This Week: The Law-Students-As-Philosophical-Sages Edition. As an illustration of this week's theme, I've titled each of the links with an allusion to a well-known philosophical work. You'll recognize them all, I'm sure, but if you don't, simply look in the continuation, where I've compiled a sort of great-books reading list we can all take a crack at this summer after Grey's Anatomy and American Idol have concluded their seasons--
Concerning Education Law school as seen through the lens of popular film. [Lawyerlike]
On the Origin of Inequality What can happen when you don't take moot court. [Improvilaw]
TYPES OF LAWYERS . . . In the early days of Legal Underground, I spent a lot of time analyzing and categorizing the various types of lawyers, mostly as a public service to the many people who stumble into Legal Underground every day by searching on Google for an answer to this question. Here are a few examples:
"In the old days, he was a good lawyer with a fine reputation. Somewhere he went astray. He took a wrong turn down a dead-end street, whether due to greed, divorce, I don't know. In an era where lawyers are already smeared or have a bad rap, this doesn't help." [Miami criminal defense attorney Richard Sharpstein, commenting on asbestos lawyer Louis Robles, as reported at Law.com]
"[E]-mail is fast becoming the 'smoking gun' of employment litigation and threatens to become even more so with the implementation of new e-discovery rules." [Julie Elgar at "That's What She Said", which deconstructs NBC's The Office]
"At the end of the day, what has doomed Alberto Gonzales will keep him hanging on long after it's clear he should go. He serves at the pleasure of the president, and the president's pleasure is his only concern." [Dahlia Lithwick in Slate]
"What I am about to say intends no disrespect to the many good-intentioned bloggers--including those who are my friends and colleagues--who are participating in the April 30 event. . . . But I have to ask, why? Why be silent? What is the point? Why not use this as an opportunity to speak out?" [Diane Levin at Online Guide to Mediation, commenting on the proposed "day of blog silence" for the Virginia Tech victims]
"It seems as though we are losing ground in the fight for women’s reproductive autonomy." [Mary Harris Jones at IntLawGrrls, commenting on Gonzales v. Carhart]
"Personally, I find him abrasive, angry, tough, fierce, and frightening. You know, the qualities you usually want in a lawyer." [Ron Kuby on disbarred lawyer Kenneth Heller, called "New York's most obnoxious lawyer" by The Village Voice] (link from How Appealing].
MAGAZINES AMASSED . . . First it was The New Yorker, followed by Playboy. Then, last week, it was Rolling Stone that became the latest magazine to announce it will be archiving all its old issues for release in a single, easy-to-use digital format.
These giant archives of old magazines are a great idea. Even if they're good for only the occasional blog post, I've enjoyed browsing my complete archive of New Yorkers, just like I used to do with the paper issues that were bound at the college library where I used to study. Nerdy, I know, but that's how English majors acted.
What magazines will be next? I'd like to see Esquire, The Atlantic, and Scientific American in archived volumes. I'd probably buy them all.
THE WEEKLY LAW SCHOOL ROUNDUP . . . The Weekly Law School Roundup alternates between Legal Underground and divine angst, where Kristine has posted this week's Weekly Law School Roundup #67. The next installment will appear here on Sunday, so be sure to check back.