Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Some Advice

If you are doing something that will be judged or "graded," perhaps some kind of writing assignment, a "petition" if you will, to get onto some kind of law school publication, or "journal," I highly recommend that you NOT do something that pisses off the people grade that writing assignment.

Unfortunately, this advice was not spawned out of my imagingation, but rather came from a 1L who really is pissing me off. I won't give you any details, because I don't really want to out this guy just because he has made me (and my petition co-chair, and the Law Review EIC) angry, but they were sufficiently stupid and immature (in my opinion) to cause me to write this post.

20 Comments:

At 11:41 PM, Blogger EIC said...

It's a good thing the journals use anonymous review.

 
At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the "no exceptions" and "no accomodations" rules were pretty clear. Sorry you have to deal with someone who can't understand that!

 
At 1:27 PM, Anonymous dn said...

why is the 1L even talking you in the first place? the petition process rules are clear are designed for others not to get involved.

No offense, Mikey, but I think LR is a little overrated unless you want to be in the best possible position for some fed clerkship or other jobs that seem to favor LR. And I say that only to underscore how immature this person seems to be. If he is not on LR, the sun will still rise and he will still get a job and his life will still have meaning.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Unreasonable Man said...

dn,

No need for the "no offense." Law Review is not for everyone. And I agree that Law Review is overrated, but not nearly as overrated as you think it is. But I think I'm a much better *writer* than I would have been working on any other journal or on any moot court. Certainly not as good of a brief writer, but I firmly believe Law Review made me a much better legal writer than the moot courts would have done.

But, I definitely agree that not making LR isn't a huge deal. You can get great educational experiences from lots of places besides Law Review.

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger EIC said...

Well, regardless of which journal you prefer, the same petition process rules apply.

 
At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But I think I'm a much better *writer* than I would have been working on any other journal or on any moot court. Certainly not as good of a brief writer, but I firmly believe Law Review made me a much better legal writer than the moot courts would have done."

I hope this was an attempt at irony. If so, bravo

 
At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But, I definitely agree that not making LR isn't a huge deal."

It is a huge deal. And you were giddy with excitement when you made LR. It substantially changes your law school experience and opens up career prospects, if you have the grades to go along with it.

So I understand the 1L's frustrations; however, s/he shouldn't have planned whatever it is that requires special accomodation. There are 269+ other people who want that spot who don't demand accomodations. Either you care enough about it to make it your priority or you don't. Others will.

 
At 9:42 AM, Blogger Unreasonable Man said...

Most recent anonymous,

I still don't agree that LR is as huge a deal as many people think it is. That being said, of course I was excited when I made it. It was a huge moment for me. Law School kicked my ass for 9 whole months and had created serious self-doubt (without getting into a long life history, this was very demoralizing and depressing for me). In that moment I still felt like I was worth a damn. It wasn't that I made "Law Review," it was just that someone acknowledge my work as good. Stupid, yes. But that's why my post upon making law review was so "giddy."

But, that doesn't mean I wouldn't have gotten a great experience somewhere else. I had also made the IP Moot Court, and would have been happy to participate in what has become one of the best IP Moot Courts in the country (2nd this year at nationals).

I will also say that the particular student who prompted this post did have a very compelling reason, which wasn't something that can be casually described as "whatever it is that requires special accomodation." But, we just couldn't make an exception for him without also making an exception for everybody, and we just can't go down that road. The reason I posted in the first place is the *way* this individual handled it, which was very childishly. I have little tolerance for bad manners.

 
At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's some advice: stop blogging about law review. It's boring and then no one believes you when you claim that law review is not that big of a deal. Posting the petition instructions? Why not just post "I'm a giant douche"?

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Unreasonable Man said...

Here's some advice: stop commenting anonymously . I'm sorry if you are offended by me trying to make sure people don't get screwed out of an opportunity to be on a journal... it's just my job for law review and all.

Posting anonymously and insulting me, why not just comment "I am the biggest pussy in the world"? Asshole.

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fine. I apologize for posting anonymously

 
At 3:42 PM, Anonymous m&m mini said...

Isn't it sad how immature some people are and how they have nothing better to do than insult people who are trying to entertain the rest of us by blogging? For the millionth time--if the contents of this blog bother you, STOP READING IT.

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Please Kill Yourself said...

Unreasonable Man,

Blogs are for pedophiles and arrogant pricks with something to prove.

Congrats!

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger Unreasonable Man said...

"Please Kill Yourself said...
Unreasonable Man,

Blogs are for pedophiles and arrogant pricks with something to prove."

Hmm... I don't think I'm an arrogant prick with something to prove (though you clearly do... but I guess it takes one to know one), so I guess I'm a pedophile. Momma's lock up your sons and daughters.

And if blogs are only for "pedophiles and arrogant pricks" what are pathetic blog comments for? Wanna be pedophiles and arrogant pricks? If they are so terrible (and mine in particular) why do you waste your time reading it.

Seriously. I'm sorry nobody likes you and you feel the pathetic need to take it out on me... so I'll save you the trouble of coming around here any more.

GO FUCK YOURSELF. I hope you continue to enjoy your pathetic existance, because if your insults are any mark of your intelligence, you will be lucky to find work at all. I don't remember asking you for your idiotic opinion... yet you keep coming back to my blog.

Coward. Idiot. Asshole. A killer combination.

 
At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Please Kill Yourself said...

Just so you know, there's a growing collection of people reading (and commented on) your blog, not because it's informative or because we think you're a swell guy, but because it's so wonderfully toolish.

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Unreasonable Man said...

Fine by me... I get paid by Google AdWords no matter what your intent was coming here.

 
At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This unreasonable man character sounds like he has an anger problem. I'll email Dean Keyes about this guy. He might snap one day:(

 
At 1:21 AM, Blogger Drewcatt said...

Oh sweet jesus... Unreasonable, just ignore the haters. They aren't worth the effort or the time.

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Unreasonable Man said...

Drewcatt,

I know you're right, but people who have the balls to insult people for no good reason while showing all the courage of using a name like "Please Kill Yourself" really rub me the wrong way.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time something like this has happened on this blog. See the results of my last encounter from last summer.

 
At 12:11 AM, Blogger Drewcatt said...

Ouch. Fortunately I haven't had that particular problem just yet, and I hope to never have it, but some things come with the territory.

 

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