The Research Paper that Would NOT Die & How I Won the Case
ORIGINALLY POSTED 1/12/11–I’m convinced that just setting foot inside the building for the Winter Term immediately transformed me into a work magnet.
Well, my rigorous writing paper refused to go quietly into the night. Last week, I got an email from Prof. Ayres that my paper was one page short of the ABA requirements for rigorous writing credit. I already knew this since oh, about 4 hours after the deadline for submitting our papers when out of nowhere my brain sounded the alarm, “We’re one page short!!! You numbered the cover sheet!!! Horrors!!!” I chuckled to myself, no way—this is just a joke from my brain still swimming in adrenaline, but nevertheless I checked the final draft on my PC. (Insert expletive here!)–my subconscious brain was in fact correct. Although Prof. Ayres’s email didn’t surprise me, I was pleasantly surprised that she let me write another page in order to get the credit; I just assumed it was too late. Over the weekend I was back at it. Finally, it’s over. Again.
My Deposition Skills Workshop was, in a word: Awesome. This was my first oral advocacy class and I totally had a Perry Mason moment. In my class of sixteen I was nearly last to question the witness on the first few days. It was a breach of contract claim but the “contract” was unsigned by either party and only had the defendant’s business card photocopied on it. As all the “good” questions got asked it became more difficult for me to think of a new angle. Finally: “Mr. Jackson, are you illiterate?” (Snickers from the jury box.) Then I asked whether he knew how to write, whether he’d ever been a party to a contract, what his customary “signature” looked like, and whether he EVER used a business card in lieu of his signature. Just about then (in my head) the Boston Legal theme started playing! After class, I did get some pats on the back for thinking to question the signature. It just came to me: Invalid contract = no breach. Case closed. What a rush!