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Women enter with identical grades to their male counterparts but leave with lower ones; experience a greater negative shift in their desire to use their degrees in the public interest; and are especially alienated by the teaching methods, particularly Socratic teaching, at law school. What becomes apparent is a poignant story about the insidious effects of gendered stratification in law school "socialization" -- the educational strategies of law school sustain hierarchy, legitimate inequity in the name of merit, and yield serious, adverse consequences for many women. Legal education assaults you as a woman. Other women are assaulted but do not even know it, and there are still others, be they women law students or women legal academics, who actually help to bolster the battery of other women.

Please explain. Your intriguing hypothesis begs for support by means of example, or at least further rhetoric. I don't see how law school treats women differently than men.

How can you be so blind?  It is so OBVIOUS, if you have a vagina, and your professor puts you on the spot in front of the class or if you don't score as well as your peers, then it just plain hurts worse.  Whereas if you have a penis, you are invincible to the meritocracy of law school.  Get a clue!

It just plain hurts worse? Forgive my apparent blindness, but being put on the spot is tough for everyone, even me and my dangling penis. How is the situation different for women than for men?

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3L job search / Re: Over 30 yrs old recent grads question
« on: April 17, 2008, 05:14:57 PM »
I'll be 30 when I start work--6 years of experience with a consulting firm really helped me, everyone with whom I interviewed commented positively about it.  But there's a certain age where the biglaw sweatshops may start to question your willingness to put up with the long hours and BS of being a junior associate.  What age that is, I'm not sure.  It's probably more like 45 than 35.  And if your prior work experience is at all comparable to work you'd be doing with the firm, I don't think it will be an issue at all.

I'll be 31 when I graduate in a few weeks. I agree with the above response, and I'll supplement by saying that small firms are immune to this "younger is better" problem. In fact, the opposite is likley to be true. In other words, being a little older probably makes you more likely to do business professionally, but less likely to throw your entire being into completion of a project for hours, days, and even weeks on end. Big firms expect the latter out of associates, and they know a very important truth: The older one gets, the less inclined he is to trade time for money.

The flip side of that truth is this: the older one gets, the more able he is to differentiate between what is truly important and what is not. This means we are all getting more efficient. Efficiency is more important when your top priority is pleasing clients than it is when your top priority is billing time. I submit that this explains the tendency of big firms to prefer young entry-level associates.




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General Board / Re: Content Based v. Viewpoint Based
« on: April 16, 2008, 06:13:39 PM »
I feel that I am on stable legal ground when I ask, what the hell are you talking about?

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General Board / Re: journals that publish articles written by students
« on: April 11, 2008, 07:57:31 PM »
BudLaw,  you said you sent your piece to 60 diff. journals, I was under the impression that you cant have a piece submitted to more than one journal at a time.  This rule would disallow multiple journals from accepting your piece and planning on printing it only to have you retract your submission... Im assuming I am misinformed or were you just playing the game?  and no I cant put my finger on where I got my info, though Im fairly certain it wasnt from a discussion board... Others comment on this?
PS, sweet play in any event, well done on the publication.

No. You can submit to as many journals as you like. But you should only sign a publication agreement with one.

I have gotten three articles published in law journals while in law school. You should target specialty journals that publish on the area of law your piece covers. And most journals welcome work by law students. Quality of analysis and originality are key, especially for student writers.


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General Board / Re: Smoking Ban
« on: March 31, 2008, 07:22:33 PM »
In the state I live in (Illinois) the Smoking Ban went into effect January 1 of this year. Smoking is illegal in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, workplaces, and all public buildings (it is also banned within 15 feet of building entrances, exits, and windows). Illinois was the 19th state to pass such a law. AMA's President Ron Davis, M.D. called it "the strongest clean indoor air law in the country." Sherrill Keefe, tobacco projects manager at the American Lung Association of Greater Chicago, agreed. "A lot of other states threw in a lot of exceptions," Keefe explained. "We were very stringent in how we decided to allocate exceptions. An example of that is the exception that is granted to nursing homes. Although it is a public place, it is also people's private homes. Other states granted the same exception to gaming facilities and restaurants. Illinois didn't."

But the law violates the First Amendment's protection of Americans' right of assembly. "This is an issue of violating our Bill of Rights," said Garnet Dawn Scheuer, president of Illinois Smokers' Rights. "We are dealing with the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble. Under this law, smokers can't peaceably assemble unless it's outside." Casinos, bowling alleys, private clubs, and bars are traditionally havens where smokers have gathered. At the same time, many restaurant and bar owners are concerned about the ban's effect on their businesses. The Illinois Licensed Beverage Association, which represents retail businesses that sell alcohol, released a statement saying, "All-out smoking bans have a severe negative economic impact on hospitality venues that serve beverage alcohol for consumption on-premise. Of particular concern are independent, small, family-owned businesses. These businesses will fold first. If hospitality industry businesses lose revenue, cities will also lose revenue. On average in Illinois, hospitality businesses generate 1 of every 8 sales tax dollars. Can cities, towns, and villages really afford to lose this revenue?

This assembly argument is little and cute, yet gimpy, like a retarded puppy.

The law doesn't prevent "smokers" from assembling peaceably; it prevents people from smoking, whether violently or peaceably, in certain places. A whole arena full of peaceful smokers is perfectly legal, as long as nobody lights up.

Is this the best legal argument the smokers have at this point? What about the right to liberty, for Christ's sake? It, too, is a loser, but it beats the hell out of this assembly nonsense. How about Equal Protection? Is there a rational basis for the discrimination? In a freaking bar, for the love of God?

May the gods have mercy on the souls of smokers if they argue assembly in front of a sober judge.

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General Board / Re: I don't type quickly...am I screwed?
« on: March 31, 2008, 06:53:13 PM »
No sweat. Law school is the ultimate tool for learning to type fast. Your first Torts exam is the equivalent of six months of Mavis Beacon.

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General Board / Re: unprofessional? career killer?
« on: March 21, 2008, 07:14:55 PM »
things have worked out :D

Let me guess. You told the judge on the Court of Appeals that you had to decline because you had accepted a position with the Magistrate. The Appeals Judge called the Magistrate to ask if he could have you. The Magistrate called you with his blessings.

Am I right?

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General Board / Re: Whites Need Not Apply
« on: March 20, 2008, 08:42:44 AM »
I agree that pretending to be interested in hiring "minority" individuals regardless of their academic success, and then not offering them permanent positions based on academic shortcomings, is absolute BS. However, I do not blame the firms for this injustice. They are simply responding to this absurd social notion that private employers are expected to actively recruit those of racial or ethnic minority. The firms can't afford to be honest about their recruiting goals because being accused of hiring too many whites is very damaging to the firm's reputation.

If you want to blame someone for this racist garbage, blame those who advocate "affirmative action," which may the most misguided and damaging social policy since Prohibition.


That's a pretty good breakdown. Must be a umkc fella.

There's only one UMKC guy I know who hunts ducks. . . and it's WABBIT SEASON!!!

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General Board / Re: Whites Need Not Apply
« on: March 19, 2008, 04:14:19 PM »
I agree that pretending to be interested in hiring "minority" individuals regardless of their academic success, and then not offering them permanent positions based on academic shortcomings, is absolute BS. However, I do not blame the firms for this injustice. They are simply responding to this absurd social notion that private employers are expected to actively recruit those of racial or ethnic minority. The firms can't afford to be honest about their recruiting goals because being accused of hiring too many whites is very damaging to the firm's reputation.

If you want to blame someone for this racist garbage, blame those who advocate "affirmative action," which may the most misguided and damaging social policy since Prohibition.

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General Board / Re: Where to have dinner
« on: March 13, 2008, 02:59:23 PM »
This is clearly a flame. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY who hasn't eaten pizza in three weeks would turn down his FAVORITE pizza. Nice try, OP.

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