Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
As far as I can tell, law school's pedagogical method is not--and has never been--focused on helping prepare students for the specific legal problems they'll face in their careers. Rather, the objective is to provide students with a broad framework for resolving issues that will ultimately be confronted in practice. Whether shirking pragmatism in this manner is sensible is subject to debate from students and faculty alike, but it is a reality. And a reality that makes it less likely that any substantive law learned will ever be more helpful in the workforce than a brief survey of caselaw. (After all, professors have different emphases and the law has this pesky tendency to change.)
Given that, I'm inclined to think it really doesn't matter all that much. But if it does, I suppose there's a second question worth considering: why offer the supposed "soft" courses at all? Thoughts?
Monday, January 25, 2010
Obama will also call for caps on some student loans, limiting a borrower's payments to 10 percent of his or her income, and forgiving all remaining debt after 10 years of payment for those in public service work — and 20 years for all others.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Read about it here.
Monday, January 18, 2010
When the court first ruled in June that prosecutors may not submit reports from such labs without accompanying testimony, the four dissenting justices warned that the decision would impose a “crushing burden” on prosecutors. Several of them repeated that point Monday.
“I don’t know except anecdotally,” Justice Stephen G. Breyer said, “but Massachusetts seems to be having huge problems.” That depends on whom you talk to. The chief trial counsel of the district attorney’s office in Boston, which handles about half of the state’s drug cases, told a symposium at the New England School of Law in November that “the sky is not falling.”
“Despite the dire predictions,” the prosecutor, Patrick M. Haggan, said, “defendants have not walked free. In the vast majority of cases where we have been required to produce the analyst’s live testimony, we’ve had that analyst there.”
Poor predictions are not confined to dissents. Writing for eight justices in Clinton v. Jones, the 1997 decision allowing a sexual harassment case against President Bill Clinton to move forward, Justice John Paul Stevens confidently asserted that “it appears to us highly unlikely to occupy any substantial amount” of Mr. Clinton’s time. The aftermath of the decision dominated much of Mr. Clinton’s second term.
Maybe cheering for one's team in an opposing stadium suffices to establish probable cause for an arrest or brief detention? It strikes me as crazy, but maybe that's because I'm just as likely to be screaming my lungs out for the J-E-T-S in Indianapolis this weekend?
Update (10/20): The New York Post weighs in.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman does not file his own taxes in part because he believes the tax code is complex.During an interview on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program that aired on Sunday, Shulman said he uses a tax preparer for his own returns."I've used one for years. I find it convenient. I find the tax code complex so I use a preparer," Shulman said.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
The report, handed to Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand on Wednesday, says Google and other Internet portals should be slapped with a new tax on their online ad revenues in France to fund the development of legal outlets for buying books, movies and especially music on the Internet.
'Where does it start and stop? The argument is that Google has culpability for declining music revenues because people start searches for illegal files often by Google,' said Mark Mulligan, vice president of Forrester Research. But 'what about the computers? Because without the computer people wouldn't be able to download. And then what about the electricity that powers the computer?'
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Hans is considering purchasing each of six items arranged from left to right on a shelf at the travelers' warehouse—a razor, a stereo, a television, a UV lamp, a video camera, and a watch. Each of these items is powered either by batteries or by an adapter, but not by both. The following conditions apply:
- The UV lamp is either the leftmost or the rightmost item on the shelf.
- No item powered by batteries is adjacent to any other item powered by batteries.
- The watch is powered by batteries.
- The fourth item on the shelf is not powered by an adapter.
- The razor, which is powered by batteries, is to the left of the watch, and to the right of the video camera and the stereo.
Which of the following could be true?(A) The UV lamp is the sixth item on the shelf.
(B) The razor is the third item on the shelf.
(C) The fifth item on the shelf is powered by batteries.
(D) The stereo is powered by batteries.
(E) Both the UV lamp and the video camera are powered by batteries.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Although he has received wide public support during his mayoral career, Bloomberg is now presented with the task of forcing New Yorkers to cut back as he deals with the struggling economy. A strong advocate for educational reform through essentially getting rid of "bad" teachers based on student performance, he will also have to deal with a new set of city councilmembers, many of whom advocate much more parent involvement in school board decisions. For the next few years, Bloomberg can be sure that his decisions will be scrutinized, and his actions dissected, because he needs to show New York that he deserved a third term. Congratulations, Mayor Bloomberg, and just keep in mind that a fourth term is out of the question!