Pledge Under God…Or You Land In Jail

Now you know that if you don’t recite the pledge of allegiance, you can land in jail.

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I’m trying to forget my 1L year.  It’s gone.  Done with.  A distant memory.  All that remains is the grades.  But hopefully, that will also be gone.

It was a miserable experience, and now I just want to move forward.  And the best way to forget, it seems, is to take some Ginko Biloba pills.

Since they do nothing for the memory.  I asked G what he thought of Ginko, what it was used for.  G said to enhance memory.  Most people think that.  It’s just not true.  There is no research to back it up.  In fact, there is only research to refute it.

It’s a sham.  Just like astrology.  And you’d be amazed to know how many people still buy Ginko pills and read up on what a Taurus is supposed to be doing today.

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Love Potion #9: Law School Finals

It’s finals season across the land.  Which, of course, means mania has gripped us all.  Definitely the underprepared, but I don’t think the over-prepared are immune.

I think I’m going to avoid being around other law students, entirely.  They either whine about how they are not where I am or they make me nervous that I am not where they are.

But where is it we are supposed to be?  I think if the first final is two weeks away, I should be done with my outline for that class and working on memorizing and practicing with old exams.  The latter, in my opinion, more important than any thing else.

The first semester of law school, to me at least, was all about the asthetics of my outline.  One of my professors, however, reminded me long after finals were over, that we get graded on exams and not outlines.  Agreed.

Don’t get me wrong, my outlines are still pretty.  But I’m not going to spend the rest of the semester perfecting them.  It’s amazing how much time I wasted on them before.

It’s not as if there wasn’t enough to stress about.  Which brings me to the stress of it all.  People can’t hand any of it, though.  I’m amazed at how it breaks people down, turns them inside out, cuts open their weak souls.  Best friends stop talking to each other completely.  Yelling, screaming, get the hell away from me type of stuff.   One law school couple broke up.  An engagement got called off.

Although, to be fair, two couples formed behind closed study room doors, one is long over now, but the other one is still going strong.  Which, in itself, is kind of one of the oddities of school.  There was this boy who had no chance with this girl.  The very idea of the two of them together was a joke.  But this kid was smart.  He created a dish that was too powerful to overcome, a love potion,  concocted with finals stress, multiple-choice practice exams, probably some Chopin piece, and good old fashioned persistence.  He broke the girl down, inch by inch, her walls of resistance crumbled.  They are inseparable now.  Smart kid, if you ask me.

Anyway, I have to go outline.  I’m curious to see what drama unfolds in the next two weeks.

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Your school either shot up, shot down, or um…stayed Yale.

You’ll justify it either as you’ve earned it, the ratings are arbitrary, or you’re Yale.

Personally, in my opinion (redundant), I think (redundant) that you’re just lazy and want to use your school’s rankings to compensate for your inability to earn top grades.

My school is both critical of the ranking system and careful to pat itself on the back for a well deserved number.

I heard law students gathering in the dining hall, discussing what this means to their futures.  I wanted to tell them that it means nothing since they won’t have jobs when they graduate.  I realize life is about being optimistic and all, but have you seen the numbers lately?  Let’s get real.

9 months after graduation, passing the bar will be a distant fading memory, a distraction while you tweak your resume for a job in finance or marketing.

Or you may one of the most over qualified customer service operators at AT&T.

I think I’m going to learn to create iPhone apps.

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CLS v. Martinez

Sometimes I really hate being in law school and seeing both sides of issues.  It really makes for a conflicted me.

On the one hand, I see what CLS is saying.  On the other hand, I see what Martinez is saying.

It’s all really about what we are willing to sacrifice.

CLS says if they allow anyone and everyone, then they cannot stand for what they want to stand for.   They will be forced to be a contradiction, a juxtaposition of what they are and what they are not.

Alternatively, they say that they can be overrun by those that do not believe in their beliefs.  If there are five of them currently in the group, they could be forced to allow 20 that disagree with them to also join the group.  Those 20 non-believers can now vote the original 5 out and shut the whole organization down by a vote of 20 to 5.  That’s 4 to 1 ratio.

Martinez says they cannot grant public taxpayer money to an organization that excludes people based on religion, a fundamental protection granted by the Constitution.

So it’s really about what we value more.  Do we value prohibition on exclusion based on religion?  Or do we value the freedom to be whoever we want to be?  In other words, do we value the freedom to be who we want to be and thus, be able to discriminate, as a state, based on religion?  Or we do want to prohibit discrimination based on religion, and in the process, take away the freedom to organize with others who share our beliefs?

Here’s a link to the oral arguments.

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