Tuesday, September 25, 2007


No matter how many times I see this clip, I still find it hilarious.

I Heart JPS

I will cry when he dies.

Seriously. I'm getting choked up just thinking of it...

Just Seems Appropriate Somehow...

"There is nothing sadder than a mosquito sucking on a mummy. Give it up little guy."
-Jack Handey

Monday, September 24, 2007

My Prima Facia Case

The scene of the injury:

The actor:

The witnesses:

On September 15, 2007, one Mr. Medical Student, a resident of California and domiciliary of State X, was boogey-boarding in the California surf when he failed to navigate his boogey board away from the person of Ms. Litigious Mind, a resident and domiciliary of State Y, who was wading cautiously in the surf.

Ms. Litigious Mind, upon seeing Mr. Medical Student approaching at a rapid pace, cried "Don't hit me!" but was unable to move aside before Mr. Medical Student crashed into her right leg, throwing her off-balance and causing her to land unceremoniously on her backside where she was immediately swept up into the surf and became tangled with the lead rope from Mr. Medical Student's board. Ms. Dental Student and Ms. Redhead were standing on the shore witnessing the entire event.

Shortly after the collision, Ms. Litigious Mind noticed a painful twinge in her right knee, the same knee that was the object of a bilateral meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament tear seven years previously. As the day progressed, it became more and more difficult for Ms. Litigious Mind to walk on the knee. A week after the injury, Ms. Litigious Mind received an informal assessment from her father that her symptoms presented much like a tear in the lateral meniscus.

The motion of having her right leg swept out from underneath her when slammed into by Mr. Medical Student's boogey board caused Ms. Litigious Mind's left leg to accept all of her weight at an awkward and unnatural angle such that an injury to the knee joint resulted.

Mr. Medical Student is insolvent, otherwise Ms. Litigious Mind would fulfill the expectations of all of Mr. Medical Student's acquaintances (who think she will sue doctors as much as she can) and sue his tush, because her student health insurance sucks.

(Just kidding! I wouldn't sue my friend. I'm not that litigious. But if I did, would I sue in California? That is the place of injury. Could I sue in State Y and have California law applied? Would State Y have personal jurisdiction over Mr. Medical Student? Could I reasonably claim damages over $75,000 and take him to federal court in a diverstiy action? Does my previous knee injury make me an eggshell plaintiff? Does it matter? What interesting torts, conflicts of law, and civil procedure questions...)

I guess I should just "suck it up."

Sunday, September 23, 2007

A Survey

If you are a guy who is the designated driver for two female friends, one of who is wearing three inch heels do you:

(a) park in one of the two available parking spaces right in front of the bar at the request of the heels-wearing friend

(b) insist of parking in the "back lot," ridicule the heels-wearing friend when she mentions that her feet hurt, drive around the back parking lot twice, leave the parking lot, then park two blocks from the bar when the two spots in front of the bar are still open

Seems like kind of a no-brainer to me...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

More Pictures Of My Adorable Honorary Niece!

Lawyer Etiquette

What do you do, as a law student, when someone who is clearly not well-versed in the way the legal system works, starts chatting with you about something that is just complete ridiculous? Let me give you an example:

While getting my hair cut today, it came out that I was a law student. So the stylist asks me if I've heard about this case that's been "all over the Internet." Two eight year-old boys kidnap and murder a two-year old in a shopping mall, apparently. Okay, so far that's something I can believe. Then she tells me that they've been "shipped to Australia where they've changed their names," and that she's signed "three petitions" on-line about this.


What do you say to that? Other than you've been had by a stupid MySpace bulletin or mass email scheme, because there's no way that America is shipping juvenile offenders to Australia. England about a century and a half ago, yes. But America today, no.

I just made sympathetic noises and said, "Huh, I haven't heard of that," and hoped that she'd change the subject.


Is it better to correct such ridiculous rumors or play along so you don't embarrass them by pointing out their naivety?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Who Should We Look Up To?

If any of you are law students or medical students, you know the amount of prestige lawyers and doctors have. In my family, I am in law school (clearly) and my sister is a physician. Lots of people have said things like, "Wow, a doctor and a lawyer, your parents must be proud." I doubt they would say, "Wow, a nurse and a paralegal, your parents must be proud." Thus, I have deduced that people think that it's good to be a doctor or a lawyer.

Those of us who are in law school know how ridiculous it is to look up to a lawyer. All we have to do is take a look around at our classmates (and admittedly, ourselves) to know that it doesn't take anyone special, or even functioning at the intelligence level of a third grader, to be a law student. That was made especially clear to me when more than a handful of my classmates were advocating a resurrection of internment camps for hispanics should we ever go to war with Mexico. ("You should have to take an oath of allegiance to America if you don't want to go!") And on numerous occasions my friends and I have listened to what was said in our classes and thought, "Oh my God. And these (crazy) people are going to be lawyers."

So there go the lawyers in the ranks of prestige.

But I heard something this weekend from a medical student that may have been just as bad. In his words, "What is all this talk about the right to healthcare? Health care isn't a right! Why should the government force me to do it?"

Does that seem just plain wrong to any of you? Even if you don't want universal health care in this country, how can you be moved enough to go into medicine but not think that health care should be a right for all people in an industrialized country like the United States? In my opinion, just because the insurance companies have made health care a business doesn't mean that it should be one forever when clearly the current system is NOT working. The medical student in question actually said that if you can't afford a procedure you should "suck it up."

Why doesn't he just admit that he became a doctor to make money, because really, in my opinion there is no other explanation. Does he think that other professionals aren't "forced" to provide services due to their education and expertise? A judge can appoint an attorney to do mandatory pro bono for an indigent client. That's the definition of "forced" in my opinion. But it's something that you do to give back to your community because of the unique position that you are in. Public school teachers do it. Doctors should do the same. I just don't buy the argument that it matters whether you're being forced to do it or volunteering, because you know what? To that patient it doesn't matter why you're doing it. It just matters that you are. You're helping a fellow human being when they're sick or in pain. Isn't that what medicine is supposed to be about?

This has made me wonder why we look up to doctors and lawyers so much when attitudes like these seem to be prevalent.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Why Do I Even Try?

I'm this close to saying "screw it" to potential legal employers and leaving law to raise alpacas.

Apparently I am about as attractive to employers as I am to the male gender. (Not very.)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

My Honorary Niece!

Born just yesterday and already adorable!

(Photo credit to Jen.)

What Am I Supposed To Do With This Stuff Now?

'Cause I ain't gonna be seen in 'em this season!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Quote of the Week

"I'm pretty sure he wants to be the reason why you can't join the Christian Legal Society."

Friday, September 7, 2007

I'm Going To Hell

Litigious Mind says:
It is so cold in here.

Litigious Mind says:
I hate this building.

Officious Intermeddler says:
Yeah it's pretty cold in here.

Officious Intermeddler says:
Pretty sure my cold is moving into my lungs as we speak.

Litigious Mind says:
Sucks to be you.

Officious Intermeddler says:
It's great to be me.

Officious Intermeddler says:
Wouldn't want to be anyone else.

Litigious Mind says:
I wish you were Mike Rowe.

Litigious Mind says:
*Poof*  Mike Rowe is sitting beside me!!!

Officious Intermeddler says:

Litigious Mind says:
I'd give him a hand job.

Litigious Mind says:

Officious Intermeddler says:
Oh my God.

Officious Intermeddler says:
No you weren't.

Officious Intermeddler says:

Litigious Mind says:
I made you laugh, didn't I?

Officious Intermeddler says:
Yeah, I almost lost it.

Officious Intermeddler says:
Would you repent?

Officious Intermeddler says:
I think you need to repent just for thinking of that.

Litigious Mind says:
If it were Mike Rowe?  That is a hard one (no pun intended).

Litigious Mind says:
I might just say carpe dickem.

Officious Intermeddler says:
OK, I'm gonna laugh.

Officious Intermeddler says:
Let's move on.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Weekend Fun

The posse went camping this weekend. As you can see from the photos, we are a classy bunch.

Also, I'm not sure how it happened, but while riding in the truck with a classmate on the way to the campground, she not only convinced me to drop a class and add another two weeks into the semester, but also to join the Bankrupcy Moot Court. (I know nothing about Bankrupcy law.) No, I had not been drinking at that point.