Friday, June 09, 2006
On behalf of the University of Maryland School of Law, I would like to invite all Balkanization readers (and everyone else) attending the annual conference of Law and Society Association to attend our reception from 6:45 to 8:00 PM on Friday night, July 7, 2006, at the law school. Transportation from the conference hotel will be provided and it is an easy walk. The reception promises to be a particularly momentous occasion for me because, owing to other engagements, none of our deans will be present, so I will be serving as Acting Dean of the Law School during that time. I intend my reign to be activist. Indeed, with cooperation from Balkanization readers, I believe I can completely makeover the law school in my 75 minutes of power.
"Proust, Nietzsche or any other German romantic of the nineteenth century". The name of the author of "In search of timewasting" was of course Markus Prüst.
national law schools are increasingly recruiting scholars who have no clue about the actual practice of law
I enjoyed the entire post.
The reception promises to be a particularly momentous occasion for me because, owing to other engagements, none of our deans will be present, so I will be serving as Acting Dean of the Law School during that time. I intend my reign to be activist. Indeed, with cooperation from Balkanization readers, I believe I can completely makeover the law school in my 75 minutes of power.
With all due respect, I think the plan needs work.
Lets say you do “completely makeover the law school in [your] 75 minutes of power.” Then you’re out, though, right? And with the ancien regime back in power, the forces of reaction will “unmake” your makeover in 5 seconds. Better spend your 75 minutes securing your position so you don’t have to relinquish it when the 75 minutes are over, to any alleged “deans” purportedly returning from “other engagements.“ I don’t have to draw you a picture, you’re a smart guy. The generic situation be won’t unprecedented nor even unusual. The academic setting may be novel-I’m not sure. Remember the old maxim about possession being 9/10 of the law. And “justice delayed is justice denied.” (Heh)
i read your piece first smiling, then grinning, then i said "enough!"
i must talk to this fellow
none of the professors at my school had ever been to court( i had one guy now a dear friend and now a dean who did one traffic court appearance for a friend). the school hired lawyers to come out from town and teach.... called them associate professors..."rentals"...we called them.
i remember arguing with the fellow who taught family law about an exam question: what advice would you give a client?
my kind of question.
my answer filled 7 or 8 lines of the foolscap booklet. i noticed others filled several booklets.
puzzling. the law is simple..you get this, and you get this.the trick ( the crux ) is to get everyone to agree on what defines fairness.
my crime was not "discussing the law " but..... the question was what advice would you give a client.
perhaps because i am an asshole, or because i am abrasive, arrogant, and obnoxious i said to the fellow : you have never been in court...have you!....(in my mind i was thinking: he has never spoken to a client, he does not know shit from fuck).
it turns out i got the lowest mark in family law IN THE HISTORY OF THE LAW SCHOOL...hey, we all have our 15 minutes.
and after practising family law for 15 years, i assert the world would be a better place if law teachers had clients to face, and if scotus members had to explain their judgements to their mothers...or at least explain their paragraphs, their diction, their arguments to a high school english teacher...say grade 11 or 12.
i have yet to meet a judge who wants to have any counsel "discuss the law"
it has been 15 years of "what do you want, and what is your evidence/reasons?
when you are luxury seat of power for 75 minutes....please make edict number one: speak so the 14 year old kid beside me (waiting for me to play some hoops) can understand you...or shut up
may i suggest edict two be: if you are not contributing to making the world ( you know.... the hungry, the poor, the powerless and the children) a better place, then you have nothing to say...so sit down
just thinking...how after all these years, so little has changed.
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