September 14, 2006

Rushing All Over Again.

Posted in Back to School at 2:53 pm by brookel

We are back in school – 2L year is in full-swing. Every day a different group of people wear their suits to school, ready for interviews.  As much as I dislike wearing a suit, everyone does look a lot nicer these days. Usually we’re all in Tshirts and jeans, so to see people in suits is somewhat startling.

The problem with OCI (on campus interviewing) isn’t the interviewing though – and along with it the missing class – it’s everything else that comes along with it. You need to think ahead to where you will put your suit and bring clothes to change into or out of; you have to either go to the receptions the firms have the night before, or feel guilty and at a loss when you skip them.   And, not only do you have to wear the suit, you need to wear heels and make up – all with a large backpack on your back. It just seems silly.

Of course, I survived sorority rush before, and I’m sure I can do it again – just didn’t know I’d have to.

June 6, 2006

Wright’s Federal Practice & Procedure

Posted in Back to School at 11:21 pm by brookel

I have, for the first time, been spending a lot of time with Charles Alan Wright – and I have to say that I now understand why his series on Federal Practice and Procedure (worth every penny of their $2021 cost I'm sure) was such a hit: it tells you EVERYTHING you need to know!  I don't know what I'd do without it – I use it everday at work.

Today, for instance, I was trying to understand when/what could be judicially noticed.  I found a great explanation on when a judge look up something and still call it a "generally known fact" within the meaning of Rule 201(d).
When it applies to music apparently.

But judges are old and foregetful; even a judge who things that the names of the The Beatles are generally known may need to resort to an album cover to recall George harrison.  Similarly, a judge may well suppose that a fact is generally known to others even though unknown to her; e.g. what "Pearl Jam" is. (The writer believes this to be some kind of musical group, but would need to ask one of his children to be sure.) 21B Wright & Miller, Federal Practice & Procedure, s.5108 (2 ed. 2005).