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General Board / Re: 0L Question
« on: June 10, 2009, 11:23:28 AM »
But surely, eventually, someone will be wronged.  Without recourse to civil litigation, the world (at least for that party) will surely be a worse place.  Through such recourse, however, the world would be a better place (at least for that individual, but I would argue for us all).
Even allowing for the hypothetical, "Without recourse to" i.e. the absence of, the addition of the same would only serve to bring the "world" back to a certain equilibrium.  Granted, that is a highly theoretical/ideological position.

In the absence of punitive damages, I'm having a hard time coming up with a scenario that would allow for the world being a better place.

I'm open to examples.

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General Board / Re: 0L Question
« on: June 10, 2009, 08:42:47 AM »
Hauling people into court is not the way to make the world a better place.  If that's as clear as you can get with why you want to go to law school, you should take some time off before you invest $100,000.00 in something you may not want in the end.

That's not necessarily true.  When a court rewards damages to a plaintiff, it is because they are wronged.  Doesn't the restitution of a wrong go toward 'making the world a better place'?
Aren't damages meant to make "someone" whole again?  If so, the answer is no.

But given that "making the world a better place" is like urinating in the ocean, then hauling people into court seems as good a way as any. :)

The process of making someone whole seems wholly positive, hence 'making the world a better place'.  I think that phrase, 'making the world a better place', is a little vague and wishy-washy anyway.
I disagree counselor.  :)

While I certainly understand that making someone whole again can be viewed as a positive act, the net aggregate affect is a maintenance of the status quo e.g. you lost a dollar and are being given a dollar back.  To argue that the world is a better place from the starting point of the lost dollar is not a good argument at least in terms of the spirit of "the world is a better place".

Punitive damages, on the other hand, seems like a much better argument.

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General Board / Re: 0L Question
« on: June 09, 2009, 12:58:06 PM »
Hauling people into court is not the way to make the world a better place.  If that's as clear as you can get with why you want to go to law school, you should take some time off before you invest $100,000.00 in something you may not want in the end.

That's not necessarily true.  When a court rewards damages to a plaintiff, it is because they are wronged.  Doesn't the restitution of a wrong go toward 'making the world a better place'?
Aren't damages meant to make "someone" whole again?  If so, the answer is no.

But given that "making the world a better place" is like urinating in the ocean, then hauling people into court seems as good a way as any. :)

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Forgive my ignorance, and I say this with absolutely no intentions of being a flame, but what advantage would something like Westlaw have over Wikipedia?  I am not familiar at all with Westlaw, but I know that you can read pretty much everything about every major case on Wikipedia.  Granted, I realize there is a large caveat (that being that information can be modified by users and is subject to errors), but still... it seems pretty reliable.


First, I find Wiki to be a very valuable, albeit general, source for information.  To my mind, that is the difference between Wiki and Westlaw.  It's been awhile since I had access to Westlaw but if I recall, it has the entire case and the ability to cross reference and search keywords.  Wiki just provides general information without specifics.

.02

Edit:  Another difference, not all cases are on Wiki.  I'm trying to find Ravel v. Ravel, 326 So.2d 223 (Fla. App 2 Dist 1976) with no luck.  :(

Help Obi Wan, you are my only hope!

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General Board / Re: When should I get married?
« on: June 09, 2009, 10:51:56 AM »
There is no such thing as an engagement that is "too long".

When crossing the street, you should look left, right, and left again for oncoming traffic before proceeding across.  Assume this street has 100 lanes.  Proceed with extreme caution and at your own risk.

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General Board / Re: Is the era of biglaw over forever?
« on: June 08, 2009, 09:56:49 PM »
Quote
he [Philip K. Howard] touched on the firm’s current troubles by suggesting that as the bottom line increases in importance, the traditional role of the lawyer as a trusted counselor slips away.

“To the extent that lawyers are simply churning out the same problems one after the other and are treated as factors of production to be laid off or not because of market forces or marginal declines in profitability,” he said, “the emotional and professional commitment that goes along with being an adviser and a solver of problems begins to diminish.

Sounds like the legal field has caught up with the rest of the employment market; lack of loyalty between employer and employees. 

Not knowing much about BigLaw, I was still surprised that some firms routinely took out short term loans to pay employees.  Doubt this is the end of BigLaw though.

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Non-Traditional Students / Re: Hi everyone.
« on: June 07, 2009, 06:52:01 PM »
Hmmmm a bit young still, but you have some life experience.

Maybe an Honorary membership might be in order?

 :)

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General Board / Re: Less is More?
« on: June 07, 2009, 10:36:17 AM »
So is the reasoning here that the anxiety of trying to do everything is somehow causing a loss of focus as to what the teacher wants on test day?

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General Board / Re: St Thomas University Miami
« on: May 29, 2009, 04:34:37 AM »
Good luck to both of you.  I hope to see you both in the Fall.

GO BOBCATS!!  ;D

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Second Thoughts.
« on: May 20, 2009, 05:42:16 PM »
You thought about it.

You planned.

You worked for it.

You were excited about it.

-Don't let "cold feet" stop you when you are so close.  A little debt ain't gonna hurt'cha!

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