Saturday, November 01, 2003

economic justice foundation

Spent thursday night getting *hammered* during Georgetown's EJF auctions.

The EJF auction is a fundraiser for the Economic Justice Foundation. The Economic Justice Foundation sponsors fellowships for 1Ls who work at summer public interest jobs that don't pay; these fellowships give you enough to put food on the table while you Make The World A Better Place.

EJF Auction
The annual Equal Justice Foundation auction raises over $70,000 dollars to provide funds for students in unpaid public-interest summer positions. Auctioned items include trips, dinners with GULC faculty, and more. This event takes place in October in the McDonough Moot Courtroom.

Unfortunately, this year the auction only raised $40,000. I did my part, going to the mat for a pair of Wizards/Celtics tickets and a basketball signed by Michael Jordan--but I got into a bidding war and I had to stop at $600. Dinners with former Clinton Chief of Staff Podesta (also an auctioneer) went for $2000, and a party at my property professor went for $2100.

The EJF Auction is also well-known by Georgetown students and professors as being one Hell Of A Good Time. Our professors are the auctioneers, and they auction off some serious prizes: four days in the Grand Caymans, Superbowl tickets ($3600/pair), hotel rooms in Vegas. My property professor blew us all away, showing up in a pin-stripe double-breasted suit while faking an orgasm on stage. My civ pro professor was the crowd favorite, with the entire moot court chanting her name while she danced.

It should be fairly obvious that the beer was, in the words of PCU, "cheap, cold and domestic." And plentiful and readily available. The entire court was pretty much obliterated by 8PM.

I labeled the auction one of the coolest things that I've ever seen, except my Civ Pro professor outdid herself later that night: Aas the auction ends, she recommends that we all get loaded at the local College-Style Bar, where she nearly got 86'ed ("thrown out") by the bouncer for dancing on a chair, and I did shots of jaeger with her.

Now, if it was sipping Johnny Walker Black on the rocks, it would be just like undergraduate reseach project

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

personal jurisdictions

so we finished a Major Concept in Civil Procedure: Personal Jurisdiction and Long-Arm Statutes. What does this mean? Am I supposed to outline this immediately? I'm not quite sure what makes a good outline, to tell you the truth. It frightens me--it's only been about one month since class started, but that one month is also a fairly significant chunk of this semester. in two months and change, I'm supposed to take exams. I still enjoy property; civil procedure fascinates me, as does con law. So the novelty is still there--your mileage may vary.

So the law school is alot like high school--well, if you forget that this "high school" is atrociously hard to get into, and that law school charges tuition. This law school is about the size of my old high school, there are strong delinations between class year, there's only one small area that we all share, and us 1Ls have all our classes together (well, close enough).

And yes, we have "class elections" organized by class year--at carolina, what passed for our Student Gov't elected representatives based on geographic area. But here, each section of the 1L class elects two reps to the Student Bar Association--and it's just like high school. It's a popularity contest, plain and simple. Any attempt to think otherwise is misguided. For the last week, each seat at our class has been covered with a bunch of election fliers, parading the qualifications of each candidate. Some of the pragmatists just gave us candy or rice krispey treats.

To become a Knowledgable Voter, I read a bunch of these fliers. One read like this: "Given my involvement in such campus organizations as X, Y, and Z, I will do my best to make student government a better place...". Ok, main problem: all of those organizations had their interest meetings a week ago. I'm not sure I want a resume-polisher representing me.

Against these concerted publicity effort, there's a friend of mine who's running with one (1) flier: "Because you hate me, and it's not a popularity contest. Vote Joe." Good luck, Joe.

Don't get me wrong--I've sat in on a SBA meeting, and they do excellent work in unifying the student voice in response to campus issues. But in regards to the elections--what next, spirit halls and pep rallies?

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Interactive Citation Workshop

So yesterday morning was the beginning of the end: the Legal Research and Writing In-Class exam. The exam is a short, twenty question multiple choice ditty, open book for your convenience. The one hour we have to take it was overkill.

However, all last week I watched people in the library cramming for this brief evalutation. I can't image what is going to happen during the real exam.

I found that the LR&W exam was not difficult. The majority of the studying that I did consisted of finishing the Interactive Citation Workshop on lexis.. The ICW is a series of snappy quizzes that are tuned for the Bluebook; each quiz targets a certain set of rules and concepts. For example, quiz one covers case naming; quiz two, complete citations. You get a series of scenarios and have to fill in the appropriate cite. In retrospect, even that was overkill, since the ICW is very finicky about the answers that it takes. But I submit it to you for your own evaluation--even I learned when you put a space after "F." and earned a handsome blue belt in my quest to become a "Bluebook Cite Ninja."

Now, onto the take-home research project--but due to the restrictions on discussin it, if I told you anymore, I'd have to kill you.