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A Temporary Reprieve

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Mar 6, 2010 in NotFail

Spring Break has officially started for those of us at NCCU Law, meaning a solid week of desperately needed relaxation, a judicious helping of ACC basketball, and a decent night’s sleep uninterrupted by crazy Property+CivPro dreams :D

Last set of exams wrapped up yesterday with Contracts and CrimLaw. We won’t get grades back until after Spring Break, but here’s a rundown on how things went:

  • Property II: This was our first midterm, and the only test we had on Wednesday so folks prepped pretty extensively for it. Essay was similar to a practice essay we had done the previous week, so my grade will hinge largely on the multiple choice questions.  Hoping for: A-.
  • Civil Procedure II: Our second test held @ 9am Thursday.  I think everyone in the class expected this to be a lot harder than it was, with no questions at all on FRCP Rules 18-24.  The essay caught some folks by surprise with an Erie/Byrd/Hanna analysis of FRCP Rule 9 and NCRCP Rule 9(j), which I noticed had a “particularly” written next to it by MDG on the syllabus a few weeks ago. Praying I accurately remembered its contents :beatup: Hoping for: A-.
  • Torts II: Professor Torts has been disappointed with the class’s performance on multiple choice questions (we have these remote clicker things that we use for questions she occasionally gives us before class) so the midterm was essay-free with 15 multiples instead. I already know I got at least one wrong, which I realized moments after turning in my exam — and which makes me think I missed more. At 6.67pts apiece, I’m not optimistic.  Hoping for: B-.
  • Contracts II: I’d like to reserve an obscene hand gesture for this exam, but since we try to keep things family-friendly here at law:/dev/null I’ll restrain myself ;) This was my worst class last semester and it hasn’t really “clicked” this semester either, but either by sheer luck or divine intervention the stuff I studied most the night before was the same stuff on the exam. Trying not to get too optimistic, but feeling pretty good :)  Hoping for:  B+.
  • Criminal Law I: The multiples on this one were harder than I expected. For several questions I’d narrow the answer options down to 2, just to find myself unable to pick which of the last two was the better answer. Missed a key issue on the essay (standard of evidentiary review on appeal) but beyond that think I did OK. Just have no clue about those multiples… :( Hoping for: B.

So in a best case scenario I’ll escape midterms with a 3.28 semester GPA going into finals. I need a 3.36 at the end of this semester to have a B average at the end of 1L year. It’s an uphill battle but I’ll keep my fingers crossed :)

Good luck to everyone still taking midterms, and HAVE FUN to everyone on Spring Break! :D

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It’s official: I’m going nuts

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Mar 4, 2010 in The 1L Life

Went to bed at ~11:30pm last night, fully expecting to get a solid 6 hours of sleep, wake up, eat breakfast, and have an otherwise relaxed morning en route to my 9am CivPro exam.

Instead I woke up at 2:25am from a nightmare about… midterms :beatup:

I dreamed I had gotten my Property midterm back. Only 14 of 30 points on the multiples and 52 of 70 points on the essay, so a D.

As I’m trying to figure out what I did wrong, several classmates who wrote their essays start arguing about the results and want to file a lawsuit against the Professor for negligently giving the typing students 10 extra minutes to finish.

A few others complained that some of the multiples had typos. An argument ensued over whether they could do a Rule 18 joinder of claims.

Then one guy in the back started talking about interpleading everyone under Rule 22 because he got a 100 and didn’t want to face multiple liabilities if they prevailed.

Then the Professor came in and wanted to implead the proctor under Rule 14, as a student in another section materialized out of nowhere to insist the Code of Student Conduct gave them a Rule 24 right to intervene.

Somewhere around that point I woke up.  w… t… f… :crack:

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Priorities

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Mar 3, 2010 in The 1L Life

The Property II midterm wrapped up this afternoon, so we’re 1 down and 4 to go :D

Not entirely sure how mine will turn out — it’s one of those situations where I either did exceptionally well or exceptionally not-so-well, depending on if I got a few foundational issues straight in my head or if I applied the wrong rule(s) throughout the multiples+essay.  We’ll see.

Left for home after classes to escape the aura of stressed-out-ness that emanates from the law library this time of the semester, swinging by Bojangle’s to grab whatever meal comes in between lunch and dinner.1  Now spending the next 3ish hours studying CivPro before switching to Torts before bed.

It was in the middle of eating that I realized how badly my priorities get screwed up around exam time :beatup:

I couldn’t tell you the last time I got up early enough to cook breakfast. Haven’t gone running in a week, despite the bundle of motivation that is reading idwsj. And when I invited Co-Counsel over to be my CivPro study partner, the invitation was promptly followed by me freaking out when I realized the level of disaster that was/is my apartment.2

Thankfully she declined the invitation so that particular crisis was averted ;)

Just 2 more days to go with CivPro+Torts tomorrow, then Ks+CrimLaw on Friday. I promised my apartment I’d clean it at some point soon thereafter.

Good luck to all my fellow 1Ls going through midterms alongside me! Remember: this time next week you’ll be able to enjoy the ever-so-slightly-less-frenetic pace that follows an exam :D

  1. Ever notice there’s no “brunch” equivalent for the afternoon? []
  2. On a scale of 1 to Haiti, high enough that my bedroom is the only sanctuary from various law-related materials strewn about and I avoid the kitchen entirely :beatup: []

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Weekend Update

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Mar 1, 2010 in NotFail

Hey y’all! :D

Sorry for missing my self-imposed weekend deadline for writing. My monthly UNCASG meeting was Friday-Sunday on the NC A&T State and UNC Greensboro campuses, so the evenings when I usually write were instead spent enjoying the company of some folks I hadn’t seen in awhile. Hopefully y’all will forgive me :)

Here’s a quick 5-point update on the past few days:

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MBP BRAIN TRANSPLANT SUCCESSFUL
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Last Monday my 4-year-old MacBook Pro got shipped off to Texas for a new logic board, and wasn’t slated to be back in my hands until tomorrow.

Apple somehow got everything repaired and sent back to the Southpoint Apple Store by Friday — I got a text on my phone from FedEx around 10am when it was dropped off, and promptly skipped out of class to go pick it up :beatup:

I’m pleased to report the surgery was a success! :D In addition to the logic board it needed, the folks replaced the RAM chips, the fan assembly, the SuperDrive, and cleaned both the keyboard and the screen… all for the same price :surprised:

I already officially :heart:’d Apple. But all that made me :heart: them even more.1 :lovestruck:

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WHITE GUY WINS BLSA TRIVIA CHALLENGE
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No one was surprised last semester when I joined the NCCU Law chapter of the Black Law Students Association. I was active in the black community at my alma mater, had 3 roommates for years who were even more active than I was, etc.

And even if I wasn’t active, Delta the 2L was going to shake me down for dues anyhow :beatup:

So when BLSA had a trivia contest for Black History Month,2 I sent in an answer on a whim.  Turns out I was the first one to reply with the correct answer on that particular day, which prompted a pair of challenges: a nice “Now you know I expect you to win this right?” from Delta, and a snarky “What do you think you know about black history?” from a colleague I’ll leave nameless.

I don’t know much, but I do know I got declared the winner on Friday ;)

Here’s how the final scorecard turned out:

  1. T. Greg Doucette @ 7 points
  2. Melanie Bates @ 3 points
  3. Whitney Frye @ 2 points
  4. LaKeeshia Austin @ 1 point (tie)
    Lori Hale @ 1 point (tie)
    Stephanie Locke @ 1 point (tie)
    Alyssa Moore @ 1 point (tie)
    Ashleigh Parker @ 1 point (tie)
    Demetria Watkins @ 1 point (tie)
    Oluseun Williams @ 1 point (tie)

The contest had a $25 gift card as a prize, but I’m getting more joy out of proving a point :angel:

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UNCASG COLLECTS 22,000+ SIGNATURES
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That meeting I mentioned was one of our busier ones of the year as I try to wrap up everything I want done before my term ends April 30th. 3

The Tuition Petition stack... and this is without a handful of universities!

One of the highlights has been the UNCASG Tuition Petition campaign, where we’ve been getting students across the state to petition the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal a mandatory 8% tuition increase (with $$ going to the state’s budget deficit) and replace it with lower rates set by the UNC Board of Governors (with $$ staying on each campus).

We gathered up the petitions from most of the universities this weekend, and it looks like we’ve gathered over 22,000 signatures — well over our goal of 21,500 :D

Now comes the “fun” part: verifying names, erasing contact information, duplicating petitions, getting them bound into volumes, then distributing them to key legislators.

I think I’m gonna delegate that part to someone else ;)

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MIDTERM PANIC SETS IN
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Midterms start on Wednesday with Property II. CivPro II and Torts II are next on Thursday, then we wrap up on Friday with Ks II and CrimLaw I.

Thought I was freaking out before finals? Imagine what I’m like after not having my outlines for a week :beatup:

If my posts over the next few days sound more and more like the rantings of a delusional mind, I’ve probably gone crazy :crack:

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AND MORE @#$%ING SNOW…
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Oh and it’s scheduled to snow again starting tomorrow. This will be the 2nd time in less than a week, and at least the 5th time in 5 weeks.

Last I checked North Carolina is still firmly part of the South and Durham is still part of the generally snow-free Research Triangle. I love snow — once or twice a year. This is getting a bit excessive… :mad:

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That’s the past week of my life in a nutshell :) Hope all of you are doing well, and enjoy the rest of the week! :D

  1. On an unrelated side note, I see why so may Mac users dislike Windows and vice versa. It’s incredibly un-intuitive going from one OS to the other. My efficiency on the PC laptop I was using in the interim was less than a third than on the Mac, at best. []
  2. Each day featured a trivia question relating to someone famous from the black community, and the first person to provide the correct answer got a point. Most points at the end of the month wins. []
  3. I can already tell letting go is going to be a challenge… :cry: []

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