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The Vow

Steve Peifer‘s e-mail list, stories of his work and life as a missionary in Kenya are always hilarious and frequently inspiring. Although his usual posts involve a food program and the development of computer centers, his latest hit closer to home:

You look to the hills when things are rough, but he directed me a little lower. To a driver. Joshua is an accountant who is in law school. His father runs a driving service, and you can always count on him. It isn’t safe for me to drive at night because of my poor night vision, and their service is a blessing when there is a late airport pickup. Recently, I was going to fly out and I scheduled a ride. Joshua picked me up, and since we were running ahead of schedule, I asked him if he wanted to stop for dinner.

He told me the most amazing story. When he was in high school, he and four friends started to meet together and pray for Kenya. During one prayer meeting, they felt led to make a vow: they would all go to law school, they would all enter politics, and they would all work to bring justice to this land.

They are all in law school, and they still meet to pray. The odds of all of them remaining true to that vow, and for all of them to be accepted and be able to pay for law school, is beyond what I can measure.

Lots of people go to law school, far fewer decide go to law school out of religious conviction, even fewer than that I wager, see it as a means to restore justice to their country.

Too often, I think, we lack the courage to imagine our potential.

1L Required Reading: Orin Kerr’s How to Read a Case

For any law student, but especially a 1L there is far more to read than you’ll ever have time for. Allow me to suggest that this should be at the top of your list. You already know how to read. That doesn’t mean you know how to read a case.

This essay is designed to help new law students prepare for the first few weeks of class. It explains what judicial opinions are, how they are structured, and what law students should look for when reading them.

Dan Pink (a recovering law student) on the Surprising Science of Motivation (of law students?)

Dan Pink begins his TED talk with a description of his youthful indisgression, of which he is very ashamed – having gone to law school.

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Welcome to the New Economy

Something about this picture resonated with me. This is what sprang to mind. Read the rest of this entry »

The Summer Before Law School, Reading Lists

The UH Law Center posts a recommended reading book list (.pdf) for the summer for the gunners-in-waiting. I’ve read a number of them; some were wonderful, others useless. Your mileage may vary. Reviewed below: Read the rest of this entry »

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