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 When taking a life, one should be willing to acceopt a similar risk.

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PT Cruisers

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Hottest TV Lawyer
« on: April 10, 2006, 12:16:00 AM »
Kimberly Guilfoyle (sp?)-FoxNews legal analyst.  Also used to be married to the Mayor of San Francisco.  Don't know if they're still married, but even if she is, I can't hold that against her. 

Nope, they split. I say go for it dude! I'm pretty sure they split shortly after he came into the limelight with all those illegal marriages, not too sure though. Nevertheless, Yeah, she's pretty hot.

Also, not a lawyer, but Ashleigh Banfield (formerly of CNN and currently on Court TV's Banfield & Ford: Courtside). I don't know, but there's something about her that does something for me. Maybe it's the thick-rimmed glasses.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: mandatory minimums: yay or nay?
« on: April 10, 2006, 12:00:06 AM »
a judge in vermont gave a guy 60 days back in jan for molesting a girl for 4 years...starting when she was 6 or 7, i dont recall...mandatory sentences would prevent these injustices..

Agreed! I think tyhe mandatory sentence for this type of criminal behavior should be 40.


Either 40 minutes in a room with the kid's father ....

...or a 40 caliber slug in the back of the head.

This "judge" also said he no longer believes in punishment. WTF?

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Hottest TV Lawyer
« on: April 09, 2006, 11:53:32 PM »
The ADA from law and order that thought she was fired last season b/c she was a lesbian. Don't recall the name.

she was a terrible actress- and by the way, was that lesbian thing always part of the show?  I saw the rerun on TNT (also known as the Law and Order Channel) and it came out of nowhere (it's never really discussed on the show ever)

I am a big L&O fan and have seen most episodes more than once. I do not recall Serena ever having been in or mentioning any type of relationship.

She didn't -- but she seemed to get unusually upset by cases involving LGBT victims.

At least so sayeth my friends who watch the show -- I had one friend accurately predict it a few years before it happened. 

This is probably true. One thing I like about these series, is that they don't spend too much time getting into the personal lives of the characters'. I like it for the cases, and could care less about who's sleeping with who.

As far as HOTTEST TV attornies, I really did like Angie Harmon (forget character name) and the blond woman (from L&O) who is now on Convicted.

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Law School Applications / Re: THE SUB 150 CLUB...WE DESERVE A THREAD!
« on: April 09, 2006, 11:45:38 PM »
i'm a 152/3.08 with a scholarship to ualr.  it's a t3, and they hand-picked me and treated me like the most valuable applicant they ever had.

at the hotel after admit day, i met the lt governor, and a state senator bought me a beer.  i was invited to stay in touch for summer internships after 1L, because my passion for public interest law matched theirs.  i think it also helped that i'm 46, been around the block a few times, am not easily intimidated, and comfortable with people in positions of power.  as soon as i got home, i googled them both, wrote a 'nice to meet you letter' and specifically mentioned how some of their areas of interest matched mine.

NOT ONCE was i asked for my lsat.  they seemed to care more about what i was passionate about than what my test scores were -- they assumed that since i was accepted to law school, that was sufficient.

dont let anybody rain on your parade, yo.  never underestimate yourself non-trads -- lsdreamer --everyone, do your best in school, ALWAYS BE READY TO NETWORK, and you will do well.



He Rev! What's Up?

This is a great post and I envision similar opportunities for myself. I am stoked that you had a great visit and have begun networking already! It sounds like you have made up your mind about where to attend. That's awesome! I'm pretty sure I'm headed to UNLV. I just have to sell my house and arrange for a job transfer. I visited last week and was given a tour by an alum. This week the school sent me an alumni contact list. Some graduates hold some pretty impressive positions, and the alum I met with said one of her former profs now sits on the 9th circuit court. Not too shabby.

For the OP (and others): I did not score below 150, but I am very glad this thread exists. I can totally relate to the feeling of being shat upon by people who think it's T1 (or T14) or nothing. Hell, two months ago, I hadn't even finished a UG degree -and I'm 38 years old! I have always wanted to be a lawyer, but life handed me a different set of cards. I am not about the money, in fact, I already make about $60K/yr (and have for a few years even without my UG degree). Out of LS, I expect I will make about the same to begin with, but within a reasonable amount of time I will earn an income that provides a lifestyle for my family that is exponentially better than we currently enjoy. No one can tell me anything different and least of all, people who do not personally know me, the things I have accomplished and the things of which I am capable. I say, GO FOR IT! In the end, YOU are the only one that can (or will) nurture your own success and/or failure. Fu@& everybody and anybody who tries to pi$$ on your cherios. 

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Acceptances / Re: Chapman Vs. Southwestern
« on: April 09, 2006, 11:12:23 PM »
I did not apply to Chapman, because i am looking at PT, but I did visit Southwestern back in October or November. I was very impressed with the facilities and with the administrators I met with. I sat in on a mock criminal class and it was a blast. It really got me pumped for LS. I was recently accepted at SW, but I am 99% sure I'll be heading to UNLV because, logisti8cally, it makes more sense for my life situation (it will be a shorter commute if I move to Vegas, cost is more affordable, many family members migrating to that area, etc, etc). Nevertheless, Southwestern felt so comfortable to me. I would love to attend that school and might if the commute would not be so long (1.5 hours each way - after working all day). Southwestern also has a pretty impressive alumni network. Also, the Dixon courtroom was pretty cool. I think they said it was the most technologically advanced courtroom west of the Mississippi.

Honestly, I do not know much about Chapman, but I do remember a panel discussion at the LA Law school Forum that was led by one of their admissions people. I was not impressed with her at all. She seemed a bit stuck up, but maybe that was just my own initial impression of her. Like I said though, I never really investigated the school because they do not offer a program that would fit my personal needs. 

Just my thoughts.

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General Off-Topic Board / Re: Hottest TV Lawyer
« on: April 09, 2006, 10:34:10 PM »
The ADA from law and order that thought she was fired last season b/c she was a lesbian. Don't recall the name.

she was a terrible actress- and by the way, was that lesbian thing always part of the show?  I saw the rerun on TNT (also known as the Law and Order Channel) and it came out of nowhere (it's never really discussed on the show ever)

I am a big L&O fan and have seen most episodes more than once. I do not recall Serena ever having been in or mentioning any type of relationship. The whole lesbian thing did come out of nowhere.  It was supposed to be a "shocker' element. I remember reading an article (TV Guide?) about this. Elizabeth Rohm, the actress wanted out of the show and she and the producer (and writers) concocted this scheme to make her exit memorable. As a avid follower of the series, I believe that the character was fired from the DA's office because she usually opposed the admittedly conservative views of the DA and it's lead attorney, Jack McCoy.  So, one copuld say she was fired because she was too liberal, but not because she was a lesbian.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: family/juvenile law
« on: April 06, 2006, 08:25:22 AM »
Personally, I feel it is usually better to go to LS in the region where you want to practice. I plan to network as much as possible while I am in school, which won't be all that easy since I will be working FT, and I think these clinic programs will increase my post LS potential.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: family/juvenile law
« on: April 05, 2006, 11:01:58 PM »
I am also very interested in this field. I have previously volunteered at some of Los angeles County's juvenile probation camps. I am going to attend UNLV. This past weekend, I met with the professor in charge of their juvenile justice clinic. She was great to talk with and I am pumped about eventually becoming involved with that clinic. In Nevada, 2l's and 3l's can actually represent juveniles in court, under the supervision of an attorney and/or law professor. 

I do not know what a ball-park salry is for someone in this line of work, but I do know that an associate attorney with the county DA starts at about $61,000 (at least according to a current job posting). I could not find any info about public defender salaries (which does handle juvenile cases), but I imagine it is probably comparable. Just my best guess.

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