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Procrastination Station 2006 August 26

Posted by Lily in Articles, Links.
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Because the whole your-brother-made-law-review-and-for-once-you’re-not-really-twins-you-have-an-older-brother—-one-who-set-a-very-very-high-standard-for-you-to-live-up-to thing is freaking me out, I’ve been reading the angry feminist blogs.

These two articles are worth reading — even if you have a million cases to brief. One is a book review of I Do, But I Don’t (be sure to check out the comments — they’re as interesting as the article), and the other is a follow-up.

Off to building Ikea furniture I go!

Alcoholics Anonymous 2006 July 28

Posted by Lily in Articles, News and politics, Rants.
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See? I don’t make up the statistics I prattle on about: it just takes the media a while to catch up to me.

Also, compare the New York Times article with the onse from News Medical Net and Health Day.

The shoddy reporting, bias, and complete misunderstanding of what the study is actually about is so infuriating I don’t even know where to start. Oh, wait, I do.

1. THE STUDY WAS COMPARING AA’S EFFICACY TO OTHER PROGRAMS, YOU FUCKING MORONS — NOT TO NO TREATMENT. The only time it’s consistently the best option is if you compare it to nothing.

2. I really like how these articles — and NYT’s article in specific — goes out of its way to apologize for AA. And by “like” I mean “am disturbed by.” If AA worked for you, or your mom, or your spouse, that’s great. The problem is, the teetotaling doesn’t work for everyone. By effectively framing the discussion in terms of “AA still best and only option,” you’re effectively robbing people of the opportunity to try programs that could work for them — while giving them a totally unnecessary guilt trip in the process.

3. If you’re going to be a medical reporter, for the love of God, learn how to use PubMed. There may be no randomized, controlled clinical trials, but this is not the only paper on the topic. (Although to be fair, none of the ones that compare AA to other treatments make AA look spectacular. For that, you need to compare AA to nothing.)

4. Ultimately, alcoholism isn’t a disease. Hell, even AA’s treatment structure tacitly admits that: willpower, guilt, and self-loathing don’t cure any disease. In medicine, guilt may be attached to getting the illness, but it isn’t used as an actual course of treatment.

Phew. I feel better now.

Ignorance is Bliss 2006 July 24

Posted by blackfelix in Articles, Society & Culture, Work.
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The NYTimes recently provided us with these observations on the law firm-cultural institution nexus. The bottom line? Firms are partnering with cultural institutions to expose summer associates to finer artistic venues. Why? It helps the firms woo the summers and enables the institututions to cultivate a roll of future donors. The article notes:

The Summer Art Circle is not the first attempt to match young lawyers and culture. Last year, the Apollo Theater Foundation was host to summer associates from Skadden, Arps at the first-ever “Summer Associates’ Amateur Night at the Apollo.” This year, five firms each paid $3,500 for 50 of their summer associates to enjoy a backstage tour, private reception and center orchestra seats at the show on June 28.

The next day, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland held its first “social networking party” for 10 local nonprofits and summer associates from five of Cleveland’s top law firms.

But will these young legal machines herding in and out of galleries, museums and concert halls turn into a new generation of arts patrons? Can they be convinced that buying art can ease the spiritual burden of 2,500 billable hours a year?

Ms. Ellis says yes and yes. Others are less optimistic.

Unless the art comes in the of the naked female body (a real one, that is), I think I’ll need something a bit more substantive to keep me sane. Just saying is all.

20 Tips to Avoid Being a Douchebag in Law School 2006 July 21

Posted by schooled in 0L, Advice, Articles.
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From the ever-funny (and oddly useful) Barely Legal:

20 Tips to Avoid Being A Douchebag in Law School

1) Don’t ask random bloggers about how to highlight your casebooks.

2) Don’t be the person at orientation talking about how you have already done the reading for the first day.

3) Actually, don’t read for the first day of class before orientation starts.

4) Don’t make a color coded graph of when you are going to study and for what. And if you do, please, don’t share it with other people. (Seriously, I actually was subjected to a detailed explanation of someone’s study plan at orientation.)

5) The following words should never leave your mouth: “I pulled an all-nighter at the library”; “I started outlining after the first week”; “I started outlining after the first month”; “I started outlining before Thanksgiving Break”; “My outline is longer than yours.”

6) Don’t announce your intentions to be on Law Review, even if it’s the one goal that would make your life complete.

7) And don’t “coincidently” buddy up to 2Ls on Law Review either. Your intentions couldn’t be more obvious if you sent them a dozen roses and a pair of your underwear.

8) Don’t go introduce yourself to your professors. They don’t care who you are, nor should you want them to know who you are.

9) Don’t wear work clothes to school unless you either just came from work or are going directly to work. No one is impressed.

10) Unless you have had major surgery on your back, do not buy a rolling book suitcase thing. If you can’t carry your books on your back, hit the gym.

11) Don’t have a douchebaggy name like Jordon, Jacob, Moiz, Kyle, or Ethan. Seriously consider a name change.

12) Don’t email us and announce your intentions to start a blog and become our successors. If we had a dollar for every time someone did this, we’d have enough to buy one of each item on the McDonald’s Extra Value menu.

13) Don’t brag about having lunch with your professor.

14) In fact, don’t have lunch with professors.

15) Don’t raise your hand and arrogantly give the professor an answer. You came here to learn the law, don’t act like you already know it. You don’t know shit.

16) Don’t wear your fraternity shirts to law school. I don’t care how great your Kappa Sigma Fall 2004 Annual Moonlight Semiformal Barn Dance was; now you just look like a tool.

17) Do not refer to books like One L, or Law School Confidential for guidance. Even if you have read these books, never ever, when a situation arises, say “Well, in
One L, Turow says…”

18) Do not, under any circumstances, raise your hand when there are five minutes or fewer left in class. And if someone who routinely does this should happen to get struck by a car, his classmates cannot be blamed if they don’t rush to his aid.

19) BarBri will try to get you to reserve your seat as a 1L. Keep walking. It’s probably a good idea to make sure you can pass first year classes before you start worrying about the bar exam.

20) Finally, don’t be the person that schleps the Westlaw water bottles the size of a big gulp around all the time, and causes a huge backup at the water fountain because it takes seven minutes to fill. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you have to use it. Save a shred of dignity.