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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: December 22, 2008, 09:44:58 PM »
[And you took the words right out of my mouth because I was just about to make the parallel of this point regarding the decision to have Warren do the invocation.  Warren was chosen because, quite frankly, there's an invocation to be given and he is a pastor.

I could be wrong, but I don't believe that Warren is going to take to the stage and start spouting anti-gay sentiment for 60 minutes.  He's been asked to come, give a prayer, and sit down.  Now if I am grossly underestimating the extent to which Warren's speaking engagement will exist, then I'll be one of the first to sound the alarm b/c for an event like this, it wouldn't make any sense to do anything that departs from giving an invocation.

But this whole controversy speaks to 7S's point, which I think we're going to have to come to terms with which is there will be times when Obama's administration will have to do something that will be unpopular with the Democrats/Black Community/Minority Community/Liberals/etc.  I, for one, am ok with that as long as our interests are being looked out for.  I don't expect Obama to make every executive decision from the viewpoint of the black community.  That's ok.  But I can guarantee that there will be many folks within the black community, democratic community, etc. who will be up in arms over the next 4 years over some issue when an Obama policy departs from our ideology/interests.  I think people's expectations sometimes are a little unrealistic.

In the great words of the Rolling Stones "you can't always get what you want..."

but you get what you need.

ITA!!!!!!!  I totally support the decision to tap Rick Warren for the invocation.  ymmv

Meh.  The only problem I see is that she used only black children.  She should've mixed it up.
ITA!  Sometimes people are hypersensitive about the wrong stuff!

So call me hypersensitive but I do find it slightly more offensive than you guys seem to.  It was just in poor taste any way you look at it.  Are they going to be scarred for life?  Maybe not that serious but you know some kids will take anything and make even bigger in their minds causing a lower self esteem. 

I hear your point.  Just to be clear (b/c I don't think I was) -- I wasn't referring to you being hypersensitive.  I moreso meant the way people react to slavery in this country.  Fact is, most teachers don't even bother to really teach about slavery in a way that helps children fully understand the inhumanity of the institution.  Too often kids get a whitewashed version of slavery with a passing nod to Harriet Tubman and probably twice the time on Lincoln.  I appreciate a teacher that wants to help kids understand what that experience might really have been like.  (Of course, I think it's first the parent's job to do that, but I bet 1 out of 10 black parents don't even try to do this.)  Anywho, that's not to say that the teacher handled this 100% correctly.  Had I been in her position, I would have communicated clearly with parents about the goals of the lessons and the kinds of activities we'd do.  More importantly, I would have explained things clearly to the kids so that they could make an informed choice of whether to volunteer to participate or not.  But I definitely would not have required two black students to be the slaves.  That simply is not necessary for the success of the lesson and, in fact, it might have subtly undermined it.  ymmv

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: North Carolina Central
« on: December 16, 2008, 07:29:45 PM »
Go for it!  Maybe you too could be governor someday!  ;)

Non-Traditional Students / Re: 26M, considering the law.
« on: December 16, 2008, 07:26:43 PM »
This site is a Godsend!  The questions you've asked have likely been touched on before in many other threads, so you might just want to start by browsing some of those to glean from the years of collective wisdom.  I can sometimes be faster for people who want to help you out if you're posting in a thread about a particular subject rather than trying to type a response for each question in one thread.  Also, the Non-Traditional board tends to be a little "quieter" than the others so make sure you hop around the board and search for the answers you seek.  Good luck to you, and welcome aboard!

Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: December 16, 2008, 07:22:29 PM »
 :o :o :o :o  Clearly, a lot has happened on this thread since exam season began!  WITW was going on with the guy talking about suicide?!?!  Oh my!

I know there was an article about a teacher who divided her class into two different groups (I think randomly, but it may have been "light eyes" = slaves, "dark eyes" = owners) and went a whole day with all privileges going to one group, including who she believed when there was an issue. The kids are all grown up now, and many still remember it as a breakthrough moment for appreciating the racial history and current reality in America.
Growing up, my mom always used to tell me about seeing something like this that she saw on tv or in a movie.  I wish I could get a hold of it.

Meh.  The only problem I see is that she used only black children.  She should've mixed it up.
ITA!  Sometimes people are hypersensitive about the wrong stuff!

Posted this on Top Law Schools, figured I would give here a try as well.

I'm a URM (black), 3.2 gpa from a top 10 school, 170 LSAT, interested in academia.

I was prepping around 174-175, and I'm considering a retake, wondering if it's worth it. I was sick for a large chunk of UG which put a big hit on my GPA (before and after the sickness I was in the 3.6/3.7s.) Will anyone will care about that?

Harvard's would be my top choice with everything else a distant second, if it was within reach at all. I honestly have no idea. I'm planning to apply next year so I'll have 2 years of unrelated work experience, if that matters.

Worth it to retake, and what are my chances?

No, don't retake (b/c you can't risk a dip).  You still have a shot with HLS, even though your GPA is a bit low.  Just make your application shine!  Good luck!

Well Yale seemed more for people not wanting to go into practice. And I've also got the impression that I wouldn't get into Yale if I did not have a 3.9 UGPA (which I don't). I visited Duke Law one time when I was in the area and really liked the school and atmosphere. I actually thought of Duke as more of a safety because I DO want to be in a city....What is your impression of Yale Law?

Duke is a great school and you'd probably enjoy yourself there, but with your stats/background I do think you'd do better applying to Yale (or even Michigan) than Duke.

Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: November 24, 2008, 01:09:46 PM »
Umm Alci-  trying to make a point with the 2 options of:   Yes, but only as part of a larger bailout  ???

Nah just an oversight.

<----not happy about the HRC as s of s, BTW.

Me neither, but we'll see how it goes.

I'm tellin ya'll, it must be done.  It's a necessary evil.

Alrighty call me stubborn but I still aint happy 'bout it.  And how would firing HRC look to the 18M dillusional folks that voted for her?  And I don't think her appointment totally takes her out of the game for running against him.  It may even make her stronger. Like if she pulled a General Powell.

Good point, never considered that. After all, she is a Clinton.


ITA!  Like I said, she and Bill showed that they couldn't be trusted in this election season.  I don't put anything past her right now, though I do think Obama was stuck b/t a rock and a hard place when it came to her.  Leaving her totally outside his administration would give her reason to run against him in 2012, and putting in her in his camp better positions her to run in 2012 too.  Seems like he didn't really have a meaningful choice...

How many points in either direction of the LSAT would you safely compare yourself to? With my 156 should I consider the record earned by a 158 or a 159?

...I know that due to my very unusual stats (165, 2.85 (as a single mom and 20 years ago, and within the window of serious grade inflation)...
I'm confused.  Do you mean serious grade deflation?  ???

No, grade inflation.  I graduated just as grades began to rapidly inflate, with curves at Bs and even As.  Most of my classes were curved to a C.

According to studies on grade inflation, GPAs have increased .15 per decade, so that my 2.85 is roughly equivalent to a 3.15-3.2 - not great, but above the dreaded 3.0.

Oh, I get it!  :P  It seems like you weren't "within" that window of grade inflation, but rather just before it.  Makes complete sense now! Thanks!

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