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Florida State / Admin with Seidenfield
« on: November 11, 2006, 03:11:09 PM »
anyone have an old outline?

Current Law Students / Re: Racism Hurts
« on: October 19, 2006, 11:13:58 AM »
Just yesterday, I was very happy with my life. Great job, great family, great friends, house ... But then something happened last night which completely changed my world. I was at a bar in West Hollywood where I got into a verbal argument with a blonde lady (she started it, I'm serious -- instead of saying 'excuse me', she just pushed me out of her way!). Now you know, two people at a bar, you know, tipsy, so an argument or two, not a big deal.

But what was different about this situation was that one of the involved parties (me) had dark skin. Just as I was about to walk away from the scene, the lady whispered this in my ear: "Why don't you go back to your county? We don't need you here!" This was such a big reality slap on my face that I was in absolute shock for about 10 minutes. I can do the best in law school, get a job at a great law firm, drive a fancy car ... but in the end, some lady at a bar, who most likely hasn't even set foot in college, can make a racist comment and completely destroy my confidence.

Well, to make the long story short, I, after a long time, faced such open racism and it has definitely affected the image I hold of myself. All I can say to this lady is, watch out! I'm an attorney and have so much to lose. But sooner or later, you are going to make a similar comment to a guy who is at your level (i.e. has nothing to lose) and he will not walk away from the scene. I guarantee it!

Sweet Revenge--> On a happier note, I ran into this lady after the bar closed. She was getting into her, oh lets just say, "crap" mobile. I, along with my friend, laughed out lound and yelled, "hey, you may not need me, but you definitely need a new car." LOL.

Doesn't sound like much to me.  Two people in a random encounter saying the most hurtful things they could think of to each other.  Happens everyday.  Perhaps the real problem is with your self confidence.

The world is full of hate, all you can do is be above it.  The fact that you got "sweet revenge" means that you are on a similar level as her, even if not quite as low.  In her mind, you are just another minority harrassing her in a dark parking lot.  And in your mind, she is just another person discounting you despite all your accomplishments.

Widener U School of Law / Re: Kotler
« on: October 19, 2006, 11:07:41 AM »
152 views and no one can help me out?

Widener U School of Law / Kotler
« on: September 18, 2006, 11:42:48 AM »
He is visiting at FSU, I have him for Products Liability.  Anyone have an old outline or test?  Thanks.

Current Law Students / Re: what is good about SA or PD jobs?
« on: August 23, 2006, 03:49:42 PM »
Point taken.  However, I wasn't transcribing verbatim what I planned to say, but I do appreciate the input.

Can anybody think of any other perks, other than litigation and interesting work?

Current Law Students / what is good about SA or PD jobs?
« on: August 23, 2006, 08:27:58 AM »
I submitted my resume through OCI for a bunch of jobs that I didn't necessarily want.  Well, I wasn't really convinced I would get the interviews because I am not a "certified legal intern" (in florida it means the supreme court licenses you to practice as a lawyer temporarily before you graduate), and I haven't worked at a SA or PD office.

Well, I have interviews this week and next week including Public Defender's offices and State's Attorneys offices.  When they ask me "why are you interested in this position," I want to be able to respond, so what are the perks of working those jobs?

Here is all I can come up with:
1. You get a ton of litigation experience, whereas first and second year associates in civil firms are typically stuck shuffling papers
2. The work is probably pretty interesting.  Prosecuting a DUI or something like that is more interesting than checking property for easements, or analyzing the proviso language of a contract for the sale of toaster ovens, IMO.

anything else?  anything at all would be helpful.

Current Law Students / Re: i just wanted to let everyone know...
« on: July 19, 2006, 08:10:45 PM »
American Intellectual Property Law Association?  They have journal at your school?  Or did you submit to the national organization?

Current Law Students / Re: Rankings, how to round
« on: July 15, 2006, 07:41:32 PM »
My law school specifies that you must round down.  So if you are in 50.2%, you can either call it 50.2% or round down to 51%.

Current Law Students / Re: i just wanted to let everyone know...
« on: July 15, 2006, 07:38:24 PM »
any journal in particular, or is it just called "journal?"

USC is the only law school in South Carolina.  Even though SC doesn't have a big legal market compared to Georgia, NC, or Florida, people who go to USC tend to get jobs because they are the only law students in SC.

NC has a lot of really good law schools.  Fourth tier can't compete with Duke, UNC, Wake Forest...etc.

So in terms of employment, I would vote USC. 

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