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I live in San Diego and I happen to agree with the proposal. Smokers, and I used to be one before I quit in 2000, tend to indiscriminately throw their cigarette butts anywhere and everywhere. Case in point, following this year's memorial day weekend the beaches were inundated with litter left behind by beach goers. The majority of that litter, however, was cigarette butts. Luckily, a team of high school students volunteered their time to clean up the beaches, but this isn't always the case. Smokers littering the beaches with their discarded cigarette butts is a clear cut example of a "tragedy of the commons". Most people, including non-smokers, tend to internalize the benefits of public goods and externalize the costs. This is, quite simply, rational human behavior. To counter this behavior, however, sometimes a community is obliged to legislate in an effort to prevent people from externalizing the costs placed on public goods to the point that they are irreversibly damaged. As to the enforciability of such ordinances some cities in California  have already passed similiar laws prohibiting smoking on their beaches with great results. The overall cigarette litter in these communities have decreased dramatically, which indicates that it is working. However, as we all know, correlation doesn't always equal causation. Other factors may have contributed to the decrease: perhaps a drastic increase in the price of cigarettes which stiffled demand. Who knows? In short, I think the proposal is a good idea.   

Current Law Students / Grassroots Politics
« on: June 17, 2006, 04:07:29 PM »
 This message is intended for anyone living in the San Diego area in particular and California in general. Are you a Republican who'd like to get involved in Governor Schwarzenegger's re-election campaign, or any Republican candidate's campaign for that matter? If you answered in the affirmative, we could really use your help. The Party is looking for volunteers who are willing to walk precincts, handle clerical tasks, make phone calls, etc. If you're interested, you can reach me via email at Take care and God Bless America.

Current Law Students / Re: Law Schools To Avoid At All Costs!
« on: June 09, 2006, 12:28:57 PM »

I don't know what this dumbass' problem is, but I know people who attended non-ABA accredited law schools in AL and CA who are making six figures. 

yea right ..

Why do people make it seem like it's impossible to make 6 figures from a lower ranked school. Hell - my dad came to this country at 22 years of age with only the clothes on his back. He has had no formal american education, still has a hard time with the english language, and pulls down 6 figres per year. How is that still unreasnoable this day and age? You people must have some lazy ass family if you think it's that hard to make 6 figures if that's your goal, especially with a trade such as law under your belt. It's there for the taking, and you can get it no matter if you finish Harvard or Cooley. Take your insecurities elsewhere.

And to curb all the rants that will follow -- Yes, I'm going to a TTTT, and Yes, it's ok with me, because it fits nicely into my long term goals.

Amen. I too am attending a T4 school in the fall, California Western School of Law. If anyone has a problem with that, that's just it, it's their problem not mine. The people who are attending T1 and T2 should be grateful that they got accepted to such schools. I mean, really, get over yourselves. I don't want to belabor the point alreadly made by others, but simply attending a T1 school does not irrevocably guarantee long-term financial or professional (however you may define either 'term')success. During your law school career you may discover that, despite the fact that you performed well in your undergraduate years and/or on the LSAT, you simply are mediocre when it comes to legal analysis. Obviously, this may not be the outcome in every case. Regardless, do us all a favor and save your self-glorifying blather for when you've actually accomplished something significant in the legal community.       

Current Law Students / Re: "Getting to Maybe"
« on: May 01, 2006, 11:07:19 AM »
Brewha, you’re such a magnanimous human being. Can I be your friend?

Current Law Students / Re: How hard is it to become a Trial Lawyer
« on: April 30, 2006, 07:49:34 PM »
Is their the potential to make a decent living?

Not when you spell like this.  You may want to look up a career as a "Door Greeter" at Walmart.

You are such a f**king a##hole. Get a life, feminine hygiene product bag.

Current Law Students / Re: Contracts/Torts/Agency/Partnership
« on: April 27, 2006, 05:36:30 PM »
You have a lot of unanswered questions for someone who's planning to take an exam within the next 24 hours. Good luck with that.

Current Law Students / Re: "Getting to Maybe"
« on: April 26, 2006, 06:14:42 PM »
Maybe I'm a law geek or something, but I don't think the book is boring at all. Of course, I majored in philosophy so being able to detect what is or isn't boring may be a bit difficult for me, in light of past works I've read.

Regardless, thanks for all the feedback from everyone.

Current Law Students / Re: What can I do with a finance degree and JD?
« on: April 25, 2006, 06:02:24 PM »
You'll be able to calculate exactly how much three years of law school is going to cost you. ;D

Current Law Students / Re: "Getting to Maybe"
« on: April 24, 2006, 01:44:39 PM »
The book is helpful, I found, in helping you to spot the issues that others are likely to miss.  While it's not necessary to do well on law school exams, some of the considerations the authors point to (i.e., parsing ambiguities in the facts or the law, thinking about policy considerations, the purposes of the rules, etc.) can make the difference between a stellar answer and a good one.  But above all, as the authors note, you should follow whatever advice your professors give you regarding what they expect from you above all.  THe book just has ways for you to generate answers that are more nuanced and sophisticated than those your average law student will typically come up with, which can certainly help to put you above the curve.

Thanks!! Your input has been very helpful.  ;D

Current Law Students / "Getting to Maybe"
« on: April 24, 2006, 09:38:37 AM »
I'm currently about 90 pages into the book Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams. The advice contained within seems plausible and reasonable. However, I don't start school until the fall; hence, I have no real way of knowing if the authors' recommendations on how to properly approach legal analysis are note worthy or not. In short, I was wondering if anyone has read this book and used its ideas on an actual (i.e., graded) law school exam? If so, how did the book's guidelines help or hinder the overall result of the test?

I would appreciate any help, thanks. 

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