Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Graduation Speaker Choice: A Retrospective

In hindsight, choosing Judge Schroeder as the graduation speaker seems like a genius move given the revelations about current Chief Judge Kozinski. According to the LA Times, Kozinski basically peddled his own porn on his personal website.

The money quote: "The sexually explicit material on Kozinski's site earlier this week was extensive, including images of masturbation, public sex and contortionist sex. There was a slide show striptease featuring a transsexual, and a folder that contained a series of photos of women's crotches as seen through snug fitting clothing or underwear. There were also themes of defecation and urination, though they are not presented in a sexual context."

Thank you Judge Kozinski, and may it please the court. Feel free to add your own pithy, wry, disgruntled that you can't get a seat at Bar/Bri remarks. See also ATL coverage here.

UPDATE 1: As early as 2004, this Legal Affairs article revealed some tell-tale signs: "He has written video game reviews for The Wall Street Journal and an account of a Malibu pajama and lingerie party for the online magazine Slate. Six pet chickens have the run of his property in the beachfront community of Palos Verdes, where he lives with his wife and three sons."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

WSJ Coverage here

His stash included "a video of a half-dressed man cavorting with a sexually aroused farm animal."


6/11/2008 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, (no disrespect to the selecting committee) Judge Schroeder was the worst speaker ever. I wanted to kill myself during her speech. Never ever ask her to do any type of speaking function at Boalt again. All she did was the read the resumes of old Boalties. Horrible, just horrible.

6/11/2008 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. Schroeder's talk was non-topical, irrelevant, and boring. Appellate judge or not, I would have been embarrassed to stand up and deliver that speech.

6/11/2008 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somehow I don't think that a "pajama and lingerie" party that includes a 57 year old federal judge is going to be all that exciting.

6/11/2008 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 1:54 and 3:10: I completely agree. Absolutely awful. It actually made me angry, sitting there about to die in the heat and hearing her completely phone it in. The stories about her clerks weren't even relevant, for the most part; they were mostly highly specific to those individuals and not something that, even through a stretch of the imagination, were applicable to any of us, or even to the occasion. I feel like she didn't even care enough to try.

6/11/2008 5:18 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

I have heard about emails between Kozinski and his son.

Apparently, they are hilarious.

6/11/2008 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Update1. Inadmissible. Impermissible chain of reasoning under Rule 404(b).

6/11/2008 7:35 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

Character evidence? Overruled. It's not meant to show conduct in conformity. But it is very probative as to the ownership of the new videos. Psshhh. Character evidence.

6/11/2008 7:57 PM  
Anonymous John Steele said...

Apologies for being off point, but we are still looking for Boalties to join the Earl Warren Inn of Court for the next school year. You'd have to be willing to put some effort into one skit and also show up and enjoy a nice meal with judges, prosecutors, PDs, and civil practice lawyers once a month. Lots of fun. You'll get to size up practitioners and judges. All students at UC-Berkeley are eligible. Email John Steele at Thanks.

6/11/2008 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kozinski says that his son posted it all, according to ATL.

Whatever the case, what do people see in this guy? I don't get the fascination.

6/11/2008 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:00pm: Read his dissent in Samsung.

6/12/2008 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O'Connell's speech wasn't half bad.

But seriously, can't there be some competition for who gets to speak? Both times I've been, the majority of speeches are so goddamned vain. It ain't just about you, it's about ALL of us.

6/12/2008 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are always so critical of the graduation speakers. AJO is about the least vain faculty member ever at Boalt. Sheesh!

6/12/2008 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Caliboy said...

I think Judge Kozinski's immortal Dating Game appearance makes him quite worthy of our fascination.

6/12/2008 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't say AJO's speech was vain. I was referring to the majority of speeches I've heard, which have usually been all about "me, me, me," with few lessons for the rest of us.

6/13/2008 9:21 AM  

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