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Friday, December 20, 2002  

Christmas vaca'

I'm off for a week to prepare for a trip home (and then to actually go there.) Wishing you all the happiest of holidays,

posted by elle | Friday, December 20, 2002 |

Tuesday, December 17, 2002  

Which Supreme Court Justice Are You?

This test was evidently part of a lesson plan from a congressional learning web site. It's a neat test, especially since it allows you to rank not only your agreement/disagreement with certain policy issues but also the intensity of your choice. Measuring intensity has come to play an increasingly-touted role in developing better measures of public opinion, and has been offered (I think by Lani Guinier) as a means toward better-representative elections.

On to the results. If I were a Supreme Court justice, I would be:

#1 Breyer
#2 Souter
#3 Ginsburg
#4 Stevens
#5 O'Connor
#6 Kennedy
#7 Rehnquist
#8 Scalia
#9 Thomas

But what does it mean? Per the Ohio State results, I was a little surprised at that Breyer would top my list, as while he ranks as being fairly socially liberal (at least in the modern context), he falls a bit closer to the conservative end of the scale on economic issues. I would not describe myself as being fiscally conservative -- quite the opposite. Interesting, nonetheless.

By the way, this test comes to liable per Sua Sponte. So thanks!

posted by elle | Tuesday, December 17, 2002 |

Mini-Visit, etc.

I took a drive to MWU yesterday afternoon which, I don't think I've mentioned, is a reasonably short commute from my home. Having received my admission letter, I just wanted to get a feel for being in school again. As it turned out, I spent my brief time there in a different part of the campus, so the only glimpse I got of the law school community was the lone blond who was returning a hefty stack of books. August seems so far away, particularly since the 8 - 5 portion of my life is not terribly fulfilling right now.

Sigh. I keep telling H. to remind me of these moments -- my lusty dreams of law school (and of rsimply returning to school on a full-time basis) -- when I'm knee-deep in 'promissory estoppel' and am working to remember ubiquitous statute cites.

"Remind me how much I disliked my job! Remind me how much I wanted to be here!" I say. I'm sure he will.

posted by elle | Tuesday, December 17, 2002 |

Taking the Test

I spoke to a friend this weekend whose husband took the December LSAT. In explaining that her husband was optimistic about the results, she explained that the test began promptly at 8:15 (when apparently all the takers had been admitted) and was complete by noon. The husband had taken the test at the center nearest our homes; I had opted, during the October test, to take the LSAT at a center a bit farther away because it required fewer logistic hurdles (parking, etc.). I made the wrong decision in opting to do that.

Our test administrators took 40 minutes to get the entire group of us (perhaps 120?) seated in the auditorium; I think we were all in place by 8:50 or so. The lead administrator then left the auditorium, leaving her two assistants in charge. We sat silently for the next HOUR until the lead test administrator returned to the room. No explanation was offered. It had appeared as if one girl had arrived at the test center late and the administrators were debating whether or not to seat her, but she eventually left the room as if she'd been there on other business all along. By the time we finally finished the writing sample and the books were collected, it was 2:40 in the afternoon.

I almost canceled my score before I left the testing center. It was a fairly miserable experience and, despite the cost to law school applicants of sitting for the test and the requisite LSDAS registration/reporting fees, I'm not sure that I (or any other students in similar poor-administration situations) have any recourse.

posted by elle | Tuesday, December 17, 2002 |

Monday, December 16, 2002  

Year in Ideas

The New York Times Magazine (free registration required)has issued its "2nd Annual Year in Ideas" issue. The wealth of theory-, trend-, and gadget-devoted snippets from the issue -- including "Outsider Math" -- are now available online.

posted by elle | Monday, December 16, 2002 |

The (Guarded?) Optimist's Manifesto

"...After rambling thousands of miles, I've found that people generally (not always) mean well; that things generally work out; and that when they don't, I am generally competent enough to deal with it."

-- "We gambled and lost everything we didn't need" by Kate Convissor

posted by elle | Monday, December 16, 2002 |
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