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Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: February 09, 2008, 07:30:52 AM »
I think she should get best new artist.  Lol they should give song of the year to soulja boy tell'em (lol sorry, I get a kick out of saying his whole name)

boy please...the grammys would lose the little bit of credibility that they have if they even thought to nominate him in that category!  it's bad enough that he's nominated for best rap song (and i say this as someone who has busted out with the crank dat at a party!)

well the grammys never really get the rap category right....but i wouldn't be surprised if they gave it to whino....the grammys dont usually get into the whole public image thing....they gave a grammy to 3 6 mafia afterall....but i wouldn't be surprised if she didn't win either.....i think she had one of the best albums of the year....did you see the article where they're talking about moving the eligibilty dates....because some of the best albumns this year (alicia keys american gangster etc.) didn't come out until the eligibility date is over....jay z is still getting nominated for tell me what you got...

Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: February 07, 2008, 01:01:01 PM »
Isnt this one of the signs of the apocalypse?

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the latest example that the U.S. dollar just ain't what it used to be, some shops in New York City have begun accepting euros and other foreign currency as payment for merchandise.

"We had decided that money is money and we'll take it and just do the exchange whenever we can with our bank," Robert Chu, owner of East Village Wines, told Reuters television.

The increasingly weak U.S. dollar, once considered the king among currencies, has brought waves of European tourists to New York with money to burn and looking to take advantage of hugely favorable exchange rates.

"We didn't realize we would take so much in and there were that many people traveling or having euros to bring in. But some days, you'd be surprised at how many euros you get," Chu said.

"Now we have to get familiar with other currencies and the (British) pound and the Canadian dollars we take," he said.

While shops in many U.S. towns on the Canadian border have long accepted Canadian currency and some stores on the Texas-Mexico border take pesos, the acceptance of foreign money in Manhattan was unheard of until recently.

Not far from Chu's downtown wine emporium, Billy Leroy of Billy's Antiques & Props said the vast numbers of Europeans shopping in the neighborhood got him thinking, "My God, I should take euros in at the store."

Leroy doesn't even bother to exchange them.

"I'm happy if I take in 200 euros, because what I do is keep them," he said. "So when I go back to Paris, I don't have to go through the nightmare of going to an exchange place."

maybe but i would take them and exchange them, and keep them too

Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: February 06, 2008, 10:07:48 AM »
It was even better the second time around.

lol sorry the page got stuck so i clicked again to make sure

Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: February 06, 2008, 08:35:36 AM »
Colorblind Conclusions on Racism

Published: February 6, 2008

A black man stands on a street corner in Manhattan and waves for a taxi, and the driver speeds by. Is this racism? The actor Danny Glover thought so, and he took his case to the public and city regulators, resulting in a citywide crackdown on wary cabbies in the late 1990s. But what if he got it wrong?


How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse

By Richard Thompson Ford

In “The Race Card” Richard Thompson Ford, a professor at Stanford Law School, offers the cabdriver problem as a classic illustration of why racial prejudice is so hard to identify and address in an era he defines as postracist, when the social and legal meaning of racism, he writes, “is in a state of crisis.”

Racism, Mr. Ford argues, has not disappeared, but the civil rights movement has made it contemptible in the eyes of most Americans. Changes in the law have introduced penalties for overt discrimination. Consequently, current racial conflicts tend to involve “ambiguous facts and inscrutable motives.” They also encourage playing the race card to achieve emotional satisfaction or tactical advantage.

In the cabdriver phenomenon, for example, many drivers who refuse to stop for black passengers are themselves black, Mr. Ford points out, and others are Asian or Middle Eastern. Some are motivated not by antipathy toward blacks but by a fear of being asked to drive into a dangerous neighborhood. Some are rushing to return their cabs to the depot.

This may be racism, but of a special variety that Mr. Ford calls “racism without racists.” Disproportionately, and because of past racism, black Americans live in dangerous neighborhoods, which nonracist cabdrivers might reasonably wish to avoid.

Similarly, when Oprah Winfrey, in a celebrated instance, was turned away from an Hermès shop in Paris, racism might or might not have been the cause. The circumstances suggested several reasons other than racism for why she was not let in: she arrived after closing, for example, and the store was preparing for a special event.

Sometimes life deals out injuries and setbacks. Not all rise to the level of a social problem requiring legal remedy. “If both racism and a more innocent or more complex explanation are plausible causes of an incident, it’s just as wrong to insist on racism and refuse to consider the other possibility as it would be to deny the possibility of racism, ” Mr. Ford writes.

Even so. “If the reason for Oprah’s humiliation was that the incident at Hermès triggered memories of her past experiences with racism, then Oprah’s race was the reason she felt humiliated,” Mr. Ford writes. “In this sense, Oprah was humiliated because of her race.”

Mr. Ford, a clear and lively writer, probes and prods and provokes as he steers his way through this contested terrain. He takes dead aim at racial opportunists, opponents of affirmative action, multiculturalists and the myriad rights organizations trying to hitch a ride on the successes of the black civil rights movement. All, in different ways, he argues, are playing the race card. All are harming the cause of civil rights.

In a chapter titled “The Wild Card: Racism by Analogy” Mr. Ford energetically rejects claims that the overweight, the unattractive or people with tongue studs and blue hair should enjoy the same protections as racial minorities. “Fat is not the new black,” reads one of the book’s blunt subheads. Smokers forced to puff outdoors are not victims of Jim Crow.

He also lambastes the Supreme Court for sowing confusion about race by insisting, since the late 1970s, on diversity rather than on integration (rejected as “racial balancing”) as the sole rationale for affirmative action in higher education. Mr. Ford does not like the term diversity. He finds it vague and its supposed pedagogical benefits empirically suspect. It is easy to imagine that accepting more black and Latino students into, say, law school or a sociology department might produce valuable new perspectives, but what about mathematics or medicine?

“Why not admissions preferences for born-again Christians or libertarians?” Mr. Ford asks.

Worse, Mr. Ford argues, proponents of diversity, to shore up their position, have been forced to emphasize racial differences and insist on the uniqueness of ethnic cultures, thereby undermining the inclusionary spirit of the traditional civil rights movement. He makes a spirited case for the old-fashioned goals of integration and assimilation.

Mr. Ford can take a while to get to the point. Determined not to lull the jury, he reaches for arresting examples, spicing them up with a few puns and wisecracks, and digressing madly from time to time. It really is not necessary to explain commodity fetishism in describing Ms. Winfrey’s Hermès adventure, or to bring in Baron Haussmann and the history of slum clearance when explaining the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (yet another example of racism without racists).

When he bears down, however, Mr. Ford is bracing. He clears away a lot of clutter, nonsense and bad faith. Best of all, he argues his humane, centrist position without apology or hesitation. Sticking to the middle of the road, after all, can be the fastest way to get where you’re going.

Mr. Ford wants to move beyond name calling and emotional point scoring. Let’s reserve the word racist, he suggests, for clear-cut instances of bigotry, and address more subtle problems of racial prejudice as we do air pollution, instead of rape or murder.

“We should begin by looking at racial injustice as a social problem to be solved collectively rather than as a series of discrete wrongs perpetrated by bad people,” he writes.

The struggle continues, but circumstances change, and so do minds. The civil rights movement, Mr. Ford argues, must now deal with the complexities of a world transformed by its successes. Retiring the race card, he suggests, would be a good first step.

Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: February 05, 2008, 11:30:56 AM »
Ronnie Polaneczky: Oh, brother!
A judge threatened a man with arrest if he didn't pay twin's 17-year-old traffic tix

Philadelphia Daily News
SINCE NOVEMBER, Edward Stanley Harris has been paying Philadelphia Traffic Court $100 per month on a bill of $1,811.50 for tickets issued 17 years ago - which the court has admitted aren't even his.

He's paying them off because, he says, a Traffic Court judge said he'd arrest him if he didn't.

Harris, a producer at CN8 Sports, has never been inside a prison cell, and he'd like to keep it that way. So he's writing those monthly checks to Traffic Court.

But he says it's not fair.

Gee, ya think?

This guy's story is one of the wackiest ones I've ever heard, with twists, turns, infuriating judges and - wait for it - a long-lost twin.

If this weren't Philly, you'd assume Harris made up his story.

Alas, this is Philly.


It all started on Aug. 8, 1967, when Edward Stanley Harris and his twin brother, Edwin Shelby Harris, were born. Some might question the wisdom of a mother giving her twin sons, who share the same birth date and home address, such similar names.

At least the kids weren't identical.

All was well until the period between October 1990 and May 1991, when Edwin received eight traffic tickets, on three separate occasions, for moving violations.

In September 1991, Edwin pleaded guilty in Traffic Court to the violations and was ordered to pay $1,501.

Edwin never paid. Over the next 17 years, he fell on hard times, drifted South and stayed in touch with Edward only sporadically.

In the fall of 1992, PennDOT's driver-licensing bureau notified Edward that his license would be suspended for nonpayment of tickets. Realizing that PennDOT had confused him with his twin, Edward went to Philadelphia Traffic Court to straighten things out. The court wrote PennDOT, confirming that the tickets belonged to Edwin, not Edward.

Thankfully, PennDOT withdrew the suspension threat.

Nonetheless, between November 1992 and June 2007, the routine repeated itself, like a scene from "Groundhog Day":

Every year or so, PennDOT re-discovered those same, unpaid tickets of Edwin's, decided they belonged to Edward, and threatened to suspend Edward's license. Each time, Edward returned to Traffic Court, and the suspension threat got lifted.

So Edward assumed the same annoying scenario would repeat itself last Nov. 21, when he took his latest license-suspension notice before Traffic Court Judge Willie Adams. According to Edward, Adams wouldn't listen to his saga or review the copious paperwork that Edward supplied to support his innocence.

Instead, Adams ordered Edward to pay off the tickets - the costs, with fees, had grown to $1,811.50 - at a rate of $100 a month. Edward filed a petition to appeal the decision but also started paying the monthly fee, since, he said, Adams threatened an arrest if he didn't.

Last Thursday, during Edward's appeal hearing at the Criminal Justice Center, the payment order against him was withdrawn. The sympathetic clerk there suggested that Edward go to Traffic Court to get his money back, as it's the only entity that can straighten things out.

And "Groundhog Day" began again.


OK, so it's understandable that PennDOT confused Edward and Edwin the first time. The guys share similar first names, and their middle initials, last name and birth dates are identical. They even shared the same address back in 1991, when they lived at home with their mom.

But there's no excuse for PennDOT's incompetence since then, nor Traffic Court's. As for Judge Adams, his actions are just baffling.

"I am very, very pissed," says Edward, now 40, who estimates that, over the last 17 years, he has made 20 trips to Traffic Court and has lost close to $3,000 in court fees and missed time from work.

"This could be solved if someone felt like fixing it," says Edward, who also has asked City Council members for help, to no avail. "I can't get anyone to care. My biggest fear is that I'll be pulled over for a broken taillight and someone will say my license is suspended and I'll lose my job," which routinely requires him to drive CN8 vehicles.

A staff person for Traffic Court's administrative judge, Bernice DeAngelis, said 10 days ago that the judge would look into Edward's plight. But despite my repeated calls to DeAngelis last week, only silence has come from her 8th and Spring Garden locale.

Nor could I reach Edward's brother, Edwin, at his last known phone number, to ask if he plans to pay off those old tickets any time soon. Y'know, given the nonsense they've caused his twin.

Then again, PennDOT and Philadelphia Traffic Court have had 17 years to fix this for Edward. Instead they keep going after him like he's his brother's keeper.

Or his brother's ATM.

"The people in Traffic Court do their best, but PennDOT is a bloodless bureaucracy, devoid of compassion," says Norristown lawyer and driver's-license expert Basil Beck III, whom I called for advice on Edward's behalf. "This guy needs a lawyer."

And a big, fat apology.

Got that right.  I'd sue the DOT (or whatever official I need to to get around sovereign immunity).

so true to bolded....PennDOT is a bunch of that show "parking wars" shows them in action

Is anyone planning to go to UVa's ASD in March? If so, which one?

I'll probably go to March 28.

OK, this is my first post here, so bear with me, as I have a couple of questions  :)

I have about a 3.3 LSDAS GPA from a top public school.  My grades have a strong upward trend (2.6 first 2 years, 3.7 the last two).  I did work in undergrad and paid my own way through school.  I know they don't factor in the GPA, but I also have a master's degree and finished with a 3.96.  I haven't taken the LSAT yet, but plan to in June (my prep class starts in late March-ish).  I'll also have about 4 years of WE by the time I'd start law school. 

With that said, of course I should aim for a 180, but what is around the LSAT score I should get to have a good shot at a t14 school?  Do I have any shot at HYS?

[I did read the advice that you all gave others with similar numbers, but I was curious to know if my situation might be a bit different due to the strong upward trend in GPA and advanced degree]

Thanks in advance!

160 for good chance at t14.

For H, 168+
For YS, the GPA is going to be hard to overcome.  You'll need something in the 170's to have any shot.

i don't think any t14 school is out of reach....your definately good for top 25 so spread your apps out....there's so much competition for t14 that you could have a 4.0 and 180 and still not get in but definatly apply early

Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: February 03, 2008, 10:30:19 AM »
hand to the man the boondocks is the best show on television...BET is whack

Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: February 03, 2008, 10:29:21 AM »
Yeah I'd like to see a study of this.  I've been in mostly white educational environments my entire life, yet I have a healthy self esteem.  But I do know people who feel the opposite.  Like most things, it probably comes down to home environment.

possibly, but i'm very close with a few of the interviewees, and i know for a fact that they have a very good home life, complete with knowing history of their cultures and being taught to be proud and whatnot.  i just don't know how it didn't work for them to stave off these feelings.

im wondering if just teaching culture is enough...i think you have to also actively counter white superiority...because it seems to me that you can know and love your culture be completely immersed in it even and still get the results that MCB is talking about....we live in a country that puts out the message that everything white/european is better or right both explicitly and subliminally...if a kid is not taught to recognize and actively reject that...then the seed of inferiority is still being planted and they may still come out with low self esteem

Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: February 01, 2008, 06:38:42 PM »
speaking of superbowl....ya'll n words are corny.....where's the ish talk....Patriots all day baby

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