholarship

The links and abstracts below arrived in this morning's e-mail, courtesy of LSN (part of SSRN):

Sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute

"Results of an Informal Student Survey on the 'Live Grading' Experience"
MARK E. WOJCIK, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago
"Live Grading" is a way of critiquing and grading student papers while the student watches. For many years, I have used live grading with first-year legal writing students. This paper presents some student reactions to the "live grading" experience.

"Federal Government Documents in HeinOnline"
GALEN L. FLETCHER, Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
This article/handout highlights the increasing federal government document content in the HeinOnline database.  HeinOnline includes GPO-originated content useful to law librarians in the areas of 1) federal statutes, 2) federal regulations, 3) the Congressional Record and its predecessors, 4) U.S. Reports, 5) Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (1931-2004) and similar titles, 6) U.S. treaties, 7) Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (all eight editions), 8) many major federal agency decisions (commerce, communication, copyright, labor, patents, securities, tax, and trade), 9) Foreign Relations of the United States, and 10) almost 70 compiled federal legislative histories. All of the above (plus various journals and books relating to law published by the U.S. Government Printing Office) are available in PDF format and indexed on this legal research database.

"A Tiny Heart Beating: Student-Edited Legal Periodicals in Good Ol' Europe"
LUIGI RUSSI, Bocconi University
This paper has a twofold aim: to analyze the possible opportunities disclosed by the observed growth of student-edited law reviews in Europe and to propose an innovative model of student participation to legal publication.

The first part explores the phenomenon of student-edited law reviews in the U.S., focusing on its recognized educational benefits. Among others, it is observed that participation in student-edited law reviews might promote greater scholarly maturity among J.D. students, who might in turn be better equipped for a career in the academia after finishing law school, in comparison to their same-age European peers. Hence, there follows an examination of the possible beneficial repercussions that the establishment of student-edited law reviews may yield on the process of faculty education in (continental) Europe, in light of the general practice therein endorsed of academic "apprenticeship" under a mentor. Such benefits may consist, among others, in the enticement of larger numbers of potential academicians and in their possible greater intellectual maturity, providing new meaning to the aforementioned time-honored European practice.

The second part of the paper focuses, instead, on the drawbacks brought about by excessive proliferation of student-edited law reviews in the U.S., such as alleged decrease in the quality of published scholarship as a consequence of the superficial quality control that student editors sometimes perform. In view of the foregoing, an innovative model of student publication is proposed, in order to prevent the onset of such drawbacks in Europe, while retaining the above-outlined benefits of early student involvement in academic discourse. It is suggested to complement few, authoritative sources of published scholarship in the form of peer-reviewed journals with student-edited working paper series which, if based on the guideline to provide substantial constructive feedback to authors, could ultimately help foster a quality improvement of published scholarship.


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Sunday, August 17, 2008

ABA Meeting in Boston

AbaRegistration is open for the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Boston, February 11-17, 2009.  The best part?  Registration is free!  Click here for more information.


August 17, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

what's on your office door?

Images As a new semester starts, many legal writing professors are busy posting information on virtual and real world bulletin boards.  In a time-honored academic tradition, many are also updating the notices and comic strips taped on their office doors.  A few years ago, I put a bulletin board on my office door, so I no longer have to bother with tape and can easily save gems to re-post year to year.

Here's what's on my office door to greet our newest lawyers-in-training:

1)  A poster, handed out at an ALWD conference about decade ago, quoting Daniel Webster:
"The power of clear statement is the great power of the bar."

2)  My favorite law-related comic, just one frame, set in a prison cell.  A cellmate asks the Energizer bunny, "what are you in for?"  The reply:  "battery."

3) A Dilbert cartoon that would get lost in translation here but basically encourages the millennium generation to not assume they rule the universe.

So, what's on your office door?


August 17, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


Here's a reminder about how to join Clarity, the international organization for legal writing in plain legal language.  Click here for our earlier post.  Clarity holds its next international conference in Mexico this November.


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