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Choosing the Right Law School / Reason to go to Penn: BOWLING!
« on: March 07, 2006, 10:18:04 AM »
For some reason, this seems really exciting!

I'm a very uneven bowler... hopefully someone will still want me on their team  ;)

OK, so mostly I'm just going for the free food and drink, but also I really want to know what a firm looks like from the inside.  Is anyone else going?  What are you wearing?

I'm thinking pencil skirt and blouse... full suit seems a little much, yes?

Choosing the Right Law School / Article on Berkeley Email Error
« on: February 21, 2006, 10:56:39 AM »
San Mateo County Times

Berkeley blunder misleads applicants:
Acceptance e-mail accidentally sent out to law school hopefuls

By Michelle Maitre, STAFF WRITER

Thousands of applicants to UC Berkeley's law school received confusing communiqus Friday that seemed to indicate they had been accepted to the prestigious law school through an e-mail blunder committed by the school's admissions director.
Boalt Hall School of Law admissions director Edward Tom apologized profusely for the error Monday, which he said occurred while he was trying to show a new employee how to use the e-mail system.

Tom said he intended to send invitations to a private, alumni-sponsored event to about 500 people who have been granted early admission to Boalt. But one misguided and irretrievable mouse click sent the message to the list of applicants for fall admission.

"I sat there and realized what I had done, and it was one of those 'Oh my God' moments," Tom said. "I would say within three minutes the phone started ringing off the hook."

Tom said the message read, in part, "I am writing to congratulate you once more on your recent admission to Boalt and I cordially invite you to one more social event."

Judging by the number of responses he received, Tom suspects the message went to about half of the applicant pool about 3,500 would-be law students but it may have reached all 7,000 applicants.

Dozens of those who received the e-mail, and were understandably confused about its message, contacted the law school believing they had been accepted.

Tom said he "immediately" composed a second

e-mail, correcting and explaining the error, then followed that up with yet another message on Saturday morning offering a "more fulsome explanation and apology."

Mark Feeney of Bettendorf, Iowa, said his son, Adam, was one of those who received the e-mail message. Adam Feeney, 25, is working and studying in China and called his parents Friday night "overjoyed" at his apparent acceptance to Boalt, his father said.

Hours later, Adam sent the disappointing e-mail saying it had all been a mistake.

Adam "was especially curious as to why a school right in the middle of Silicon Valley would screw up on a technical point like that," said Mark Feeney, a copy editor at the Quad-City Times.
Tom said he takes full responsibility for the error and feels terrible about the confusion. He's been admissions director at Boalt for 19 years and nothing like this has ever happened before.

"I really understand how anxious applicants can get at this time of year," Tom said. "Everyone is very anxious and tense and I have a lot of sympathy for them."

Tom said Boalt is looking to install additional filters that would prevent similar errors from ever occurring again. In the future, Tom said he will ask technicians to send out mass e-mails.

"I will not be allowed to touch e-mail again," Tom said.

Contact Michelle Maitre at

Those who received the e-mail are still in the running for Boalt, Tom stressed. The law school has yet to send out any denial letters, Tom said, and the real acceptance notification should be complete by the end of March. The law school typically admits between 750 and 850 applicants a year, he said.

"People need to understand that just because they got this e-mail does not mean they have been denied," Tom said. "That's the bottom line."

While disappointed, Adam Feeney thinks he still has a shot at Boalt, his father said.

"It's not like this has turned him against the college in any way," Mark Feeney said. "He's just sort of disappointed this whole thing happened."

Contact Michelle Maitre at

Financial Aid / Student loan cuts may be re-argued
« on: February 20, 2006, 07:07:00 AM »
'Cause of a technicality, but whatever--here's hoping!

Chronicle of Higher Education
Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Clerical Error Means That New Law Slashing Federal Student-Loan Programs Might Be Illegal


Washington--Opponents of legislation that slashed $12-billion from federal student-loan programs may have another chance to defeat it, even though President Bush signed the measure into law last week.

Constitutional experts are questioning the legality of the $39-billion deficit-reduction package because the versions of the legislation (S 1932) that the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives sent to the president for his signature were not identical.

As a result of a clerical error, a provision related to the amount of time that the government can rent medical equipment from manufacturers for Medicare patients differed in the two versions of the final bill, according to the Associated Press. Lawmakers had agreed that the time should be 13 months.

However, while transcribing the bill the Senate passed in December, a Senate clerk inadvertently entered that time as 36 months. The legislation the House approved on February 1 included the error.

Before the bill was sent to the president, the clerk altered the measure in the House-passed version to correct it, and Republican leaders in both chambers, who had been aware of the error, signed off on the legislation.

To try to prevent challenges to the new law, the Senate last week passed a resolution stating that the legislation President Bush had signed reflected "the intention of Congress." Efforts by Republicans in the House to pass a similar measure have been stymied so far by the Democrats.

Even if such a resolution is approved by both chambers, legal scholars say, the constitutional questions would persist because resolutions are not binding.

The leaders of the House and Senate would either have to repeal the budget-cutting law and bring the bill up for another vote, the scholars say, or risk a legal challenge.

Congressional observers say that the Republicans are reluctant to stage a revote as they barely eked out victories the first time around.

Opponents of the deficit-reduction package -- including advocates for students and colleges who are unhappy with the student-loan cuts -- say they are eager to continue the fight, whether in Congress or in the courts.

Officials with the Emergency Campaign for America's Priorities, a coalition of groups that have led the battle against the budget-cutting measure, are considering seeking a court order against the government to prevent the law from going into effect until the dispute is resolved. They said they might also organize a broader legal challenge.

In a written statement, Cara Morris Stern, a spokeswoman for the coalition, said, "Steps to expose this abuse of power and correct this wrong are being considered."

The Times picks up on what we already knew:

Last year, for the first time since the 1997-98 admission cycle, the number of applicants to law school declined, by 4.6 percent, and so far this year, the number has declined by 9.5 percent.

Full story here:

Has specific numbers for top schools.

Clearly not your average deferral... but does give some hope that they've started to review deferred applicants...

Incidentally, first "deferred, accepted" at Harvard posted today, too.  I'm observing that game from the bleachers, but still find it enjoyable nonetheless.  ;)

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Penn Preview Day, Feb. 17
« on: February 07, 2006, 11:49:54 AM »
Anybody else from the boards going?  I am planning to go to both the 2/17 day and the admitted students weekend in March, since it's starting to look like that's where I'll be headed this fall.

I'd love to meet up with other LSDers! It made the Georgetown visit much more exciting.


Choosing the Right Law School / Questions to ask when visiting law schools
« on: February 02, 2006, 02:32:56 PM »
My #1 is to ask if students can use Macs on exams, and if not, strongly encourage them to change that by the Fall.  ;)

But what else should people be asking when they visit?  I realize I was not as prepared as I could have been for the G'town admitted students days.

Choosing the Right Law School / NYU Prof. Stabbed
« on: February 02, 2006, 08:24:01 AM »
This is what I get for doing news searches!  I know I'm all negative news lately, but I just found this today:

NY Sun
Feb 2, 2005
NYU Professor Stabbed in Washington Square Park
A New York University professor was stabbed with a screwdriver while he was walking through Washington Square Park yesterday afternoon, police said.  The professor, Joseph Church, 48, was stabbed at 4:40pm by Mark Davilla, 32, of the Bronx, police said.  Mr. Davilla has been arrested several times for robbery and drug charges, police said.  Mr. Church, who teaches music theater composition at NYU's Steinhardt School of Education, was listed in stable condition at St. Vincent's hospital yesterday.

I was studying up on Penn by doing a Lexis search of recent media, and I came across this... it sounds like she killed herself, but why would such an accomplished person do such a thing?  Has anyone in the area heard about this? (I omitted her name because it seemed rude to post it.)  It makes me a little nervous about Penn, although maybe it shouldn't.  I dunno.  Maybe the Paper Chase is right, and this happens all the time.  Thoughts?

The New York Times
October 21, 2005 Friday
Paid Notice: Deaths

XXX., 26, October 17, 2005. Daughter of Diane and Bill, sister of Michael.

Survived by her loving family and devoted friends. Raised in Denver, Valedictorian East High School, 1997, graduated Yale with Honors 2001, University of Pennsylvania Law School JD, cum laude 2005. Clerk to Judge Jean Pratter, Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania. She was to be an associate at Simpson, Thatcher in 2006. XXXXX had a passion for constitutional law and social justice. Her brilliance, humor and vibrancy will be sorely missed. Contributions to: Suicide Prevention Coalition, Suite 425, 6795 East Tennessee Ave., Denver, CO. 80224.

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