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Just how important are law clerks?
Justices do occasionally hire dissenting clerks; Scalia, for example, had Larry Lessig and Christine Jolls as clerks, and you couldn't call either a conservative. (And thanks for the link, monju_bosatsu!)
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 11:39 AM on February 15, 2006
esquire, Saucy is mostly right. Only a few of the clerks hired for next term are not recent law school grads, for example. There has been a trend toward hiring more mature and experienced clerks in recent years (Professor Orin Kerr clerked for O'Connor in OT 2004, IIRC), but the stereotypical bright-eyed Ivy grad with little legal experience remains the rule, not the exception.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 1:51 PM on February 15, 2006
Wow, one whole year of legal experience counts as more than a little? Especially if that one year is at a firm, where you're probably doing monkey work and training, color me unimpressed.

You do have me on Kerr's clerkship year. He took me on a tour of the Court, but I forgot which summer it was.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 2:04 PM on February 15, 2006

FED. R. APP. P. 32.1
Awesome post, and RIP, Judge Richard.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 2:20 PM on February 13, 2006

Matthew Koso Goes To Jail
The Full Faith and Credit Clause has always been subject to the "public policy exception," which permits states to refuse to recognize or enforce the pronouncements of another state if they have a strong public policy against doing so. This has been recognized repeatedly during the same-sex marriage debates. If Nebraska has a strong, extant, articulated public policy against adults having sex with 13 year olds (which it apparently does) it need not recognize their marriage at all.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 3:49 PM on February 8, 2006

thinking of sending a telegram - STOP
Their service was a ripoff and I'm not surprised to hear that they're shutting it down. I sent a telegram to a former boyfriend in 2004 and they charged an arm and a leg, got the message wrong, had terrible customer service, and only delivered during business hours M-F. Additionally, they outsourced delivery to DHL, so it's not like you got a cheery guy in a Western Union uniform ringing your doorbell and handing you a telegram; instead a DHL truck pulled up, shoved a standard business envelope… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 10:16 AM on February 1, 2006

Lifeboat ethics
The sparing of the cook is interesting when compared with the cannibalism by the crew of the whaleship Essex, in which the first four men to be eaten were African-American.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 10:13 AM on January 8, 2006

The Jennifer Porter Case
It's not really accurate to say that her father helped her cover it up; it sounded more like she was alternatively suicidally hysterical and borderline catatonic after coming out of her shock trance and the parents and her sister's fiance did the work of hiding and cleaning the car. She wanted to turn herself in and her parents talked her out of doing so, at least until she had a lawyer. When faced to choose between the law of her community and the injunctions of her parents, the latter… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 2:44 PM on December 28, 2005

Man, that's deep
The Purple Cow
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:07 PM on November 26, 2005

the cavalry is coming, the cavalry is coming
NY Times is reporting 31 dead in that nursing home.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 10:12 AM on September 4, 2005

Yellow is the new black.
That's even uglier than the ads would be, if only because of the unfortunate choice of color.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 2:43 PM on August 10, 2005

pill poppin'
lodurr, the commenters on Making Light combed Tessy's entire blog for any entries about her job with Olen (results here and here).

The reason people haven't given any examples of confidences betrayed is that there weren't any.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 7:02 AM on July 20, 2005

Do girls box?
To teach a beautiful young girl what is perhaps the ugliest and most brutal "sport" in the world I find almost indescribably sad.

Would you be less sad if she was a homely young girl? What about a handsome young boy?
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:59 AM on July 11, 2005
Girls who participate in sports are less likely to get pregnant or use drugs. From here:

The positive effects of sports on grades are especially pronounced among Latinas, the ethnic group with the highest teen birth rate.

Seniesa's dad is a deeply imperfect person, but he's got Olympic dreams for his daughter. Compare this to her mother, who wants her to be a cheerleader and get interested in boys. Sounds like a one-way… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:30 AM on July 11, 2005
Look, delmoi, the girl is from a seriously disadvantaged background and an unstable home. Do you really think she's better off experimenting with heroin like her dad than boxing? Or better off having sex younger? Do you honestly think that this family is going to give the girl a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves and get her on the Pill? That doesn't seem to be happening for most Latina girls.
(And my high school had its share of knocked up cheerleaders, so I'm just extrapolating from experience.)
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:13 PM on July 11, 2005

Band booster busts big business
Texas does not have a state income tax.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:00 PM on May 12, 2005

Isn't slavery illegal? Well, defacto slavery may not be ...
I found this to be the most disturbing sentence in the entire article:

Given the high incidence of fathers raping daughters with wives away, the housemaids were told not to entrust older girls to their fathers.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:32 AM on May 8, 2005

Talabangilists have taken over the GOP
thomcatspike, if you live near a state line and the closest major metro area is in the other state, you are quite likely to have to do so.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 4:02 PM on April 27, 2005

Financial sensibility... in America? Wow!
IndigoJones: 24, with parents who ran up 60-70K in credit card debt over the course of their marriage, which then promptly imploded. After the divorce (I helped out in the division of property by splitting up the debts: Sears card for dad, Penney's for mom, etc.), the credit card companies called half a dozen times a day; to this day I hate it when the phone rings a lot. That was ten years ago. This year my mother finally paid off the consolidation loan her parents had to go out on a limb and… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 7:48 PM on April 25, 2005
I am genuinely curious, dame—are you arguing that we all have some sort of moral entitlement to both a job we enjoy and whatever level of creature comforts we require to be happy? You’ve taken some steps to make your choice of job less burdensome, but the longer you go on consuming more than you earn the greater debt you will accumulate. Will you still be joyful when you are old and owe some massive sum to creditors? How does your refusal to choose affect your future prospects for retirement?
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:37 AM on April 26, 2005
sorry for the misunderstanding re: your repayment rates. I suppose the problem is that "a reasonable level of creature comforts" is contextual and changes over time; few of us would want to retire and have our current standard of living, if everyone 50 years in the future is zipping around in flying cars and watching virtual reality TV. That's the sort of goad that makes me worry about saving now, along with the possibility that something could happen that would make it difficult or… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 11:49 AM on April 26, 2005

Joe Millionaire: 1, Battle of the Network Stars: 0
In this profile of Andrea Levy, prizewinning British author, she admits to having learned how to tell stories from watching TV (she never read a book all the way through until she was 23) and that she can spot other authors of her generation who have done the same. I found this appalling. Then again, I'm one of those snobs who doesn't watch TV.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:27 AM on April 25, 2005

Terry Bressi's long saga
I understand that Hiibel's holding is narrower than that, IshmaelGraves. It says that in the context of a Terry stop (which must be based on "a law enforcement officer?'s reasonable suspicion that a person may be involved in criminal activity"), the target of the Terry stop can be required to identify himself. If there was no reasonable suspicion to instigate the stop, then you cannot be forced to show ID. Since it sounds like the cops here had no particular basis for stopping Bressi,… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:30 PM on April 12, 2005

Who is Too Important for Prison?
mek, it was a rape prosecution. It's very common for someone to plead to a lesser included offense. And there are plenty of reasons to allow a plea other than a weak case by the prosecution, like maybe a rape victim not wanting to relive the entire experience in the freaking courtroom. Maybe she thought the typical 5-11 year sentence for the lesser offense was sufficient punishment.

BTW, some states (although not Penn.) now do not have separate "rape"… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:38 PM on March 6, 2005
There's a difference between basing a sentence on future dangerousness or likelihood of recidivism and basing it on past actions that do not bear on those issues. Whether he does great work for brain injury patients is not indicative of whether he will rape again.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:26 AM on March 7, 2005

A brave woman
How could even the most incompetent and uncooperative police investigation suppress the victim's testimony? And there was not a single witness who could be called to confirm her story, if a woman's word is not enough?
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:18 PM on March 5, 2005
Okay, this article says she did testify. Were the apparently required four male Muslim witnesses lacking?
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:57 PM on March 5, 2005

Byrd on the Nuclear Option
For an exhaustive history of the filibuster and an argument in favor of changing Senate rules, see this recent article (warning: very large PDF).
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 10:52 PM on March 1, 2005

Instant Flame War! Just add MeFi.
Just to add diversity:

0 on the Moral Order axis, -6.5 on the Moral Rules axis.

1. System: Conservatism, Liberalism
2. Variation: Economic Conservatism, Economic Liberalism
3. Ideologies: Conservative NeoLiberalism, Progressive NeoLiberalism
4. US Parties: Republican Party
5. Presidents: Ronald Reagan (90.89%)
6. 2004 Election Candidates: George W. Bush (76.93%), John Kerry (76.10%), Ralph Nader (57.55%)
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:18 PM on February 21, 2005

Pay It Forward.
What's the basis for recovery here? The article doesn't say what tort was alleged. How is knocking on a door a wrongful (or even negligent) act? The woman is a nasty, paranoid whack-job, but the judge is also way out there.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 4:54 PM on February 4, 2005
Skwirl: I too did some searching and could not find any cases where an action for trespass on a doorstep was maintained in which the defendant did not have some prior notice (a sign or a previous warning, injunction, or restraining order). Without an underlying tort, I can't see how this crazy *&^% could recover. People shouldn't be contacting the reporter, they should be writing to the judge.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:11 PM on February 4, 2005
A local radio show is soliciting donations for the girls. From the link:
If you want to send a donation (check or money order) to the girls to help pay off the judgement, or a letter of support, you can send it to Taylor Ostergaard, 415 County Road 307, Durango, Colorado 81303. Notes to Lindsey Jo Zeletti can be sent to the same address.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:31 AM on February 5, 2005
chuq, they only knocked on the doors of houses where lights were on. Their deranged wombat of a neighbor (home with her adult daughter and mother, by the way) had her kitchen light on, which was visible from the street.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 1:59 PM on February 5, 2005

Eventually You'll Get Pretend Cancer
Mmm, those chalky-but-delicious candy cigarettes. And bubble gum cigars, complete with gold paper rings. And Big League Chew!
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:50 AM on January 28, 2005

Use of AbsorbShun natural powder in any quantity may cause temporary tenderness and micro abrasions to the genital area.
Apologies; I should have said sub-Saharan Africa. According to the research, this is a prevalent practice in 11 countries in that region (mostly in rural areas), although it is also found in southeast Asia and the Caribbean. I'm not trying to stereotype, but simply wished to call attention to a cultural practice that occurs over a relatively wide geographical area of a continent. But please don't think that just because your part of Africa doesn't embrace this practice that it's not a problem in… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 4:44 PM on January 27, 2005
. . . frightening. On preview, what Specklet said.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 4:46 PM on January 27, 2005

Looking for the perfect painting to compliment your living room?
They gave Kearney a B+, but seem unaware that his portrait is actually of Myra Hindley, another serial killer. Surely Kearney should get extra points for the recursive subject matter.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:41 PM on January 23, 2005

That 20% figure has to be inflated. A sexual assault taking place before the age of consent could mean a 17 year old having someone grab her ass on the subway - hardly in the same class as child molestation, and possibly more common years ago (when the adult women surveyed were minors) than today.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 4:01 PM on January 23, 2005

Nathalia Edenmont!
I got into a flaming match with another blogger about this woman a few months ago. I put her morally on par with a guy who wears a leather jacket - untroubling for an omnivore.

For those of you who think she should have used already dead animals: isn't this more honest? Going to the animal shelter after they've gassed the cats and picking out the ones you need and killing the some homeless cats yourself end up with the same number of dead cats. At least doing it yourself… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 5:40 AM on January 11, 2005

St. Andrew's Face Morpher
How weird is it that I think masculinized me is cute?
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 4:37 PM on January 10, 2005

Affirmative Action hurts Black Students?
Whether you receive a "better" education at an elite law school is debatable. Professors at elite schools are hired due to their ability to create and publish innovative legal theories, not their ability to teach. Also, the subject matter of the courses in elite schools, especially "national" law schools that cannot tie their curriculum to the law of a particular state, is not especially relevant to passing the bar. It's possible that someone who would be a marginal student… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 5:42 PM on December 22, 2004
It depends on what your goals are. The top firms aren't going to recruit at State U Law. But if you have crap grades at Harvard, you won't get a job at a top firm, even after accounting for firm-practiced affirmative action. So you will end up at the same mid-tier, probably regional firm that you could have worked for if you'd been a good student at State U Law, except passing the bar is a huge hurdle because you've spent the last three years struggling with amorphous theory rather than the law… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 6:44 PM on December 22, 2004
Mid, you are right that it's hard to get below a C at an elite law school, and if by elite job you mean working at *a* firm for 80-100K/year, then yes, anyone can get one. But that's not considered an elite job at an elite school.

Re: the bar: it's my understanding that regional schools spend a significant amount of time doing either practical work (legal writing, clinicals) or ramming home the substantive law of the jurisdiction in which their graduates will practice.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:01 AM on December 23, 2004
I disagree, if only because I have URM friends with GPAs below a B who can't get a job at a Skadden-level firm, or at least not in a major market city. All the usual qualifications about anecdotal evidence apply, I suppose.

P.S. Skadden actually pays a higher starting salary than more "elite" firms, but that's because they're a sweatshop of the highest order.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 12:25 PM on December 23, 2004

No Fucking Tenure For You!
Nah, that's code for "not a 19 year old crybaby who's never been in the real world or heard naughty language."

I wonder how student at SUU discuss the First Amendment. Even my grandfatherly conservative Con Law prof had to drop the f-bomb when covering Cohen v. California.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 10:36 AM on December 16, 2004

Google, the Library
thanks for that chart, melissa may. I am studying for my copyright exam (or should be) right now and that's a very handy format.

random query for robocop is bleeding: is there some reason why the Harvard library has tons of science fiction and fantasy novels in Hebrew only? Do donors give conditional bequests for the purchase of books or is this some cruel joke by the purchasing department?
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:54 AM on December 14, 2004

Revenge of the 1Ls
I agree with languagehat. They're not cursed - they're just superstitious whiners.

"Everyone who has been damaged by an interruption in the expected tenor of his life does not have a cause of action." - Court of Appeals of New York
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 9:13 PM on December 10, 2004

From Pie to Pantalaimon?
I take his comments about softening the anti-religious aspects to mean they will not kill God in the third movie. That bites.
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 11:38 AM on December 7, 2004

Do you 'av your papers? Vhere are your papers?
It sounded to me like she was already crying as she approached the checkpoint, which might have set them off. But then again, it might have been that her tears were the product of a public display of lesbian affection that set off some intolerant TSA personnel. It's not immediately clear from her story whether or not she has an androgynous appearance, although one commenter to her entry said this had posed a ID verification problem for her as well, so that might also explain why she was flagged.… [more]
posted to MetaFilter by amber_dale at 8:01 PM on November 30, 2004

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