Monday, December 29, 2014
Some Outside Counsel highlights:
- Tim Berne's Snakeoil. Thrilling avant-jazz.
- The ongoing saga of the Lawrence Brose defense, culminating in a successful plea deal and a sentence of two years probation. Just a word further on this: there will be more to say down the road, but for now I'll content myself with observing that this was a very sophisticated media operation, and I think it made a big difference.
- The Ice Hotel. I'm not sure why we have never gotten into the habit of warm location holidays in the winter: I am solidly in favor of warm, but this was fun too.
- A visit home for the funeral of a friend. In many ways this melancholy event was at the center of most of my thinking for the year, about place and mortality and change.
- Some thoughts on the thin line we walk.
- Radio Days. I sometimes muse on what paths I might have taken, and usually come up with journalist. Thing is, I'd have gone about it wrong; and at the end of the day journalism is possibly the only career path that is more doomed than law.
- Freshgrass. Whitest damn thing I ever saw. Hockey games are more diverse. Pretty great though.
- Rules for bands.
- A meditation on Muscle Shoals, which is nowhere near where I'd presumed it was.
- I'm going to come back to the myth of meritocracy at some point.
- Coaching the Buffalo State moot court team was interesting. The goal is to get the students to understand the law well enough to explain why their position should prevail, which means that they should be able to argue for either position with more or less equal fluency. Getting them to understand that what this means is that there is no correct answer to be found in the law-- that the right answer is a policy issue-- is a big step. I liked this group, who were cheated out of an opportunity to demonstrate their hard-acquired proficiency by a freak snowstorm.