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Current Law Students / CD's for Constitutional Law and Property
« on: December 19, 2007, 08:54:16 AM »
Does anyone know where i can download them at for free as ipposed to buying them or waiting until i get back to school to listen to them?

Current Law Students / Need Serious Help
« on: October 26, 2007, 08:41:58 AM »
Contracts was easy in the beginning but has become really hard and exam time is coming up

Are there any study aids that have helped any of you?


Current Law Students / Does it Matter...
« on: October 22, 2007, 07:24:21 PM »
What edition of Glannon;s to buy for Civ Pro. Same substance basically right?

Thinking about purchasing that and i see te older editions are cheaper. Any advice?


Current Law Students / Textbooks: Used or New
« on: August 03, 2007, 01:15:30 PM »
Our book list is up and ive been checking out the prices which are outrageous might i add. So ive found some books online for the cheap cheap and i purchased em

One of em has some highlighting and some writing in it but i bought it anyway

How do you all feel about used textbooks, especially those with writing in them

Current Law Students / Question Members
« on: July 30, 2007, 06:31:45 AM »
Did you all buy the pocket size Blacks Law Dictionary, or did you buy the bigger book

Current Law Students / Are any of you in a Joint Degree Program
« on: June 08, 2007, 12:16:30 PM »
Im hoping to enter one in the spring, since the Public Policy school said i could apply and enter it in with my J.D., which i intentionally wanted to do in the first place, i just never got around to taking my GRE.

So if any of you are in a joint degree program, how is it? Stressful? Worth it?

I want to obtain my J.D. and MPA Degrees and that is part of the reason why i wanted to attend the Law School that im going to in the fall

Black Law Students / Current Students...Question
« on: July 30, 2007, 06:34:39 PM »
Did you all have time to relax during spring break, right before finals. Or did you stay in the books during thanksgiving. I was planning on going to the Bayou Classic since it will be the only time ill be able to get away fro it all, but ive been told that i wont even have time.

Black Law Students / America Has Lost a Generation of Black Boys
« on: July 23, 2007, 11:06:06 AM »
America Has Lost a Generation of Black Boys
By: Phillip Jackson
Posted March 21, 2007

There is no longer a need for dire predictions, hand-wringing, or apprehension about losing a generation of Black boys. It is too late. In education, employment, economics, incarceration, health, housing, and parenting, we have lost a generation of young Black men. The question that remains is will we lose the next two or three generations, or possibly every generation of Black boys hereafter to the streets, negative media, gangs, drugs, poor education, unemployment, father absence, crime, violence and death.

Most young Black men in the United States don't graduate from high school. Only 35% of Black male students graduated from high school in Chicago and only 26% in New York City , according to a 2006 report by The Schott Foundation for Public Education. Only a few Black boys who finish high school actually attend college, and of those few Black boys who enter college, nationally, only 22% of them finish college.

Young Black male students have the worst grades, the lowest test scores, and the highest dropout rates of all students in the country. When these young Black men don't succeed in school, they are much more likely to succeed in the nation's criminal justice and penitentiary system. And it was discovered recently that even when a young Black man graduates from a U.S. College, there is a good chance that he is from Africa, the Caribbean or Europe, and not the United States .

Black men in prison in America have become as american as apple pie. There are more Black men in prisons and jails in the United States (about 1.1 million) than there are Black men incarcerated in the rest of the world combined. This criminalization process now starts in elementary schools with Black male children as young as six and seven years old being arrested in staggering numbers according to a 2005 report, Education on Lockdown by the Advancement Project.

The rest of the world is watching and following the lead of America . Other countries including England , Canada , Jamaica , Brazil and South Africa are adopting American social policies that encourage the incarceration and destruction of young Black men. This is leading to a world-wide catastrophe. But still, there is no adequate response from the American or global Black community.

Worst of all is the passivity, neglect and disengagement of the Black community concerning the future of our Black boys. We do little while the future lives of Black boys are being destroyed in record numbers. The schools that Black boys attend prepare them with skills that will make them obsolete before, and if, they graduate. In a strange and perverse way, the Black community, itself, has started to wage a kind of war against young Black men and has become part of this destructive process.

Who are young Black women going to marry? Who is going to build and maintain the economies of Black communities? Who is going to anchor strong families in the Black community? Who will young Black boys emulate as they grow into men? Where is the outrage of the Black community at the destruction of its Black boys? Where are the plans and the supportive actions to change this? Is this the beginning of the end of the Black people in America ?

The list of those who have failed young Black men includes our government, our foundations, our schools, our media, our Black churches, our Black leaders, and even our parents. Ironically, experts say that the solutions to the problems of young Black men are simple and relatively inexpensive, but they may not be easy, practical or popular. It is not that we lack solutions as much as it is that we lack the will to implement these solutions to save Black boys. It seems that government is willing to pay billions of dollars to lock up young Black men, rather than the millions it would take to prepare them to become viable contributors and valued members of our society.

Please consider these simple goals that can lead to solutions for fixing the problems of young Black men:

Short term
1) Teach all Black boys to read at grade level by the third grade and to embrace education.
2) Provide positive role models for Black boys.
3) Create a stable home environment for Black boys that includes contact with their fathers.
4) Ensure that Black boys have a strong spiritual base.
5) Control the negative media influences on Black boys.
6) Teach Black boys to respect all girls and women.

Long term
1) Invest as much money in educating Black boys as in locking up Black men.
2) Help connect Black boys to a positive vision of themselves in the future.
3) Create high expectations and help Black boys live into those high expectations.
4) Build a positive peer culture for Black boys.
5) Teach Black boys self-discipline, culture and history.
6) Teach Black boys and the communities in which they live to embrace education and life-long learning.

More Facts:

37.7% of Black men in the United States are not working (2006 Joint Economic Committee Study chaired by Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)). 58% of Black boys in the United States do not graduate from high school (2006 Report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education). Almost 70% of Black children are born into female, single parent households (2000 Census Report). About 1 million Black men in the United States are in prison ( U.S. Justice Department).

I would add to these:
1. Teach Black boys that about 1 in 1,000,000 (my statistics, not official) are successful in professional sports (i.e . baseball, basketball, football, etc.).
2. Teach Black boys that about 1 in 1,000,000,000 (my stats, not official) are successful in the entertainment industry (i.e. actor, recording artist, RAPPER, etc.).
3. Teach Black boys that about 1 in 1,000,000,000,000 (my stats, not official) are successful as a drug dealer.....IF ANY

"If you don't stand for something, you will fall for everything."

Black Law Students / Sicko By Michael Moore
« on: July 17, 2007, 06:39:10 AM »
Has anyone seen this movie yet?

I saw it a few weeks ago and i enjoyed it. Sad itis, but it def gives u insight about our healthcare system and people's lives that are impacted due to it

Black Law Students / NAACP Burying the "N" Word
« on: July 10, 2007, 05:26:43 PM »

NAACP Buries The 'N' Word During Detroit Funeral
Published: Monday - July 9, 2007
Words by Allen Starbury

There was a funeral held in the streets of Detroit Monday morning (July 9), but no one died. A pine casket, pulled through the streets by a horse and carriage, but there was no body inside. It was a symbolic funeral -- for the "N" word.

According to reports from the Detroit Free Press, thousands were gathered at Detroit's Hart Plaza to bare witness to the mock funeral, which they hold will end the use of the derogatory word by everyone.

The funeral, which was held by NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), was a part of a national convention being held in downtown Detroit this week and was attended by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and NAACP Chairman Julian Bond.

"Good riddance to this vestige of slavery and racism, and say hello to a new country that invests in all its people," said Granholm, who also said she was proud the event took place in her state.

During the service, Mayor Kilpatrick urged black men to take a stand and stop disrespecting themselves and black women. "You can't just bury the 'N' word. You have to bury all the nonsense that comes with it," Kilpatrick said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "Good riddance. Die 'N' word. We don't want to see you around here no more."

NAACP's burial of the "N" word comes after public discussion began after "Seinfeld" actor Michael Richards used the word repeatedly out of anger while on stage at Los Angeles' Comedy Store last year, and more recently Don Imus' derogatory use of the words "nappy headed hoes" to describe black members of Rutger's women's basketball team.

The two incidents have sparked public debate within the black community, the America public and among important black figures such as Al Sharpton, Russell Simmons and Jesse Jackson.

NAACP's Chairman Julian Bond repeated the Imus call during the opening address Sunday night (July 8) for the 98th annual convention, saying that if Imus can't call "our women as 'hos,' then we shouldn't either."

The paper reports that hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow, R&B singer Eddie Levert, Daryl Matthews (general president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity), and Olrick Johnson Jr., a former NFL player, served as honorary pallbearers at the funeral.

What are your thoughts on the issue

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