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Congratulations, and good luck. Everyone deserves a second chance. Let us know how it goes if you like.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:20:21 PM »
Do you actually think that a severely weakened Hillary with no other viable candidates could lead to the first brokered convention since Adlai Stevenson in 1952 and that the nominee would be Gore? I'm not sure how to evaluate that, but I doubt it would be Gore if the convention were brokered.

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Hmm, in my opinion, the problem with personal statements like this is that although they highlight your service, they don't tell me much about you. They tell me a lot about the training you completed but it applies equally to everyone who has. It also repeats your resume.

I am not sure this is a good topic, at least addressed this way. Is your SERE training the most interesting that happened to you? I doubt that. Intense I do not doubt, although it probably pales in comparison to your real life combat tours.

What is it about yourself that you want to communicate to the admissions committees? The ones that stood out were often not because of the topic but because of how they were written to explain something about the author. It's really your one chance to be creative in the law school admissions process.

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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 13, 2015, 05:07:44 PM »
Uh...without going into the analysis above, I'll mention this: electoral math. It, and demographics generally, favor the Democrats.

On the Democratic side, I think Bernie Sanders is making some progress against Hillary Clinton. He's got her outgunned on enthusiasm. Where this breaks apart is his appeal to minority groups. Black Americans are solidly behind Clinton so far. Pi can argue it's because of her association with Bill and Barack, the "two" black presidents, but regardless of the reasoning Bernie has some work to do in minority communities.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Federal Courts-One and done?
« on: July 11, 2015, 01:41:28 PM »
And as loki has explained and anyone who has read the case can see, that case involved someone petitioning the bar using their own rules, which is far different from making a privileges & immunities claim that a bar requirement is unconstitutional.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Federal Courts-One and done?
« on: July 10, 2015, 05:44:50 PM »
Yes; no, as my area of law does not involve court per se, but hearings.

I agree with your assertion that life is not an ivory tower; however, I think that axiom points the other way. The statutes and other rules are presumptively valid and the burden is on you, both the poster and the hypothetical plaintiff. But as a matter of practicality, the same people who are the quasi-judicial or executive branch lawyers who control the state bar are the same or similar to the lawyers in the judiciary, depending on the state and whether you're making a federal constitutional claim. Those lawyers have a strong interest in upholding their rules and generally have the same beliefs as to what is permissible and not.

loki has already covered the actual law better than I could. I think if someone could make that claim in court and win, they would've done so.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Federal Courts-One and done?
« on: July 10, 2015, 11:59:49 AM »
I promised myself I wouldn't jump back into this, but I have to ask: citylaw, are you a licensed attorney? I am not trying to resort to ad hominem attacks but your line of reasoning is very curious.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Can a Judge actually do this?
« on: July 10, 2015, 08:07:01 AM »
Unless the jurisdiction has a rule, probably not.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Federal Courts-One and done?
« on: July 09, 2015, 08:55:12 PM »
Rational basis would be integrity of the bar, control, etc. Easy to answer this. Sorry but if you believe such a case has merit, I've got a bridge to sell you. Tapping out now because this thread has gone off-topic.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Federal Courts-One and done?
« on: July 09, 2015, 03:29:16 PM »
I dunno what to tell you, but trying to draw a link there is tenuous at best. Even a casual Google search locates dozens of unsuccessful attempts to challenge bar admission requirements. I'm not sure how the state willingly abridging its own requirements strengthens your case.

In the marriage equality case, there was a split. I see nothing like that here.

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