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GTown, apply to the top 25.

OneL2Be, pick your favorite of the top 6, assuming you get into Yale and Stanford, which is likely.

And HLS, too!

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: October 05, 2008, 04:47:07 PM »
OJ has got to be the stupidest cat walking the planet next to Sarah Palin.

I really don't know what could have made him think that he was going to be able to get away with something so reckless.  OJ should've moved to Europe or Africa and made a new life for himself.  The saddest part was when he said that he managed to get his kids through college but won't be able to attend their graduations.  ::shaking my head::

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Palin meets expectations but still falls short
John F. Harris, Mike Allen

Fri Oct 3, 2:25 AM ET
ST. LOUIS — Millions of Americans were watching Thursday night’s vice-presidential debate waiting for a demolition derby moment — another crash by GOP running mate Sarah Palin, another serving of raw material for the writers at "Saturday Night Live."

By that standard, she got out alive, though there were white-knuckle moments along the way: questions that were answered with painfully obvious talking points that betrayed scant knowledge of the issue at hand, and sometimes little relevance to the question that had been asked.

But recent days have given John McCain’s team little reason to suppose that not-that-bad is good enough. The Republican ticket’s sliding polls and narrowing electoral map gave it a different imperative in her showdown against Joe Biden. That was to alter the trajectory of the race in a way reminiscent of how Palin first enlivened Republicans—it seems long ago now—when she joined the ticket in late August.

Absent new polling, there is little reason to think she cleared that bar in St. Louis.

To the contrary, it is hard to count any objective measures by which Biden did not clearly win the encounter. She looked like she was trying to get people to take her seriously. He looked like he was running for vice president. His answers were more responsive to the questions, far more detailed and less rhetorical.

On at least ten occasions, Palin gave answers that were nonspecific, completely generic, pivoted away from the question at hand, or simply ignored it: on global warming, an Iraq exit strategy, Iran and Pakistan, Iranian diplomacy, Israel-Palestine (and a follow-up), the nuclear trigger, interventionism, Cheney's vice presidency and her own greatest weakness.


Asked which is a greater threat, a nuclear Pakistan or a nuclear Iran, Palin seemed to be stalling, or writing a term paper, when she said: “An armed, nuclear armed especially Iran is so extremely dangerous to consider.”

Biden was crisper, with a dose of realism: “Iran getting a nuclear weapon would be very, very destabilizing. They are more than — they are not close to getting a nuclear weapon that's able to be deployed.”

Biden relentlessly and clearly delivered a specific message he had been assigned to hammer home: McCain-Palin would be four more years of Bush-Cheney. Biden mentioned President Bush more than a dozen times.

"Look, past is prologue, Gwen," he said at one point. "The issue is, how different is John McCain's policy going to be than George Bush's? I haven't heard anything yet."

By contrast, Palin was in much more of a survival mode, barely delivering on her advisers' hopes that she would be aggressive with Biden, throwing gaffes and policies back at him. For the Alaska governor, it was policy as a second language — adequate, but not enlightening.

She twice referred to the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, as "McClellan." Biden did not correct her.

Washington power lawyer Robert Barnett, who helped Biden prepare, said viewers would come away with the sense that Palin "is a nice person, an interesting person but not a qualified-to-be-the-president-of-the-United-States person."

Biden, he said, "was anecdotal, was a little bit emotional" and showed "professionalism, preparation and knowledge."

Of course, there is long experience at this point showing that it is the subjective measures—-who strikes more voters as more appealing, more genuine, more plausible—on which these encounters turn.
On this ground both candidates had their moments.

From the moment she blew a kiss as she walked onstage, the Alaska governor was folksy and spunky, dropping a “bless their hearts” here, a “God bless ‘er” there, and “darn right” – twice. She showed a cheerful confidence that must have been hard to muster after the humiliating coverage of her amateurish interviews with Katie Couric of the “CBS Evening News.”

Biden offered a fluent, self-assured performance of the sort that can not be especially hard for him after two presidential campaigns, 35 years in the Senate, countless appearances on Sunday morning programs. People impressed by references to legislation, or citations of his record in world hot spots from Bosnia to Darfur, got these in spades.

 

But Biden also had the evening’s most powerful emotional moment, when he responded to an exchange about how well the candidates relate to the struggles of ordinary Americans by recalling his first wife and daughter—killed in an automobile accident shortly after his election to the Senate in 1972.

Biden seemingly choked up as he said: “Look, I understand what it's like to be a single parent. When my wife and daughter died and my two sons were gravely injured, I understand what it's like as a parent to wonder what it's like if your kid's going to make it.”

But the past couple weeks have offered little evidence that political theatrics—so important in many elections—are what most voters are looking for in the current circumstances, with an economy on the brink and a global financial crisis threatening to push it over.

The debate did nothing to arrest – and may even have helped cement – a gradual but unmistakable turnabout in the race, with Obama gaining in polls and momentum and McCain losing ground in must-win states. The financial meltdown has put a new premium on competence, and Palin did nothing to show she is ready to be in charge.

After Barack Obama wrapped up the Democratic nomination in June, the Republican knock against him was supposed to be that he was too exotic and too risky.

But in the months since, Obama chose a Washington fixture in Biden, and McCain chose a little-known and little-tested maverick from Alaska. McCain suspended his campaign and elbowed his way into sensitive financial bailout talks, with little to show for his efforts, while Obama kept his distance and made a show of consulting with Robert Rubin and Warren Buffett. Obama and Biden both offered somewhat subdued debate performances that showed technical command of policies.

In many ways, Obama-Biden has taken ownership of the play-it-safe vote, and McCain-Palin have become the more unpredictable and potentially risky choice.

The Obama campaign got a good laugh out of her answer about when nuclear weapons should be put into play: "Nuclear weaponry, of course, would be the be-all, end-all of just too many people in too many parts of our planet, so those dangerous regimes, again, cannot be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, period."

The "be-all, end-all" is already a punch line around Washington.

Asked about the role of the vice president, Biden was comfortable, after discussing the issue with the boss, to say: "I would be the point person for the legislative initiatives in the United States Congress for our administration."

Palin's answer was more abstract, and obscure: "We have a lot of flexibility in there, and we'll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation."

And she had at least a couple harp-seal-on-the-ice moments, as when she wandered into this sentence when trying to rebut a point Biden had made on energy: “That is not so, but because that's just a quick answer, I want to talk about, again, my record on energy -- your ticket's energy -- ticket also. I think that this is important to come back to, with that energy policy plan, again, that was voted for in '05.”

But if there were some moments that seemed ripe for mockery, there were also many that showed Palin’s skill in taking debates out of the realm of Washington arcana and to a kitchen-table vernacular.

Sometimes that vernacular came with a sharp edge, as when she lectured Biden, “Your plan is a white flag of surrender in Iraq, and that is not what our troops need to hear today, that’s for sure.”

She was more folksy when she talked about taxes, and even seemed to be channeling Ronald Reagan, the supreme example of a politician who connected to voters even while making Washington elites cringe with his shaky grasp of policy detail.

“Now you said recently that higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying higher taxes is patriotic,” she told Biden. “In the middle class of America which is where Todd and I have been all of our lives, that's not patriotic. Patriotic is saying, government, you know, you're not always the solution. In fact, too often you're the problem so, government, lessen the tax burden and on our families and get out of the way and let the private sector and our families grow and thrive and prosper.”

If Palin had cleared the expectations who were rooting for or praying to avoid a nationally televised splat, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said she had met his team’s expectations almost exactly.

“We’ve said all along that she’s a very talented politician; she proved that again tonight,” said Plouffe. “But she’s selling a failed product.”

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(I replied in your first thread about this, but I'll repost it here also.)

This should not "scare" anyone.  If anything, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that (heretofore) Sarah Palin's reach hadn't always exceeded her grasp.  As for her demeanor and clarity on the issues in this debate, it's refreshing to see.  It's a pity she didn't bring such class and confidence to the RNC or to any of the handful of real, substantive interviews that the GOP has deigned to permit.  Had she done so, I wouldn't have to sit here and wonder which Palin face is the real one and which is the "game face." 

I eagerly await tomorrow's VP debate.  I want to see Sarah Palin redeem herself and show me how in the world she rose to the highest level in Alaska state government.  That said, I also don't want to give her a championship trophy for (what can at most be) a 1-4 season either.  I am unimpressed that she's spent the past 3 days cramming knowledge and experience that she should've been acquiring over the past 2 decades.  All of us who have ever been students know that you can cram a bunch of information into your head just to perform well on an exam.  Ask us the *same* questions the next day, the next month, or worse yet - when you really need to apply the info -- and you have no idea where to begin.  I've outgrown this kind of sophomoric approach, and it is not one befitting a world leader a heartbeat away from the presidency.

If Palin debates well tomorrow, I'll give credit where it is due.  (I agree with Ms. P here that the bar is set quite low though.)  Yet based on the large negative balance of her account right now, the best she could do is raise her credibility level to zero and restore my confidence that she could return to Alaska and finish her gubernatorial term with her remaining ounce of dignity.  ymmv

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This should not "scare" anyone.  If anything, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that (heretofore) Sarah Palin's reach hadn't always exceeded her grasp.  As for her demeanor and clarity on the issues in this debate, it's refreshing to see.  It's a pity she didn't bring such class and confidence to the RNC or to any of the handful of real, substantive interviews that the GOP has deigned to permit.  Had she done so, I wouldn't have to sit here and wonder which Palin face is the real one and which is the "game face." 

I eagerly await tomorrow's VP debate.  I want to see Sarah Palin redeem herself and show me how in the world she rose to the highest level in Alaska state government.  That said, I also don't want to give her a championship trophy for (what can at most be) a 1-4 season either.  I am unimpressed that she's spent the past 3 days cramming knowledge and experience that she should've been acquiring over the past 2 decades.  All of us who have ever been students know that you can cram a bunch of information into your head just to perform well on an exam.  Ask us the *same* questions the next day, the next month, or worse yet - when you really need to apply the info -- and you have no idea where to begin.  I've outgrown this kind of sophomoric approach, and it is not one befitting a world leader a heartbeat away from the presidency.

If Palin debates well tomorrow, I'll give credit where it is due.  (I agree with Ms. P here that the bar is set quite low though.)  Yet based on the large negative balance of her account right now, the best she could do is raise her credibility level to zero and restore my confidence that she could return to Alaska and finish her gubernatorial term with her remaining ounce of dignity.  ymmv

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Black Law Students / Re: Am I over QUALIFIED FOR HARVARD AND YALE?
« on: September 29, 2008, 09:14:33 PM »
My question is [whether] Howard a good school to try to get into and if so what are my chances looking like...
In case you missed it, there's a Howard U thread.  I'm pretty sure there's no question you can ask that hasn't been addressed.  Read through a couple of pages to get a sense of what's already been said.  I don't things have changed drastically since the thread was started.  http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,27865.0.html

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 3.74 GPA / 165 LSAT
« on: September 28, 2008, 04:31:39 PM »
I have no knowledge of West Coast schools besides Stanford and the UC schools, but I do think you'd be quite competitive for a number of institutions on the opposite shore.  If you're 100% sure you want to practice in the Nevada market, you probably are better off going to some of the schools you mentioned given their alumni networks, regional prestige, etc.  With your stats though, you really do have a shot at schools with national placements.  This would give you the flexibility to not only practice in Nevada, but also to be open to any twists and turns that life may bring. If I were in your position, I'd apply to schools like Duke, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Boston University, WUSTL, GWU, etc.

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Black Law Students / Re: Nuvos Law School
« on: September 28, 2008, 04:25:19 PM »
But if you are going to put in the time and effort you should attend an ABA law school...

Agreed!!!!

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: 1l class sizes
« on: September 28, 2008, 04:19:22 PM »
Is there really a significant variation in section sizes from school to school?  I assumed every school would have sections of appx. 60-75 students, with schools varying only in the number of sections needed to accommodate their incoming classes.  Are there schools with sections significantly below or above this number?  I've never heard of section sizes varying b/t institutions to any significant extent, but I suppose it's a possibility.   ???

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Black Law Students / Re: Post Your Interesting News Articles Here
« on: September 27, 2008, 08:43:57 PM »
This is wrong on so many levels...  :-[

Obama effigy found hanging from Ore. campus tree
By Mary Hudetz, Associated Press writer
Wed Sep 24, 6:43 PM ET

NEWBERG, Ore. - Officials of a small Christian university say a life-size cardboard reproduction of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was hung from a tree on the campus, an act with racial undertones that outraged students and school leaders alike.
 
George Fox University President Robin Baker said a custodian discovered the effigy early Tuesday and removed it. University spokesman Rob Felton said Wednesday that the commercially produced reproduction had been suspended from the branch of a tree with fishing line around the neck.

Taped to the cardboard cutout of the black senator from Illinois was a message targeting participants in Act Six, a scholarship program geared toward increasing the number of minority and low-income students at several Christian colleges, mostly in the Northwest.

The message read, "Act Six reject."

The disturbing image found near the heart of the campus recalled the days of lynchings of blacks and was all the more incongruous at a university founded by Quaker pioneers in 1891. Felton said he had been at the school since he enrolled two decades ago, and "I've never experienced or heard of any type of overt racial act."

At the end of the college's regular chapel service Wednesday, Baker told students he was "disheartened and outraged."

"It has been my dream to establish a university that more adequately represents the kingdom of God," he said. "This act causes some to question our commitment."

Baker added, "What I've learned is we still have work to do."

Administrators at the university said Wednesday they do not know who hung the effigy, which Felton said few people saw before it was taken down.

Newberg police Sgt. Tim Weaver said officials are working with the university to find out who was responsible. He also said the police department has notified the U.S. Secret Service, although it's not clear yet whether the act was a crime.

"It doesn't fit as a hate crime and it doesn't fit in as intimidation, necessarily," he said. "If it's not a crime, we're not going to be involved."

Brad Lau, a university vice president, said school officials have been questioning students to find out who was responsible. He and other school officials wouldn't say what action it might take.

The school has 17 students in the Act Six program, whose name derives from the New Testament book of Acts. All but one are members of minority groups, Felton said.

Students in the program receive full scholarships and are selected on the basis of leadership potential.

Several students in the program said they are angry but do not feel threatened.

"To me, I just felt like they weren't ready to have a black person be president," said Courtney Greenidge, a sophomore. "We're trying to bring change. Obama's trying to bring change." She described herself, like Obama, as biracial: half black, half white.

She also said that overall, the campus has a welcoming and positive environment, but that she has heard comments along the lines of, "Oh, I wish I was black. Then I could get a scholarship like that."

Obama spokeswoman Sahar Wali said the effigy hanging was "an unfortunate incident but you know we have had a very positive response from Oregonians across the state."

Obama is widely considered to be ahead in Oregon. In the run-up to the state's May primary, he drew a crowd of about 75,000 people in Portland.

George Fox University's campus is in Newberg in the Willamette Valley south of Portland. About 1,800 students are enrolled. It also has centers in Portland; Salem; and Boise, Idaho.

Felton said that about 2 percent of the students are black and about a quarter of the freshman class belongs to minority groups. That number includes international students, largely from Asia and Africa.

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