Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Although [student debt] has more varied application, less direct effects, and
less severe conditions than colonial indenture did (some have less and some
greater debt, some attain better incomes) and it does not bind one to a
particular job, student debt permeates everyday experience with concern over the
monthly chit and encumbers job and life choices. It also takes a page from
indenture in the extensive brokerage system it has bred, from which more than
four thousand banks take profit. At core, student debt is a labor issue, as
colonial indenture was, subsisting off the desire of those less privileged to
gain better opportunities and enforcing a control on their future labor.
I encourage you to read the rest of the article or the accompanying blog post over at Equal Justice Works, they are both interesting and worth the read.
My wealthier classmates, those who have parents that can either help with their tuition or living expenses, didn't have to make those decisions.
Friday, April 23, 2010
It doesn't help that I can't find descriptions for half the seminars that are being offered.
Last year I dropped all of my classes and registered for new ones 2 days before the semester started. I dropped all the bar-prep stuff I "should" take and signed up for stuff that looked interesting. As a result I was a lot happier my second year than I was my first. And I don't really think I'm planning on practicing anyway.
Currently I'm registered for an employment law survey (I like employment law), a seminar about Asian Americans and the law (sort of in line with the diversity work and seminars tend to go well for me), a class on the Federal Courts (people say amazing things about the prof who teaches it), and Con Law II (this could be scary). Hoping to also add on some directed research. As far as bar prep...that's what BAR BRI is for right?
Odds are I'll change the whole thing 6 more times before August anyway.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I'm excited to present on a topic I'm so excited about. Hopefully folks show up to participate.
For more information on the summit click here.
For registration information click here.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
"In sum, if you are a male lawyer, invest in a well-fitting suit (and be grateful). If you are a female lawyer, invest in a well-fitting male suit and a male who will wear said suit and speak for you, Cyrano style."
Amazing Artilce from Feministe about what women are told to wear to legal interviews can be found here.
I'll probably update with my thoughts later.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
One of our faculty members has lost a purple ceramic cup.
We would greatly appreciate if you could please return it to me, Pat , or my
assistants in 407, should you track it down.
Law School Administrator
Awesome, thanks for that very important email, Pat. I shutter to think about the *lovely* email this woman is probably receiving from stressed out students just looking for some innocent soul to unload their wrath on.
Monday, April 12, 2010
The University of Maryland's legal clinic has come under fire after suing Perdue, on of the state's largest employers, for environmental violations. Republican legislators are alleging that the legal clinic has a political bent and should not receive public funding.
I don't believe that clinics have a political bent. They represent people who cannot afford to hired attorneys and those people tend to have problems that certain political persuasions don't want to acknowledge. Yes, I guess you could see helping the poor as political...but that's the kind of politics I want my tax dollars supporting every day of the week. Equal access to the legal system is essential for a functioning government. Professor Steinzore from the University of Maryland said it well when she asked, “If Maryland has a clean environment, a fair legal system and an unpolluted bay, doesn’t that help the financial productivity of the state?”
Call me crazy but I think an environment free of corporate pollution is good for everyone, and without legal clinics and nonprofits many pro-environment cases would never be litigated. Unfortunately, capitalism rarely lends itself to industry self-regulation.
I've mentioned before that my clinical experience has been my favorite part of law school so far. Hands on experience in a cooperative environment has been a breath of fresh air in the often toxic law school environment. Law school clinics often provide some of the only accessible legal assistance available to low income people and local environmental causes. Not to mention training for social change attorneys. They may do things that are politically unpopular but the causes are necessary.
And, finally, a well written blog on political pressure and legal clinics from ACS:
Sunday, April 11, 2010
APABA was founded at a time when there were almost no Asian American/Pacific Islander attorneys to speak of in Colorado. There were approximately 30 attorneys who identified as Asian American in the entire state, 13 of whom became founding members of APABA. That's insane to think about...1990 wasn't that long ago. Today, APABA has over 100 members and a foundation that has raised over $85,000 for the community. Last week, over 350 people attended the banquet.
So exciting to see how far we've come... to see what 13 people can do...to see a community come together.