Writing Competition Update

I’m a bit under the weather today and it’s affecting my ability to study. “Study? I thought this guy was done with law school for the year?” Ah, that’s what I thought too, but the writing competition is a major project. I’m on to the substantive part now which is a lot more fun than fixing up citiations. Our topic has to do with trademarks. Did you know that Barnum & Bailey Circus sued Utah for using the phrase, “The Greatest Snow on Earth!”? (Barnum lost.) 170 F.3d 449. (I’d find some cool links but I’m not allowed to conduct any outside research, so I’ll have to wait to look this stuff up. I won’t be reading any comments on this post until after May 20th either.)

Most Creative Cities

According to Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, I am on a tour of the most creative cities in the U.S. My former domicile, San Francisco, comes in first place, followed by my current domicile, Boston, at number three. Seattle is number five.
Florida created a “Creativity Index” for each city based on “Creative Class” (workers who primarily produce creative content), High Tech, Innovation, and Diversity. Check out the rankings and the maps.

BBC Sampling Documentary

A few days ago BBC Radio 1 broadcast a pretty good documentary about sampling beats for hip-hop tracks. Usually these types of documentaries discuss the legal aspects of sampling, from copyright laws to their impact on the music. This one just talks about the practical aspects (not how samplers are used, but how samples are discovered), and includes some very famous beats. It’s a nice change, not that I don’t enjoy the legal discussions as well. Radio 1 produced a documentary on record collecting awhile back that wasn’t nearly as good.
I spent a huge portion of the day working on the writing competition for next year’s journals. This thing is going to take a lot of time. I finally decided to take a break and add the long awaited (for me anyway) commenting ability to this site, using YACCS. If all goes well, you should now be able to comment on all of my posts.

End of First Year

My first year of law school is officially over. The last exam half easy (essay questions) and half impossible (multiple choice). It doesn’t really matter though, the entire year of work is completed, and our grades will be determined without further student influence.
Thus it’s been a long weekend of doing basically nothing. I cleaned up my room yesterday and got rid of all those old exams and notes that were laying all over the floor. I listed a bunch of books on half.com, but they don’t seem to be showing up yet (half.com is bad about that).
There is still one more task before I can finally put the year to rest. Due next week is the writing competition memo. To be on a journal next year, one has to do a good job on the writing competition, so there’s still a bit of work to do.

Last 1L Exam

It’s the final countdown to my last exam of my first year of law school: Civil Procedure. I was feeling pretty good about it this afternoon after taking last year’s exam as a practice test. After arguing about collateral estoppel for an hour this evening, I’m not so relaxed. Time to get some sleep.

Keep Up with the Jones

I’m amazed to discover that Jesus Jones is not only still a band, but that they put out an album in 1997, another one recently, and they’re about to tour the US! This was one of my favorite bands back in junior high. They made it big with one hit “Right Here, Right Now” from their second album “Doubt”. They put out a third album “Perverse” in 1993. By then they were fading from glory. I bought an autographed copy of it for $3 when I was in high school. (For the Seattle kids, I bought it at that “Top Cash” place on the Ave. That place rocks.)
The true glory of Jesus Jones, in my opinion, was their first album, “Liquidizer”. Bring-bring, bring, bring it on down. Oh yeah. That song made it into Rock and Roll High School Forever, staring Cory Feldman. Rent it tonight!

Law Site Suit

The Contracts exam is now over. It was as difficult as expected so keep your fingers crossed for me. By the time I get the grade it will probably be long forgotten, but then I can pick up my bluebook and ponder the confusing questions once again.
Now there is only one class left for which to study: Civil Procedure. I don’t mind it. (Funny, because I hated it at the beginning of the year.) So it’s going to be couple days of thinking about how it all fits together. Unlike property or Contracts, there aren’t massive amounts of rules and exceptions to learn. Instead, there is a little bit more policy stuff. Plus I feel like we didn’t cover as much this semester as last.
In other news. A student at Louisiana State University Law Center is being sued for copyright infringement due to his domain name: lsulaw.com. A New York Times headline reads, “Welcome to Our Law School, Young Man. We’ll See You in Court.” I think that’s pretty funny. Checking out his site, it doesn’t look like it’s super popular. According to Google, there are no sites that link to it. I’m sure all that has changed with the release of the article, which not only makes me want to link to it, but also makes me want to ask him for a link to lawschooldiscussion.org. He’s undoubtedly seeing a lot of traffic today.
Good luck on your exams Mr. Dorhauer, and good luck with your law suit.

Looming Contracts Exam

My Contracts exam is less than one day away. (I capitalize “Contracts” to show my respect.) I always liked Contracts. I’d say it was easily my favorite class this year. Still, I’m a bit worried about the exam. The issue spotting is tough, and the issues are detailed. I’ve been taking a lot of practice exams and they’re tough. (If anyone is interested, there are plenty of past exams from my professor (Pettit) and others in the Harvard Law School Exam Archive, not available from the website are the memos explaining what the professor was looking for, but I can assure you there is a lot going on in those questions.)
In other news, I noticed that this page has been linked from Law Student Paradise. Welcome to anyone visiting from there. This is the first real link to this site (that I am aware of) and now I feel strangely obligated to talk about law school and not to miss an update. I’m hoping to add a “comments” feature where you all can comment on my posts, but that’s probably going to have to wait until the summer (T = – one week).

Reflex Tester

If you’re looking for a true waste of time, check out the Reflex Tester. It’s not really a game. It’s not really that interesting. It’s not really very addicting (though the site claims that it is). It’s fun for a minute or two, which is all the time you should be wasting anyway.
My best time so far is .18 seconds. (Hint: hold down the stop button)