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Home is where the domicile is

An observation Chris D. and I noted last night – when Ragazzo asks you a question and you respond, and in response to your response he exclaims “Amazing!” … this is not a good sign. He is, in fact, amazed, but not at something you’ve done well.

Last night was to be the first of many Thursday Night Bar Reviews. Instead I managed just enough energy to drive home without running anyone over and crawled into bed. Weak, I know. I’m also terrified of getting sick before the final. Losing a week at this point would be hard, if not impossible to overcome. I have become a vitamin freak in my paranoia. The one-a-days are fine, in my opinion. I’m very skeptical of the frou-frou, holistic, contains extract of tibetan mountain goat saliva variety, but I’ve become enamored of Airborne recently. I don’t know why they keep bragging that a second grade teacher came up with it, because I know some second grade teachers, but I’m convinced I’ve warded off several sniffles in early onset. I feel great today for instance.

Reading: p. 324-365 Field’s text.

Civil Procedure, Class Prep for Thursday June 8, 2006

Today I had the unpleasant and hopefully unique experience of leaving one of my case briefs lying useless on the printer at home instead of helpfully stashed in my CivPro binder where I needed it if called on. (Luckily I wasn’t) If this sounds like not such a big deal, keep in mind I’m not sure I’ll be able to remember my own name when called on much less the facts of the case at hand, procedural disposition, power-granting rules and statutes relied upon as well as the reasoning supplied by the judge or justices in the opinion. I’m not sure it would be all that bad, but I’d rather be fully (i.e. neurotically) prepared than have a cautionary tale with which to scare next years incoming class.

I’ve also expanded my assignment listings to look more like an outline. (I’m planning to use this as a foundation, lest you think this is more for your benefit than mine.) I’ll save my utter cluelessness about what an outline should look like or have in it for another post, though the comments are open if you’d like to clue me in.

Assignment and outline for Civil Procedure (Ragazzo) June 8, 2006 (.pdf)

CivPro Assignment for Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Favorite Ragazzoism of tonight’s class – “As a judge I once clerked for once said – nothing so focuses the mind as having to make it up.”

Assignments for tomorrow (hmmmm…. I guess it’s already tomorrow, sigh) for tonight are:

  • Read p. 165-205 in Field’s text
  • Brief: Handel v. New York Rapid Transit Corp.
  • Brief: Ritter v. Ritter
  • Brief: American Machine Co. v. De Bothezat
  • Brief: International Longshoreman’s Local 37 v. Boyd
  • Brief: Gabovich v. Lundy
  • Brief: Dilly v. S.S. Kresge
  • Brief: Long v. Robinson
  • Brief: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co. v. Mottley
  • Review Rules: 49, 51. 52, 50, 59, 58, 54, 57, 69, 62

Interesting, at least to me, legal fact of the day – S.S. Kresge came up for the second time in two weeks. While this is a dubious honor for a company, it made me curious enough about this oddly-named outfit (with the unfortunate habit of dropping light fixtures on people’s heads and employing psycho-chocoholics) to do a little research.

S.S. Kresge = K-Mart

It’s starting to make a lot more sense.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 2005

Here’s a handy link to an online version of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 2005 in case you want to follow along at home or you’re running out of bedtime stories for the kiddies. I’m personally finding it handy to copy and paste into Word so I can annotate with notes and case references.

CivPro Assignment for Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Ragazzoism of the day – “That’s one of my favorite things about this text, it tells you nothing and makes class so much more exciting.”

  • Read p. 114-165, Field’s text [51 pages, of which 115-151 are the most important]
  • Rule 38
  • Rule 39
  • Rule 47
  • Rule 48
  • Rule 50(a)
  • Rule 52(c)
  • Brief: American Hospital Corp. v. Hospital Products (1986)
  • Brief: County Floors Inc. v. Partnership (1991)
  • Brief: Kothe v. Smith
  • Brief: Colegrove v. Battin (1973)

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