Archive for the ‘THE LAW’ Category

Today is a day every year that I feel thankful, no matter what happens today, that I’m not taking the bar exam. So happy I don’t even mind paying my bar dues. Heartfelt thoughts go out to all of the test takers out there. It will be over soon, and I’ll be pleased to welcome you all to this historic, frustrating, challenging, sometimes questionable, but never boring profession. You can look forward to a life time of bailing your friends and family out of jail.

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I passed the Bar!

Yippee!  I'm so relieved.  I apologize for not updating sooner, I've been trying to relax. 

I went to bed early last night, hoping to steal the daylight savings hour.  I was looking forward to it being light outside when I woke up this morning, and feeling refreshed and awesome with my whole extra hour of sleep.  Alas, it was rainy and I was still sleepy when my alarm went off.

Doing research for a few hours  in a row really burns me out.  It makes me less productive for the rest of the day, and it makes me less tolerant of the world at larger.  I actually sort of enjoy doing research, but I'm learning that I'm much more efficient in my as a whole when researching is part of my day and not my entire day. 

Do you ever sit around your house at dinner time and think of how you can find enough food in the pantry or fridge to constitute dinner?  Sometimes I just really don't feel like leaving my house.  Is that the height of laziness?  I find easy mac, peanut butter, wheat thins and cheese to be helpful for this problem. 

I can't wait for tomorrow to be over.  This has been a brutal election season, and I'm about sick of it. 

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Pete and I have been working on a little a project, a journal about the law, Consortium.  A law journal.  But a lighter read than most law journals.  I think it turned out very well, and we will be looking to publish another edition later in the spring.  Please check it it out and let us know if you are interested in contributing next time!

The first issue can be found here – Issue 1. 

p.s. Pete is so talented. 

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Compliments of the Rupp

Seriously – I apologize for all the legal posts lately, but this is really great. 

147 F.Supp2d 668

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Just the beginning of the awesomeness of this case – 

Before proceeding further, the Court notes that this case involves two extremely likable lawyers, who have together delivered some of the most amateurish pleadings ever to cross the hallowed causeway into Galveston, an effort which leads the Court to surmise but one plausible explanation. Both attorneys have obviously entered into a secret pact-complete with hats, handshakes and cryptic words-to draft their pleadings entirely in crayon on the back sides of gravy-stained paper place mats, in the hope that the Court would be so charmed by their child-like efforts that their utter dearth of legal authorities in their briefing would go unnoticed. Whatever actually occurred, the Court is now faced with the daunting task of deciphering their submissions. With Big Chief tablet readied, thick black pencil in hand, and a devil-may-care laugh in the face of death, life on the razor’s edge sense of exhilaration, the Court begins.

And this is just classic (direct from the case) –

What the ···)?! The Court cannot even begin to comprehend why this case was selected for reference. It is almost as if Plaintiff’s counsel chose the opinion by throwing long range darts at the Federal Reporter (remarkably enough hitting a nonexistent volume!).

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It’s the Law

Update:  I want to make sure that everyone notices the words scratched into the paint on the left side of georgia – from about Atlanta to Columbus.  This is the part that makes the picture so awesome.  I don’t think it is as obvious as I originally thought.  Okay – now comment on that. 

I walk past this sign every day.  I think it is really funny, especially due to it’s proximity to the courthouse. I know my sense of humor has deteriorated since I went to law school, so I apologize.  Meg knows what I’m talking about. Dsc00917

Obviously I would never say such a thing, but I won’t claim that the  sentiment hasn’t ever  crossed my mind.   If you can’t read it, you should just be glad I haven’t been able to pollute your mind this morning. 

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Sometimes I think the books and songs from my childhood are no longer acceptable.  Which is sad.  Like Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby.  I loved Brer Rabbit.  Or some of the nursery rhymes we used to sing – that still go round in circles in my head.  I mean – I understand why such stories are not politically correct, but they are a part of the culture of the south.    I don’t know.  It is just a thought. 

Have I ever told y’all how much I love my job?  I love my job.  I have a great job.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when I have a more stress filled job.  My job is great.  I love the people and everything. 

And my dog is great too.  She is so stinkin cute I can barely take it.  So cute.  She can be bad, but she is cute.  She is getting really tall.  And blond. 

The weather has been unseasonably warm lately.  Like – even warm at night.  It was 60 degrees at 10 last night.  Weird.  But it hasn’t been too hot – just warm. 

Thanksgiving was awesome – we finished the half marathon in two hours and a minute or two – which I thought was very respectable and my calf muscles did not appreciate.  I was literally sore until yesterday. 

Georgia stomped all over the yellow jackets on saturday – which was sweet.  I know I haven’t had much to say about my little bulldogs this season, but I think they have done a great job turning the year around and I am proud of them.  I’d rather lose to Vandy and Kentucky and beat Auburn and Tech – especially if it ruins Auburn and Tech’s dreams.  I’m a sweet girl. 

I have been watching a few Ally McBeal episodes on dvd – and let’s just say I’m sad I don’t have all the seasons because I think it is hilarious.  On that note – the new show 30 Rock – I was crying laughing when I watched the free episode I downloaded from iTunes.  Go get it.  It is like the Office but making fun of NBC with Tina Fey and Alec Balwin.  Awesome. 

Love y’all. 

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Rare Legal Thoughts

What do you think it says about me that I don’t think it should be against the law to lie to the police?  Probably that I have problems with authority. 

I think it is appropriate for it to be against the law to lie under oath – especially in a court of law or other court proceedings such as depositions – but otherwise I think it is rather ridiculous.  Okay – if you are under arrest – and have been read your rights and are protected by your right to remain silent – that isn’t too much of a stretch either.  But as far as a simple police interview of a witness – it seems rather heavy handed for lying to be illegal.  You shouldn’t make stuff up – but I think I have I right to lie if I am being interrogated (not officially interrogated, but questioned in an aggressive manner) and I feel like it.  Especially if lying puts me in a compromising position.  It is just a slippery slope that I’m not very comfortable with.  Police are allowed to lie to the people they are interviewing.  Flat out lie.  Maybe I’m confused and can’t remember exactly and don’t want to tell you what I do remember because it might be wrong.  Or maybe I’m just scared to death of the police. 

I know that not letting people lie to the police serves the greater good and I understand why it is important, etc – and life isn’t fair – but it just rubs me the wrong way.  I guess this is something I should chew on for a little while, try to make some sense of it.    Maybe even look up the actual law and see what it says, and whether or not I can come to terms with the statute.  What do you think?

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When I send emails that say:

"I’m going downstairs to watch jury selection in a murder trial."

My friends respond with:

"Oooh! have fun!"


"Awesome! Have fun!"

Seriously.  We live very exciting lives. 

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