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Current Law Students / Re: Two future interests questions...
« on: December 04, 2006, 06:41:44 AM »
It's arguable whether the law of possessory estates and future interests makes sense entirely as a matter of logic and English.  ;)

The other reason the future interest in case #1 is a fee simple determinable is that there is no comma separating the grant to Church from the condition "unless Church prohibits singing."  The time limit is contained in the grant itself.  Look up Peter T. Wendel, A Possessory Estates and Future Interests Primer (2d ed. 2005) at chapter 3.  This is an excellent book with really great examples.  It doesn't mention "unless" in particular, but I don't think "unless" is functionally different from "as long as" or "while" when there is no comma after the grant and preceeding the condition.

In case #2, if B's interest were a vested remainder subject to divestment, it would have to be followed by a springing or shifting executory interest.  Both of these are future interests in grantees, not the grantor.  In case #2, O did not specify who holds the future interest following B's, so it goes back to O, and therefore must be either a reversion, a possibility of reverter, or a right of re-entry.  See Wendel, ch. 7.

Current Law Students / Re: Two future interests questions...
« on: December 03, 2006, 07:42:54 PM »
I agree with jgsmith on case #1.  Remember that O has a possibility of reverter.

As to case #2 -- it can't be subject to divestment; O used words of duration in the grant to B, so the possessory estate is determinable and O again has a possibility of reverter.  The problem is that O seems to have given B a vested remainder in life estate pur autre vie (O's elderly mother's life), but also determinable (B could lose possession before O's mother dies).  It is at least clear that B can only fulfill the condition during his own life -- but then again, O did not explicitly say "to B for life."  That would argue in favor of B's interest being a vested remainder in fee simple determinable.  Since fee simple estates are preferred over life estates, I would go with the fee simple determinable, but I think it could be either.  Anybody else have an opinion?

My Property professor recommended Peter T. Wendel, A Possessory Estates and Future Interests Primer (2d ed. 2005).  It was extremely helpful to me.

Current Law Students / Re: HELP WITH PAGE #'s BEFORE I GO CRAZY
« on: August 31, 2006, 08:38:33 PM »
1. open a new Word document
2. click the P symbol or type ctrl+*
3. go to insert menu --> break...
4. since this is a blank doc, under section break types, choose next page (this will give you a second page so you can get the different page numbers -- continuous works as well in a doc you're already working on)
5. go to view menu --> header and footer (a toolbar shows up, as well as the header/footer area of the doc) --> then choose the footer of the first page
6. click the "insert page number" symbol on the header/footer toolbar
7. click on the "format page number" symbol or right-click on the page number you just inserted, then change the number format to small roman numerals
8. click "show next" on the toolbar to go to the footer on the next page, which is also the next section
9. click on the "same as previous" symbol so that it is *not* selected anymore -- it is selected by default
10. format the page number on the second page as desired, i.e. numerals, but restart page numbering at (1)

hope that helps!

Current Law Students / Re: HELP WITH PAGE #'s BEFORE I GO CRAZY
« on: August 31, 2006, 08:10:46 PM »

Current Law Students / Re: Help - Must miss class during first week...
« on: August 10, 2006, 10:02:21 PM »
It would not hurt to email your professors to let them know you will not be in class.  Doing so will show them respect for the class and for their preparation.  My professors all requested that the students email whenever they would miss class or would be unprepared.  They kept lists of who they had called on, and generally chose ahead of time who they would call on that day.  If they call on you when you're not there, and you didn't tell them first, it's confusing and wastes class time, and frustrates the professors -- especially the first week of class, when they generally don't expect anyone to be absent.

And, if you email your professors first, even before classes start, you're making a good first impression -- that you're considerate and professional.  As a previous poster said, most professors will understand.  Definitely let them know.

Current Law Students / Re: Federal Rules of Civ Pro
« on: September 01, 2005, 09:56:39 AM »
My prof told us we're not required to memorize the numbers of the rules, but that it's still useful since practicing lawyers often refer to them by number (and we may pick it up by osmosis anyway).

Current Law Students / Re: Anyone exited for 1L?
« on: July 18, 2005, 02:00:21 PM »
My commute is going to be about 45 - 60 minutes each way.  I figure it's not too bad as long as I can be productive during that time period.

Current Law Students / Re: What's Your 1L Cirriculum?
« on: July 12, 2005, 05:25:14 AM »
Catholic University of America

Civil Procedure (4)
Contracts (5)
Lawyering Skills I (2)
Torts (4)

Catholic Social Teaching, Jurisprudence, & the Law (1)
Constitutional Law (5)
Property (4)
Lawyering Skills II (2)
Criminal Law (3)

Did you read the articles on tablet use by lawyers on tabletpcbuzz?  There was also this great blog post on the subject:

Do you know of any other sites/articles/blogs etc. specifically about law students & lawyers using tablets?  I found a lot about using them in engineering undergrad (and I would have loved to have one back then!)... but when it comes to law most of the comments I have seen from people on LSD and other websites tend towards the conservative side.

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