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Friday, August 08, 2003  

Law and Order: Artistic Intent

I'm guessing a number of attorneys and law students are fans of the three shows that comprise the Law and Order franchise, perhaps because of their interesting portrayal of legal conflicts. However, the creators of Law and Order: Artistic Intent are fans of a different feather altogether. Personally, I like the Law and Order coloring book best.

Link courtesy of La Di Da

posted by elle | Friday, August 08, 2003 |


Thursday, August 07, 2003  

Books and the law school mafia?

$334 later, I've almost finished purchasing my books for the semester. I've taken care of Torts, Contracts, Civ Pro and Intro to the Law; I'm waiting for a few LRW texts that haven't yet made it to the bookstore. No sign of the snitty bookstore lady (henceforth, "SBL"), so it was a nearly guilt-free purchase.

"C'mere... you're taking this very personal." - Sonny Corleone to Michael Corleone

I did buy one optional book for Civ Pro, but, taking the advice of the 1L bloggers before me, I stayed away from the hornbooks, flash cards and study guides for the time being.

Our student handbook encourages membership in the MWU Student Bar Association. Beyond parties, the $78, three-year membership gets you a 6% discount at our bookstore. I handed over my check this morning so that I'd have the membership card in hand. Heaven forbid I should be without it and meet the SBL in the law book aisles unprepared.

I was expecting Judy, the Dean's Office Assistant, to handwrite my name onto a generic MWU-SBA card. However, the cards were already filled out; she pulled mine from a small, plastic box full of cards, my name neatly typed in. I took from this that while the handbook recommends membership in the MWU-SBA, it's not really all that optional. It's assumed you'll join despite the price tag, the paltry bookstore discount qualifying as the 'offer we can't refuse.' You're a law student. You'd better join the SBA, if you know what's good for you.

And so, I did. But maybe I shouldn't be complaining??

"Fredo, you're my older brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides, with anyone, against the family again. Ever." -- Michael to Fredo Corleone

posted by elle | Thursday, August 07, 2003 |


Wednesday, August 06, 2003  

Sublime

. Demeter Fragrances. I found my first bottle of Demeter -- the Chocolate Brownie scent -- at a small gift store not far from my house. Yum. I ordered lotion yesterday. A would-be attorney needs a signature scent, no? But should it be Dirt, Pumpkin Pie or Gin & Tonic? How about Paperback or Pipe Tobacco? Scroll through the list of cologne fragrances and pick one for yourself.
. Stephen Levitt. The NYTimes (free registration required) profiles the creative, if self-deprecating, Chicago U. economist in this week's Magazine.
.Timbuktu Bags. Customize your own messenger bag.
. Marc Jacobs Perfume Solid. I covet the scent, but its out of my price range for smelly stuff. (See above reference to $17.50/bottle Demeter.)
. Suave Aloe Vera shampoo. Lest I sound too high-maintenance, I'm a devotee of this 99 cent shampoo. Wundershampoo.

posted by elle | Wednesday, August 06, 2003 |
 

Orientate me

I'm curious, so I'm surveying.

TOPIC: Law school orientation

AUDIENCE: The almost-1Ls and any ex-1Ls that would like to share.

QUESTIONS: Does your university have an orientation program for new law students? If so, how long does it last? What kinds of subjects will be covered?

THE LIABLE RESPONSE: The MWU program lasts for two days and takes place the Monday and Tuesday before the first week of classes. I haven't received any information about topics.

Post your answers in the comments, specifying whether you're an ex-1L or a 1L2B; I'll gather and make a full post of the results later.

posted by elle | Wednesday, August 06, 2003 |


Tuesday, August 05, 2003  

A briefer brief

Waddling Thunder creates a briefer brief for Vosburg:

"Idiot Kid 1 kicks IK2. IK2's leg falls off. IK1 liable for all- eggshell skull. Big case."

Sweetness.

posted by elle | Tuesday, August 05, 2003 |
 

To brief or not to brief

A question to current or former law students about class preparation:
Assuming that I'll take notes regardless, is there a need to create formal briefs for cases mentioned only in footnotes? The first assignment in our Torts casebook (Cases and Materials on Torts, Epstein, 7th) includes 10 pages of material; of those, only three are comprised of text related to Vosburg v. Putney. The rest are lengthy footnotes which mention assorted other cases, including Garratt v. Dailey, but not in much detail.

I want to be as prepared as possible for class, but I have no idea if formal briefs are necessary in these cases. Thoughts? Is this a depends-on-the-professor situation?

posted by elle | Tuesday, August 05, 2003 |


Monday, August 04, 2003  

My First Case Brief

Sounds like the name of a children's book for children-who-would-be-attorneys, doesn't it?

Vosburg v. Putney
50 N.W. 403 (Wis. 1891)

FACTS:
12-year old Defendant George Putney kicked 14-year old Plaintiff Andrew Vosburg in the shin while in a classroom in their school in Waukesha, WI on February 1, 1889. Plaintiff did not feel the kick, but felt violent pain shortly after. Experienced severe medical problems in leg, resulting in inability to further use leg and black and blue spots where kick had occurred. Leg had been injured Jan. 1 by “coasting,” but medical witnesses said kick was cause of injury as it led microbes to enter Jan. 1 wound.

Trial verdict was for Plaintiff in the amt of $2800. Appealed and new trial ordered, which awarded $2500 to Plaintiff. Wisconsin Supreme Court (Lyon, J.) reverses and calls for new trial.

ISSUE:
Whether a battery occured (and damages are justified) as the result of an action by Defendant if Defendant did not intend to harm Plaintiff?

HOLDING:
Damages are enforceable if the Defendant intends to engage in an unlawful action, regardless of his or her intent to cause harm as a result of that action. Defendant is liable for all injuries resulting directly from the wrongful act, whether they could or could not have been foreseen by him.

REASONING:
The Defendant did not have an “implied license” to commit the act, so the act was unlawful. Further, if the intended act was unlawful, the intention to commit is must necessarily be unlawful.

posted by elle | Monday, August 04, 2003 |
 

Book-buying extravaganza

I've been heavily investing in our local behemoth bookstore for the last few days, buying stacks of books as if they're going out of style. (And perhaps they will come August 25.) A few that I've purchased and really enjoy:

1. Schott's Original Miscellany by Ben Schott. If you crave information, this is the book for you. A handsome, small thing, Schott's contains scores of lists, charts and graphs on everything from palmistry to presidents, from the "Curious Deaths of Burmese Kings" to an orchestra schematic. It is a joy and has been given a permanent position beside my laptop.

2. Making Journals by Hand by Jason Thompson and The Decorated Page by Gwen Diehn. If you're interested in the process through which artists and laypeople create extraordinary journal-based art, these are two great books to review. Beyond the advice they give for creating book art (wax resist, binding new books, encrustation), they both contain galleries of a small sample of lovely, hand-crafted journals.

3. Calligraphy Alphabets Made Easy by Margaret Shepherd and The Origami Handbook by Rick Beech. The common subcategory here? Keeping anxious, moderately type-A hands busy. As an added bonus, the skills are also useful if you're interested in the book/journal art stuff mentioned above.

4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. I usually avoid book club selections, but Dave Barry recommended this one on the Today Show and I couldn't resist. It was great. The story is told from the perspective of a 15-year old boy with Ausberger's Syndrome (SP?) who attempts to uncover who killed his next-door neighbor's poodle. It is, as you might imagine, bittersweet, but the voice of Christopher, the narrator, is an incredibly original one.

posted by elle | Monday, August 04, 2003 |
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