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Law School Roundup #251

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Feb 26, 2011 in Law School Roundup

Katie has the latest law school roundup over at katieluper.com — make sure to check it out! :D

And it’s back here at law:/dev/null next week :)

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In Case You Missed It (Round VI)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Feb 23, 2011 in In Case You Missed It

After spending most of the past week preparing for or competing in the TYLA NTC regional competition, I finally worked my way through the blog entry backlog — just in time for me to disappear again the rest of this week so I can prep for AAJ as well as study at some point for my Business Associations midterm :beatup:

If you have a few minutes to spare, below are the posts from last week just in case you missed them — please enjoy during my pending absence :)

In chronological order:

Enjoy, and have a great night y’all! :D

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TDot’s Tips: How to Succeed at Life

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Feb 15, 2011 in TDot's Tips

Yes, I realize the post title is pretentious — I had to get your attention somehow.1 :P

Last week I mentioned that I’d have a column going live over at Kaplan’s Beyond Hearsay blawg. It got posted today, and you can check it out at this URL.

Here’s a snippet from the opening:

Do you remember that person in undergrad who always declined going out to dinner because they had homework to do? Who always walked around with a venti nonfat organic quintuple shot caffè macchiato frapp-o-death because they needed the caffeine to balance out repeated all-nighters? The one who had a nervous breakdown when grades were released because the lone A- they got in Über-Advanced Multivariable Calculus IV hurt their otherwise flawless GPA?

Most of us had at least one classmate in that category, likely several (and if you don’t remember anyone like that, he or she might have been you).

But think about where those people are today. Do you think they’re successful? Do *they* think they’re successful? And more importantly, are they enjoying their lives, successful or otherwise? Odds are good that the answer to at least one of these questions is “no.”

Be forewarned:  Beyond Hearsay is an almost-emoticon-free zone. And they like proper grammar and syntax :surprised:

So I tried to make up for my lack of graphics and contractions and run-on sentences by coming up with at least moderately-compelling content ;) I promise you there’s good stuff in the rest of that post, but you’ll have to head over to Beyond Hearsay to read it :)

Have a great night y’all! :D

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  1. And I’d like to point out this is my 3rd post in 3 days, for the first time since early January :beatup: []

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Law School Roundup #250

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Feb 13, 2011 in Law School Roundup

Be honest: how many of y’all thought you’d never see one of these from me again? :beatup:

My TYLA trial team competition is this coming Friday-Sunday, so after this week hopefully I’ll be able to reclaim my life, catch up on class, and resume blogging with something vaguely resembling a degree of regularity :D

Unless we somehow make it to nationals, in which case I’d be MIA until April :surprised:

Fortunately for me (and all of us) the blawgosphere has been steadily percolating in my absence ;) Here’s some of what was going on during the week of February 6th through February 13th, 2011:

  • Taking a break: Shan decides she needs a break from classes [Like Falling Off a Blawg]
  • Enjoying life: JE focuses on making the present count [The JE Guide to Life]
  • Better than books: Ryan finds a more useful investment of his $$$ [3Life]
  • Worse than books: Law School Dreamer features a post on the law school tuition bubble [A Paralegal’s Journey to Lawyerhood]
  • Sticking with books: Jansen concludes he’s not busy enough for e-ink [Dennis Jansen]
  • Litigation-less: Steve is disappointed at a last-minute settlement [Law School: What’s the Big Deal?]
  • Consent-less?: Laura and some readers in an engaging debate on affirmative consent laws [Really? Law?]
  • Writing (for grades): Ivy Lea is spending her 3L year writing, writing, writing [Ivy Lea(gue)]
  • Writing (for fun): Jacklyn gets an offer to join her law school’s blog [JayeWalking]
  • Never Give Up: Jenny shares some wisdom from an elementary school during “Family Fun Day” [Surviving Law School as a Single Mom]
  • The media and the law: Sherpa is back, wondering if he’s naive or if the media just screws up every time they talk about the law [Fight the Hypo]
  • The law in the media: Mariel starts to second-guess her love of Jack McCoy [Fresh Thought Soup]
  • Perception vs. Perception: Competing views on lawyer biographies [Law is Cool]
  • Courtoons is back!: Even though I’m just now noticing this 2 weeks after the fact, and it’s not even a law student site, I wanted to make sure everyone knew Courtoons was back [Courtoons]

If you want to be included in the Roundup, basically you have to (i) be a law student, (ii) write new content during the week of the review, and (iii) Katie Luper and I have to know you exist ;)

You’ve already got #3 in that list covered if you’re in my blogroll to the right — and if you’re not, just send me an email (see the bottom of my About page for the address) or add law:/dev/null to your own blogroll so you show up in my logs.

For some info on how it gets done, read through Evan Schaeffer’s 2006 entry on how he did it; I use it for guidance alongside the obligatory dose of editorial discretion.

And make sure to check back over at KatieLuper.com for Roundup #251! :D

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New material later today

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Feb 6, 2011 in Randomness

Happy Super Bowl Sunday everybody :)

Haven’t written anything on the blog for a loooong time now — will have a new update some time today for certain. Instead of a bunch of old entries though it’ll all be rolled into one super-long entry :beatup:

See you in a few hours!

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In case you missed it (Round V)

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 6, 2011 in In Case You Missed It

The past week has been miserable from a “personal health” standpoint, which put me behind on blogging. Then the ickiness didn’t go away and I got put behind at the internship too — which put posting blog entries even further behind :beatup:

But they’re finally up now, so if you get bored and want to read them they’re now posted just for you ;)

In chronological order:

Enjoy, and have a great night y’all! :D

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Law School Roundup #248

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 2, 2011 in Law School Roundup

Good evening y’all! :D

I think Katie‘s gotten super-busy with BarBri bar review, so this weekend’s Law School Roundup is actually a double dose covering the past two weeks :)

Here’s a non-exclusive handful of posts from law students around the web for the weeks of December 19-25 and December 26-January 1:

  • Help Wanted: lawschooldreamer wants your suggestions for blog topics in 2011 [A Paralegal’s Journey to Lawyerhood]
  • Help Provided: Jess brings a guest blogger for those of you making weight loss Resolutions for the New Year [Crafting Happiness]
  • More Help Provided: Jeremy also has a guest blogger on finding a job in a bad economy [Jeremy C. Wilson]
  • She’s Baaaaack: Jacklyn is back again [JayeWalking]
  • She’s Baaaaack: the Remix: Mariel’s back too… twice this time [Fresh Thought Soup]
  • Exams in Review: Ivy Lea takes a look back on 3L Fall finals [Ivy Lea(gue)]
  • Semester in Review: Jansen highlights the highlights of his 3L Fall semester [Dennis Jansen]
  • Year in Review: C explains why 2010 was the best year ever [Legal Ease]
  • Year in Review #2: KK reflects on 2010 and concludes it’s similarly awesome [oh hay, it’s kk]

If you want to be included in the Roundup, basically you have to (i) be a law student, (ii) write new content during the week of the review, and (iii) Katie and I have to know you exist ;)

You’ve already got #3 in that list covered if you’re in my blogroll to the right — and if you’re not, just send me an email (see the bottom of my About page for the address) or add law:/dev/null to your own blogroll so you show up in my logs.

For some info on how it gets done, read through Evan Schaeffer’s 2006 entry on how he did it; I use it for guidance alongside the obligatory dose of editorial discretion.

And make sure to check back over at KatieLuper.com next week for Roundup #249! :D

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Law School Roundup #247

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Dec 19, 2010 in Law School Roundup

Good evening y’all! :)

I mentioned back on Tuesday that the 6-years-old Law School Roundup had found a new home over at KatieLuper.com as its founder Evan Schaeffer focused on his growing legal practice.  Katie was looking for a partner to split the Roundup similar to the arrangement Evan and ImNobody worked out over the past couple years — so I jumped at the opportunity :D

Each week, one of us will take a browse through the blawgosphere and pick out a handful of entries to post here. For some info on how it gets done, read through Evan’s 2006 entry on how he did it; I’ll be using that entry as guidance myself.

So without further bloviating on my part, here’s the Law School Roundup for the week of December 12-18:

If you want to be included in the Roundup, basically you have to (i) be a law student, (ii) write new content during the week of the review, and (iii) Katie and I have to know you exist ;)

You’ve already got #3 in that list covered if you’re in my blogroll to the right — and if you’re not, just send me an email (see the bottom of my About page for the address) or add law:/dev/null to your own blogroll so you show up in my logs.

And make sure to check back over at KatieLuper.com next week for Roundup #248! :D

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Assorted Miscellany

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Dec 14, 2010 in Weekend Roundup

Good evening folks! :)

I’m trying to make my way through the 2nd book for my internship (Six Thinking Hats) so I don’t have time to write much, but I did have a few bullet points to toss your way:1

  • Had to go pick up registration materials for the MPRE today. For some reason, knowing I’ve got this exam looming in the near-term future kinda makes the whole “omg I’m gonna be an attorney. Who let that happen?!” thing ever-so-slightly more tangible… and prompting me to freak out accordingly :beatup:
  • Speaking of exams, I discovered that I’m a compulsive snacker when I study for finals. I’ve somehow managed to pack on +15lbs in between Thanksgiving and now despite -0- change in my activity level :crack:
  • Lots of stuff going on in the blawgosphere here recently. A quartet of tidbits for you to check out:
    • The weekly Law School Roundup — a years-old gathering of posts from law students around the interwebz that used to alternate between Evan Schaeffer’s Beyond the Underground and ImNobody’s Thanks, But No Thanks — has found a new home over at KatieLuper.com. Katie’s a graduate of SMU Law out in Dallas and getting ready to knock out the TX bar exam herself, which is presumably so monotonous that she reads blawgs for the occasional sanity check ;) If you’re new to the blawgosphere, the Law School Roundup and ClearAdmit’s Fridays from the Frontline are both an excellent source for discovering new law students!
    • One of those newcomers is Jose, a 1L at Ave Maria Law who has been actively engaging us blawgers on Twitter for awhile now. His new blog is online over at Law of Jose — definitely swing by when you get a spare minute or two :)
    • Madame Prosecutor also posted her first update in months, giving folks a breakdown on how her semester turned out. We’ll see if she ends up disappearing again :P
    • And another brand new blawg, but from a lawyer this time, is Peter Romary’s foray into the blawgosphere over at The True Verdict. Peter’s done a lot of work on behalf of students here in North Carolina and I consider him a friend, but (just in case that’s not enough reason to go read his blawg) he’s good at strongly wording his strongly-held opinions. Plus he’s from the UK, that’s gotta be worth something right? :beatup:
  • Peter’s most recent entry is on Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks who’s been all over the news for awhile now. The issue of Assange being a sexual predator notwithstanding…2 am I the only one disappointed with WikiLeaks in general? The libertarian in me loves the concept, because I’m fairly certain all governments are doing things they have no business doing — and if someone happens to leak that fact, it’s more-than-slightly dishonorable on the part of the government to complain when its own hands aren’t clean. But for the all the value of the concept, and the “cool factor” of the various technologies used in its implementation, the near-exclusive/obsessive focus on the United States really robs the website of its moral virtue (at least in my feeble mind). Despite histrionics to the contrary, the U.S. is still a mostly-open society with a mostly-open government. If our government’s documents get leaked, sure feel free to post them. But where are the documents on Iran, which has a tendency to execute dissenters? Or China, which prefers jailing them instead? Or any of dozens of other countries that people flee by the thousands every year… to come to the United States? :roll:  The whole enterprise is a disappointment, and it saddens me as a tech guy to see hacktivisits across the globe rally to Assange’s defense. </rant>
  • Now that I’ve gotten that particular rant out of my system, I’ve made some more blog tweaks here at law:/dev/null too:
    • On the anti-spam front I’ve started closing old entries to comments if they kept getting spammed. This isn’t a site-wide policy yet (and hopefully it won’t become one) but I figure the odds of an uncommented entry from [#] months ago suddenly getting legitimate interest is pretty slim ;)  In any event, if for some reason you happen to venture to an old entry that you want to comment on but don’t see the comment box, shoot me an email and I’ll re-open the entry to comments. Trackbacks and pingbacks should still work, so you’re also free to blast me from your own blawg too :*
    • You should also see the <title> of each page now reversed, listing the post title and then the blog title. They used to be the other way around, but it got really @#$%ing annoying having to constantly expand the textbox in Google Analytics to see which posts were getting traffic since all I kept seeing was “law:/dev/null – Blog Archive – …”. So I flipped them :beatup:
  • I just found out yesterday that I’m using a different book in CrimPro next semester than what I used in CrimLaw… which means, since I’m taking one class and tutoring the other, I’ll have to bring both to school every day :mad:
  • And I’m still waiting on grades :mad: :mad: :mad:
  • But other than that life is going pretty well :)  I’ve got a lot of friends with birthdays coming up, 雅雅 is coming to visit, I’m heading out west this weekend for firearms training, and the internship is pretty cool. I’m definitely blessed — and actually looking forward to the upcoming semester! :spin:

That’s it for tonight y’all! Hope all of you have a great rest-of-the-week! :D

  1. And yes, I realize it’s not the weekend and putting this entry in the Weekend Roundup category is technically inappropriate. But since I usually post things late — and I can pretty much rename the categories willy-nilly whenever I want anyhow — I’m just gonna put it here and let y’all pretend it was posted 2 days ago ;) []
  2. Reminds of a L&O:SVU episode… []

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Is law:/dev/null loading any faster?

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Dec 5, 2010 in Technology

Hey y’all! :D  My general absence from blogging is going to continue for at least another 72 hours — gotta get through my ZombieLaw exam tomorrow at 9:00am, then Evidence on Wednesday at 2:00pm.

Then after that I will officially be done with my 2L Fall semester… and past the half-way point on my journey to a J.D. :spin:

Although I’m not blogging regularly during finals, I’m still taking an occasional break to tweak the server that hosts law:/dev/null.  So I wanted to get some feedback from you:  is this blog loading any faster than before when you pull up our site?

In addition to some minor code-trimming of the WordPress template we’re using, I also added Google’s mod_pagespeed Apache module.  The only noticeable change that I see on my end is that a big chunk of file requests now show up in my logs as being made by my server itself — I can’t tell if anything is actually loading any faster :beatup:

If you notice a perceptible change one way or the other, let me know :)  I’ll be back here in a few days!

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