Monday, April 28, 2008

to click or not to click?: grading distraction #2

When I find myself in grading-avoidance mode (i.e., easily distracted when I should be grading briefs or memos), I often find myself thinking ahead to next semester. I'll be teaching an advanced legal research course next fall. I should have been grading briefs this afternoon. Instead, I found myself searching for odd laws.

Speedbump This site has some doozies, and they're sorted by jurisdiction. For example, it says that in California, "No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour." Moreover, in Georgia, "Donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs." (Sounds reasonable.) In Indiana, "Hotel sheets must be exactly 99 inches long and 81 inches wide." (I am going to confirm that when I stay at the Marriott during the LWI Conference in July!) In Rhode Island, "Ropes may not be strung across a highway." (What if I needed to snag the runaway car I'm not allowed to operate in California?)

For some fun in the Advanced Research class, I'm going to work up some in-class quickie research tasks involving some of these (of course, I will have to first research them myself to be sure that they are in fact still on the books).


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