Monday, February 13, 2006

Pat on the Back Boone

I'd been meaning to write this weekend about the Election of Robert Boone as CLR EiC (please take note of the devilishly good looking gent wearing a striped polo shirt in the background), but held off. I only intended to write that I don't know Robert personally, but we do share a corner in the locker room. From what I know of him, he's known as pretty much the nicest guy at Boalt (a tie with EI). But WT argues that the Daily Cal misses the point by emphasizing that he's the first black EiC of CLR.

I disagree somewhat. It is a big deal, just like it's a big deal when this country elected the first non-WASP president in JFK, and just like it will be a big deal when we elect the first black or first female president. It is a milestone and it should be noted and applauded. I for one will personally congratulate him while exchanging elbow blows near that trashcan in the left corner.

I said somewhat because I agree with WT that the newspaper did a disservice to Robert by not mentioning his other achievements, such as winning a first-place tie for the Nuts and Boalts Award for the Nicest Person at Boalt.

13 Comments:

Blogger wt said...

Who is the guy in the background?

Did you get a nose job Armen?

2/13/2006 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Robert. He won because he deserved it--mainly because he did the best job at the candidate's forum and has a ton of experience.

I'm not so sure this is a "big deal." But at the very least it does send a positive message to other law schools and law students (including those not yet in law school), and I think CLR, and Boalt, should be proud of that.

At any rate, I hope Robert enjoyed his life while he still had one.

2/13/2006 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't the Daily Cal do the research to confirm that Boone really is the first African American EIC? Anyone who has read the article carefully should note that they never make that claim. Robert could be the 2nd, 3rd, etc.. Robert's accomplishment is still a big deal. My point is about journalistic integrity. THat was the lamest hedged assertion I've seen in a newspaper. The paper mentioned that there were no records that they knew of that held otherwise. What are we talking abou here, ancient Sumeria? UC Berkeley is a young school, and Boalt is even younger, compared to the other top law schools Boalt compares itself to. The students should have made some phone calls, talked to some professors and former EIC's. It's shoddy enough that Boalt doesn't have the alumni records to back it up itself (oh, who's surprised? Why have alumni records if you haven't asked them for a dime over 100 years?). ANyway, the Daily Cal should have picked up the slack and done the research and figured out for sure what the deal was. What a crappy paper! Serves as a reminder for why Cal most definitely deserves a lower ranking than the other top colleges! THe student newspaper is often (not always) a barometer for the intellectual health and acumen of a school.

2/13/2006 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a well-deserved honor for Robert!
While I don't agree with 2:45 that the academics of a school can be measured by it's daily rag (is it even run by students?), I will add that there should have been a note along the lines of "JJ: in the background of history."

2/13/2006 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Point well-taken. I meant the intellectual health and acumen of the students (undergrads). The professors here are top-notch b/c many of the graduate schools are top-notch (though that could change).

2/13/2006 7:47 PM  
Blogger biff said...

What's the process for getting on law review and becoming EiC at Boalt?

2/13/2006 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some kind of election i think, but grades also count. i heard outgoing eic has 8 amjurs, no Ps and only 2 Hs

2/15/2006 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grades don't count to get onto CLR. Pure write-on.

2/16/2006 12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Getting on CLR: totally write-on, no grades. It's a case note, an editing assignment, and a personal statement. All done anonymously.

Getting elected: All board positions, including EIC, are voted on by all the members. No requirements, everyone can vote for whoever they want, for whatever reason they want. So it's whoever the members want, good grades or not.

The poster who said grades count, or even matter, is totally wrong. I don't think anyone who voted had any idea what Robert's, or any of the other candidate's, grades were.

2/16/2006 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 11:33---

Why would you post when you clearly don't know the right answer?

2/16/2006 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, the last EIC had 2 Hs?! I heard Robert has straight HHs and 12 Am Jurs.

2/18/2006 11:42 AM  
Blogger stacita said...

i think the last eic has only 7 amjurs. what a moron.

2/19/2006 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they should restore the grades requirement for joining CLR, so the EIC will be more likely to pass the bar.

11/19/2007 4:35 PM  

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