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Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: The Thread on Politics
« on: November 23, 2008, 12:15:52 AM »
Why?  It's basically making the Clintons our international face.

This is a page out of Don Corleon's book...keep you friends close and your enemies even closer.

A. It makes Clinton an official part of the Obama administration, thereby precluding her from a 2012 run against him.
B. Additionally, it fortifies his run in 2012 by securing the 18M Hillary voters who, even if they're not over their bitterness that Hillary lost by that time, will be voting to keep their girl in her high office position.
C. And to that end, it's a conciliatory move for the Democratic party.
D. If he hadn't offered her the highest cabinet position, he'd be dropping a seed of further resentment now that would metastasize into insurmountable trouble 4 years from now.
E. Even though it makes her the international representative, she is the international representative of the Obama administration.  (The world leaders are very much aware of who the President is)
F. If it doesn't work, she can be fired.  ;D

Hey, gotta give the man credit. He didn't get this far by playing checkers. This guy plays chess.

Yes I suppose that's all true, but I'd still be careful if I were Obama.  He's going to have to be the boss.  I do think it's a smart move on her part...doubt she'd get much more by staying in the Senate.

You're both right.  But I definitely agree with A. that Obama has to be careful that HRC doesn't outstage him.  Fact is, I have lost a great deal of respect for the Clintons after some of their shenanigans during the campaign.  I'm not sure that HRC can play second fiddle to Obama, but I suppose we'll see soon enough.

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?  ???

Four Found Guilty in Attempted Citizen's Arrest of Karl Rove
Amy Lorentzen
November 24, 2008

A jury on Friday returned guilty verdicts against four people who attempted to arrest former White House adviser Karl Rove during a fundraising appearance earlier this year in Iowa.

Found guilty of trespassing are retired Methodist minister Chet Guinn, two members of the social welfare group Des Moines Catholic Worker Community, Edward Bloomer and Mona Shaw, and former group member Kirk Brown.

The four were cited after attempting a citizen's arrest of Rove on July 25 at the Wakonda County Club in Des Moines, where he spoke at a Republican fundraiser. They were stopped at the country club's entry gate.

Shaw said she was disappointed by the verdict, especially since the judge instructed the jury that a citizen's arrest was justification for being on the grounds if jurors thought the defendants had reasonable cause to believe that there was someone there who had committed a felony.

"I'm surprised that there are six people in the United States who don't believe Karl Rove should be suspected of committing felonies," Shaw told The Associated Press after the verdict.

She said their attorney will file a motion to set aside the jury's verdict.

The chief of staff at Karl Rove & Company said the office would have no comment. Polk County attorney John Sarcone also didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

In the citizens arrest complaint, the defendants accused Rove of felony murder, election fraud, conspiracy to commit offense or defraud the United States leading to the war in Iraq, as well as treason, sedition and subversive activities.

It said Rove submitted and promoted false information leading to the war, the illegal detainment and torture of prisoners and "other fraudulent acts leading to the deaths of more than 4,000 U.S. military personnel as well as approximately 300,000 Iraqi civilians."

Shaw said the defendants were each ordered to pay a $65 fine and court costs. She said Brown refused to pay the fine Friday and was taken to jail for a day.

Two of the four defendants -- Brown and Shaw -- attempted a similar arrest earlier in the year when Rove spoke at the University of Iowa.

I haven't heard of any bibles but I will do my research. I have the games down pack but the reading comp and logic are not consistent. Are there anyones that you can recommend?
He's talking about Powerscore!  You need to get all three Bibles (Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, and the new Reading Comprehension) and go through them all like it's your job! Check the LSAT section of this board for more info (and maybe even buy them used from someone up here to save money.)  If you end up buying them online, note that ordering them directly from Powerscore is cheaper than trying to get it new through Amazon.

Run, don't walk to get these books!!!  Then milk these books for everything they're worth until you know the stuff cold!!!  The LSAT is one of the most teachable tests you'll ever take, and I think Powerscore could raise your score at least 10 points with a few months of serious study.  It worked for me.

Also, being black and applying to schools that have a small black population (especially stetson), does that give me some leeway? If so how much? 
I think you should rather focus on having the strongest application you can - no matter whether the school has a large or small black population.  Sure, admissions committees will consider race as a factor in admissions (which I personally don't have a problem with seeing as how there's a "black tax" on living in this country and race is considered in every other sphere) but I think the strategy that serves you best in law school and beyond is this one -- Pursue excellence, and let the chips fall where they may.  :)

Minority Topics / Re: Does anyone else struggles with English ?
« on: November 18, 2008, 01:30:05 PM »
You will write what you "hear" in your head, so I think you may just need more practice using and hearing the language yourself.  Part of the complication is that you are probably having to think about sophisticated legal concepts in English, and I imagine that this is challenging if you've only recently learned the language.  I encourage you to talk to the people at your law school (maybe an advisor for LL.M. students if you aren't an LL.M b/c they're probably used to helping foreign attorneys with their English language skills) to see what support there may be for you.

As far as general language practice -- Have you considered taking a formal ESL course (but maybe an intermediate or advanced one) to help you become even more confident in your English skills?  Also, if there is a local Spanish/Portuguese cultural group in your area they may have an "intercambio" program that would pair you with an English-speaker trying to learn your language.  You all could help one another.  Finally, what I find helps me maintain my foreign language skills is listening to foreign language newscasts (notice I didn't say "watching" them b/c I find that too distracting.  Instead, I'll just turn it on usually, divert my eyes, and concentrate on really catching the words I'm hearing) and reading *aloud* the free foreign language newspapers you can pick up around town.  I find that the language by print or television journalists/reporters tends to the standard usage and, thus, easier to understand than the slang spoken on the street.  I still think it's helpful to make the effort with these sources though just to train your ear to hear how native speakers talk and write.

Harvard > Stanford > Yale
HLS is a fantastic!  I loved my section and most other students I've met, enjoyed nearly all of my profs, and appreciate that there's always something to do here.  Most people are headed for Biglaw, but there's also a solid and growing public interest community, too.  While I'm admittedly biased, I can't think of a better place to spend three years!

Chicago = Columbia = NYU
I have no preference among this group.  I don't think I'd go to law school if it meant moving to Chicago or NYC.  I don't think these schools or their cities would be good matches for me.

Virginia > Penn > > > > > Michigan > Berkeley
Virginia Law was one of my top contenders, and it seemed to hold a special place in the hearts of current students and alums.  If I couldn't go there, I'd go to Penn (in part for some of the reasons people have already mentioned) and also b/c I like the diversity and culture of Philly.

Duke > > > > > Georgetown > > > > > >  Northwestern/Cornell
Duke has a solid reputation and good placement stats for a Southern school.  I'd pick it over the others.

« on: November 17, 2008, 02:08:02 PM »

Hey!  I'm not sure whether you just meant your post to be an introduction or if you asking what are your chances given your numbers?  If the latter, there is a thread for that on this board.  My initial thought would be to encourage you to concentrate on 15-30 but throw in some T14 too (esp. Northwestern).

Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: 1L's & Current Black Law Students
« on: November 10, 2008, 01:44:07 PM »
You know you're in law school when you edit your text messages for grammatical errors.  That is all (lol).
fixt ;)

HAHA YES!!! I did that on purpose LOL.  I rest my case.

 :D  I was wondering how you missed that given your comment, so I fretted over whether to correct it or not.  LOL!  I'm convinced that if this law thing doesn't work out, I'd try to be an editor of some sort!  lol

Nah, that's just a sign of being anal ;).  I know plenty of lawyers and law students who are poor grammarians.  These are the same people who think Bluebooking is hell on earth.  I rather enjoy it.

Says the Law Review editor.

I had no idea!  Congrats!!!

Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: 1L's & Current Black Law Students
« on: November 09, 2008, 10:08:04 PM »
You know you're in law school when you edit your text messages for grammatical errors.  That is all (lol).
fixt ;)

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