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Friday, December 19, 2003


I'm finding myself with a lot of think time, as I sit in my chair (sometimes more distractedly than not) sifting through medical records, crawling over paper like a Google spiderbot. Law, to the lowly clerks of the earth, is about the management of a vast bulk of input from sources of varying credibility. You have to pour the fresh-squeezed juice through the cheese-cloth of "the law," of course, to be anything of success in the profession. I don't presume it's my responsibility to tell you this, because there's a 90% chance that, if you are a law student, you know a lot more about the law than me, possibly because you don't spend unnecessarily crippling amounts of time trying to decipher what is all means.

So, I guess this means I am paying attention to the unnecessary detail: this information has not been put before me in order for me to find some meaning in it beyond wheter it's relevent to a case or not. So, going through some old lady's med files and becoming attached to her bravery in the face of a major car accident is probably a bad idea. So is judging the auto mechanic who's shamming around the physical therapy clinic asking for narcotic prescriptions.

The goal is to present all information in the most easily digestible format, so it gets chewed on by the clerks first and the finer bits get chewed again by the representing attorney. I should be calculating my every observation and, instead of determining its authenticity (I am particularly resentful about the American media these days, and their poster-retard, the president), I should be figuring out how to make the information accessible to as many people wanting to know it as possible.

Eventually, I'll have to get persuasive with the information (I played with this skill a bit this last semester in the trial class). It's still a confusing jumble for a novice like me: I vacillate between persuasive and objective like the leaves in the wind. I am supposed to be doing this with the same level of naturalism with which I switch between English and Spanish. It's okay if you're inferring that I can't transition myself around like that. I more can't than can, anyhow.

I am a long way from the image of the midnight burning writer I marketed to colleges as a teenager.


Sunday, December 14, 2003

NY Times doesn't get camera phones From today's Gizmodo: Incredibly shortsighted, hopelessly nostalgic editorial in yesterday's New York Times about how digital cameras shouldn't be a part of cellphones: Now, among the many unnecessary features cluttering the new mobile phones are small digital cameras. To the...

Chirac Makes Veil Threat Plastic::Politics::Religion: Religious groups in France are engaged in a conspiracy to cover up... well, girl's hair.

Rectitude, Where Art Thou? Mark A. R. Kleiman nails part of the Schwarzenegger mendacity: A governor whose word is his junk bond. The other part, of course, is that (never plausible) the promise to balance the state budget and protect school funding is already inoperative. Politicians used to have to pretend to be honest. I miss shame. How do we bring it back?...

IM and the Law School Classroom Check this out! posted...

NY Times on The Smoking Gun Tomorrow's New York Times' Fashion & Style section has this interesting article about The Smoking Gun website. (via How Appealing)...

Nevada Congressman Calls for House Hearings Into Halliburton Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., called Saturday for congressional hearings of Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, calling allegations that it overcharged for fuel in Iraq "an absolute outrage." Gibbons said he wants the House Armed Services Committee to hold...
Teehee.  Fry, Cheney, fry.
Today's New Blawg

Swoop writes "LLB ? A law student's blog," and puzzles out concepts from 1L courses: "The law looks at what was actually said and done. To interpret intentions would be too subjective."

Berkeley Grows A Little Ivy

Boalt Hall has a new dean, who incidentally will be "the first African American dean to lead a top-ranked U.S. law school."

Howard Dean Statement on Saddam Capture Statement by Governor Dean on the Capture of Saddam Hussein WEST PALM BEACH-- Governor Dean issued the following statement this...

Saddam's First Interrogation Time Magazine has these notes from Saddam's first interrogation. He's not cooperating. When asked ?How are you?? said the official,...

Views We Could Do Without What is the Defense Department and media's fascination with playing and replaying Saddam's medical exam? We think it's gross and...

The Walrus The Walrus: Does Canada Finally Have Its Quality Magazine? It's always been a mystery why Canada, with its appreciable intellectual weight, cultural sympathies and significant middlebrow readership, doesn't have a general magazine to rival with, say, Harper's, The Atlantic or The New Yorker. Well, The Walrus looks good - at least online. Is this it? Or am I unfairly overlooking other Canadian publications?

Contractor served troops dirty food in dirty kitchens Contractor Halliburton served troops dirty food in dirty kitchens Well, Bush served up clean turkey and these guys were busy overcharging the Pentagon on energy so they could reap big bucks...Cheney remains in his gopher hole.

Japanese dollar-store opens doors in North America Hyaku Yen, a Japanese dollar-store, has begun to open shops in North America.
At its Aberdeen store, at Hazelbridge and Cambie Road, 45,000 items will initially be sold at $2 Cdn each. These are to include cosmetics, gardening tools, household goods, soft drinks, snack food and stationery.

"A public survey in Japan showed Daiso-Sangyo as being the second most recognizable brand-name retailer after Disney World in Tokyo," Fairchild chairman and CEO Thomas Fung said Tuesday. "They ranked ahead of famous brands such as Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Sony, Toyota and Starbucks."

Link (Thanks, [sorry, deleted your name]!)

Wall Street, October 1929 Claud Cockburn, writing for the "Times of London" from New-York, described the irrational exuberance that gripped the nation just prior to the Great Depression.

Education, Globalization and the Big Business Model Applying the big business model to our school systems. NAFTA? Enron? Halliburton? The Big Three?