Scandal! The law school is all atwitter with the hiring of Robert Delahunty - who, for those of you who don't know, wrote the famed Bush torture memo with John Yoo, stating the President wasn't required to follow the Geneva Convention in the War on Terror. Petitions are everywhere. Petitions on the left denouncing him. And now a petition on the right denouncing the denouncers. To whomever wrote the counter-petition: I'd be more receptive to it if you hadn't written it like a Congressional Resolution.
WHEREAS I really could care less about 1Ls,
AFFIRMING that such lack of concern includes who teaches them Con Law,
ACKNOWLEDGING the crunch of exam time makes me even less concerned about such things generally,
RECOGNIZING I myself was taught by a right-winger conservative who is now a Dean,
I resent any attempt to posture over this issue.
So sign, sign away. I think it would be sort of funny if people started signing with fake signatures, like Mickey Mouse, 1L. I also think, for all the scandal, at least it's nice to have a celebrity at the law school. At least we've got something to draw some national attention here. Lately I've been wishing I went to Michigan, because it seems like nobody is particularly impressed by Minnesota Law School...in the layman's world, at least. Some high-profile faculty might help change that.
I could go either way on the Delahunty issue. On the one hand, I thought as high-minded intellectuals we were supposed to have respect for the opposing viewpoint. In fact, it seems to me Delahunty and Yoo were doing exactly what we're all taught to do as lawyers: argue the side most effective to our client. Lisa Simpson says: You can't create a monster and then whine when he stomps on a few buildings.
On the other hand, one of the things I've been pissed about with the legal profession is that they don't seem to take it seriously. They treat it as interesting theoretical problems instead of decisions that have serious and direct impacts on other people's lives. The torture memo is perhaps one such example.
Mostly, though, I'm just keeping my head down till May. I just gotta get outta this prison cell, one day I'm gonna be free.