lolla, the issue is not just this "old fart," ALL criminals should be punished and rot in jail!
Messages - whiteytighty
« on: April 24, 2006, 05:57:06 PM »
St. John's is old-fashioned, but in good ways. For example, professors' continued reliance on the Socratic method is challenging, to be sure, but also stimulating and a great incentive to always read carefully! However, St. John's could benefit from more classes about research and writing, which is the most important skill a lawyer can have. The law school facilities are excellent, clean, convenient, and efficiently designed. and the building is "immaculate", there's a great library, and plenty of room for students to study and socialize. If you are planning to practice in New York City, St. John's is an excellent place to do it, as the school has a strong regional reputation and extensive contacts in the legal community. In particular, St. John's alumni are a fantastic resource to students.
« on: June 08, 2005, 03:26:14 PM »
As someone who slept with both Dorothy and Matt, I'd have to say I didn't learn much of anything new from either one, but Matt insists on cuddling afterward when you're ready to split, and
oh, sorry, wrong thread.
Law School Applications / Re: for white applicants is it better to mark "caucasian" or decline to report r« on: February 27, 2005, 10:42:22 PM »
To answer the original question, I understand it's betterto say one's ethnicity than not to. I know a student who's now left Boalt but who was on the adcom, and who said that they preferred to have race and income fully filled in, even if it appeared the applicant is white and financially/socially privileged. According to her, at least this way the person was coming out with who they were and weren't hiding, which is seen as more suspect in her opinion.
It's even more interesting that Boalt is asking applicants about their race so many years after Prop. 209 passed.
« on: February 09, 2005, 02:18:24 AM »
WE, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE NOR CLAIM WARD CONNERLY. HE IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO OUR RACE. WE ARE INSULTED BY ANY POSTING OF HIM TO BLACK HISTORY MONTH WHEN HE DENIES HIS OWN HERITAGE AND GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT BLACK HISTORY AND OUR ANCESTORS ARE ABOUT AND HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO ACCOMPLISH.
There goes my Clarence Thomas bio idea...
« on: February 07, 2005, 12:09:57 AM »
This topic is not supposed to be heated or emotional! I just have some basic questions that I would like answered. Call me dumb about the topic, but don't call me mean!
You need to understand the difference between two supposed justifications for race preferences:
1) remedy past discrimination. Back in the 1960's, when segregation was recent, race preferences were justified by saying, blacks were disenfranchised, etc., so they need a leg up. This rationale obviously loses its force by the nineties, when decades after segregation was made illegal, there are no more college applicants (of the usual age) that have themselves endured government-sponsored inequality. Obviously, the vestiges of all that went before continue to have their effect in terms of economic and social conditions, but the old-George-Wallace-barring-the-classroom-door days are long gone.
2) but when that rationale started to lose its force, proponents of race preferences took to heart the concept adopted by US Supreme Court Justice Powell (alone among his brethren) in the 1978 Bakke case, that race preferences could be justified by the concept of diversity, all by itself; you didn't need to show that an individual had him- or herself suffered from discrimination; diversity meant that the unique contribution that someone with a different background makes to an institution is enough. In other words, even if (hypothetically) there were no discrimination against minorities still existent, you still wouldn't want to have nothing but nordic types in a truly vibrant campus, you need all sorts of people so that true understanding and sharing of ideas takes place.
And that remains the prevailing rationale for race preferences in the US today.
Gonna apply to LS next year, and i was just wondering if Asians benefit/gain an advantage from AA?
Of course not!
Everybody knows that Asians don't suffer from extreme language/cultural differences, outright racism, housing discrimination, or other estrangements from the racist white majority power structure.
In fact, if you are looking at the West Coast, in particular, Asians tend to have to meet an even higher standard than wasp students, since they are viewed as "over-represented" minorities.
Before Prop. 209, the medians for admission at Berkeley et al. were significantly tougher for asians.