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Incoming 1Ls / Re: Tablet PC's for Law School
« on: June 02, 2005, 09:41:55 AM »
I definitely want to get a convertible tablet PC.  There are many more appications out there besides OneNote that look great.  Even though they may cost a little more, I expect that the increased functionality (for how I plan to use it) will be worth it for me.  Right now I'm leaning towards the Fujitsu LifeBook T4010:

There's also an event going on called DemoDays:

A couple of other sites with useful information are:  (has a couple of articles on using tablet PCs in law but is down right now, supposed to be up in a day or two)

Even though it has been my dream for such a long time, I worry about how much time this will force me to take away from my kids. Is anyone else struggling with this?

I am a new mom and have been home for 10 months.  I struggled with the same worry until about April, when I attended the Admitted Students Day at my school.  I still have days when I return to that struggle and I'm sure there will be many more while I'm in school and afterwards.  My husband and I believe that my going back to school will be good for the family, and that my pursuing my dream will be a good example for our child(ren).  In deciding to put our daughter in daycare, I had to accept that it's okay for there to be other people who love my daughter taking care of her on a daily basis.  (Of course, I had to find the right daycare.)  I think the quality of time I spend with her is ultimately more important than the quantity, though I don't know yet how I will live that out while at school beyond arranging my LS schedule around maximizing the time I can spend with my family while my daughter is awake.

I realize I have a lot less experience than you in the mom department, but I hope it may help you a little bit anyway to know you're not the only one struggling with this.  I wish you the best, especially when school starts.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: This whole patent law thing...
« on: May 31, 2005, 07:15:10 AM »
Have you looked at the USPTO website yet?  That's a good place to start.

I read that book last November.  It was really helpful for me and my husband as well (he ended up reading over my shoulder a bit).  I actually decided not to go to law school after reading that book, but I had already sent in a couple of applications.  I reconsidered in March and will attend this fall.  A lot of growing up happened between November and March.  (Most particularly, my daughter -- she's nearly 10 months old now.)

Two summers ago I read East of Eden and thoroughly enjoyed that too, for the second time!

I loved that book.  :)

Why is this thread in nontrad?
I was wondering what others who have been out of school for a few years might be reading to get back up to speed...

As for me, currently reading:
The Lawyer's Calling: Christian Faith and Legal Practice, Joseph G. Allegretti
1000 Days to the Bar... But the Practice of Law Begins Now, Dennis J. Tonsing
An Introduction to Legal Reasoning, Edward H. Levi
The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren
The Message, Eugene H. Peterson

I read Law School Confidential last summer (first edition) and found it was a very helpful guide during the application process.  I like 1000 Days to the Bar for its approach to studying/prepping for class, though we'll see how it works in August...  :D

General Off-Topic Board / Re: I Hate my parents...
« on: May 03, 2005, 09:29:05 AM »
That they are there to criticize, control, and make me feel guilty.
About what?  The alcohol & pot?  Or something less serious?

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: umm...Muslims?
« on: April 30, 2005, 08:05:01 PM »
Or perhaps a combination of all of the above?  I'm not an expert in the appropriate -ology to give an answer that would mean much.  I was just saying that previously in this thread it had been claimed that because religion had been separated from culture, that was why women are often repressed in (middle) eastern countries.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: umm...Muslims?
« on: April 30, 2005, 07:41:49 PM »
Sorry to be jumping back in so late...

Biblically, God's loving-kindness depends on right conduct and extends to all humanity (not any person of 1 faith).
That's not true.  The passage I quoted previously states that salvation comes by God's grace, not by the good works that we do (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Can you cite a passage in the Bible that supports your position?
You mentioned that you do not know whether Ghandi is in Hell.  It is very clear what the Christian scriptures say about that subject.. basicly that all those that do not accept Jesus as their savior from sin are condemned to eternal suffering in hell.
On the contrary, it's not very clear, or there would be no need for debate.  And have you looked in the Bible yourself to see what the Christian scriptures say?  They say that Abraham, who clearly had never heard of Jesus as we have, was credited with righteousness (salvation) because of his faith.  As for Ghandi, I don't know enough about him and the condition of his heart to be able to know for sure whether he has gone to Heaven.  Frankly, neither does anyone else.  Only God does.

Two things about babies being sinners.  First, in what I said before, I wasn't very clear about the difference between having a "sin nature" and being a "sinner."  Every human being since the creation of Adam and Eve has been born with a sin nature, except Jesus.  One can have a sin nature and yet never commit a sin, but that is rarely, if ever, observed in people who live long enough.  Second, I previously answered this question from my general knowledge.  Now I've done some research and found that this is another issue that is not directly answered in the scripture, so we have to draw from biblical principles and trust in God's character.  Jesus said many things that indicated that God has a special love for children.  He said we must change and become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3).  He also embraced children when the disciples were turning them away, because "the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14).  So, I believe that infants who die go to Heaven, but I cannot definitively prove it to you from scripture.

La-man, thanks for all the info you posted, that was very illuminating.  It seems that the Qur'an has a very positive stance towards women.  However, as a woman myself, I didn't read of any freedoms in your post that I do not have as a Christian.  The argument that has been made is that Muslim women are repressed because the religion and the culture have become separate.  So, if people followed the doctrines of the Qur'an, women would not be repressed (oppressed?), but because of the culture, they are.  Does that make it right?  Isn't that hypocrisy?

To the Muslims on the board, does anyone believe there is a chance that a Caliph will be elected in our lifetime?  What are the impediments to that happening?  If one was elected, what impact do you think it would have?

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