John Harvard (1607-38). He (1) didn't look like this, (2) didn't found Harvard, and (3) won the naming rights by dying two years after the place started.
The theme this week emerges, in full armor, from the brow of an Olympian figure: a fourth child, Cambridge U. graduate, and English pastor — none other than John Harvard. His death 371 years ago, on September 14, 1638, explains the timing.
Blawgletter's creds for hosting a Cantab confab? Pretty thin, we confess. Yes, we did vote for Barack Obama '91. And, sure, we got our J.D. from HLS. But that happened 25 years ago . . . and our most famous classmate styles himself an infotainer. Plus we went elsewhere for college. Ahem.
Fear not. Harvud may furnish the motif and get more than its share of mentions, but we'll do a fair survey of the blawgosphere from the week that just ended. We hope you enjoy the journey.
As President, Rutherford B. Hayes '45 (1822-93) okayed a bill that let women lawyers for the first time argue before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The other HLS grad who made President supplies content for The Blog at whitehouse.gov. The latest post presses the case for health care reform.
Joseph E. Batchelder, III, offers his views about Securities and Exchange Commission rules and a new statute that aim to cabin pay to corporate titans on The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
Iustia Lexo Cano advises:
Dear Peter Wiggin: This letter is to inform you that you have received enough upvotes on your reddit comments to become president of the world. Please be at the UN tomorrow at 8:00 sharp.
The Washington Independent notes that U.S. Senators held up a vote on making HLS prof Cass Sunstein '78 the head of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Their worry? That he will ban hunting and let critters file lawsuits.
Law Dork points out that Sunstein won the battle 57-40.
Tim Nuccio rants about an HLR case note that decried the demise of a Temple U. code barring "expressive, visual or physical conduct of a sexual or gender-motivated nature" if it had a bad purpose or effect. The open letter to HLR Dean Martha Minow mentions that the author "will be attending law school next year and [that] I am extensively interested in joining a law review and publishing my own articles."
Over at John Palfrey, we learn of musings by "the managing partners of some of the world's leading law firms" – none from the U.S. The MPs' thoughts include this bit:
A truly consistently first-class firm — the law firm equivalent, they say, of the Four Seasons in the hotel business — will continue to be able to charge a premium and will succeed. If you can’t be consistently first-class across all offices, don’t try it.
DASH includes the Journal of Legal Analysis, which this summer printed the second number of its first issue. Two of the JLA items deal with how judges decide cases.
Above the Law discloses that HLS will cut back on the free coffee.
The Situationist ponders the effect of Senator Edward Kennedy's death on health care reform. It will serve "as a tool for greater Democratic engagement." Of course.
Ex-HLS Dean Elena Kagan '86 made her Supreme Court debut on Sept. 10 in Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm'n, No. 08-205 (U.S.). The case involves the first amendment right of corporations to speak via checkbook. Transcript here.
Speaking of Citizens United, Jeffrey Toobin '86 urges the Chief Justice to "support a narrow, restrained campaign finance decision that Republicans and Democrats can embrace" and not to "hand down a broad, activist decision that turns our political system upside down." "John Marshall or Earl Warren: the choice is his."
Over at Likelihood of Confusion, we hear of a trademark tussel between McDonald's and McCurrys in Bangkok:
Now, I’ve been on this story like grease on fries since forever. McDonald’s is surely getting the home-town treatment here. But any doubts I ever may have had that Ronald is in the right are dispelled whenever I read the phrase, “McCurrys Web site says that the name stands for ‘Malaysian Chicken Curry.’” That’s right up there with the best of the transparently fake defenses — further proof that the Golden Arches guys are being treated like clowns.
Robert Ambrogi with Media Law exposes shocking new facts about a town near the site of witch trials in the 1690s. The selectmen of Hamilton have met in secret to talk municipal business, a burning-at-the-stake offense under the Open Meeting Law.
AdamsDrafting comes out for "confidentiality agreement" instead of "nondisclosure agreement". AD likes putting things in the positive, you see. It also warns against putting a hyphen after "non".
Ernie the Attorney waxes philosophical — about writing and standing on his head. Ernie observes:
“The problem is we think we exist,” says Natalie Goldberg — author of Writing Down the Bones. Her point is that we should write and not worry about what other people might think of what we say. We are not what we think and yet that is how we see ourselves. As though our existence is established by our thoughts.
Mickey as the Sorcerer's Apprentice in Fantasia (1940).
Jordan Furlong writes about "The apprenticeship marketplace" for Law21.ca. Clients don't want to pay for on-the-job training of newbies, he says. Make the young ones apprentice, he suggests.
Paul Horwitz advises against giving profs what you think they want:
This approach yields few long-term benefits and only uncertain short-term benefits. In my experience, the very best students acquire and apply a set of skills — reading a case or an exam question carefully, thinking about all its implications, thinking about both how to unpack it and how to "pack" it into a theme or ruling, thinking about how one case or subject matter connects with others and what big picture or set of themes emerges from all of this, producing an analysis that makes use of these conclusions in a concise and targeted way — that can be used across the board in both law school and legal practice.
PrawfsBlawg, "On Not Gaming the Law School System".
Scotusblog reports that Gitmo may soon expel many of those it has for so long kept behind chain link. Some would rather stay. Their native lands might treat them even worse.
Ever the sassy one, The Volokh Conspiracy relates a case in Finland. A member of the Helsinki city council said ugly things about Islam and Mohammed. His attack won him a fine of 330 Euros.
Should mediators intervene in religious conflicts? Check out ADR Prof Law this week on that issue.
I get creative and focus on situations and relationships that are grounded in some mutually shared experience or interest. Those are the ones that are easiest to nurture and most likely to bear fruit.
The University of Chicago Faculty Blog tells why the outfit that sells you an e-book reader doesn't care if someone steals it from you. The thief likely will buy more e-books, and so will you — plus, you'll pay for another Kindle, too!
Abiola Inniss updates us in Caribbean Net News about intellectual property rights in Guyana and calls for legislation to address problems.
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That does it for us this time. A big thanks to Victoria Pynchon for her help.
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