July 04, 2004

Solum on Justice(s)

Lawrence Solum comments on our current justices, the rule of law, and whether we should have 19 of them. Well worth a read:

The core of my point is simple: a results-oriented, closely-divided court poses grave dangers for the rule of law--dangers that are greater than those posed by a either results orientation or close division alone.

My thoughts on the matter? Future Con Law students will hate anyone who raises the number of justices they have to memorize by that amount.

May 10, 2004

Pre-Perspective Jitters

It is slightly more than 12 hours until I will have to start my Perspectives exam, and I'm full of jitters. I simply don't know enough of this stuff to make it through. What I do know about Perspectives is that the following would be great band names:
Robin West and the Fetal Invasion
Lesbian Ruler (not what you think)


UPDATE: One of my classmates points out that Naked Power Organ is also a particularly good band name.

May 09, 2004

Exam Status Update

Two down, two to go. Crim Law exam was a disaster, since I woke up at 9:30 for a 10:00 AM exam. Notably, the coffee didn't kick in until 10:45, so I basically took a three hour exam in four hours. Still, it wasn't too horrible.

I'm having a hard time motivating myself for the last two. After the sheer horror (which descended into farce) of the Con Law preparations, I just can't bring myself to the same level of anxiety. As always in times of self doubt, I think I should turn to science.

(Really, click the link. You won't be disappointed.)

April 17, 2004

Perspectives and Reg State Help

I've said it before, but it's worth repeating: if you're a Columbia 1L looking for a good overview of Perspectives and Reg. State terminology, you could do far worse than Lawrence Solum's Legal Theory Lexicon. Besides covering the basics, like what positive and normative mean, in the past few weeks he's covered an awful lot of territory that is useful review as exam season approaches. For instance, he's given good summaries of the following terms for Perspectives:

And for Foundations of the Regulatory State, the following might be helpful as an overview:

Of course, now I've shared, and thus eliminated some slight advantage on the curve. What the heck, I still think law school's all about sharing. Of course, it's just one author's ideas, and not a replacement for the vast amount of reading we've done this term, but for a one-site brushup, you could do worse.

April 06, 2004

Prof. Perspectives Meets Monty Python

Long ago, in my high school days, I was faced with an exam question on philosophers of the Enlightenment. Since I had a bit of time at the end of the exam, I used a quick mnemonic tool to make certain I'd covered all my bases. That tool was Monty Python's "Philosophers Song."

Now that we're reaching the end of our Perspectives in Legal Theory class, it's surprising just how useful the song might be again. Authors we've studied in bold, authors who've been mentioned in lectures or reading in italics:

Immanuel Kant was a real pissant
Who was very rarely stable.
Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar
Who could think you under the table.
David Hume could out-consume
Schopenhauer and Hegel,
And Wittgenstein was a beery swine
Who was just as schloshed as Schlegel.
There's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya
'Bout the raising of the wrist,
Socrates himself was permanently pissed...
John Stuart Mill, of his own free will,
On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.
Plato, they say, could stick it away
Half a crate of whiskey every day.
Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle,
Hobbes was fond of his dram,
And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart:
"I drink, therefore I am"
Yes, Socrates, himself, is particularly missed;
A lovely little thinker but a bugger when he's pissed!

So it seems we're more of a 'second verse' class this time...

March 08, 2004

Solum, Again...

If you're in my Perspectives class, it's worth looking at Prof. Solum's Legal Theory Lexicon entry on Rules, Standards, and Principles.

As far behind as I am, every little bit can't hurt.

January 12, 2004

So how does one get to Formalism?

Speaking of Prof. Solum, he's got his latest in a line of articles on formalism, Getting to Formalism. More a practical argument for how to move the judiciary towards formalist interpretation, he pushes for horizontal stare decisis in the Supreme Court. Unsure how I stand on that personally, but it's well worth a read.

For those new readers who didn't see my last post on its usefulness, by the way, I'd like to direct you to The Legal Theory Lexicon, also by Solum and of more immediate use to 1Ls. His last two topics, The Rule of Law and Positive and Normative Legal Theory featured or at least appeared in today's Perspectives class, so it's a helpful read.

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What I'm Reading

D.C. Noir

My city. But darker.
A Clockwork Orange

About time I read this...


Projects I've Been Involved With

A Round-the-World Travel Blog: Devil May Care (A new round-the-world travel blog, co-written with my wife)
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De Novo
Theory and Practice
Liberal Federalism?
Good News, No Foolin'

Nancy Pelosi covers her head and visits the head of John the Baptist.
Vlogging in from Austin.
Omikase/"American Idol"

Jeremy Blachman's Weblog: 2007
Happy Passover
Looking for Advice re: LA
Google Books

Stay of Execution
What I've Learned From This Blog, or My Yellow Underpants
The End
Mid Thirties

Legal Theory Blog
Program Announcement: Summer Programs on the Constitution at George Washington
Book Announement: Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy by Whittington
Entry Level Hiring Report

The Volokh Conspiracy
Making the Daily Show:
Civil unions pass New Hampshire House:
Profile of Yale Law Dean Harold Koh:

Crescat Sententia
Hillary II
Politics and Principal/Agents

Law Dork
Election Approaches
Following Lewis
New Jersey High Court: 'Same Rights and Benefits'

Surveying the revival
Birds of paradise

Half the Sins of Mankind
Cheney Has Spoken Religious conservatives who may ...
Does Ahmadinejad Know Christianity Better Than MSN...
Borders as Genocide In discussions of climate chan...
For lovers of garden gnomes...and any China-freaks out there
We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming

Does SOX explain the flight from NY?
More Litvak on SOX effect on cross-listed firms
What did the market learn from internal controls reporting?

The Yin Blog
Iowa City = Riyadh
Jeffrey Rosen's "The Supreme Court"
Geek alert -- who would win between Battlestar Galactica and the U.S.S. Enterprise?

Letters of Marque
And there we are

Signing Off

Dark Bilious Vapors
Jim (The Waco Kid): Where you headed, cowboy?
Bart: Nowhere special.
Jim: Nowhere special. I always wanted to go there.
Bart: Come on.
--"Blazing Saddles"

Technical Difficulties... please stand by....
The Onion should have gotten a patent first....

Legal Ethics Forum
Interesting new Expert DQ case
Decency, Due Care, and The Yoo-Delahunty Memorandum
Thinking About the Fired U.S. Attorneys

Ex Post
Student Symposium- Chicago!
More Hmong - Now at Law School
Good Samaritan Laws: Good For America?

Appellate Law & Practice
Those turned over documents
CA1: courts can’t help people acquitted of crimes purge the taint of acquitted conduct
CA1: restrictions on chain liquor stores in Rhode Island are STILL okay

the imbroglio
High schoolers turn in plagiarism screeners for copyright infringement
Paris to offer 20,600 bikes at 1,450 stations to rent by the end of the year

The Republic of T.
The Secret of the Snack Attack
links for 2007-04-04
Where You Link is What You Get

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