Amicus Curiae

We're just like Scalia and Ginsberg, only we're 2Ls and not on the Supreme Court. Oh, and this Antonin doesn't sing.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Weird Google Search of the Week

The terms "flag football," led someone to our blog.

We're on page 37.

Someone went through 37 pages of google returns for "flag football" and then decided to click on us.

He/she didn't find anything more relevant to his/her search on the previous 36 pages?

Monday, August 29, 2005

August Housekeeping

Am trying to do some admin-type stuff on the blog. If it goes wonky in the next day or two, that's why. Don't be alarmed. I'm sure I'll figure out how to fix it eventually...

Meanwhile, if you have a law-related blog (and especially if you are at UT), leave a comment with your URL and blog name so we can link to you. We enjoy sharing the love, but I do the tech-type stuff around here and am lazy. So URLs and blog names in the comments are appreciated.

Thanks,

Ruth

ADDENDUM: Not sure why some of the links have a bigger font. Blogrolling seems to be doing that on its own. I've really no clue how to fix it, so just pretend it looks pretty.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Ickle 1Ls Are Here!

Was near the law school today, so I decided to buy my books. At the bookstore were nervous 1Ls, confused by the Co-Op's setup, frustrated because they were unable to find their books.

How cute.

I was only just able to resist the urge to pat them on their heads in a very patronizing manner.

In other news, I successfully added Admiralty and dropped the Friday class. I don't know how I'm going to handle three-day weekends every week. What if getting drunk every Thursday gets old? Is that possible?

Thursday, August 25, 2005

A-C Reunion Postponed

Due to several complications, including the fact that Ruth's storage closet has to be gutted because of mold that grew while she was away this summer, the Amicus Curiae Reunion Party will be postponed until... we'll let you know.

More importantly, Antonin can't make it out tonight, so what sort of reunion would that be?

We had a mini-reunion last night, and I learned that you get drunk a LOT faster when you also happened to be on pain medication. Oops.

But fear not, dear readers, for their will be plenty of opportunities to party in the near future.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Re: Blog Spam

Dear Bloggers Who Keep Spamming Us With Links to Their Own Blogs,

If your blog isn't (1) law-related or (2) funny, we're not going (1) read it or (2) link to it. So please... just go away.

In fact, I think I'm just going to delete any comment that is along the lines of "interesting blog, if you feel like checking out my own boring and irrelevant blog about a subject you couldn't care less about, here's the link," because they annoy the hell out of me.

Thanks,

Ruth

Weird Stupid Google Search of the Week

Someone actually typed out http://amicus-curiae.blogspot.com/ into the Google search box.

My only hope is that they just happened to be on Google and then accidentally typed the address in the search box instead of the address bar.

A-C Reunion Party

I have not been drunk since April 14-15, which marked the night I turned in my memo and then proceeded to get the drunkest I've ever been in my life. This night of drunkeness led to a night of vomitting at a friend's place. And an unfortunate public urination mishap. I was a bit traumatized, actually.

Now that I'm finally over it, I have 4 months of non-drunkeness to make up for at our Amicus Curiae Reunion Party on Thursday night. All of our readers who will be in the Austin area on Thursday, August 25 are invited to attend (and by "invited to attend" I mean "you should go downtown and get drunk with us in spirit because we don't exactly know where we'll be yet, but I imagine that Buffalo Billiards, the Blind Pig, and Logan's will probably be visited at some point"). If you see us, make sure to give us the Super Sekrit Amicus Curiae Handshake and buy us a drink have a beer with us.

And if you were in Section 2B last year, expect phone calls and/or an email from me on Thursday. Your attendance is mandatory.

Ruth, signing off for a day of packing, a day of travel, a day of drinking, and a day of recovery. So, like a few days or so...

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Scheduling God(desse)s: Revisited

Home for me is a good 8.5 hour drive from Austin. West of Austin, I should point out. And around the winter solstice, the sun doesn't like to shine too long. After a particularly scary incident in which I found myself with a broken car ten miles outside of Ft. Stockton in daylight (before everyone and their mom had cellphones), I haven't been real eager to drive in the west Texas desert at night. Just in case.

The December 23rd final referenced in this post was thus giving me pause. I would either have to leave after the final on the 23rd and drive for some time in the dark or leave the morning of Christmas Eve. Neither option sounded appealing to me.

Then the scheduling gods (goddesses?) smiled upon me and showed me the light: just drop the class and take Admiralty.

Sure, I have absolutely no interest in the subject whatsoever and will probably never come across an admiralty assignment in my entire career, but the prof is funny and it will give me Fridays off (which means lots of drunken Thursday nights with Antonin).

Suddenly the semester is looking up...

Unfortunately, the 8.5-hour drive to Austin is not looking so great. $2.55 for a gallon of gas? WTF? This is going to be one expensive drive back to school. I wish I was Michael J. Fox and had a car that (1) flew and (2) ran on beer.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Ode to Caffeine

O, Caffeine
Thou art the greatest drug in the world
You lift my spirit and make my heart race
My hands shake and I am short of breath when I am with you
I want you, Caffeine

O, Caffeine
Where would I be without you?
You helped me through all of the hangovers of undergrad
And you are the reason I made it through my 1L year
I need you, Caffeine

And now, when I need you more than ever, you are there for me, Caffeine
Only you can get me excited about the new FTC Disposal Rule
Only you can help me write about what substantially all of the assets means in Delaware
If I survive this summer clerkship, I will owe it all to you.
I love you, Caffeine.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Congrats?

A couple of people from our small group have now pledged their lives to Texas Law Review. I can't decide if we should congratulate them or offer our condolences.

We didn't really know one of the guys from our small group who made it, because he never went out with us or really did anything social with us at all. I suppose now we know why.

And though the other guy from our small group went out with us fairly often, I have a feeling his going out days are numbered. Alas. Shuffleboard may not be quite the same without him.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Don't Forget to Sign Our Guestbook!

As I prepare for Fall OCI, the fact that I'm not at the very top of my class is repeatedly thrown in my face as firm after firm requests that I be in the top of some percentage or another. And I certainly understand that beggars can't be choosers.

But I have my standards, dammit!

And I refuse to apply to a firm whose site includes the following:


  • A page marker that looks like an 8-year-old with a fondness for trees was let loose in Front Page.

  • As Alfred put it: "Bright orange, babyshit yellow, hot pink, on a dark green background."

  • An animated Texas flag that... oh just go look at it, it's horrid.

  • Marquee-style banners on every. single. page.

  • Complete non-existence of any useful information, such as practice areas.

  • A guestbook. 'Nuff said.

  • The "in the shade" link that you must see for yourself.



Someone might argue that they are too busy advocating for their clients to learn decent website design. I would then shrug, satisfied in my knowledge that they obviously work way too hard for my taste if they don't have the time to find some UT undergrad to make them a website. Sheesh.

Also, my apologies for the off-topic wisdom tooth post from earlier (now deleted). Sure, hot oral surgeons can be fun, but that's not really what you guys are here for. If it's a hot oral surgeon that I happen to meet at a law school event, I'll be sure to let everyone know. But routine surgery? Boring. (But if I'm not blogging this time next week, it's because my ability to type was somehow thwarted by the surgery.)

Monday, August 08, 2005

I Feel Like Death

Did you know that in Vegas, if you pass out at a Black Jack table at 11:30 in the morning, they put you in a holding cell until one of your roommates comes to get you? Yeah . . . me neither . . . I'm just guessing.

FYI: If you ever stay at the MGM, stay away from the 190 Octane from Fat Tuesdays. That shit ruined my life.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Weird AOL Search of the Week

"dirtyoldlawyer.com"

We were 12th on the first page.

I'm glad I don't know anything about search engine technology. I have a feeling that if I did, this wouldn't be nearly as amusing.

TRL Post 5: Dean Powers

Dear Ruth & Antonin,

Love your blog! I'll be a 1L at UT in the fall. As part of my scholarship
I have to write a letter to the person paying for it, which is an idea I
approve of. However, the person paying for my scholarship is not some
generous elderly lady in Dallas, but Dean Powers. Nice opportunity, but I
don't want to screw it up.

How good of a sense of humor does he have? Is he one of those super-earnest
guys, or does he appreciate a little (but not too much) humorous
perspective?

Should this make it to the blog I'd like to be anonymous (obviously).

Thanks,
Anonymous v2.87


Dear Anonymous,

I'm going to be handling your email for two reasons: (1) I too have to write Dean Powers to thank him for my scholarship and (2) Antonin's busy working his butt off so that he can finish his projects before heading to Las Vegas. And while I enjoy answering email, I won't lie... I'd much rather be getting ready to go to Las Vegas. Alas.

While Dean Powers appears to be a pretty laid-back kinda guy (he's usually seen with a cigar in his mouth and lets students throw pies at him in order to raise money for Texas Law Fellowships and says that if he's so boring during lecture that students get on Instant Messenger then that's his fault for being boring), I didn't try for humor last year. This is partly because at the time I didn't know what kind of person he was either and partly because I couldn't be arsed.

My letter was sort of like, "Dear Dean Powers, blah blah blah thanks for the money, yo. This is what I did in undergrad, yadda yadda yadda, thanks again. Sincerely, Ruth." And I'm sorta glad I didn't put too much time and effort into it, because honestly, I don't know that he reads them. I got a short letter back from him that was like two lines long wishing me luck in law school or something. It was probably written by his secretary.

That said, if you want to add a little humor to your letter, I really don't think it will be frowned upon (assuming it is, indeed, read by Dean Powers). A short line about hoping to throw a pie at him to show your appreciation during TLF week would probably be okay. Jokes about him marrying his former students? Probably not okay. Just use your good judgment.

Sincerely,

Ruth
~*~*~


Amicus Curiae will be on a short hiatus this weekend, while Antonin drinks excessively and gambles his summer income away. We'll be back to answering emails on either Monday or Tuesday.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

TRL Post 4: Parking and Profs

First, we want to give extra credit points for the flattery creativity in the following email.

Oh great and wonderful Oz,

I have a very specific UT Law question as an incoming 1L. I notice that I now have the option to pay for C permit parking. Should I take this option now or is there any possibility that I will be able to get into San Jacinto (by like staying up all night) and is that even worth it? Oh, and any comments about my profs? Alan Rau for Contracts, David Anderson for Torts, Robin Meyer for Legal Research and Writing and, Lonny Hoffman for Civil Procedure.

Thank you my liege!

A humble and unworthy 1L compared to the mighty greatness that is Amicus Curiae


Dear 1L,

If you do not live on a Shuttle Route that drops off at the law school (or within walking distance) a C permit can be helpful. Our friend Alfred parked in the C lots and didn't seem to mind the walk so much. I especially suggest getting a Nighthorn permit with it (for use of the parking garages after 5:00 p.m.). It was the best investment she ever made. Neither of us parked on campus last year, but I am thinking about getting a C permit this year, for days I want to drive but don't want to pay for the parking garage. We made use of bikes, walking, and shuttles (all of which are free).

Free street parking is nearly impossible to get unless you plan on getting to school at obcene times in the morning, perhaps even before the sun rises. We've heard that you have to arrive before seven in the morning for good steet parking. And by "into San Jacinto," do you mean the parking garage? There's almost always pay-by-the-hour parking open there (unless there is an event going on). But it's $7 per day with no in/out privileges. If you mean on the street itself, the free parking is on Dean Keeton. We don't know if there is free parking on San Jacinto, but if so, you might as well just get the C parking permit for all the walking you'll do.

Onto profs. Neither of us had any of the professors you listed, but we have friends who had Rau, and we've heard he's brutal. On the other hand, I know someone who got an A+ in that class without studying, so it sounds like grades there are just as much a toss-up as every other class. We don't know much about the others listed (we had Robertson for Torts and he played the guitar and sang us Tort songs). I have never even heard of the latter two. If any of you reading know anything about them, feel free to comment.

And thanks for the email. It amused us.

Ruth and Antonin

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Weird Google Search of the Week

Someone came to our site after googling "comic book consignment in dallas metroplex."

And yeah. We were on the first page.

For some reason, I don't think he found what he was looking for on our blog.

TRL Post 3: (Un)resolved Sexual Tension?

Busy weekends for both of us, but we haven't forgotten our inbox.

hey, i read your blog all the time and I just wanna know if y'all ever hooked up.

and i can be anonymous right?


Dear Anonymous,

Right you are.

We must say, when we said anything goes, this wasn't quite what we had in mind. We thought people might ask about good places to study, or which profs are best, or how to get free rotisserie chicken from Sam's Club. But since we said anything goes, we'll answer it.

The opportunities to hook up have been numerous, as it often is when two people spend a lot of time together while intoxicated. And our friends could verify that we've passed out drunk on the same sleeping apparatus on at least a few occasions.

In the end, however, what happens after a drunken Bar Review night should stay where ever it happened.

And next time we decide to answer email on the blog, we'll have to rethink this whole "anything goes" thing.

Thanks,

Ruth and Antonin

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