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General Board / Re: 4-4 Decision in Supreme court.
« on: November 14, 2004, 09:01:43 AM »
The U.S. Supreme Court has nine members.  They used to be called "The Nine Old Men" until Justice O'Connor joined the court.  I guess now they are the "Seven Old Men and Two Ladies".

ptlaw

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General Board / Re: Best software for note taking and/or outlining
« on: November 14, 2004, 08:57:38 AM »
I had my first problem with StoreLaw last night.  I e-mailed tech support and had the solution waiting on me when I checked my e-mail this morning.  :)  The quick response really impressed me. I was mentally prepared to receive an answer on Monday. 

I tried to print a brief, as I have done any number of times, using the [Print] button.  Using [Create Case Report] to print the brief solved the problem. However, it sent the brief to Word instead of Word Perfect (my problem, not theirs).  Anyway, using [Create Case Report] and sending the brief to my word processing program gives me more flexibility to tweak things as needed.

I really like the outlining feature in StoreLaw.  Everything is there and I can select what I want included for different reports.

ptlaw 8)

I still haven't made up my mind about StoreLaw. Out of curiousity, have you tried saving your data to another area? I tried saving my data to my thumb drive just to have it in another place in case of a major problem. The challenge was getting back to the folder on my hard drive when I wanted to back up again. I had to remember where to go. Of course, it would probably help to have all of my brain cells functioning. 8)

PT

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Nashville School of Law / Re: JJ at NSL
« on: November 13, 2004, 09:49:21 PM »
That is probably true.  Fifty percent of the people who enter doctoral programs never complete the course work.  Of those who do, fifty percent of them never complete their dissertations.  Perserverance is the key to earning a graduate degree.

ptlaw


I've heard a rumor that 50% finish the four year program, but I dunno.

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Nashville School of Law / Re: JJ at NSL
« on: November 13, 2004, 04:26:09 PM »
That just seems like a lot of wasted effort to me.

ptlaw

A classmate dropped criminial law the day before the final. That seemed pretty drastic, but I guess if you're tanking the class it makes sense to drop and avoid the bad grade. Or does it?

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General Board / Re: Best software for note taking and/or outlining
« on: November 09, 2004, 04:03:03 PM »
I still haven't made up my mind about StoreLaw.  Out of curiousity, have you tried saving your data to another area?  I tried saving my data to my thumb drive just to have it in another place in case of a major problem.  The challenge was getting back to the folder on my hard drive when I wanted to back up again.  I had to remember where to go.  Of course, it would probably help to have all of my brain cells functioning. 8)

PT

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Nashville School of Law / Re: JJ at NSL
« on: November 08, 2004, 08:48:42 PM »
I was an assistant principal for four years and had always wanted to go to law school. To me, being an administrator is pretty much like practicing law without a license, so I decided to get the degree and license.

Anyway, I made the decision to return to the classroom to make more time for law school. I am glad I did. Considering the pace I kept as an assistant principal, I would have found adding law school to the mix very difficult. 

People have laughed at me and called me crazy for giving up my position, but in four years, I will have the last laugh. I will be living my fantasy and having a ball! :D

Jeff,
I'll have about an hour's drive each way. My sons are all grown and gone now, and I have no grandchildren yet. I think that I'll have the time, provided I have the discipline needed. Your posts from August and September are what scare me. My job is pretty demanding too, especially in August. I'm a Principal. Maybe I should retire???

Regardless, I'm excited about Law School. When should I know of acceptance? I have applied to NSL and Memphis, but I really want to go to NSL. If I go to Memphis, I will go ahead and retire from school this year, but I'd rather work the next 4 years...at least I THINK I would.


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General Board / Re: Best software for note taking and/or outlining
« on: October 24, 2004, 11:28:51 AM »
I would like to hear from others who are using StoreLaw.  There are some things I like about about the program, but I am still making up my mind about it.  I am using 3.0.

PT

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General Board / Re: Best software for note taking and/or outlining
« on: October 24, 2004, 11:18:13 AM »
MS Word is the PC version of ClarisWorks (Mac platform).  It assumes you want to do certain things and if you want to do something in a different manner (e.g., certain types of formatting), it drives you crazy trying to change it. 

I downloaded a demo version of WordPerfect this summer to play around with because I know several attorneys who refuse to use anything else.  It is so much easier to control formatting with this program.  The big thing that sold me on it is that you can publish to PDF from WordPerfect.  The court system is in the process of changing to electronic filing and by the time I finish law school, I suspect all of the courts in my area will be using electronic filing.

I used WordPerfect to e-mail tests to my students this summer (I am an adjunct instructor at a local university) and this was the first time that I didn't have to worry about my students screwing up my document when they printed it out. 

I have both MS Word and WordPerfect on my computer.  There is one thing that I like to do that makes WordPerfect "mad" and that is copy things from websites to paste into word processing documents.  MS Word will paste the information as I copied it.  WordPerfect thinks I want to reformat it in some way. [I usually do, but not always.]  I recommend having both because a lot of people use MS Word, but WordPerfect is the standard in the legal world.

PT

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Nashville School of Law / Re: Silly Stuff
« on: October 21, 2004, 01:00:22 AM »
Go Bo Sox!

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Nashville School of Law / Re: Contracts
« on: October 20, 2004, 04:42:30 PM »
I enjoy Contracts and I like the way Professor Lewis teaches the class.  He doesn't like to spend a lot time "walking around the barnyard" with silly questions.  He gets right to the point.

I find him to be quite humorous.  I like his dry wit.

PT


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