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April 21st, 2011

01:57 pm - Barrister's Ball... in drag :D

exactly what it sounds like...with lots of photos :)Collapse )

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November 19th, 2010

01:54 pm - Comic #2 I made for my school's paper

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August 15th, 2010

11:33 pm - I made a comic for my school's paper

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June 1st, 2010

12:24 pm - Competition for those who know the Law
The International Contest of Young Lawyers “Precedent” is an on-line activity for students and young professionals. It's a bilingual contest where you can send the work in English or Russian.
It’s main goal is to give young lawyers and students a place to share opinions and try their skills. At the same time practicing lawyers and the one who is just interested in jurisprudence may participate.
There are two spheres where the participant may choose a case to resolve - intellectual property and private international law. Here’s the list of cases.
You can vote for the works and comment! Here are the approved solutions.
The Contest is held till 21 of June 2010. You can send a work up to June 15.

Prizes for the winners are granted!
Participate and tell your friends and classmates!

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April 15th, 2010

11:05 am - Legal Research Question
I am an American research assistant for a professor writing a paper and she wants the old English common law origins of the reasonable man standard in criminal law (provocation defense). I found the case I need cited in a couple articles about the reasonable man standard.

The citation is: Regina v. Welsh (1869) 11 Cox CC 336

I am having a lot of trouble finding the actual case so I can give it to her. I checked HeinOnline which has all the old reprints of English cases but it only goes through 1865. I also tried google and google scholar--which just brings up the articles that cite the case. I also tried this site for the british and irish legal institute: http://www.bailii.org/ the site lets you search by the citation but doesn't seem to have anything earlier than 1976.

Does anyone know of a better way to find this (and a few other) old cases when I have their citations? Or does anyone (being in another country) have better access to books or a library with the old cases that they'd be willing to fax to my school or scan in and email me?

I'd really appreciate any help I'm stuck on this!

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April 16th, 2009

05:31 pm - Barrister's Pics
Well I know there's more to law school than just what to wear at oral argument and law prom but...

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April 9th, 2009

10:26 pm - Oral Argument
Any 1Ls out there doing oral arguments around now? I just had mine today.

What'd you wear for yours?

This is what I wore

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March 25th, 2009

11:06 pm - Barney Frank calls Scalia a homophobe

Well, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck....

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March 20th, 2009

02:04 am - Hey Fellow Queer Law Students
I just created a community for discussions and activities. Specifically discussions about race and gender and sexual identity and how they all interact. I wanted somewhere to have intelligent discussions of interesting topics that is civil and safe.

It's got "stamping" but just for fun. This is not a rating community. It's a way to get to know other people and have more stuff to do on livejournal. I hope it's ok that I'm posting this here. I just really want to get it off the ground!

thedinnercrowd...A discussion & activities community.

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January 21st, 2009

07:09 pm - Obama on LGBT rights!
From the Civil Rights Agenda page of the whitehouse.gov website
(http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/civil_rights/), which was changed at noon
on inauguration day, and includes this...

Support for the LGBT Community
"While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we
still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is
exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is
about who we are as Americans. It's about whether this nation is going to
live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens
with dignity and respect."

-- Barack Obama, June 1, 2007

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May 12th, 2008

05:47 pm - Board and Volunteer Information Meeting(s) in Olympia, WA
Hey everyone here is some information about our group for those that haven't heard of us yet and information about things that are coming up for those that would like to be involved.

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October 11th, 2007

During the lunch break, the law school student group here hosted a coming out day stories luncheon. We had a packed room, including a lot of allied students there to support their friends and classmates, and even had our registrar show up and share his stories.

We rule.


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January 31st, 2007

03:16 pm - Birth certificate changes
Currently, all but three vital records jurisdictions in the US (50 states, Puerto Rico, DC, New York City, I think are all) allow transgender individuals to amend their birth certificates later in life, with varying requirements for surgery, etc.

Ohio, the state in which I currently reside, is one of the three that does not allow this. A friend of mine, freelifequeer suggested that the federal Real ID Act, which he stated requires federal and state IDs to match up, could be used to force Ohio to allow amended birth certificates to match social security records, which are able to be amended.

Does anyone have any thoughts on that?


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January 21st, 2007

06:51 pm - An appeal
Firstly, I apologize if this sort of post isn’t allowed, but I found this community to be relevant to my search, so here I am.

I run gsa_lj, one of the largest and fastest growing gay-straight alliances on LiveJournal. However, despite our initial mission to be a support network for youth, the focus of the community has evolved. Our members are largely educated, mature, and eager to expand their horizons. Previous outreach efforts have been made to teachers, parents, and those of faith in an effort to diversify our ranks.

Personally, I'm a gay Republican with a libertarian streak, although most members are liberal. But I'd like to get more lawyers and law students in the community. We have some, but I'd like to see more.

Discussion of relevant politics and current events are common, but the community is multi-faceted. I’m attempting to further increase the level of intellectual discourse. We’re always looking to better ourselves.

I ask that you join our efforts, if you’re interested in such issues. At the very least, check out the community. See the type of posts and comments that are present. Read our user-info page, and see for yourself why our members are satisfied. I have a feeling you’ll be impressed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.


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November 18th, 2006

02:12 pm
Hi everyone

I hope this is the right community for this. I did a search and I couldn't find a community that I felt could assist me.

But I am considering law school. Right now, I am in the basic stages. One thing is that I am interested in working in international adoption services.

Does anyone know any schools that are good for this? Additionally, I have found some resources online that list law schools by speciality. For the field of adoptions, what speciality would this be? International Relations? Families?

Any suggestions about schools or definitions would be great

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November 8th, 2006

04:42 pm - VICTORY!
I go to a very small public law school in the District of Columbia. As you may know, the DC Human Rights Act was amended last year to include gender identity and expression. Therefore, my school should have gender identity and expression in its tolerance statement (which includes every other characteristic under the sun). Until today, it didn't.

That's right, I said "until today." As of 1:37 p.m. the faculty voted to adopt it! I had brought it to the attention of the Dean, who tasked it to my conlaw professor, who was working with me to get it added in.

I had also brought up that our school has no trans policy and a few of the professors have flat-out refused to call me by my chosen title (Mr.) because the school has no policy requiring them to.

The lack of policy was also brought up at the faculty meeting, and an ad hoc committee was formed. It's worth noting that I am THE only student who needs their own committee formed to discuss their gender, BUT oh well. I was worried who might be on this committee, since at least two or three vocal faculty members don't approve of gender variance, let alone transsexuality.

The committee is made up of the conlaw professor, a prof who knows me because she's the head of the GLBT student organization, and another professor whom I've been assured is very GLBT-friendly, just a bit bureaucratic at times. All of whom are very queer-friendly, don't have any particular dislike toward me, and are therefore inclined to help.

I've also been invited to sit on the committee as the "student representative," so I get a direct hand in this and I can point out the implications of issues that are discussed!

Small victories, perhaps, but at least it's something in the right direction!

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October 30th, 2006

10:19 pm - A Call for Info
Hope it's okay to post and sorry for massive cross-posting.

I'm working on putting together a project for Transgender Day of Remembrance this month to be displayed at school, and for some reason I can't find a list of anyone killed in the last year. rememberingourdead.org and the official TDR site only have up names through November 2005. Anyone have a list, or know where I could find one?

X-posted around.

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October 25th, 2006

03:54 pm - Marriage in New Jersey?
Within the last hour, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the state must grant the same rights to same-sex couples as to opposite-sex couples, but stopped short of endorsing the use of the specific term "marriage."

A couple quotes:
"Denying committed same-sex couples the financial and social benefits and privileges given to their married heterosexual counterparts bears no substantial relationship to a legitimate governmental purpose. The Court holds that under the equal protection guarantee of Article I, Paragraph I of the New Jersey Constitution, committed same-sex couples must be afforded on equal terms the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples under the civil marriage statutes. The name to be given the statutory scheme that provides full rights and benefits to same-sex couples, whether marriage or some other term, is a matter left to the democratic process."

"[T]he Court cannot find that the right to same-sex marriage is a fundamental right under our constitution."

While a step in the right direction, this is far from what we had been hoping for, and will not allow necessarily allow out of state couples to wed in New Jersey and then fight for recognition of that marriage in another state by the due process clause.

However, it remains a possibility that the legislature will see fit to say if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck, and will take the courage to call marriage marriage.

The full decision is available at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/supreme/a-68-05.pdf

Cross posted to my lj and queerlawstudent.

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October 18th, 2006

12:21 am - EJW fair??
hey all!!

anyone going to the equal justice works fair in d.c. this weekend?? i know it's not going to be half as much fun as lavender law, but i hope it'll be good nonetheless. if anyone else is going to be in town, i'd love to maybe hang out... i don't know anyone else going, and i don't even know the person i'm staying with (she's an alum of my law school) so i could really use some friends, especially since the conference ends at 4PM each day! i mean, where are you supposed to hang out thursday night?!?

leave me a message and maybe we could meet up... :)


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October 11th, 2006

10:07 am - Awesome (update)
Ok, that was sort of cool.

I've got that rush from speaking to a group as I announced to my section (almost 80 law students) about today's Coming Out Day event of sharing stories during the lunch hour, and I mentioned that blue jeans and a white tee shirt is one way to show solidarity and/or come without being too obvious. One classmate who I know is straight took off his sweatshirt to show that he had on a white shirt underneath and is also wearing blue jeans. That was sooo cool. Another classmate congratulated me on the courage to get up and speak like that.

After a little while, the classmate who took his sweatshirt off put it back on, saying it's too cold to be without. "It's never too cold to be gay," another classmate informed him.

Yay for support from the frat boy contingent.


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09:13 am - Happy National Coming Out Day, everyone!!!
Happy National Coming Out Day, everyone!!

Three years ago, I came out as a dork.

Earlier this year, I came out as not trans (go me).

Today, I am officially coming out as a stressed out law student!!! *waits for applause*

And to offer a plug, everyone should feel free to head on over to comingout to share stories, etc.

Completely unrelated: "It's like Hamer v. Sidway, the kid gave up the right to drink, smoke, and hang out with unworthy women." Contracts prof this morning

X posted in with slight variations in a few places.

Current Location: There's nothing like the smell of contracts in the morning.

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September 26th, 2006

02:18 pm - Need some help...
Does anyone know where I can find the legal court oath? I'm not quite certain if they vary a bit from state to state, but I have to translate into Spanish in court tomorrow morning. Translating the oath is freeking me out, therefore I want to go in prepared with it already translated. Any help would be appreciated.

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August 31st, 2006

07:04 pm - Sabotage?
Have any of you had an Org. leader basically destroy a few events single-handedly??? We just elected a new co-president who is an older gay guy and he has brought a great speaker event to an almost standstill now and deterred many of our members from planning on coming to LavLaw. He's very open about not being a fan of Trans. people and we had a GREAT speaker set to come in. He thought it'd be a great idea to get CLE credit for it to bring in more people, as we knew people might not attend in large #s. Then he told the Dean that he thought that it might be a bad idea to have the speaker at all as it might be too controversial.....WTF?!?!?!?!?!
He also went around telling members that our CSO wouldn't pay for their registration for LavLaw, because the Administration made cut backs on funding trips. This was clearly wrong, and he didn't even ask anyone to clarify the issue!
I'm so livid, and we don't know what to do. Anyone have ideas? Is it appropriate to look into removing him from his position? Do his actions warrant such drastic measures??

P.S. Hope to see some of you at Lav Law. :-D

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August 25th, 2006

09:13 pm
Hi folks,

I'm still queer but no longer a law student so would anyone like to take over the community? Let me know. Just email me at elnoel at excite dot com.


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August 13th, 2006

10:48 am - A question on "Sexuality and the Law"-type courses
Hey everyone!

I'm working on putting together an independent study proposal, as our school does not offer a GLBT law course, and I want to model it after as many actual law courses as I can because I feel like that might give me a better shot of approval.

So my question is this: Has anyone taken a GLBT law course they liked, who could send me the syllabus? Linking me to a page on the school's site, or emailing PDFs, or whatever would be fine.

Also, if you don't still have a syllabus but know of a good book on the subject (more of a case book than a horn book), I'd be eternally grateful.

Thanks so much. (and hope this was okay to post here - if not I'll delete)

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July 13th, 2006

11:58 am - lav law
hey, is anyone going to lavender law this year?? are you signing up for the "not for women only" event?? (i seriously don't understand the title, but whatever...)

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July 6th, 2006

03:59 pm - georgia, going downhill
there is MASS unhappiness here right now... there is nowhere else to appeal this stupid amendment; it is going into the georgia constitution. the U.S. constitution has plenty of amendments to it, but you know how many georgia has? this will be #1. like, when you think "first amendment," you think freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of press, freedom of assembly. no... georgia's first amendment will be banning gay marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, and even the courts' jurisdiction to even HEAR cases involving same-sex couples. just, wow... and to think that i went to the stonewall bar association's fundraiser when now-chief justice sears was running for office... and i DONATED and even went to her instatement....


Two State Courts OK Gay Marriage Bans Judges in New York and Georgia Rule Against Same-Sex UnionsCollapse )

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June 11th, 2006

06:09 pm
I guess this may be a moot point...but isn't is somewhat of an oxymoron to be gay AND a law student? Just typically, isn't it more of a heterosexual, white world?

I'd be interested in hearing how you all have dealt with this...if it even came up as in issue at all. I am not sure if it has, but thats how it seems to me how it would appear.

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March 20th, 2006

10:07 pm - day of silence
hey all...

have any of you had a day of silence at your law school? do you know what the day of silence is and/or did you have one at your undergrad university?

i'm trying to organize one at the law school for the first time ever, and i've run into some weird problems. i just wondered if anyone else had done this and whether it had been successful. any feedback would be fabulous because i'm feeling very frustrated with this right about now.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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March 1st, 2006

09:44 am
Hey, I used to post in here. Anyways, I've applied to law school. I have not received anything yet. Some of the schools are still requesting LSDA reports. The issue that I have is that I didn't do well on the LSAT. I knew it was going to happen. I've always had an issue with tests like this. It was the same thing with the SAT, CAPT tests, CT mastery exams. I never performed well on them. I'm really depressed because of my score and even though I feel as if I cannot get accepted because of my score I still applied. I applied to 15 schools, in hopes that one would admit me. See, I think I'm a good candidate for law school. I'm just afraid that the admissions committees will not acknowledge everything else because of my score. I do not wish to reveal my score either.

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Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: "i want you" savage garden

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February 20th, 2006

07:26 pm - LGBT Law Class
Our GSA here at Case is trying to get a class plan together for next year so that we can have a class surrounding LGBT issues in the law. (we have none currently) One thing we need are the syllabi(is this a word???) from other classes that some of you may have taken or have offered at your law schools.
Dangerous to do, but I'll just post my e-mail on here for your responses. If you have a syllabus, please e-mail it to me so we can make a collection and look at what subjects, texts, etc. we have to use.

Thanks in Advance!
Case Western Reserve University School of Law students.

Current Mood: giddygiddy
Current Music: Janis Joplin

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February 11th, 2006

12:42 pm - Academic Freedom and Homophobia
A point was brought to the attention of our GSA the other day when one of the most prominent gay alums our of school came and talked to us during one of our monthly coffee talks. He no longer gives money to our school because our Dean will not put a statement on the schools' publications that states that the school does not endorse the beliefs of its faculty in the articles they publish. This is because we have a hyper conservative professor that likes to liken gay sex to beastiality, etc. Our group was not happy about it when some of us read the article. The Dean of the school is somewhat fundamental in his view of academic freedom, but this alum does not see that this view is compromised by the statement he asked for. I for one am on board with the alum.
Our dean of Academics, after a 1L came to him post-reading the beastiality article, said there wasn't anything we could do about the fact that both of our Business/Corp. profs are homophobic, and that if we wanted to take this incredibly important class, we'd just have to get past it.

Do you have opinions on either of these subjects? Similar problems?
Current Mood: curiouscurious

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January 27th, 2006

02:17 am - introduction
hey there,

just thought i would write a post to introduce myself. i'm a 1L in toronto and so far i have a love-hate relationship with law school. i started off the year as a super keener (law journal, queer club, legal aid, pro bono, etc.) and now that i'm into the second half of the year, it's enough of a challenge to get up for class every day. the queer women scene for the largest canadian city has been pretty lame, as far as law students go, but i have met one amazing friend. i don't know how everyone here is finding law school, but at my school, almost everyone is interested in corporate "BIGLAW" jobs, so the environment is quite conservative. thus, the lack of visible queer people (women, especially!) is pretty sad.

eventually, i am hoping to work in family law. my two primary interests are reproductive law & poverty law with respect to women's issues.

anyway, that's my intro. feel free to add me - i'd love to talk to other queer law students!

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November 29th, 2005

11:52 am - Students at Case
I remember a few people posting here from Case Western. We're looking for a new dean and someone coming to lecture is Professor Hiram Chodosh, Associate Dean at your school. I was wondering what you all think of Dean Chodosh? Receptive to diversity issues? Approachable? A great scholar? Anything you have to contribute would be greatly appreciated.

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November 5th, 2005

11:50 am - Student Groups

I am a 1L at West Virginia University.  We are in the process of forming a queer student group at the law school.  I am currently looking at the organizations at other schools for ideas, and I would like your input.  If your group has a webpage can you post the link?  If not can you post the name and possibly the mission statement? I've found a few, but I'm sure I'm missing even more.  Thank you!

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November 3rd, 2005

10:39 am - LavLaw
So... Just wanted to say that it was great meeting those of you who I met at Lav Law...

Those I didn't, well... I'm sure you're lovely people, too, and I'm sorry I missed you.

For those that didn't go... I highly recommend it next year. I've been twice now, and both years I learned a lot and met some great people.

And now... I go back to studying for the MPRE. Good luck to anyone taking it tomorrow!

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October 30th, 2005

11:00 am

I'm currently an undergrad at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I've recently been struck with that sudden and hard-hitting fear of, "What the hell am I going to do when I graduate?" I hadn't considered law school very seriously because I assumed that, if I were practicing law, I'd either be enormously bored or feel morally remiss. Just a few days ago, it occurred to me that there's a possibility of devoting my life to activism via law. So now, I'm trying to find the law school that would most prepare me to represent glbtq clients in various cases (for example, adoption for gay couples or transgender/transsexual rights, etc).

Does anyone have any suggestions with respect to appropriate law programs or resources I should investigate? Thanks in advance for any advice.


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October 10th, 2005

07:19 pm - Diversity Training
Pondering this lately. Our organization got our Dean to send a memo to the student body regarding the Solomon Amendment and the issues surrounding it as we set up a table outside CSO while JAG was recruiting last week. I read through the memo this weekend and was a little miffed that our Dean claims that the "diversity training" all 1Ls must go through is considered an "ameliorative step" for our school. This training was a crock of shit, and the only person that could possibly benefit from it was someone that lived in a cave up until law school. All it did was teach people that we all have different learning styles, etc. Like, I am a BLUE person, as I like factual learning styles, etc. This training has NOTHING to do with what my law school defines diversity as. We didn't learn about how one might properly interact with an Asian American, or a gay student, or even one of the opposite sex, for those of us(me) that spent undergrad with only one sex.
Do your schools have diversity training? What's it like? Any suggestions I could send in an e-mail to my Dean? I'm creating a letter that I will hopefully send by the end of the week.

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October 7th, 2005

01:14 pm - Lavendar Law LJ Meet-Up
If you are going to LavLaw and would like to meet, e-mail me at cynthiabuhr@gmail.com. I will organize a listserv for us to organize things. For those of you not going, we'll report back to you how it was. Thanks!

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October 5th, 2005

11:36 pm - Lavender Law Conference
Is anyone going to the Lavender Law Conference? The gay group at my school is basically non-exsistant this term so I don't think anyone from here is going. What is it all about? Any info would be great!

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03:25 pm - No kids unless you're married

Our leading lesbian at school just sent me this url. Kinda scary if you ask me. But, having spent 4 years in Indiana, I'm not surprised at it.
A bit unconstitutional don't you think?

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September 7th, 2005

07:29 pm - Fundage!
Well, we secured funding for two of our exec. board members for Lavender Law, so we'll see all of you there! We're gonna cheat the system and take four of us though. The CSO will pay the registration for the conference, so our two other exec. board members will get that funding, we'll all pay for half of our airfare and splits the rooms. Hope to see some of you there. We're very excited to be a part of the conference and see how LGBT lawyers survive in firms, etc. I've definitely gotten the feeling that the CSO believes that most firms will throw my resume out if they see anything Gay related. It really sickens me, and makes me unsure of what I will do after school. I somewhat want to work in a firm, but I don't want a firm that doesn't want me because of who I am, and because I'm spending my life with the one I love, who just so happens to be the same sex.
Well, I hope to see everyone there! So exciting!
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: www.c895fm.com hometown station, listen!

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August 22nd, 2005

09:37 pm
Hi everyone

I was just wondering if you guys are planning anything at your law schools to do with the Army/Air Force JAG interviewing on campus. We'll be doing general awareness stuff (as does the school itself) but we were also talking about signing up for interviews just to waste their time, and then at the end asking "So, do you have any positions for QUEER attorneys," etc. Alternately, showing up with, say, rainbow suspenders or tie and conducting the entire interview with a straight face (no pun intended...oh wait, yes it was).

Does this seem out of line? Does it seem like a bad idea? Maybe bad for one's (or one's school's) reputation?

Are any of you planning anything of this sort? Any good ideas to mess with them? Things to do or say?
I'd also be interested in hearing what other things you might be planning at your various law schools, and whether your schools are supportive.

Thanks - and good luck with the new year!


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August 18th, 2005

12:03 am - Catholics School Girls -- Not Just for Porn Anymore
I'm thinking of applying to law school (again), and I live in CA, where about half the schools are religiously affiliated (mostly catholic, it seems).

I'm a bisexual woman -- and I mean flaming bisexual. On top of that, I also dabble in the polyamorous swingerish lifestyle.

All these catholic schools have OUTLAW chapters and say they are accepting of gays. Now -- is this really true?

The reason I ask is because I went to a Catholic undergrad for a year, and I had to transfer. I had a terrible experience. Not with the faculty, or even the brothers, who were all very accepting -- but the students.

Is law school different than undergrad in that respect? Do people gain a bit of maturity by then? Or is this just my wishful thinking?

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August 15th, 2005

05:47 pm - Eight Books for Sale
I finished my first year of law school and I decided that it's not for me. I'm selling all of my books on ebay for extremely cheap. I'm posting this so that you can see if there's anything that might be useful to you.

mods, if this is not okay, I understand if you delete it. it's crossposted a bit.

my old books for sale

thanks a bunch.

Rose Tint My World by Peter Hinwood, Barry Bostwick, Little Nell & Susan Sarandon

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July 25th, 2005

06:46 pm
To all those taking the Bar Exam tomorrow, good luck!

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05:48 pm
Hi, I’m not so good at introductions but here it goes. My name is Rachel and I’m going to be a law student at Temple University in Philadelphia in a month, yeah, really soon. If anybody is in Philly by all means drop me a line. Heck, even if you aren’t in Philly drop me a line. I’m an Orthodox Jew, my rabbis quake when they hear me say that, but also a little bit of an apikoros (heretic), not a real one though because I don’t know enough to be. I try to follow the halacha as I think G-d would want me to and as I understand it and usually that corresponds with how the rabbis think but not always. I’m also an MTF (male to female transsexual) just starting the process of transition, which should take about two years, and so that’s nice and terrifying, but at the same time something I should have done years and years ago. I’ve been out for a few months now, after years of denial and aversion therapy and all sorts of crap, and will be living full time as a girl, really I should say as me, once I get to Philly. Probably because my parents are both former librarians I am obsessed with libraries and live in them and in bookstores. I read way too much philosophy and have an unhealthy obsession with Nietzsche and Kafka. I have a degree in African History, concentration on modern West Africa, of all things and will read anything and everything relating to history of any kind. I bowl badly. I ice skate even worse, but love it. I used to do a lot of karaoke but then had to get rid of my car, too expensive, and could not easily get to the karaoke place anymore. So, anyway, there goes my crappy introduction. I’m harmless really, so drop me a line.

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July 23rd, 2005

08:29 pm
It's been a bit since anyone has updated in here, so I figured I'd tell you all about what's going on in my wonderful life.

I'm moving in a week! I have so much stuff to do right now that I'm avoiding, but I really am so excited about going to law school and meeting new people and studying for hours on end. I got my schedule in the mail the other day, so I know who my professors are, and even have an assignment for orientation (woohoo!). Some of those last minute worries are starting to kick in, such as: "Oh my god what am I doing?!" and, "Oh my god what am I doing?!"

I'm so glad that I found this lj group-- I met a great girl through my last entry (mysocalledblog) who I know will be a good friend of mine in St. Louis. We're going to work on starting a queer law group together (wish us luck). Also, we're hopefully going to go to the Lavendar Law conference in San Diego (I think) this October. Anyone else planning on attending?

So here's hoping everyone is doing well in the waning days of summer. Remember to wear sunblock when you go outside for any length of time!

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July 13th, 2005

10:35 pm
The cover letter I'm using for "on campus interviews":
Dear Hiring Partner:

I really want to work for you. See that first line, you'll want to hire me because I'm starting this letter with the conclusion. You know, CRPAC (conclusion, rule, proof, analysis, conclusion). I hope you still remember what that means, because I'm guessing it's been a while since you had Legal Writing.

Anyway, I'm applying to work at your law firm because I really need a job. I could make something up, about how prestigous it would be to be an associate at your firm, but frankly, that takes too much work, and I'm applying to about 50 firms, hoping that at least one of you will take me. The hope is that I'll be employed by your large or medium sized firm, so I can pay off my mountain of debt. You know, seven years of school straight through ends up costing as much as a small house. With a public interest job, I'd never be able to pay off my debt. But I digress.

As you will see, I have absolutely no real world experience. You will probably also note that my grades are ok, but not stellar. I promise you, however, that my ass kissing skills are amazing, which is something that is not easily seen when grading is anonymous. I also promise you I have moxy until the cows come home.

In closing, please hire me.

Love, Wade

PS I give good head

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July 7th, 2005

02:35 am
Anybody have any idea where to find the full text of a speech given by Tom Delay at Washington & Lee Law School (probably in March of this year) where he made the (in)famous statement: "We want to define what good behavior is." This is in respect to Supreme Court justices.

It's not on his Senate website (probably because it was so controversial), or easily available doing a google search.


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