Blind Drunk Justice, Episode 11

Posted in Blind Drunk Justice on November 12th, 2010 by bl1y

You know you want it, you know we got it, so let’s not beat around the bush here:

Blind Drunk Justice, Episode 11

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In this episode we discuss kissing baby genitals, the journal of law and justics,the po-po getting their props-props, and quatro crazy.

Next week in honor of the upcoming Black Friday, we will be discussing good (and bad) gifts for attorneys.  If you have suggestions for what to get, or what to not get, e-mail them to  Don’t post it in the comments, because then we won’t have anything new to discuss, will we?

Also, here’s the story that I ended up cutting because the discussion was kinda lame and the show was running too long anyways.

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Elie Mystal Demoted?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 2nd, 2010 by bl1y

Elie Mystal used to be Editor in Chief of Above the Law, but it now appears he is merely a staff editor, and David Lat is back in the driver’s seat.  Sorry, bubba.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

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Posted in Uncategorized on January 15th, 2010 by bl1y

Yesterday posted a link to Reason Not to Go to Law School #13 on their daily Non-Sequiturs. An anonymous ATL commenter had this to say:

“Yet another wonderful reason not to go to law school:

There’s less chance you’ll wind up like Elie if you don’t”

Harvard Law Grad who’s job is to chase down industry gossip and edit a blog? Elie Mystal has a pretty sweet job, I’d say. Doubtful he makes close to even the salary of a first year associate, but his job probably affords him more power within the legal industry than most non-equity partners, and the ATL Editor in Chief chair comes with a good amount of prestige too.

Or, at least it did while David Lat sat in.

Anyways, thanks, ATL! That link generated thousands of hits and propelled Reason #13 to 94th most popular WordPress blog entry for the day.

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Reason Not to Go to Law School #10

Posted in Reasons Not to Go to Law School on January 12th, 2010 by bl1y

Boring professors.

As reported on, professors are increasingly likely to ban laptops in their classes, and some schools even have their lectures halls set up to block wifi signals.

Professors have a laundry list of reasons for the policies, but two always top the charts: (1) students tend to transcribe the lecture instead of think about it, and (2) students goofing off tend to distract other students. These are both pretty lame reasons.

Transcribing v. Thinking

Yes, many students do tend to get into a transcription-trance during class. But, we’re perfectly capable of reading over our notes later and thinking through issues then. Most classes stay on big topics for days or even weeks, so it’s okay for a student to have an interesting idea a class later. Hell, they’ll probably realize it wasn’t that interesting and decide not to waste time with it, whereas if they weren’t transcribing the lecture they’d have more dumb thoughts pop into their head to inspire them to raise their hands and annoy everyone else.

And, while I can go back and think about your class afterward, what I can’t do is go back and hear your class verbatim.

If you want students to do more thinking and less transcribing, then don’t simply lecture, engage us.

Distracting Others

This has a much easier fix than banning laptops. Simply say at the beginning of the semester that the first two rows are reserved for people who think they might be distracted by what’s happening on their neighbor’s laptops and declare those rows a strictly no-goofing off zone. It’s not just laptops that can be distracting, so a professor worried about distractions should ban distractions, not just laptops. I find the girl who spends all class knitting far more distracting than the one sitting next to her doing online shopping or playing on Facebook.

What it really comes down to though is that professors tend to just be boring and their lectures often add little of interest. We’ve already read the cases, the comments in the books, and the study guide written by our professor. Most of us are only in class because the ABA set an attendance requirement for your credits to count (and some professors really will threaten to withhold your credit for missing class).

In undergrad I had one professor (for several classes) who had one simple rule for attendence: if you don’t come to class, you will fail. He never kept attendence though. Never checked to see who was there and who wasn’t. The lectures and class discussions were just so incredibly useful than come exam time, if you hadn’t been in class all semester, you’d be screwed. And he tought philosophy of law classes, so I think it could work in actual law classes pretty well.

Or, as one of Mystal’s professors told his class, “If you are more entertained sitting at home after you’ve already paid to attend my class, the fault lies with me.” Professors aren’t concerned with students transcribing or distracting others, what they’re concerned with is competition. Even after spending twenty or thirty or even forty thousand dollars a year on classes, we often still don’t care and it’s a blow to their egos. If you want us to pay attention, be more interesting, instead of banning the competition. It’s not my fault that your anecdote about vodka sauce or the Backstreet Boys just isn’t as entertaining as surfing pro-anorexia (thinspiration) websites:

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