The Deadman Night Rider

A forum for evening students of the SMU Dedman School of Law and other outlaws..

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Bust out the rum!!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Exploring the psyche of the law professor, Part X

With the start of every semester comes a brand new batch of arm-chair generals and tweed elbow-patches, along with some you've already encountered. Now that we've been to every class once, here are a couple of highlights:

Low stress environment: Our Property prof told us that he is well into grading our exams from last semester, and is right on track to have them done by the deadline for submission to the Dean, January 30. Date we took the exam: November 28. And 50% of it was multiple choice.

Enjoying your job perhaps a bit too much: In Con Law, we were issued a pocket-sized U.S. Constitution with the admonition to develop a level of affection and familiarity toward it 'akin to that of a United States Marine toward his rifle.'

Oh, boy...

P.S.--the pocket Constitution is pretty cool, though. Of course, I named mine Vera.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Life lessons from Folsom Prison

You never know where you're going to run across a few stray pearls of wisdom--here's a couple I gleaned over the weekend from paging through Knife Fighting Techniques from Folsom Prison:

The skill to win is nowhere near as important as the will to win.

Anger must be the immediate reaction to pain, not submission.

I guess you've got a lot of time to reflect when you're doing 25 to life.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Break's almost over

We start back Thursday night with White Collar Crime. Roscoe and Kellus will be duly scandalized to know that I've already cracked my case--read through Madison v. Marbury over lunch on Saturday. The book's a mother: over 1,500 pages, plus a supplement. Something tells me this one's the one I'll be dragging to the gym this semester.

Other than that, not much is happening. I did have my first 'life of the litigator' experience last week--the big case I was working settled on the eve of the big hearing where we were going to exclude all their evidence, discredit all their witnesses, see them driven before us, and hear the lamentation of their women (if you don't get this reference, see here and here). Ah, well.

Also, the Deadman household got totally sucked into Battlestar Galactica over the weekend, but still not to the extent of ordering up the 'frackin'' cable to get Sci-Fi. After watching the mini-series pilot and most of season 2.5, I just have one question:

Why does Starbuck always look like she could use a shower? For some reason this chick gives off a vibe like she just always smells a little.