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Current Law Students / First Space Lawyer Graduates
« on: May 12, 2008, 02:22:42 PM »

First Space Lawyer Graduates
By Staff
posted: 08 May 2008
05:26 pm ET

A student at the University of Mississippi will leap into the final frontier of the legal system Saturday when he receives the first-ever space law certificate in the United States.

Michael Dodge of Long Beach, Miss., earned the special distinction along with his law degree through the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law at the university's law school.

"The professors and personnel here are the highest quality that can be found anywhere in the world, and I have learned from them the necessary skills I will need to effectively practice space law," Dodge said in a statement. "Ole Miss is, simply put, the space law expert, and anyone wishing practice in this field should get their legal education here."

Any future space lawyer might have to deal with issues ranging from the fallout over satellite shoot-downs to legal disputes between astronauts onboard the International Space Station. The expanding privatization of the space sector may also pose new legal challenges.

Dodge's interest in space law grew from an early fascination with space exploration that was based mostly on science and history.

"Once I came to the law school, I read that there was an attorney here that specialized in space law," Dodge said. "After that, I became curious as to why space needed regulation, and how legal regimes could be constructed to govern such an expanse."

That led to a meeting with Joanne Gabrynowicz, director of the University of Mississippi's space law center.

"Students in this program have unparalleled opportunities to participate in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court competition, the Journal of Space Law, center conferences and events, and internships that strengthen their future employment options," Gabrynowicz said.

The university offers the only dedicated aerospace law curriculum in the nation from an American Bar Association-accredited law school, and requires courses on U.S. space and aviation law, international space and aviation law, and remote sensing; participation in the publication of the Journal of Space Law; and independent research. The National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law was founding in 1999.

"We are particularly proud to be offering these space law certificates for the first time, since ours is the only program of its kind in the U.S. and only one of two in North America," said Samuel Davis, law dean at the University of Mississippi.

I need help slacking off. Got any questions?

I'm a 1L at Emory.

Pre-Emptive Advice: If you don't have good study skills, don't go to Law School. Also, being into masochism would be good too.

General Off-Topic Board / Dear Sir/Ma
« on: July 26, 2007, 06:33:09 AM »
Subject: From your sister.
Date: July 26, 2007 9:15:28 AM EDT

Dear Sir / Ma,
Good day to you. Please permit me to use this medium to thank you once more for given me this avenue to explain my problem to you. I will like to introduce myself so that you could understand and comprehend my point clearly.
My name is Ms Judith Abdulrasak Makoulou. I'm here with my younger brother David. We are from Congo Democratic in Africa.
Presently we are in Cotonou Benin Republic also in Africa as political refugees, as a result of  war in my country. Which left to the death of our parents. I was still a student and David too in my country's high school. Where I was studying Medicine while David was studying Mechanical Engineering. I'm 27 years old on the 26th of march 2008 while David is 25.
Please we need your concerns and assistance because the war has claimed the lives of my parent leaving us alone in this world.
Before the incident occured my father used my name as the Beneficiary and deposited some money in a Security Finance company in Cotonou Benin Republic Africa. Which valued $9 million united states dollars in the box.
Please what I want from you is your assistance, and if possible also need your presence here in this country Benin Republic to help us settle the Finance Security Company, and to make a successful arragement for the release and delivery of the inheritance box to you, so that we can come out from this camp and come over to your country as to enable us continue with our education there in your country, while you invest the treasure in any profitable venture that you really know very well.
But if you couldn't be able to come down here then, you will kindly send us your information such as: Your full name, your home address, phone, and if also available with your fax numbers.
So that I will go to the Security company and submit your full information in their  office, and I will tell them that you are the new beneficiary for replacing me, so that they will released and deliveredf my father's inheritance box with their company to you, for enablig us come out from this camp and come over to meet you for our enrollment and for the investment of the treasure for our new good future lives.
I will also send you their own contact information after I have heard from you, so that you can contact their company and apply for the release and delivery of the inheritance box with their company. These will enable the company proceed for the release and the delivery of the inheritance to you, as my new beneficiary, on my behalf.
Please, I would like to inform you that, you will promise me that you are going to accept us as member of your family by taking us to your country, and re-arrange a better school where  my younger brother David and I will continue our further education for our new future lives.
After your assurance response to this predicament letter then I will go ahead with you and  give you more information in this regard.
Awaits to hear from you at your earliest time. Thanks, and remain blessed.
Yours faithfully,

Judith A. Makoulou.

General Off-Topic Board / Belgium
« on: July 22, 2007, 10:44:19 AM »

General Off-Topic Board / LSD Libertarians
« on: July 14, 2007, 08:10:01 PM »
Reveal yourselves!

Not that you'll want to after reading what this thread has turned into.


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- One Supreme Court justice says his fellow conservatives are "too dismissive" of government efforts to ensure racial diversity in schools. Another more liberal member says those on the right did "serious violence" to a high school student's free speech rights.

And one conservative slams another for "faux judicial restraint."

These were some of the heated written exchanges contained in the final decisions handed down by the high court in the last, frantic days of the term.

With justices rushing to finish business in time for summer recess, the luxury of polite, modest jurisprudence often gives way to bare-knuckle rhetoric, preserving for history the evidence of a divided court.

With the liberal bloc narrowly losing a number of high-profile cases this term -- including late-term abortion, campaign finance reform, and public school desegregation -- the political and legal stakes produced sharper ideological lines.

Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer all wrote toughly worded dissents, punctuated by reading some of them from the bench. It is a rarely used privilege, reserved for only the biggest, most contentious cases.

"There is very little that dissenters can do. If you don't have five votes you really don't have anything," said Thomas Goldstein, a Washington appellate attorney who has argued many cases before the Supreme Court.

"The one symbolic step that they can take to show they are almost outraged and that they think something terrible has happened is to read these dissents from the bench. And so the fact that the more liberal members of the court have done it is really a sign that they are frustrated."

Stevens in particular enhanced his reputation for wielding a sharp pen, belying his mild-mannered personality.

He slammed the 5-4 conservative majority in a free speech case that concluded a high school student could not sue his principal after he was suspended for unfurling a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."

The 87-year-old justice said the First Amendment suffered "serious violence" from the ruling, adding cynically, "It takes real imagination to read a 'cryptic' message (the court's characterization, not mine) with a slanting drug reference as an incitement to drug use."

Justice Clarence Thomas, perhaps the most conservative member of the high court, struck back in a separate concurrence, saying his liberal colleagues' efforts to elevate a student's "impertinence" to a constitutional protection would be "farcical." Some have read Thomas' words as attacking nearly every member of the bench who in varying degrees believed students deserve some limited free speech rights.

The most reliable source over the years for colorful language in rulings has been Justice Antonin Scalia, who once accused fellow conservative Sandra Day O'Connor of "irrational" views that "cannot be taken seriously" in one case.

In two cases this term he took Chief Justice John Roberts to task for what Scalia believed was a lack of legal backbone.

The 70-year-old justice agreed with Roberts' ruling last month that political "issue ads" -- produced by corporations and unions just before elections -- should be allowed. But Scalia wanted to go further and rule unconstitutional nearly all of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill that had banned the ads.

He said Roberts was trying to have it both ways.

"This faux judicial restraint is judicial obfuscation," Scalia wrote in a concurrence.

And in a case where the conservative majority ruled taxpayers could not sue the executive branch over its spending authority in cases where the White House is accused of supporting religious causes, Scalia again said Justice Samuel Alito's opinion -- supported by Roberts -- did not do enough.

"Minimalism is an admirable judicial trait, but not when it comes at the cost of meaningless and disingenuous distinctions," he wrote.

But the school race decision, the last issued by the court this year, produced especially harsh words.

Stevens accused Roberts of distorting history when he said the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending segregation in schools supported a colorblind approach to government and public programs. He called it a "cruel irony" that the chief justice "rewrites one of this court's most important decisions."

Justice Anthony Kennedy was equally passionate.

While saying the two school choice plans -- in Louisville and Seattle -- were unconstitutional, he took his four conservative colleagues to task for embracing "an all-too-unyielding insistence that race cannot be a factor in instances when, in my view, it may be taken into account."

He said Roberts, Scalia, Alito and Thomas were "too dismissive" of the compelling interests of a school to achieve diversity using "narrowly tailored" means.

Taking an opposite view, Thomas -- the only African-American justice -- was just as adamant.

"If history has taught us anything, it has taught us to beware of elites bearing racial theories," Thomas wrote.

Legal experts say the new conservative majority of the Roberts court will continue to produce divided rulings, and divisive rhetoric.

"The recent decisions are very significant because we are filling in the blanks about the new Supreme Court majority," said Goldstein. "Now we are understanding what they really think.

"We have moved beyond the honeymoon of the new court membership to the concrete question of how exactly conservative are they and what they think the law should be."

Law School Admissions / Biased Law School Rankings
« on: June 26, 2007, 07:31:12 AM »
UC-Los Angeles
New York University
University of Southern California
Puerto Rico
George Washington
Washington University in ST. Louis

Arizona State
Boston College
Boston University
Brigham Young
George Mason
Georgia State
Indiana - Bloomington
Missouri - Columbia
Notre Dame
Wake Forest
Washington and Lee
William and Mary

Arkansas - Fayettville
Arkansas - Little Rock
Case Western Reserve
Florida State
Lewis and Clark
Nevada - Los Vegas
North Dakota
Pennsylvania State
Rutgers - Camden
Rutgers - Newark
San Diego
South Carolina
South Dakota
Southern Methodist
State University of New York
Texas Tech

Ohio State
Appalachian State
California Western
Catholic University of America
Chicago Kent
Detroit Mercy
New Mexico
North Carolina
City University of New York
Cleveland State
Florida A&M
Florida Coastal
Florida Interantional
Franklin Pierce
Golden Gate
Indiana - Indianapolis
John Marshall
John Marshall - Atlanta
Judge Advocate General's School
Loyola - Chicago
Loyola - Los Angeles
Loyola - New Orleans
Michigan State
Mississippi College
Missouri - Kansas City
New England
New York Law School
North Carolina Central
Northern Kentucky
Nova Southeastern
Ohio Northern
Oklahoma City
Pontifical Catholic of P.R.
Roger Williams
St. John's
Saint Louis
St. Mary's
St. Thomas (FL)
St. Thomas (MN)
San Francisco
Santa Clara
Seton Hall
Southern University
Southern Illinois - Carbondale
South Texas
Texas Southern
Texas Wesleyan
Thomas Jefferson
Thomas M. Cooley
Wayne State
Western New England
Western State
West Virginia
William Mitchell

General Off-Topic Board / THE WONDER YEARS IS ON! HOLY CRAP!
« on: June 18, 2007, 07:35:16 PM »
Ok, i just found a channel (WPXN) that is showing two episodes of The Wonder Years, back to back. Does anyone else get giddy at the thought of this?

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