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Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 07, 2016, 09:38:33 AM »
The FBI with its condemning evidence of Clinton's pathetic lies, stupidity and total incompetence in a short shrift destroyed any chances of Hillary becoming president.

If she were running against anyone other than Trump I might agree with you. Incredibly, however, the GOP delivered her an early Christmas present decorated in swastika wrapping paper. Trump is the only person in America who is less liked than Clinton, and the election will essentially be a referendum on Trumpism.

Again, look at the objective statistical data. She has perhaps as many as 255 electoral votes. Trump has actually made Utah and Arizona competitive, which is amazing. His "campaign" is a twitter feed. He is close in a couple of swing states (OH and PA), but he would have to run the table and get all the swing states in order to have a shot.

If the Republicans had run Kasich, Rubio, or anyone else even halfway sane, she'd be toast. But they didn't, so she's not.

If there were any kooky conspiracy theory that I was willing to entertain, it would be that Clinton urged Trump to run and to be as crazy as possible. The whole thing is too bizarre.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 06, 2016, 01:14:55 PM »
To quote HRC's airplane-visiting hubby, "I feel your pain."

I was a registered Democrat for 20 years. At the time (mid 90s) I felt that my political views were more in line with the Democrats. Not totally in line, but more so than the Republicans.

Over the last 20 years the Republicans moved ever further towards over-delivering for the Chamber of Commerce/National Review types while simultaneously pandering to Evangelicals, NRA members, etc. It was a weird mixture of bedfellows that I never felt comfortable with.

The Democrats, OTOH, moved in some ways politically right (neoliberalism, interventionist foreign policy) while doing their own pandering to obnoxious politically correct "activists" (ie; rich kids from Dartmouth who like to lecture you about income inequality) and playing identity politics to the hilt.

I never liked this combination either.

So, I changed my registration to No Preference and grumpily concede that I am no longer represented by either party. I guess I'm a Kennedy Democrat, or maybe a Kemp Republican. Sad times.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 06, 2016, 10:44:17 AM »
Loki, by now we know that Cinnamon never lets facts get in the way of a good story.

Clinton is destroyed, just like Nixon: Except that every single major poll shows her ahead of Trump by 5-10. When she wins in November Cinnamon and her types will start talking about the inevitable impeachment because she failed to screen her phone calls or something.

As I've said before, I'm not a Clinton fan. In fact, the legitimate criticism from Comey was well deserved and illustrates why I'm not a Clinton fan. All politicians lie, but she does it clumsily.

What I don't get about the Cinnamons of the world, though, is the rabid nature of their anti-Clinton sentiments. When you get to the point where you think she's actually worse than Trump, or that the outcomes under either administration would be interchangeable, then you've left the world of reality and have camped in the world of personality-driven emotional outbursts.

I'm not happy about my choices in November, but if it is actually a close election I'm amazed, AMAZED, that a Sanders supporter would throw away a vote that could be used against Trump. Sanders himself has said that defeating Trump is the #1 priority. 

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: July 05, 2016, 09:39:34 AM »
No charges for Clinton, Cinnamon.

Looks like another prediction fell through. How many does that make?

Let's see, what will be your next talking point? Oh, I know! That even though Sanders lost and is voting for Clinton, and even though Benghazi and the email scandal amounted to nothing, she will still be brought down by a renewed interest in Travlegate!

People, who are looking for an attorney will presume T14 lawyers are better. Employers know this. So to ensure that people come to their firm over anyone else, they higher the highest T14ers they can. They probably know, the quality of their education is little better than tier four. But they don't care about that. They care about what will get clients in the door.

That's the case at larger firms. They have more prestige-conscious clients, and they want to be able to say "My lawyer went to Harvard." Although even at big firms that not always the case.

The vast majority of the time, however, your client has no idea where you went to law school nor do they care. The fact that you have a law degree means that you possess some mystical knowledge that they don't. Most clients have heard of Harvard, Yale, etc, but have no idea what the difference is between Harvard and Loyola.

Quick example: the other day I contacted a lawyer (Ivy grad) for a recommendation for a good local attorney to handle a particular type of case. He referred me to a guy who graduated from a non-ABA school. Clearly, the Ivy League guy didn't care about pedigree because he knew the guy was a good lawyer. 

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Process Of Service
« on: July 02, 2016, 08:41:12 AM »
Just check your state rules, should be easy.

I've never heard of an attorney serving their own papers, though. I went to small claims court once, and even then I had to have a third party serve. Seems like there are way too many potential problems with an attorney serving. I mean, the last thing on the world you want is some sort of confrontation between you and the defendant.

I agree with what Loki has already said, and with your numbers you will get into most schools.

One thing to consider:

Don't get too caught up in the T14 thing. What I mean is, not all T14 schools are magical just because they are T14. Some, like HYS, are truly elite institutions and you will probably get a job based on pedigree alone.

But, depending on where you want to live and what you want to do, any T14 is not necessarily better than any non-T14, especially of there is a big price tag attached.

Let's say you want to live in LA and your dream is to be a prosecutor. Would T14 Virginia be a better bet than UCLA/USC at a steep discount? In my opinion, no.

The T14 are all great schools, don't get me wrong. My point is that you should at least consider other well respected schools, especially if there is money on the table.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 24, 2016, 09:15:37 PM »
He's voting for his opponent. Who cares whether he's suspended his already dead campaign. This is a great example of why the left never really gets anywhere.

There is no revolution. Never was. Just total capitulation.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Charlotte School of Law vs. CUNY
« on: June 24, 2016, 03:50:53 PM »
You need to think about where you want to live post grad. These are both local schools with local reputations, and you will almost certainly end up working in the immediate area.

Personally, I'd go with the cheapest option. NYC is a very competitive legal market with a very high COL. You will have lots of debt and be stuck competing for the lower end of the legal pay scale.

I don't know the NC market at all, but the COL is definitely cheaper.

Frankly, neither school is a powerhouse and you will be seriously hustling to find work. Thus, limiting cost should be a major goal.

As far as CUNY being #1 in public interest, nobody cares. I don't mean that to sound like a jerk, but seriously nobody cares. CUNY could be #1 and NYU could be #200, and the NYU grad will still get the interview. These kinds of subcategory rankings are (with a few exceptions) practically meaningless. For example, St. Louis University is ranked high in Health Care Law. Go to any big firm that represents hospitals and insurers and see if they hire St. Louis grads over Harvard and Yale grads as a result.

Politics and Law-Related News / Re: POTUS
« on: June 24, 2016, 10:52:05 AM »
Here you go, Cinnamon.

Sanders says he will vote for Clinton. Think about that for a minute. The guy you will write-in will not vote for himself, because he has the intellectual maturity to understand that defeating Trump is more important. What does that say about you?

I think it says that either you picked the wrong guy in the first place because he's a sellout (unlikely), or that your diehard position is sort of childish (likely). 

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