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General Board / Re: LSD Needs to Modernize Site
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:02:41 PM »
LSD use to have a format where they showed the five most recent posts, which was the height of the site.  I think that might be a good idea the current setup you can only see posts in certain sections and it is difficult to navigate.

I am not sure why it changed, but I enjoyed the old five most recent posts system and I thought it was easier to navigate than the current setup.

General Board / Re: Citizens United Case Debate?
« on: June 17, 2014, 07:57:13 PM »
Nicely debate issues.

 I still side with Maintain , but Burning makes a great point that Corporations are not subject to anything other than fines.

At the end of the day however, corporations are run by people who can be prosecuted see Enron for criminal acts. If the people working at the corporation want to spend their money to promote an agenda that seems like free speech.

At the end day however, if individuals or members of a corporation want to spend money to support a presidential candidate, congressional candidate, etc then it is their choice.  I think spending money is a form of speech, but plenty of reasonable people will disagree with me. For any potential law students the debate of what is speech was one of the most interesting things in law school and this case is great for that issue.

General Board / Donald Sterling Lawsuit ?
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:32:04 AM »
Again not necessarily law school related although I am sure this is being talked about in law school classrooms.

What are your thoughts on Donald Sterling's position.

If you get to the facts Donald Sterling is an 81 year old crime victim losing his property as a direct result of the crime committed against him.

Donald Sterling however, is basically a horrible person and I think even he would admit to that.

As for the legal standpoint I know first amendment will not really apply, because the NBA is not a government agency. His due process property rights might be impacted.

There is also an anti-trust argument, but I cannot really articulate it.

I would love to see a copy of the lawsuit he filed, but I haven't been able to locate it.

Just curious to hear people's thoughts.

I have heard a lot of noise about this, but no real great legal analysis on the issue and I would love to hear the arguments from both sides.

General Board / Re: Citizens United Case Debate?
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:26:33 AM »
Great responses Burning Sands.

It is unfortunate money plays such a role in elections, but I still think people should be allowed to spend their money how they wish.

It is up to the voters think for themselves and not be fooled by expensive campaign funds I don't think legislating the issue or blocking people is the right approach and the Supreme Court agrees for now, but I can definitely see the issue being revisited.

It is an interesting debate and great summary of the issues in the case.

Black Law Student Discussion Board / Re: Where is everyone?
« on: June 17, 2014, 09:50:49 AM »
Great post Maintain nice reference to the inquirer it is unfortunate how  exaggerated and extreme stories in many areas of life prevail.

General Board / Re: Alito calls USNWR rankings an "abomination"
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:31:26 PM »
There is no lawsuit available it is a magazine offering an opinion, which hundreds of other publications do.

IMDB for example says Shawshank Redemption is the #1 movie and goes on to list 250 movies.

Rotten tomatoes does not even list Shawshank Redemption in the top #100 movies

There are lists and rankings for everything and there is nothing wrong with U.S. News ranking schools they way they do. I think the rankings should not be taken seriously, but it is unfortunate students make life altering decisions based on a magazine's opinion.

Personally I think Shawshank Redemption is great movie, but it is not even in my personal top 25.

Our culture unfortunately just blindly follows lists without asking questions, but people need to learn to think critically and law students that don't make horrible life altering decisions based on magazine, but U.S. News is not doing anything wrong they are releasing their opinion of schools.

As all the posters have stated Harvard, Yale, etc are good schools and nobody needed to see the U.S. News rankings to learn that. If they want to think Montana is the #121 best school they are entitled to their opinion as stated in the above post Montana is a great school probably the best option for someone that wants to live in Montana realistically.

People just need to use common sense when choosing a law school, but I don't think U.S. News is doing anything wrong or illegal by ranking schools. They are just a for-profit magazine offering an opinion like so many other publications out there do.

Top 10 bands;
Linkin Park according to this ranking is better than Guns & Roses; Nirvana; the Rolling Stones; and AC/DC

I think that is way off base, but this website is entitled to their opinion if I have the option to see any of the four bands to the right in concert I am going I don't know if you could pay me to go.

General Board / Citizens United Case Debate?
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:00:23 PM »
I was recently over hearing a bunch of people arguing about this case at a coffee shop and I know in law school we discussed this briefly, but I wanted to refresh my recollection and that it would make for an interesting thread.

My understanding of the case is as follows:

A conservative group Citizens United wanted to air a documentary bashing Hilary Clinton before the Democratic Primary election. There was a Federal Statute that stood in the way of airing the documentary.

Citizen United filed suit alleging the statute violated their free speech and the documentary should be allowed. The court then decided by a 5-4 funding the documentary was free speech and allowed, which in essence allowed corporations to provide more money to campaigns to protect freedom of speech.

First I was wondering if my understanding is even correct and what people think.

My two cents if my understanding is correct is that groups, corporations, people, etc should be able to say what they want to say, but I understand the argument that is creates an unfair playing field.

Overhearing that conversation made me think of this board and I wanted to see if anyone had additional insight.

They might that actually brings up an interesting question I wonder how many students actually retake the LSAT?

Your logic that a LSAT taker who was overconfident on their first try could just retake, but in reality imagine the majority of LSAT takers give it one shot and that is it. I have no evidence to back that up, but it would be interesting and actually objective stat as to whether someone retook the LSAT.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: how to win in court
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:53:04 PM »
Excellent post by burning sands 100% right on.

I actually think my point applies even more to the LSAT.

Many 0L's who obtained 3.5 GPA and got an A in some pre-law classes assume that means their solid performance in an undergrad classroom will apply to the LSAT, which is the furthest thing from reality.

Again, just my two cents and reasonable minds will disagree.

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