Archive for October, 2008

I’m sure you’ve seen the signs posted up all around.  Pictures of long and funny mustaches.  If you were like me, you were probably wondering, “What in the name of all things legal is this!?”  Well, now we know!  It’s the first Justache for All fundraiser being sponsored by the Equal Justice Foundation here at GW.  Details on the competition are below.

The inside scoop says that 8 people have signed up so far for the fundraiser, including your favorite Sua Sponte editor (hint, that means me!).  That means I have a 1/8 chance at becoming the Justachiest fundraiser of all!  The money raised goes to supporting EJF, including the grants that are given out each year for those who work in the non-profit and government sectors over the summer – so it’s definitely a good cause.

Seriously, way more important than my bid to become the Justachiest (which I will, FYI), this is a project worth supporting.  Let’s help make this fundraiser a terrific success.  So if you see someone walking down the hallway with an awkward attempt at a mutache, reach into your pocket and give $10, give $5, give $1, or even 25 cents – just do it!



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In Do resumes and cover letters count towards the writing requirement?, I polled the blog readership about the 2L job hunt.  Some folks, including myself, have been interested in the results.  So here’s the low-down:

  1. So far, the poll has gotten 83 votes, 18 of them coming from 1Ls or 3Ls.  The key point that you should take away here is that there have been 65 votes made by 2Ls.  Considering that there are at least 400 of us, that’s a pretty small percentage.  So if these results tell you things you don’t like, remember that.  Also, the poll allowed people to choose multiple answers.  I know that at least one person chose both that they were applying for public interest and that they were applying for government jobs.  Keep that in mind as well.
  2. Of the 65 2L votes, there were 50 votes reflecting participation in OCI.  So approximately 77% of the 2L responses were from OCI participators.
  3. Of the 50 OCI votes, 32 votes indicated a job received through OCI.  Approximately 64% of the OCI participators got OCI jobs.
  4. 28% of the OCI participators did not get OCI jobs (they had been rejected by all of their possible OCI employers).
  5. 8% of the OCI participators had not yet heard about their OCI jobs.
  6. That makes approximately 36% of OCI participators who had not gotten OCI jobs (at the time that they responded to the poll).
  7. Of the 65 2L votes, 15 votes reflected public interest and government searches.  So approximately 23% of the 2L responses were from people doing government and public interest searches.
  8. Of those 15 votes, 8 were related to government and 7 to public interest.
  9. Of the 8 government responses, 1 reflected a government job.  Approximately 12.5% of those planning to work in government have received a job.
  10. Of the 7 public interest responses, 2 reflected public interest jobs.  Approximately 29% of those planning to work in public interest have received a job.
  11. Of the 65 2L responses, only 35 indicated a job procured.  That’s approximately 54% of the 2L responders have a job for the summer.

So what do all these numbers mean?  I think it depends on where you are in the process.  For 2Ls still looking for jobs, it clearly shows that you’re not alone.  If we were to assume that these numbers were representative of the 2L class as a whole, then we could say that about 46% of the 2Ls do not have a job yet for this summer (or didn’t at the time of the poll).

If you’re a 1L watching this process from afar, I think it shows that you can’t necessarily rely on OCI to get your job for the summer after your 2L year.  It also shows that if you don’t get a job through OCI, you won’t be alone either.

I think it will be interesting to run this poll again 2nd semester to see where people actually end up.

By the way, that was A LOT of math for a liberal arts person turned law student.  If you find an error, put it in the comments!

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Friday Reading

Happy Halloween Sua Sponte!

Here are today’s spooks!


Prof. Lisa Fairfax explores the rise of state ballot initiatives to allow for gambling.

More on the future of appellate court appointees from the American Prospect.

Our friends over at UC Berkeley (Boalt) look at the “Bluification of the Mountain West”.

Gang initiaion or self defense? Paralegal dismembers gang intruder in his home.

I don’t know about patents, but apparently yesterday’s Bilski decision was big.

Last minute addition to next semester’s class schedule: Spooky Torts with Turley.

And what Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a scene from Young Frankenstein?

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Thursday Reading

Good morning Sua Sponte!!!

I trust everyone who went to the Halloween Party last night had a good time.

Here’s a snapshot of the world today…


Prof. Volokh gives his reasons for why voting the party line makes sense.

Simple Justice looks at double jeopardy, and wonders if justice can’t be served to a child murderer.

On that note, the Asst. U.S. Attorney in D.C. who specialized in child homicides is retiring.

Is this a good time to be a lawyer? The L.A. Times says yes.

Election law litigation is on the rise.

For the record, its Ruth Bader Ginsburg, not Ginsberg.

Something happened to the Phillies last night.  Not quite sure what it was… but something big.

Happy Thursday!

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Law School Pride

I’d like to congratulate the two intramural soccer teams the law school entered into leagues this fall.  First Congratulations to the all-women’s team for beating the tar out of the winner of the sorority league to become the all-women’s indoor soccer champs.  The ladies finished strong, beating the sorority team 6-1.

Unfortunately the Co-ed team couldn’t pull of the law school sweep, and lost to another intramural team in a tight game.  I wasn’t there, but I heard the game ended in a dramatic fashion.  If someone would like to fill in details in the comments, feel free.

Well done representing the law school!! The women’s team members were: Lauren Prease (our fearless captain), Tiffany Day, Brittany Bisnott, Elizabeth Edwards (goalie), Katie Ross-Kinzie, Navah Spero, Heather Stenson, Megan Mueller (goalie), Cherine Foty and Chikodi Emerenini

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Wednesday Reading

Good morning Sua Sponte!

. . .

I can’t hear you.  I said, GOOD MORNING SUA SPONTE! 

That’s better. 


Prof. Kerr looks at the origins of Election Day as the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November

Fordham Law wants to honor Justice Breyer.  Problem? You betcha

Prof. Turley looks at a Somali woman who was stoned to death for adultery – and asked for it

Meet the (maybe?) car of the future

The NYTimes looks at the rightward tilt of the circuit courts under President Bush

Happy Wednesday!

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Call me superficial, but when I was a wee pre-L taking an admitted-students tour of the law school, the quad was a big downer for me.  The expanse of packed dirt with its sparse pockets of grass was an eyesore.  So the recent landscaping outside brings me great pleasure.

The quad’s going to look great.  But I’m concerned that it won’t last long.  Is the quad simply doomed to re-sodding every couple of years?  How do we keep it green?  Chains that physically keep people on the paths would kind of defeat the aesthetic appeal of a large expanse of grass.  I suggest an appeal to our guilt, like my wife’s alma mater does.  At BYU, the grounds stay so nice because the students are frequently reminded that “Cougars Don’t Cut Corners!”  Seriously, that kind of passive-aggressive appeal to deeper moral convictions is sure to keep the quad green for years to come.  So what we need are signs.  Signs that say “Colonials Don’t Cut Corners!”

Any other thoughts on how we keep it green?

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