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Black Law Students / God and spirituality thread
« on: February 22, 2006, 03:49:14 PM »
This is the thread we can discuss God, religion, spirituality,daily devotionals you wanna share, your personal walk etc...


Black Law Students / Black/ White (New FX Show)
« on: February 10, 2006, 02:34:22 PM »
Have you guys heard about this show called Black/White where a white family and a black family swap races? It sounds pretty interesting.

Trading faces:
A twist on race
FX transforms two families
FX takes on the controversial issue of race in a new documentary series that puts two families - one white, one African-American - in the same house for six weeks.
That in itself is no great innovation. But "Black. White." - which is targeted for a March premiere - uses makeup to change the color of each family's skin.

"The question is: In 2005, does race matter," said executive producer R.J. Cutler. "Of course it does. But we tend not to really confront it. Racism is prevalent, and white America and black America are two different places. The only way they're really going to become one is if white people can find a way to see the world through the eyes of black people and vice versa."

The six-hour series chronicles the daily lives of the Sparks, an African-American family from Atlanta, and the Wurgels, a white family from Santa Monica, Calif.

For six weeks last summer, they lived together in Tarzana, a middle-class section of Los Angeles. Producers filmed them as they went about their lives in their new skin, which was courtesy of famed Hollywood makeup artist Keith VanderLaan ("The Passion of the Christ").

According to Cutler, "We spent the better part of a year ... designing the makeup, which has the unprecedented bar of needing to succeed not only under the scrutiny of the cameras but to succeed under the scrutiny of another human being who would be standing 3 feet away from you."

Cutler also brought in actor and musician Ice Cube ("Barbershop") to work on the series as a producer.

"I felt it was important to partner up with somebody who had a different perspective and was coming from a different point of view," he said. "He is one of the most powerful and articulate observers of the African- American experience."

Cutler brushed off the notion that "Black. White." could be viewed as a distasteful throwback to the days when minstrel shows were part of the entertainment scene.

"The fact that people are made up is not inherently problematic," said Cutler.

Sociologists tend to agree.

"The whole minstrel analogy, I think, is stretched and lame," said Daniel Monti, professor of sociology at Boston University. "There are movies in which black people pretend to be white and white people pretend to be black in mass entertainment.

"In terms of its larger impact, it depends on how people see it. If the viewer looks upon it as a bad joke or a potentially good idea gone bad, then there are all sorts of opportunities to define it as mischief at best and insulting at worse."

Cutler envisions plenty of opportunities for similar social experiments.

"Young, old, male, female, the concept of living in someone else's skin," he said, "there are many possibilities. I think anybody who's interested in entertaining and engaging and dramatic television is going to watch this. This is dramatic storytelling, and at the center of it are big, fat, important issues."


Originally published on December 8, 2005

Black Law Students / Old School R &B Songs...
« on: December 18, 2005, 07:45:15 PM »
Are there any old school R&B songs that bring back memories?

I was watching VH1 Soul and this song by Christopher William called "In my Dreams" (I think that's the name, it was the sound track to New Jack City...) anyway ....

Oh let me not forget  Mint Condition "you Sent me swinging"

Man those were the songs LOL.

Name some others. If you guys are nice I'll send out a mix file for your listening pleasure!

Black Law Students / JOB: Columbia Law, Judicial Clerkship Director
« on: November 03, 2005, 04:40:15 PM »
Columbia Law School

Director of Judicial Clerkships and Judicial Relations

Grade 13



November 2005


Reporting to the Dean of Students, and in cooperation with the Faculty Judicial Clerkship committee, the Clerkship Director will be responsible for managing all aspects of the judicial clerkship process, with the goal of increasing the number of graduates who receive clerkships. In order to increase the visibility of the clerkship program and enhance the school’s relationships with the judiciary, the Clerkship Director will coordinate meetings with judges and faculty. The Clerkship Director will coordinate events designed to educate students about judicial clerkships, career paths, and the clerkship application process. The Clerkship Director will also be responsible for counseling all students about the law school curriculum.  As a member of the Student Services office, the Clerkship Director will help plan and implement Law School programs and events.




1.      Counsel students and alumni on clerkship application strategies and curricular choices.  Advise law students and alumni on preparing resumes, writing samples and obtaining faculty and professional letters of recommendation.  25%

2.      Meet with judges to familiarize them with Columbia Law School curriculum, faculty, and the clerkship program. 15%

3.      Counseling students regarding Law School curriculum and programs. 15%

4.      Plan and implement general Law School programs and events. 10%

5.      Research and monitor the hiring needs of federal judges and make the data an active part of the placement information for students.  Research and monitor appointments and hiring needs of federal and state judges and courts.  Provide information on openings and hiring timetables for judicial clerkship applicants, compiling media information on or by judges. 5%

6.      Arrange panels of judges and alumni to familiarize students with clerkship responsibilities. 5%

7.      Conduct basic program evaluation, which includes: evaluation of current student populations, peer school clerkship programs, web space, assessment instruments, handbooks/informative handouts, information delivery systems, information tracking systems, the clerkship database, and clerkship program administration policies and procedures. 5%

8.      Promote use of database to students, staff and faculty, assists the Systems Analyst with the development of the database, user-end instructions/handouts and technical support as needed, and updates information on an as needed basis.  Research, design, and implement sustainable collection, analysis, and clerkship data reporting techniques as well as program administration procedures.  Responsible for the design and direction of further action/evaluation research projects to be defined by the Faculty Judicial Clerkship Committee, including information on the career paths of clerks, biographies of judges, and feedback from clerks. 5%

9.      Collaborate with consortium of clerkship officers at peer Law Schools. 5%

10.  Oversee the administration of events which includes: scheduling, room booking, calendar booking, public relations for events, event attendance, and the submission of costs to accounts payable. 5%

11.  Implement changes approved during the evaluation phase regarding the clerkship web space and, on a weekly basis, updates the web contents. 4%

12.  Perform other relevant duties as assigned. 1%


Minimum Requirements:


BA and JD required plus 3 years of relevant work experience.  Clerkship experience is helpful.  Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  Computer literacy a must. 


Harlene Katzman

Dean of the Center for Public Interest Law

Columbia Law School

Phone: (212) 854-4152

Fax: (212) 854-3515


Black Law Students / OMG TOO FUNNY
« on: October 31, 2005, 05:14:07 PM »
Guys..this clip is hilarious and deserves its own thread.

Happy Halloween!

Regal Muse's tidbit: Bush is an idiot. How are you going to nominate someone to the SUPREME COURT who has never been a judge before? Did I miss something while in Switzerland?  >:(

Court pick is unknown quantity 
By Matthew Davis
BBC News, Washington 

There has been a collective scratching of heads on Capitol Hill at President George Bush's decision to nominate a member of his inner circle with no experience of being a judge to fill the vacancy on the US Supreme Court.

Harriet Miers would be the third woman to serve on the high court

Harriet Miers, 60, is a long-time confidante of the president who is described as a trailblazer for women and who has held a variety of impressive posts.

But politicians from both sides of the political divide are concerned about a candidate with no public profile whose views are unknown on the contentious issues that the court deals with, like abortion and gay rights.

Ms Miers would replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor - the holder of a key swing vote on the bench - and her nomination augurs for a fierce confirmation hearing.

1985: First female president of the Dallas Bar Association
1992: First woman to head the Texas State Bar
1995-2000: Chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission
2001: Joins White House staff as president's staff secretary
2003: Appointed Deputy Chief of Staff
2004: Named White House counsel

Profile of Harriet Miers 

Even less is known about her opinions than those of John Roberts, the new chief justice who skilfully dodged questions over how he would rule on contentious cases when he testified before the Senate earlier this month.

Leading Democrats say they will put pressure on the new nominee to answer questions about her judicial philosophy and legal background before any vote.

But Ms Miers is also something of an unknown quantity to Republican lawmakers.

Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas - a conservative - has said he would vote against a nominee who was not "solid and known" on cultural issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and religion in public life.

'Think outside'

Yet in some ways the president's decision should not be a surprise at all as he has a track record of rewarding the loyalty of his inner circle.

Ms Miers was the president's lawyer in Texas, and he has given her a string of jobs since - from the head of Texas Lottery Commission, to his Deputy Chief of Staff and now White House counsel.

She is a trusted adviser with a reputation for discretion, essential in someone who vets all the papers that come across the president's White House desk.

Mr Bush could have picked a hardcore conservative in an attempt to reach out to core supporters at a time when his national approval ratings are at record lows, and the Republican Party itself is reeling from scandals surrounding two of its leading members.

Yet he appears to have reached out to the middle ground - by picking a woman to replace a woman - and by consulting with Democrats, some of whom suggested her as a potential candidate.

Ms Miers is an unusual Supreme Court nominee in that she is the first for more than 30 years not to have been a judge.

One administration official said some senators from both parties thought it was important for Bush to "think outside the Appeals Court" by picking someone who could offer a different perspective on the job.

Another unusual aspect of Ms Miers nomination is that her office has led the vetting and recommendation of candidates for the Supreme Court vacancy.

Mr Bush reportedly organised a private consultation on Ms Miers suitability for the position and offered her the opportunity over dinner at the White House on Sunday evening.

The president seemed to try to answer any critics by emphasizing Ms Miers' legal successes in what some commentators saw as a defensive announcement of her nomination.


Law schools across the country have assembled a list of different schools Tulane and Loyola New Orleans law students may attend this fall in the wake of the disaster.For more information regarding law schools across the country that students can attend, please check out this link organized by the Association of American Law Schools.

Black Law Students / How does this happen?
« on: August 30, 2005, 08:34:17 PM »
8 years in a Louisiana jail, but he never went to trial

By Laura Parker, USA TODAY

When he was charged with murder in 1996, James Thomas, an impoverished day laborer in Baton Rouge, became like many other criminal defendants: With no money to hire a lawyer, he had to rely on the government to provide him with one.
He then spent the next 8˝ years in jail, waiting for his case to go to trial. It never did.

Last spring, a Louisiana state appeals court ruled that prosecutors had waited too long to try him, and it threw the charge out. By then, Thomas was 34, his alibi witness for the night of the murder had died of kidney disease, and his case had become a symbol of the increasing problems within the nation's public defender system. "I can't think of any reason why he would have so completely fallen off their radar screen except to suggest (public defenders) were so busy and so understaffed and underfunded, they allowed his case to slip," says Chris Alexander, Thomas' new private lawyer. Alexander got the charge dismissed after Thomas' mother scraped together $500 to hire him.

More than 40 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that every person charged with a crime is entitled to legal representation — provided by the government, if necessary — the promise is an empty one for many low-income defendants.

Tens of thousands of poor people go to jail every year without ever talking to a lawyer, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association in Washington, D.C., found in a nationwide survey this spring of indigent legal services. The survey found that such programs across the nation are short on lawyers, investigators and other staff, and that they frequently fail to investigate the charges against the client, hire necessary experts and make appropriate motions in court.

One of the worst examples the association found was the case of another Louisiana man, Johnny Lee Bell. He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole last year after meeting with a public defender for what Bell says was just 11 minutes before trial. He has appealed his conviction on the basis of ineffective counsel, says his new private lawyer, James Beane.

"There's a real disconnect in this country between what people perceive is the state of indigent defense and what it is," says David Carroll, the group's research director. "I attribute that to shows like Law & Order, where the defendant says, 'I want a lawyer,' and all of a sudden Legal Aid appears in the cell. That's what people think."

The American Bar Association examined legal services for the poor in 22 states this year and came to a similar conclusion. Bill Whitehurst, an Austin lawyer who led the effort, says the ABA study reveals a system "mired in crisis," in which inadequacies in funding, excessive caseloads carried by lawyers and a lack of legal experience have become routine.

It's unclear how many people are wrongly behind bars because of problems in public defender programs, Whitehurst says, but it's clear that there are some.

Black Law Students / Eye Candy Thread
« on: July 20, 2005, 07:33:46 AM »
To all things things that are beatiful and lovely to look at...

To the white boy who can get it...  ;D

"][/url] Orlando Bloom

Jesse Metcalfe

John Stamos

Hayden Christensen

Colin Farrell

Brad Pitt

Josh Holloway

Patrick Dempsey

James Franco

Hugh Jackman

Jude Law (hey, I just included him)

Black Law Students / Passed the Bar? CONGRATS!
« on: July 11, 2005, 07:44:55 AM »
I just thought that I should congratulate the folks on the board who actually passed one or muliple state bars. That's an accomplishment since a lot of law students don't make it that far.   ;D

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