Spam filter initiated…commenting might be possible soon!

So I haven’t paid much attention to the comments that have been left on this blog since its inception. Mostly because they are almost all spam! There are currently 10,019 unapproved comments awaiting my auditing….I would venture a guess that perhaps less than 5 of them are legitimate. I have been told that people read this blog, real people. In fact, some people have found my you tube videos and thanked me for teaching them civil procedure….good thing someone learned something from those videos!

Anyway, this spam filter is supposed to automatically delete the robot spam crap, and i’ll actually be able to view and approve real comments. So if you have something to say about something that I have to say, say it!

From to classroom to the courtroom

This summer is a bit different of a summer for me, as far as classes are going. I am in the home stretch, this summer and 2 more semesters to go, then I should be finished with law school (whew!).

Last summer I took 2 classroom lecture style classes, this summer is a bit different. I am taking a classroom lecture style class, constitutional criminal procedure 1, and I am also taking a for-credit internship at the office of the public defender in Cecil County. I may have mentioned this previously, as for 2 days/week the 12 minute commute is incredibly relaxing compared to my normal hour+ commute to the city for work and/or school.

The semester is more than just a quick commute 2 days a week—I’m actually learning real life application of the law. Perhaps I am taking the perfect combination of “classes” by learning about constitutional criminal law issues and applying them in a corresponding internship. It could be, also, the the con crim pro 1 class is probably the “closest to the action” as any other course I’ve taken in the first 2 years of my law school career. Sure, most courses tackled issues that are real, but still somewhat at arm’s length. Here, I’m meeting clients who are dealing with situations in the internship that I’ve learned about, or will learn about in the class. Hearing comments and conversation from lawyers in the OPD office about things like “wing span” and then 2 weeks later learn about the relevance of what the “wing span” argument is for what police officers can and cannot search subsequent to a legal arrest.

Not only is this perhaps the perfect summer combination of courses, but it also serves as a good “priming of the pump” so to speak for my fall semester, when I will be involved in the rule 16 attorney practice clinic program, also at the public defender’s office.

Good times, and looking forward to rounding out the last year of law school, and of course taking the bar next July!

Phones, Cars, Trash….

Like most professionals, at least most young to middle aged professionals, I use my phone a lot for work. E-mail, calls, etc. My office is very client centered, so when I leave the office I hit a button that forwards my extension to my cell phone. My wife doesn’t necessarily like it, but for me it works. I also screw around on my phone, and this contributes to killing the battery life quickly.

 

Usually by 4pm my iPhone 4s is nearing the 20% battery mark. I charge the phone every night, and for some strange reason it only works on one charger, plugged into one plug in my house. This prevents me from taking another charger to work, or using one in the car. However, I have a solution that may help solve this problem, as well as other problems.

New cars who are outfitted for satellite radio should be phones, too. Yes- I mean this. In theory this may sound useless, but I think it would solve a lot of problems. I have an hour or more commute each day. I use my commute into the office to call insurance adjusters, doctors, therapists, etc. I use my evening commute home to call clients and follow up with them. I am always talking calls as the phone rings. If my car were a cell phone, too–and what I means is that I get into the car, pop out my sim from my iPhone and pop it into a slot on the car, I am now making calls that should be clear as the car is outfitted with a satellite antenna, and my phone is off, thus preserving battery life.

Why would anyone do this? Well, I’ve also come up with an interesting safety/public policy reason for this. I must be through 2 years of law school to be looking at things this big picture. However, think about this: there is a HUGE issue in our country, at least in the metropolises, with people texting while driving. My phone has text capabilities. If my car were to be a phone, it wouldn’t. It could have software that automatically shoots back a text that says caller is connected to his car, your text will be delivered when sim is placed back into phone, or something like that.

I’m sick of dealing with overpriced plans, and over priced phones for sub-par service. I drop no less than 8 calls per day. My battery is dead by the time I am driving home, unless I am lucky. It’s dead by 3pm if i decide to sling birds at pigs–but here enters the assumption of risk defense.

I pay $28 every month to have a private company come to my curb weekly and take away my trash. I pay $178 every month to have AT&T deliver the trash they call service to my and my wife’s iPhones. I’m sick of it. P.S. Don’t think this is a direct dig on AT&T. If I thought any other company gave a damn enough to provide solid, decent service, I’d have switched to them months ago.

 

What they don’t teach you in law school

There’s a lot about the practice of law, and the reality of law that just isn’t taught in law school. In fact, not only do they not teach it in law school, but you don’t learn anything about the reality of the cases when reading opinions.

The famed “Burger King” case involving personal jurisdiction from Civil Procedure–we learn that the defendant purposefully availed himself to florida, but who won the case? We never know any of this stuff, nor do we really find out. If a case gets remanded for a new trial, or new trial on a given issue, we never really know the outcome, we only find out who won the appeal.

 

This summer I am doing an internship at the Public Defender’s office in Cecil County, approximately 12 minute commute from where I live. Here i get into the real dirt of things, but I still have questions. I am taking Constitutional Criminal Procedure this summer, and am currently reading a recently case Florida v. Jardines. The court upheld that a search of the premises was in violation of the 4th amendment, so it gets suppressed. The case involves a guy who was allegedly growing and trafficking marijuana. I presume that the plants in question were confiscated, and I can assume that other processed product and cash was also confiscated. His lawyers motioned for suppression of the evidence, eventually won, and SCOTUS upheld the decision. So does he get his stuff back?

 

These are the crazy questions that go through my mind when reading these things. I guess its my fault for looking too deep into the cases, or trying to find the actual situation that happened behind the case.

 

Oh well, should be a fun semester, full of hands on practical learning.