Monday, February 19, 2007

A brief aside

So if today is all of the presidents' birthdays, can only people born on this day become president, or does each president officially change his birthday?

Perplexing questions aside, I thought I'd take a minute to point out that 25 out of our 43 presidents have been lawyers (George Bush is not one of them). Why do you think this is? Apart from historical factors such as the traditionally higher level of education obtained by lawyers, and sociological factors like the prestige that the profession affords, there is something more at play. As much as we might discount the idea of law school teaching us to "think like a lawyer", the ability to analyze a problem from multiple angles and understand and balance the competing considerations at play is CRUCIAL for the presidency, or any leadership position at all. Politics has sunk (further) into one sided absolutism, blinders on, full speed ahead. The world is not black and white, and so long as we allow those who lead us it to paint it that way, instead of demanding nuanced debate over complicated issues, we are derelict in our duty both as lawyers and as citizens. We have the tools to question, analyze, and evaluate, let's use them, and make sure those that are making decisions that affect all of us do so too.

Friday, February 16, 2007

I would be a tree, so that I could fall on you and kill you

Check out this great Craigslist post about questions that get asked during law firm interviews. Here's my favorite:

Why did you go to law school?

What I said: I went to law school because I want to be able to make a difference. Legal work allows me to be competitive and to work for justice, both of which are important things in my life.

What I thought: That's a good question, and I ask myself it daily. I'd have to say the answer is, stupidity.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

I am never wrong

Law school has taught me that there is no such thing as wrong. There is always an argument you can make. Unfortunately, this belief I can always be right has spilled over into the rest of my life, much to the dismay of friends and family. It was really hammered home for me this afternoon.

Tourist: Excuse me, do you know where the university bookstore is?
Me: No, sorry I don't (this is true, I still have not bought books this year)
Tourist: It's on [some street I've never heard of]
Me: Of course! Just go a couple blocks down and take a left.

I am a bad person.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Mooninites unite

That's it, I'm moving to Canada.

The ridiculousness of this country has gone too far. I just can't take it anymore. Here's the quick breakdown. There was a huge bomb scare in Boston because of some Aqua Teen Hunger Force ads that were put up around the city. They were basically lite brites. The city of Boston, the most ugly, overeducated bunch of morons you've ever seen, creates a huge panic and shuts down half the city. I have a nice chuckle about how dumb they are. Next thing you hear is that city officials are enraged at the waste of resources, and are holding people responsible. "That makes sense" I think to myself, "the people that called in these threats should be held responsible. They are idiots." I was wrong. They are holding the marketers responsible! Take a look below, and tell me what you think. The mere fact that I have to write this post makes me want to puke.
Anyone have a warm jacket and hockey skates they could lend me?

"It had a very sinister appearance," Coakley (Mass. Attorney General) told reporters. "It had a battery behind it, and wires." ooooohhhhhh, batteries and wires, scary!