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Observation on Socratic Method

Jo and I grew up in the Presque Isle, Maine. I was in her sister’s class, which meant I was way too cool to talk to her back then, but I’m not above checking out her blog every now and again, especially since she just started law school in Boston. I couldn’t resist linking up this post on experiencing the socratic method -

you’ve spent hours studying a case that is two pages long. you couldn’t comprehend most of what you read at first, but you’ve dissected the reading inside and out, drawn flow charts, written briefs. you could not have a better grasp on it.

and when you get to class, the demi god in the front of the room who knows all the answers finds another student to say things you never could have. clearer statements, infinitely more precise. and worse– much worse– notions, concepts, whole paragraphs of ideas that never even crossed your mind.

and you start to think, wow, obviously i didn’t get it. hmm, everyone else seems to get it. oh my god, does everyone else get it? i want to get it!!

My thoughts exactly.

Link: not cool. then, very cool.

Houston’s Joseph Sanders blogging at Law & Science Blog

As noted by fellow UHLC 06E & blogger Andrew Smith, University of Houston Law Professor Joseph Sanders is blogging over at The Law Professors Blog Network Science & Law Blog

Steve Levitt Outs His Daughter

I’m a big Steve Levitt fan, but this post was cold.

After going through the package, I pulled my two oldest daughters aside (they are six) and told them they were not allowed to ever have a boyfriend with the middle name “Wayne.” Olivia, who is obsessed with a boy named Thomas in her class, is going to check on his middle name tomorrow.

Here’s how I imagine it going if little Olivia were the litigious type:

Me as Olivia’s Lawyer in her defamation suit: Now Mr. Levitt, in your column you said that your daughter was, I quote, “obsessed with a boy named Thomas in her class.”
Prominent Economist Steven D. Levitt: yes, but…
Me Again: Now it’s possible that your daughter’s classmates would know that her father has a bestselling book or popular blog, isn’t it?
Flattered Economist Steven D. Levitt: yes, but…
Me: Now isn’t it true that your blog posts are freely accessible to anyone on the internet?
Worried Economist Steven D. Levitt: yes, but…
Me: Isn’t it possible that one of your daughter’s classmates or some else who has contact with your family could read that post?
Cowering Economist Steven D. Levitt: yes, but…
Me: Wouldn’t it be possible that they could see what you wrote about your daughter and that that information might find it’s way back to your daughter or WORSE, to Thomas?
Remorseful Economist Steven D. Levitt: yes, but…

Oooooh, somebody’s in trouble…. ;-)

Dave discovers the Library


I ran into Houstonian D at the library. Apparently he discovered they have books there. He was pretty excited about it.

1.2 Million Awarded to Houston Legal Aid Groups

Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation has awarded 1.2 million to various Hosuton Legal Aid Groups.

The following Houston-based groups will receive grants: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse ($295,870), Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston ($145,652), Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program ($265,754), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ($167,579), South Texas College of Law ($59,425), Southeast Texas Legal Clinic ($24,202), the University of Houston Law Center ($122,556), and YMCA International ($145,652).

Houston Business Journal: Foundation awards $1.2 million to local legal aid groups

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