Say You Want a New Beatles Recording?
Update: Looks like this is only a taste of what's to come, as Paul McCartney is set to release a a 1967 "sound collage" called "Carnival of Light" in the very near future.
Stories from the fruits and nuts of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall)
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The most dramatic impact of the current economic situation on legal employment opportunities can be seen in the numbers that describe the fall recruiting of 2Ls. Across employers of all sizes, the median number of offers extended dropped dramatically from 15 to 10. At the largest firms, firms with more than 700 lawyers firmwide, the median number of offers dropped from 30 to 18.5. Similarly, the percent of callback interviews resulting in offers for summer spots fell precipitously to 46.6% from a figure that had hovered at or above 60% for three years. Not surprisingly, the offer acceptance rate also jumped. At 32.5%, it is the highest rate recorded since 2002.First, cheers to you, NALP, for saying "situation" and not "climate." Second, those numbers caught me off guard. They are certainly in line with popular wisdom about last fall’s hiring, but they seem a bit at odds with experience – at least at Boalt. My sense is that callbacks from Boalt’s fall OCIP,1 which occurred before and during the market collapse, went out at a rate similar to last year. There is no need to speculate because the CDO has data to back this up (I filled out their survey, didn't you?), but my sense is that we did far better than schools that hold OCIP in, say, October. There is inertia to institutional decision-making, including hiring decisions, and it can require a real affirmative effort to change course once a large organization has made a decision. (Cite Thelen, which was scheduling callbacks for the last few weeks of the firm’s existence.) Perhaps I’m wrong about everything I’ve said up until here, but if I’m not, the timing of Boalt’s 2008 OCIP helped some of us catch the last train out of town.
On Thursday, three 2L's are holding a lunch session about LEED certification and the Boalt renovation project. Representatives from Infill Architects will present the new building in detail, followed by a brief panel to discussion on LEED certification (a heftly sum of money, but with marketing and energy benefits). The 2L's are holding the session because, while the Administration and Regents ultimately make the decisison whether to pursue certification, they want to give the student community an opportunity to learn about the issue, and weigh in.And don't worry: it's catered.
The session will be from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. in Room 110.
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The administration has made a determination that they qualify as enemy combatants, but we know nothing about how this determination was made. It may or may not be a "competent tribunal" in accordance with the Convention. Ironically, thousands of detainees have had their status adjudicated by Art. V tribunals in Iraq, yet we refuse to institute them at Gitmo. That just doesn't make sense to me. Given the spotlight on Gitmo, we ought to be more careful about the way we do things there, not less so.Phil, added in another post:
I know that change is often incremental and evolutionary (as opposed to revolutionary) in large bureaucracies like the Army. But unfortunately, merely telling the Army intelligence community that it must adhere to the rules isn't enough. These new rules don't apply to the other services, to some special operations units, and to the Central Intelligence Agency. And as the article points out, these rules only apply to Iraq -- not Gitmo, Bahrain, Qatar, Diego Garcia, or anywhere else that the U.S. has prisoners detained right now. I know there's a balance to be struck between tough interrogations that produce actionable intel, and torture sessions that resemble the rack. But this just seems like window dressing, and I think a lot more needs to be done to comply with international law here.Phil also did not spare the DOJ and DOD lawyers who authored certain memos.
The president's strategic picture of the war on terrorism is like a photo negative -- the exact opposite of reality. Bush argues that "Iraq is the convergence point for two of the greatest threats to America in this new century." But that's not really accurate -- Iraq is the cause and the accelerant of these threats to America, the main reason we are losing the global fight for hearts and minds.Once the two major candidates emerged, Phil began working for Obama as his national director of veteran's outreach or something along those lines. Again, I'm pretty sure this was not because Phil is Democrat. But the contrast between the two candidates proved too much. One of them, a veteran no less, wanted to continue the status of quo of a failed strategy that senselessly put more and more American lives at risk (perhaps continuing the policy of his predecessor to apply the lessons of Vietnam?). The other wanted to save those lives and strengthen the military, law enforcement, intelligence, and diplomatic capabilities to actually effectively fight our enemies.
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. . . parents were about to take the cell phone away — again — recently when they offered their son a choice. “His cell-phone for two weeks or a corner for two hours,” Don [his father] said. “He chose the corner.”First of all, "an E in English and math"? What the hell is an "E"? Sounds like the grades at Boalt.
“The corner” was not a quiet spot in his room, but rather a very public intersection in the middle of town. There Trenton held a hand-lettered sign that listed his grades — an E in English and math, a C in science and an A in phys ed. At the bottom of the list the sign said, “My future = shaky!”
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"I have three (offers to Berkeley professors) that I'm worried about right now from Harvard," said Edley, who himself was lured from Harvard in 2004 to lead Boalt Hall. "And three more that are likely to develop from top-five schools in the next year.Er, right. Is that why a young hotshot like G. L-ster makes more than an old standby like B. B-rring?
"It keeps the pressure on, but it's infinitely better than having a faculty that no one wants."
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