Let’s Play the Blame Game: Barristers is Sold Out Edition
The talk of the town is that Barristers Ball sold out yesterday and people (particularly 3Ls) are not.happy.about.it. So let’s do what soon-to-be lawyers do best: find someone to blame and hold accountable.
I’ve heard a lot of people griping about the organizers of the event - BHWA and its members. I don’t place a ton of blame there. As someone who has planned one of these big events, I can tell you that it ain’t easy to find a venue in Berkeley that can accommodate more than 300 people. There simply aren’t that many spaces that can hold our abundance of students, including on campus. Combine this dearth of venue options with the fact that Boalt has been barred from the few that are big enough (I’ll get there) and you have a tough choice: go with a very large venue in Oakland or San Francisco, with the risk that a lot of students won’t make the trip (or worse, might drink and drive), or go with a venue closer to home that is more limited in capacity. BHWA chose the latter. I can’t fault them for that.
But if you’re going to choose a venue with limited space, it’s best to be transparent about that constraint. The one thing I do blame the organizers for was not being super up-front about the fact that tickets were strictly limited. This especially hurt 3Ls, since we’ve been to five of these events now (BLF auction in the fall and Barristers in the spring) and have always been able to buy tickets at the door. In fact, the emails about Barristers all advertised tickets being available at the door and I don't remember reading about a limit. Attendance at last year’s Barristers was definitely higher than 450, so organizers probably should have been more clear that space and tickets were limited.
So who else might we blame? Well ourselves, really. Boalt has been kindly asked to not return to at least three big venues (that I know of) for… shall we say… poor behavior. Fingers crossed we keep in good standing with this year’s joint.
All this said, kudos to those who planned an event popular enough to sell out, and here’s hoping that those of us with the golden tickets have a wildly good time.
Who’s hosting the alternate party for the non-ticket-holders?