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Current Law Students / Re: Miss USA endorses Obama
« on: July 14, 2008, 05:49:00 AM »


NHA TRANG, Vietnam (AFP) - Miss USA has no idea whether she'll take the crown at the Miss Universe contest on Monday, but she's already decided who's got her vote in the White House race -- Barack Obama. One of 80 hopefuls in the global beauty pageant to be held in Vietnam, 26-year-old Crystle Stewart said while she admired both candidates, she was more drawn to the Democratic hopeful. "I like Barack Obama -- just his poise and the way he motivates people -- and that's something that draws me," said the Texan beauty, who works as a motivational speaker and is writing a book called "Waiting to Win." Asked if she would vote for Obama, she said: "That's a secret, but yes!" "John McCain is an American hero," she said of the Republican Party hopeful, a senator from Arizona and former naval pilot who spent five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. "I'm actually kind of torn because I think he's a great person, he's older and he might be a little bit wiser," she told AFP on the eve of the Miss Universe contest, to be broadcast Sunday evening US time.

"But Obama's on the higher end of the list," she added.

Stewart said she was proud to represent the United States in an event held in Vietnam, once America's battlefield enemy, because the show could act as a bridge between the countries and help post-war reconciliation. "That was 30 years ago, and we had a terrible conflict, but now we're working together, and I think this will show everyone that USA and Vietnam can be very friendly and cordial to each other," she said. "Hopefully we can be role models to other countries, to work in cooperation and peace together... It's bringing the countries closer together."

It's funny when models pretend they are intelligent

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Current Law Students / Re: Does this offend anyone else????
« on: July 10, 2008, 05:27:15 PM »
I am doing MBE practice questions.  Particularly with respect to criminal law, I find that the questions are extremely racist.  Any time that a person in the question is comitting a crime, they have a name that is historically a predominately white name.  It is always "Andrew points a gun at Matthew with the intention of scaring him.  The gun is unloaded.  Has John committed assault?"  Why can't they mix up the names to be more ethnically diverse?  How about names like Jermaine, Jose, Shaniqua, Gyan, Maria Sanchez, Saddam, Enrique, Kushka, Batool?

In our new age of hyper-awareness, shouldn't this be taboo?  I for one am offended.  I think it is at least as offensive as this:

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2008/07/09/men_working_signs_atlanta.html

I am assuming this is a flame but....

the prevailing "wisdom" is that only whites are capable of racism since racism is a mixture of discriminatory views and power and since minorities are in the minority and generally historically disadvantaged, they cannot be racist. Therefore, there is no such thing as anti-white racism.

I think that is a crock of *&^% though.... any time someone bases a judgment on race, regardless of which race it is, they are acting in a discriminatory manner.

These cards though don't seem racist to me just because they use common Anglo-Saxon names

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I was a poli sci major (useless), but took some interest in econ and philo, and that's the stuff I find to resonate the most in law school. The only thing that came in handy from poli sci was game theory.

and Con Law

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Current Law Students / Boston Firms?
« on: July 10, 2008, 12:31:48 PM »
I am currently in the process of applying for next summer. I know my options are pretty limited, but if at all possible, I would prefer to stay away from the government because of this awful summer (fed. agency treating me like crap among other things). I am mostly looking in Worcester, Middlesex (Framingham) and Suffolk (Boston) counties.

I am in top 1/4 of my 1L class and in undergrad was summa and phi beta kappa from a large research university.

I know my options are limited both because I wasn't top 10% or graded onto law review, and because my shcool is third tier and in a different state, but any recommendations of places where I would have a shot at? either specific firms or general ideas of how to find firms that would take me, preferably places that practice something business-related

My school does have OCI but most of the firms are in state and the ones that do have Boston offices usually look top 15% or higher.

I do plan on trying to write onto law review... how much would that help my chances if I somehow get on?

Thanks

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I think Obama is his own man just like McCain is. The labels are counterproductive.



That is a good point I suppose but it doesn't stop a lot of Bush-bashers from claiming he is a lot more conservative than he actually is; i.e. it doesn't stop the two sides from hurling them at each other regardless. The Left is going to yell that McCain is "Bush III" and a warmongering conservative. The Right is going to yell that McCain practically worships Karl Marx. Its awful, but... at least for now... thats politics

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Just as you don't cite your claims about that ranking being erroneous. I knew when I posted that you made previous reference to this finding but you never really supported it or cited with a source why it was wrong. You more or less just made a broad blanket assessment that it is invalid.

Also, you have not chosen to rebut what I wrote. As I said, he is more liberal that most senators, not THE most liberal senator. That is a different debate which although also supports my view is not what I am arguing. I laid out why he is more liberal than most senators just from a mathematical stand point without even getting into policy positions and you still haven't adequately rebutted it.

Face it, even if Obama isn't the most liberal senator (which he might very well be as well), he is still more liberal than most senators as I have pointed out

The rankings are inherently flawed because there is no clear delineation between what constitutes the liberal or conservative position on a given issue. Indeed, there cannot be given the ambiguous definition of the two terms. You simply can't show from a mathematical standpoint who is more liberal than another. My original post on the matter specifically attempted to adress that issue (I'm sorry if I was not clear on that point).

There is nothing wrong with making a subjective determination that a given politician is too liberal for your tastes, or that the politician is more liberal than most. I just resist blanket statements about a politician in this regard made as if they contain some type of objective truth.

So you are denying that Obama is more of a liberal than he is a moderate? that was my original point. By saying he is more liberal than he is moderate, when conservatives are included it means he is more liberal than most senators... again, I haven't said he is THE most liberal. IF you really think Obama is a moderate you are delusional

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Current Law Students / Re: Fifth Tier Toilet
« on: July 09, 2008, 10:17:28 AM »
Can't wait to see it happen and not just because it will make my school look even better by comparison.

The problem isn't that there are too many law schools, it is that there are too many law students. I think part of this is the overreliance on LSATs and the view that there is no one major to prepare you for law school.... this in turn makes everyone who can test well enough think they can be a lawyer even though the two aren't directly correlated.

My solution is to get the schools to lower class sizes. My school has 125 or so per class so about 400 students in total  (including 4Ls and LLMs). Suffolk, in contrast, has about 1800 students in total. As much as I like Suffolk, that is way too much and is only emblimatic of some other law schools with student bodies that are way too big. Cut down on the student body size, less reliance on LSATs (so the admissions committees will be more likely to look at the whole picture regarding a candidate; a lazy but smart kid who gets 179 with a 2.0 GPA won't beat a hardworker who has a 160 and 3.9), more course recommendations for undergrad and it will make the law schools more competitive. The added competition will make it so there can be more law schools without oversaturating the market with incompetent attorneys


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However, they do not cite evidence of bad faith, only a change of mind. Simply showing a change of mind is necessary, but not sufficient to show he has done something wrong in this arena.


Just as you don't cite your claims about that ranking being erroneous. I knew when I posted that you made previous reference to this finding but you never really supported it or cited with a source why it was wrong. You more or less just made a broad blanket assessment that it is invalid.

Also, you have not chosen to rebut what I wrote. As I said, he is more liberal that most senators, not THE most liberal senator. That is a different debate which although also supports my view is not what I am arguing. I laid out why he is more liberal than most senators just from a mathematical stand point without even getting into policy positions and you still haven't adequately rebutted it.

Face it, even if Obama isn't the most liberal senator (which he might very well be as well), he is still more liberal than most senators as I have pointed out

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Actually, the average democrat is too liberal for me but regardless, Obama is one of the most liberal of them all. Even if he wasn't, just the fact he is liberal shows he is more to the left than most senators. Assuming they evenly break down into about 1/3 conservative, 1/3 moderate, 1/3 liberal (which is not the precise case but generally somewhere around those lines), the fact Obama is a liberal shows he is more to the left than 66.6% of all the senators. The fact he is very liberal makes that margain even higher. Even if we were to assume it is more like 25% conservative, 40% moderate and 35% liberal, he is still more to the left than 65% of the Senators. Thus, regardless of how you slice it, he is always going to be further to the left than most senators unless all the senators (or a huge number at least) start shifting dramatically that way, which is not the case at hand.

You have provided nothing to support your assertion that Obama is "the most liberal of them all"

And not everyone fits neatly into the categories of "liberal and conservative". Obama is pro death penalty (for example).


http://www.npr.org/blogs/news/2008/01/obama_ranked_most_liberal_sena_1.html


no but you can make generalizations. For example, if you look at Bush's record he is pro illegal immigration and pro-spending... but that doesn't mean he is a leftwinger. Additionally, although he is not a politician, Bill O'Reilly is anti-death penalty but is a conservative. Likewise, Obama can be generalized as a liberal and more liberal than half the senate and thus more liberal than most senators

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Despite what has often been said, he is no more liberal than any other Democrat. The "most liberal senator" thing is based off a magazine assigning rather specious categories for "liberal" or "conservative" votes, often assigning those categories to votes that were essentially non political.

If the average Democrat is too liberal for you, that's fine, but to say he is more than most is just not accurate.


Actually, the average democrat is too liberal for me but regardless, Obama is one of the most liberal of them all. Even if he wasn't, just the fact he is liberal shows he is more to the left than most senators. Assuming they evenly break down into about 1/3 conservative, 1/3 moderate, 1/3 liberal (which is not the precise case but generally somewhere around those lines), the fact Obama is a liberal shows he is more to the left than 66.6% of all the senators. The fact he is very liberal makes that margain even higher. Even if we were to assume it is more like 25% conservative, 40% moderate and 35% liberal, he is still more to the left than 65% of the Senators. Thus, regardless of how you slice it, he is always going to be further to the left than most senators unless all the senators (or a huge number at least) start shifting dramatically that way, which is not the case at hand.

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