Compare & Contrast

Our first production assignment in film school was to film and edit together a silent short, then give it a soundtrack that completely altered the emotional response of the viewer. It was a demonstration of the equally-matched emotional power of picture and sound. It was a challenging exercise.

Today, I present you with two videos, both of which use nearly the same soundtrack, but with different pictures. This inverts the exercise. Watch them both, then

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Bar Exam

There. That's over.

It'll be three months before I know if I passed.

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An excerpt from a footnote in my <em>Law Review</em> article

Here is a hopefully useful excerpt from a footnote in my Law Review article. It's not the whole footnote, and I'm not going to share the entire article for at least some time, as I have other plans for it. But this one footnote, the result of many, many hours of research, could be useful to others and I thought I would share it.

(For those who are interested, the article is not really about

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"Knock, Knock!"

"Who's there?"


"Orange who?"

"Orange you glad you didn't vote for McCain!"

I still say Stevens is due - he'll be 89 this year. And Ginsburg has health issues. Luckily all three are part of the liberal bloc and will be replaced with liberals - not likely to upset court balance.

I'm in the middle of finals week in my last semester in law school. Assuming I pass everything, I'll graduate on May 17th,

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Over-the-Shoulder Boulder Holder

William Gluckin & Co. v. Int'l. Playtex Corp., 407 F.2d 177 (2d Cir. 1969), is an opinion upholding the issuance of a preliminary injunction against Playtex, manufacturer of, ahem, ladies' support garments, prohibiting Playtex from prosecuting a lawsuit it had filed against Woolworth & Co. for selling brassieres manufactured by Gluckin at Woolworth's stores in Georgia. See, what happened was this: Playtex had a patent, and Gluckin (allegedly) infringed the patent and sold the

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Finals are one down, three to go. As the kids say, "woot!"

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I am happy to announce that the unplanned, unannounced hiatus on which I have been for the past week or so is finally over! Excitement!

Unfortunately, the planned, announced hiatus on which I am now going has only just begun. Unfortunate!

The last few weeks of the semester are at hand, and will be followed inevitably and diabolically by the extremely unpleasant exam week. I'm sure there are fives, maybe even tens of you out

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This week, I've been filling out my "Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission to the Practice of Law" in the State of Key Midwestern Swing State. That is, an application that I have to fill out before I can be permitted to fill out an application to be allowed to take an examination to see if I'm allowed to be a lawyer. Yes, it is an application to be allowed to file another

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Last week was awful. If one were disposed to such abuses of language, one might assert that it sucked. One would be right. Slightly more than half of my deadlines are now in the past (and met!). I think I only have six or seven huge projects or assignments on my plate now. It's like a vacation. I have, literally, whole minutes of free time now. So luxurious.


I missed a lot this week.

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

All helpful urges should be circumvented.

Apparently I did so well on my citation check for the Key Midwestern Swing State University Law Review (that's Key M.W. Swing St. U. L. Rev. for you Bluebook fans) that the editors sought fit to offer me a research check that had been abruptly abandoned by another assistant editor. Always pleased to be recognized, I of course accepted. Now the planets have aligned and the Great Confluence

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Now Hear This

Wednesdays suck.

That is all.

PS: substantive post coming soon!

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The Importance of Being Earnest

A play of which I am not terribly fond.

The real subject of this post is bar requirements. For those unfamiliar with our American system of regulating the legal profession, all persons purporting to offer legal advice, or purporting to represent clients in court, must be licensed by the Supreme Court of the state wherein they are practicing. Like doctors, masotherapists, fortune-tellers, and taxidermists, state governments license lawyers, and no one without a license may

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On Equality (Brief)

Today, my law school hosted a mini-panel on equality as part of the University's ongoing "Diversity Week," and as part of the Law School's "Constitution Week." Several professors spoke on their research into equality and the Constitution. All three took a Progressivist stance.

By Progressivist, I mean this:

It is one thing to insist that the law be applied equally to all. It is entirely another to insist that equality requires the unequal application of

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Introducing the Excitement! Category

Since the beginning of the semester, the University has received a fairly consistent (and consistently bogus, but nonetheless consistently disruptive) stream of bomb threats.  One day, one building.   The next, another.  It was almost like some lazy and mischievous undergraduate, displeased with the crepuscular hour of his first class of the day, decided to send a little email.  A new one for each building for each day of the week.  They were always resolved without

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On Philosophy in Legal Education

As you already know, having thoroughly read and understood the About and Policies pages, I am a law student. I attend a public law school in a key Midwestern swing state. This information is specific enough to narrow the field to a handful of schools, but not so specific that my professors or fellow students might discover my identity. Such a discovery would likely result in an unpleasant situation, as I fully intend to engage

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