Category Archives: Legal Academia

Thoughts on Transferring for Law Students

This blog post is aimed largely at law students, not at law professors.  But I have felt I should say something about the topic of law student transfers for some time, if for no other reason than so that I can point them somewhere.  My students almost inevitably discover I was a transfer student myself (Georgetown to Harvard) so I get inundated with emails that run something like this:

                Student: “Can we meet sometime to talk about something not related to Property Law?”

                Ezra: “Yes.”

Then they come to my office and immediately want to close the door to talk about a “sensitive topic.”  If this weren’t my first time, my nervousness would shoot way up, but having heard the spiel before, I know the next line is, “I’m thinking about transferring.” 

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Let Them Eat Cash – NYTimes.com

Let Them Eat Cash – NYTimes.com.  (Could be good as an assignment for a class.)

Foreclosure in Detroit: 43,634 Challenges to a City’s Revival – NYTimes.com

Foreclosure in Detroit: 43,634 Challenges to a City’s Revival – NYTimes.com.  Pretty cool — and depressing — graphic.  Would be good for class.

Teacher’s Manual for Brodie et al., Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice (2014) now available

Poverty Law CoverFor those adopting or thinking about adopting Poverty Law, Policy, and Practice (2014), the chapter-by-chapter teacher’s manual is now available on the publisher’s website under “Professor Materials.”    To get access to the teacher’s manual, feel free to email any of us (Juliet Brodie, Clare Pastore, Ezra Rosser, and Jeffrey Selbin) or contact your Aspen representative.   The front matter is here: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2391540.  We are also happy to discuss the book and teaching poverty law with anyone who is considering the book and/or the class.  Our hope is that the book (and the teacher’s manual) will be of use and will help more schools and  professors offer the class.

New Article: “What it means to be a lawyer in these uncertain times: some thoughts on ethical participation in the legal education industry”

New Article: Susan Carle, What It Means to be a Lawyer in These Uncertain Times: Some Thoughts on Ethical Participation in the Legal Education Industry, 47 Akron L. Rev. 223 (2014).

From the Clinical Law Prof Blog: “But How Do I Teach…?: Poverty”

From the Clinical Law Prof Blog: Carrie Hagan, “But How Do I Teach…?: Poverty,” April. 22, 2014.

Call-for-Papers, AALS Poverty Law Section: “Working But Poor: Understanding and Confronting the Working Poor Phenomenon”

The AALS Section on Poverty Law will sponsor a session at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting. The title of the program is Working But Poor: Understanding and Confronting the Working Poor Phenomenon. In collaboration with the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law, the Section seeks papers for publication and presentation.  The deadline for submissions is August 8, 2014. See this link for additional information: AALS Poverty Section Call for Papers 2015 Program.

UNC’s Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity presents a High School Poverty Curriculum

Though framed as a High School Poverty Curriculum, the links and articles included are good and could be mined for law school courses as well or for non-poverty law classes that still want to have a session on poverty.

Update on the story in Sonia Nazario’s book Enrique’s Journey

Sonia Nazario, the author of Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother (2006), published an op-ed that updates readers on Enrique’s immigration struggles.  For those who want to teach an immigration story as part of a poverty law class, the book is great, as is the associated photo essay.

Op-Ed: “Amid The Debate, J.D.’s True Value Gets Lost” AND my related ppt slides

Op-Ed: Ray Brescia, Amid The Debate, J.D.’s True Value Gets Lost, National Law Journal, Aug. 5, 2013.

And since I recently made a related draft powerpoint on the issues in legal education and jobs, I have attached it here: Future of Legal Education and Student Debt.  It has links to a number of the related stories and articles.