Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Come on, Man. This Affects All of us"

A commentator in the thread below asks for a discussion on the nominations for the faculty graduation speaker. The nominees are:
  1. b*rring
  2. m*rphy
  3. m*rray
  4. s*lansky
  5. s*ift
They're all fantastic. They're all funny. And they're all worth hearing. Nominating speakers is tricky business, however. Success depends not only on whether students like the person or what they have to say, but also how well they will deliver that message. Case in point: last year's speaker.

I actually submitted a vote for John Yoo - think about it: he's funny, non-confrontatinal, and pretty much the star of Boalt's annual gradation ceremony anyway - but I see he didn't make the list. I won't say who on the list I did end up giving my vote to, but feel free to speculate to your heart's content in the comments.

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Blogger Matt said...

I'd be willing to speculate that several people nominated Prof. Yoo, but that the powers that be didn't want to deal with the fallout - e.g., handful or more of students who would complain very loudly, threats to boycott graduation, etc. - from even having him on that list. (Personally, I'd love it. Can you imagine the protests? It'd be out of control. Most exciting graduation ever. I don't understand why we can't get more people behind this.)

As for my vote, I can't decide between B*rring and S*lansky. Although, I would vote for B*rring in a second if he promised to reveal himself as Uncle Zeb and answer questions submitted by students during his time at graduation.

3/17/2010 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sw*ft! All are good choices (and Yoo would have been awesome in its own way). But Sw*ft is super smart, slyly hilarious, has had a big historical impact on the school, has a lot of perspective on law school/legal industry, and will probably have something relevant to say. Can't think of a better person.

3/17/2010 11:47 AM  
Blogger Boris said...

All excellent choices, but it will be tough to beat last year's performance as GL was the star of last year's graduation.

3/17/2010 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

False. GL was NOT a very good speaker. I suppose he may have seemed excellent relative to Chemerinsky, who really sucked. Any word on who the keynote speaker will be?

3/17/2010 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't have Skla*sky. I want him for next year.

3/17/2010 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

M*rphy would be amazing! She's just an amazing human being and fun to hear speak.

3/17/2010 2:21 PM  
Blogger Carbolic said...

1. Last year's speeches were awful. One insulted our school, a second insulted our intelligence, and a third insulted our accomplishment.

2. The faculty speaker nominees are great, but it's the same d__n list every year. These profs rock; we get it. Why not throw a few wildcards in like V*tter or L*ster or Chris H**fnagle. H**fnagle! I bet he'd be great--and not just for having the best surname.

3. Honestly, can you imagine the circus if JY gave the speech? Another press release opportunity for "BAAT!"

4. H**fnagle! It's almost as much fun to write as it is to say...

3/17/2010 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some magistrate judge is the speaker. super lame if you ask me.

3/17/2010 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully it is Swift.

3/17/2010 2:43 PM  
Blogger Toney said...

Carbolic, you just went up a notch. To notch 1.

Hoofnagle is $$.

3/17/2010 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my money's with murphy. charming, funny, super smart, engaging, and probably most importantly, relatable.

3/17/2010 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would vote for V*tter. Could you imagine the hilarity that would ensue when he makes witty jokes under his breath that only the people in the front row can hear?

Also, he would be the first Ent to speak at a graduation.

3/17/2010 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

M*rphy! Vote for her, she will no doubt make us laugh and give us winning advice for how to lead our lives.

3/17/2010 4:30 PM  
Blogger Carbolic said...

There's nothing inherently wrong about having a magistrate judge speak. The speech should be about inspiring legal careers--not just the most conventionally prestigious ones. And a young judge may be give a better speech than an old one. That said, it feels a bit parochial to have a local Article I judge as the speaker.

Also, it's a little sneaky for the commencement webpage to try to avoid mentioning that she's a magistrate judge.

You sometimes see people trying to play "hide the ball" with Article I courts. I know of one ex-judge whose firm biography describes at length his many years of experience as a federal court of appeals judge in our nation's capital. The actual court is never specified. D.C. or Federal Circuit, you ask? No...the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

3/17/2010 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skl*nsky! He's hilarious, brilliant, and has a comedian's timing. He is also the professor I most wish my family and non-law school friends could see in action. Most of all, I'd love to hear his thoughts and advice for us as we leave school and enter practice.

3/17/2010 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are all great options. And I love Prof. Murphy unabashedly, but it feels somehow wrong to have a Prof. who was away all year at other schools come and wish us farewell, no? Or is that just me?

3/17/2010 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh come on guys, PLEASE just let class of 2011 have skl*nsky. we've lived with the worst of it all: the economy, the construction; just let us have him.

3/17/2010 10:33 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...


3/17/2010 10:34 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Wait! 2011??

No, I do NOT concur! If you want him, come to our graduation and watch him!

. . . oops. I guess I tipped my hand after all, huh?

3/17/2010 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually liked all of the speakers last year. Wasn't insulted by any of them. All of them made me laugh. Don't know what the fuss is about.

3/17/2010 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chemerinsky most certainly insulted our school. I can't imagine the audacity it takes to come to a school as a keynote graduation speaker, then call for the firing of one of the professors at that school in the graduation speech. What an asshole.

I didn't think GL's speech was particularly insulting, though I assume Carbolic is referring to the "rain" snapping. That was pretty lame. Once he got into the speech, it was alright. Not amazing.

I'm not going to comment on the third speech, since it was by classmates who did not really say anything controversial, but just seemed really nervous.

3/18/2010 8:44 AM  
Blogger Carbolic said...

Oh, I need to clarify. The third speech I was referring to was the the general dialogue by DE. I wasn't talking about the student speeches at all.

3/18/2010 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there no student speaker contest at this school? lame.

3/18/2010 10:51 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Great list of speakers. I do have a sort of train-wreck desire to see Yoohoo up there. I wonder if he'd even do it. Come on people, let's start a revolution. Or a faecbook page, at least. DRAFT YOO!

3/18/2010 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my vote had been for murphy, but 10:02's right. murphy's been gone all year and it'd be unfitting to have her come back. sklansky, on the other hand, has been here the entire time and contributed mightily to the school: great classes, director of faculty appointments, universally loved, and he'd be the best guy to send us off to the wolves..


3/18/2010 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm getting on the Murphy train as well. I've had Swift, Sklansky and Murphy. All are great. Didn't Swift do it recently, though? I agree with 2:59: Murphy's very relatable; she won't take this opportunity for granted (has she ever spoken at a graduation before?), she'll put a lot of thought into it. Also she was the small section prof for about 60 of us 1L year -- kind of a nice way to tie it back to our introduction at Boalt.

3/18/2010 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasn't s*lansky gone our first year?

3/18/2010 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that Rachel Moran is leaving UCI and coming back to Boalt, she will absorb all the yes votes. UCI's loss is Boalt's regain.

3/18/2010 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

M*rphy isn't coming back to Boalt so strike her off the list.

3/19/2010 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Douche in Evidence who keeps interrupting Skl*nsky and other students: Please learn how to participate in class without being one of the rudest people on earth.

3/19/2010 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That guy is an all-around douche. He is the type that talks his point to death until everyone agrees with him.

3/19/2010 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what??!! murphey isn't coming back? pls say it aint's so!

3/19/2010 12:06 PM  
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3/20/2010 12:13 AM  
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10/26/2010 11:45 PM  

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