Archive for: March, 2012

Picture of the Day: Community Policing

Mar 21 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

I'm not the greatest photographer on the planet, but every now and then I get lucky.

Community Policing

Picture taken in Waikiki on St. Patrick's Day.
Canon 7D
1/200 f/4
cropped version of original

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What the law is: Karl Llewellyn, Goldilocks, Sonia Sotomayor, and Baby Bear

Mar 18 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

This one gets filed under "Everything I need to know I learned from Sesame Street".

Go find a five year old. Go on, do it. I'll wait.

When you do, ask the five year old what a judge does. Did the answer have something to do with locking up criminals? I'm guessing it did.

Criminal law is where judges usually appear in the public consciousness. It's where judges usually appear in public culture. It's the image we're all familiar with - the black-robed figure behind the bench, looking down at the participants in the drama. Most of their dialogue consists of lines containing the words "sustained" or "overruled". (There's probably some sort of Writers Guild requirement involved somewhere.)

And it's good for kids to know that there is a justice system there to help keep us safe. It's good for them to know that there are people whose job it is to figure out if the person accused committed the crime and punish them if they did. But it's not enough.

And that's where the protagonists of this little post come into the picture.
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Law School: The reading list

Mar 13 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

I feel like such a high schooler. My law school admission came with a summer reading list. OK, technically it's an optional list of recommended reading, but I'm not going to let that technicality interfere with the joy of the intellectual firehose of youth I'm gulping from.

In addition to putting the reading list in this post, I'm going to set it up in its own page to make it easier to find. I'll use italics to mark off the title of anything I'm currently reading. I'll use bold for the books I've finished. I'm going to try to review books once I'm done; I'll add links to those reviews as they appear.

I'm going to add a second section under the 'official' reading list. These are also books relevant (at least I hope they are) to my shift to legal reasoning and education. Some of these are books I've found on my own; others have been recommended by regulars at a discussion forum that I frequent. These will also be marked off with italics while I'm reading them, and boldface once I'm done.

The lists can be found below the fold.
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