Friday, April 30, 2010

We'll Always Have Class . . .

Just won't be in school anymore.  Be sure to grab donuts/coffee in WB courtesy of the alums . . .

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pedestrian Direction Fail?: Darden Unveils New Stop Signs for Walkers

Dig these new stop signs that were put yesterday outside of the Darden School of Business.  Stopping isn't just for cars anymore . . .


What happens if you run the stop sign and a police officer sees you?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

UVA Law Professor Salaries (Courtesy of the Cavalier Daily)

Every year, the Cavalier Daily prints the salaries of all faculty members who make more than 50,000 annually (the cutoff changes from year to year).  The .pdf is available here.
Don't want to open a huge file with tiny print?  Once again, UVA Law Blog has got you covered. We have put all of the data into an Excel spreadsheet, available for download from our Googlesites page here (feel free to mess around with it . . .) Or you can check out the summary below.  The list includes both professors and certain staff/deans (CSO, etc.)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Daily Progress: "UVa Tuition Set to Surge"

An article in Saturday's Charlottesville Daily Progress suggests that the Board of Visitors is going to raise tuition rates across the board for both undergraduate and graduate students by as much as 10%.  No information in the article on how this would affect the (financially independent) Law School:
UVa’s Board of Visitors will meet this week to set the tuition rates for the 2010-11 academic year.
On the table will be a proposal to raise tuition and mandatory fees by 9.9 percent, or $956, to $10,628 for in-state undergraduate students. Tuition and fees for UVa students from outside Virginia would jump by 6 percent, or $1,902, to $33,574, according to board documents obtained late Friday.
Next year’s proposed in-state tuition and fee hike would be UVa’s most expensive in seven academic years.
....
Graduate students at UVa are facing tuition and fee increases that are fairly close to the undergraduate rates.
In-state graduate students would see their costs rise by $1,242, or 9.8 percent, next year. Out-of-state grad students would pay $1,238, or 5.5 percent, more.
Erin O’Hare, an out-of-state master’s degree student in UVa’s English department, said the university’s tuition is “insane.”
“I have a lot of loans. When I leave here [next spring] I’m going to owe $150,000,” she said. “It’s scary.”
Related:
UVa Tuition Set to Surge [Charlottesville Daily Progress]

So WILL You be Able to Pick Up Your Cap and Gown w/out Paying Those Dues?

We opined on this topic earlier, but many of you still thought it was an open question.  From the latest email from the graduation committee, all signs point to "no":
Students who have paid their class dues may pick up caps and gowns during the following dates and times in SL 290, one of the trial classrooms.
As you may recall, the dues pay for:
The vast majority of the dues (approximately 4/5) pay for events and regalia related to graduation weekend itself. These events include a catered reception at the Law School the night before graduation and a breakfast Sunday before the university-wide graduation on the Lawn. Because of this financial support, students are able to bring an unlimited number of guests to the catered reception at the Law School. Lastly, the dues help purchase each graduating student’s cap, gown, and hood.
. . . 
In addition to funding graduation weekend events, our dues pay for 3L events throughout the year. For example, this week, we will host a 3L Bonfire at Montfair Farms that is open to every 3L student. We’ll be providing transportation to the event and refreshments for students attending the bonfire. Next semester, we will host several more 3L events including a wine tasting tour, golf tournament, and a reception accompanying the Class Charge. In conjunction with NGSL, we’ll also host the 3L Softball Tournament and provide plots and refreshments for 3Ls at Spring Foxfield.
What happens to any money left over (I ask this because the 3L tournament was canceled)?  Does it cover shortfall for other events, and if there isn't any, does it go to next year's graduation committee? Jusssst curious.

Previously:
Graduation Dues - Response from the Graduation Committee 
Just In Case You Were Thinking About Not Paying Your Graduation Dues
Some People Might See This as Another Reason to be Upset About Graduation Dues

No Libel Show Nominee in Above the Law Contest

Last year, the Libel Show's "ConLuv" won Above the Law's contest for best student-produced Law Revue type video.  This year, we expected the Junta to submit "Club UVA" for contention.  But according to the ATL folks, no submission was made.  You can see the finalists here.

EDIT: One of the Troika contacted us to say that "The Troika decided before the videos were filmed that they wouldn't be submitted to Above The Law."

Related:
Law Revue Video Contest Finalists [Above the Law]

Previously:
2010 Libel Show Review 

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunny, with a severe chance of No Softball

The 3L Tournament was cancelled today because of hangovers from Foxfield the weather. In addition to caring about kids and the community, NGSL* is apparently also interested in preserving the youthful appearance of the law school's elderclassmen by helping them avoid the sun.
Unfortunately, no tournament rescheduling is guaranteed or thus far in the works. Looks like for most 3Ls, the days of softball glory are now officially behind them.

*Editors note: Just to clear up - NGSL is not responsible for the planning, scheduling, or cancellation of the 3L Softball Tournament. The tournament was actually the brainchild of the SBA and any questions/complaints should be directed in their direction. Even though the event involved section softball - with beer, umps, and the assistance of NGSL members - we apologize for assuming the North Grounds Softball League, as an organization, was involved in any official capacity. We thank the Head Commissioner for taking the time to personally call and help point out the errors in this post.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wait For It . . . 2010 OGI Details Revealed (But Still Plenty of Room to Speculate Wildly)

A few days ago, members of the current 1L class - the most qualified class at the Law School in the history of the world, that is - received an email from Career Services Dean Kevin Donovan.  The email contained a "heads-up" that OGI2k10 is on the horizon, and attached a very detailed "Handbook" on what students could expect.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Free Cupcakes in Scott Commons in Honor of Earth Day

And they are delicious.  Not amicus cupcake delicious, but close!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Live Blog: Charge to the Class of 2010

2:25 People filing in. Some of these people get in line for a Sam Adams Heavy – too early for this kid – and some finger cheeses. Already few seats left.

2:28 Random thoughts. I recognize most of these people, but did not think they were 3Ls. Considering the robust turnout, maybe they should have had this in the auditorium. Babies look like work.

2:32 No charging yet.

2:34 Intro by L.R. Usual boilerplate about Jeffries “needing no introduction” (just once I'd like someone to say "he needs no introduction" and sit down). Some interesting factoids about his time as Dean – he ushered in a self-sufficient law school; high percentage of giving by graduates of the Law School, and one other thing I forgot.  

2:35. Jeffries is honored and intimated. Honored because we selected him and intimidated because we don’t need advice. We don’t need advice because we have developed human relationships, have personal responsibility, know how to interact and work within a team structure etc…. I almost looked around for a Powerpoint presentation.  

The Jeffersonian is Now Officially In on the Car-Towing Fun

Many a student has fancied a parking spot at our complex, The Jeffersonian on Arlington, when the street-side spots are gone.  We always had only some sympathy - you guys' parking there often made it tough for me to get a spot (some rare occasions we couldn't find one at all).  Anyway, it is now definitely a bad idea, judging from this photo we took at 4.15 yesterday:

"Final Warning".  Sounds serious . . .

3Ls: Are You Going / Did You Goto the Class Charge?

It's today at 2.30, for those who are planing on attending:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Now That is an Awesome Parking Job

Not everyone is on the NGSL or SBA exec boards.  Not everyone can afford a spiffy $300+ D3 pass.  Some folks have to take their chances finding a spot on Arlington and/or Milmont.  We did this for a while, and sometimes when you are really in a hurry, you don't have time to do a perfect parallel parking job.

But this is a little ridiculous:

LIVEBLOG: Loan Exit Counseling Session

"You are all officially deeply in debt" - Jennifer Hulvey, the Director of the Law School's financial aid office kicks us off.  (Editor's note: There is some critical information about the interplay between the two Virginia Loan Forgiveness Programs below.)

She's happy to meet with all of us, 1 on 1, sometime after this session.

Here are the goals for the talk:
(1) The Official Federal Loan Exit Counseling - it's required by law, and a little a dry.  There will be link that we have the follow that will have to be sent around afterwards.
(2) The Options YOU Have for Loan Repayment - and how to get it set up.
(3) Virginia Loan Forgiveness Program


Loan Repayment Talk: UVA Law Blog Had Got You Covered

Watch this space - we'll be covering the UVA Law Loan Repayment talk, discussed below.  So if you have class or can't otherwise make it, we'll be there.
Dear 3Ls,

As you prepare for graduation in May, you may have questions regarding repaying your student loans.  The US Department of Education requires that all student loan borrowers receive exit counseling before they leave school.  

We will be presenting vital information regarding student loan repayment options, including the Virginia Loan Forgiveness Program, as follows:

Monday, April 19, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM in Caplin Auditorium

The presentation will include loan repayment options; loan deferment, forbearance and consolidation; debt management strategies and tax benefits; Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and the Virginia Loan Forgiveness Program.  It will be an information-packed hour, and we will of course be available for questions following the presentation.  If you have borrowed student loans during your time here at UVA Law, please attend this session!

Could a UVA Law Grad be the Next SCOTUS Nominee?

Verily, it's possible.  You all may remember the Honorable James Clark McReynolds, UVA's only nominee to the Supreme Court, who is "widely considered one of the most unpleasant men to ever sit on the Court."  He had the distinction of refusing to accept "Jews, drinkers, blacks, women, smokers, married or engaged individuals as law clerks."  He would refuse to hear cases that were presented by female or minority lawyers, and refused to speak to [Jewish] justices Brandeis and Cardozo.

So who could follow such an act?  According to the blawg-ologist Brian Leiter, Janet Napolitano, who spoke at the Law School last week, should be considered the front-runner:
I was talking with a colleague elsewhere at a conference the other day, and she had a very persuasive explanation of why former Arizona Governor Napolitano, who is now head of Homeland Security, will be Obama's choice.  Bear in mind, as my colleague David Strauss has said (in various news articles over the last year), that Obama does not have a court-centered agenda:  he isn't looking for a liberal maverick, and he doesn't want to expend his political capital on Supreme Court battles.  As the choice of Sotomayor shows, he likes to get some political benefit out of an appointment, and he certainly doesn't want a Justice who will create problems for his real agendas. 
The list of reasons that follows is interesting, if not wholly surprising or unpredictable.

Related:
Janet Napolitano Will be the Next Supreme Court Justice [Brian Leiter Reports]

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Things We Wish We Had Known (An Open Thread)

With the trappings of the last month of school upon us, it's time for a retrospective.  Some of us are feeling pretty old, and we think it's time (to respond to your many requests) to an open advice thread.  3Ls (or 2Ls or 1Ls - doesn't really matter): What did you do right in Law School?  What do you wish you had done differently?   What kind of advice do you want to give to those who are going to follow you?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Congrats to Ibrahim and Moran on Winning that Moot Court Thing

This is almost a week late, but better late than never.  John Moran and Alex Ibrahim won the Lile Moot Court competition, beating Nick Nelson and Fiona McCarthy.  Nelson also won the best oralist award.  Perhaps double-props are due to Ibrahim, who, after winning the competition on Saturday morning helped slug his softball team (Co-Rec Blue) on a run to the Elite 8 before falling to eventual runner-up Catholic. 

Anyways, nice job to all of the finalists. Don't bother updating your CVs, the Moot Court board is informing your employers as we speak.

Related:
Ibrahim, Moran Win Moot Court Competition [Virginia Law]

Thursday, April 15, 2010

UVA Law Blog Nominated for Clear Admit's "Best of Blogging" Award

To toot our own horn for a while: this blog got nominated as one of the best law school blogs by the Clear Admit website.  So, while we can't throw together a moot court brief with the right number of words, at least the blog is not (universally) disliked (yet).  Thanks to everyone who has been reading and supporting us to make this so.

ASIDE: Don't forget to go to the picnic today.  Everyone knows that an SBA President is ultimately judged by the success/failure of the Spring and Fall picnic.  Which basically comes down as to whether or not there is enough food.  Game on, Chris Martin, game on: today you stand toe to toe with Leung, Quillian, Rosenthal, and lord knows who else . . .  of course, if we were President, the picnics would be catered by Boar's Head and Mas, with unlimited servings and full open bar.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

UVA: A Public Ivy, On the Level of (say) Dartmouth, According to the Simpsons

Check it out here.  Why didn't this help us with the rankings???

So UVA is # 10 in the New Rankings

But at least we're not tied for 10th anymore.  We're a legit top ten school, baby.

Let us be reminded of what Tom Wolfe - author of the great classic I am Charlotte Simmons and graduate of the third most excellent school in the Commonwealth - had to say about the US News & World Report rankings:
US News & World Report - what a stupid joke!  Here is a third-rate news weekly, aimed at businessmen who don't like to read, trying desperately to move up in the race but forever swallowing the dust of Time and Newsweek.  Let's stir up a fuss!  Pretty soon all of American higher education is jumping through hoops to meet the standards of a marketing department of a miserable, low-brow magazine out of Washington, D.C.!  Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford . . . all jumped through the hoop at the crack of the U.S. News whip. 

Related:
2010 US News Rankings Leaked [Above the Law]

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Response on Confederate History Month

Remember how we said that Confederate History Month (yes, it's an actual thing now) was a dumb idea?  And offered anyone who wanted to the chance to write with an opposing viewpoint? Well someone did - and here's his unedited take on why it is not the dumbest idea ever. 
Okay, I’ll bite, but it’s not because I dislike political posts. I don’t even so much want to argue against your conclusion. My problem is that your tone is too easy and comfortable, and the war is too ugly.

BLUE IS THE NEW GOLD

The 2010 Softball Invitational was a big success for UVA Men's Blue, who took home the title, beating the Men's Gold team in the semiquarter-finals and the Men's Orange team in the finals.  In the Co-Rec division, Florida Coastal rolled over UVA Gold (in the semifinals) and Catholic (in the finals):

Friday, April 09, 2010

You asked for it, you got it: OPEN THREAD FRIDAY

We even are delaying a response to our critique of Confederate History Month and the latest installment of "Just a Day" for the occasion.  So what's on everyone's mind?

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Softball, it's that time of year.

For those of you that don't know, this weekend is the UVA Law Invitational Softball Tournament. Games start tomorrow and run through Sunday (the first two days are pod play; Sunday is all bracket play). If you want to attend the BBQ on Saturday or the party on Saturday night, you can buy tickets in Scott Commons today and tomorrow 10-3. Otherwise, pack a picnic and enjoy.
Note: even if you hate softball, this weekend brings together law students from all over the country and our very own admitted students. It should be hopping at the corner.
Come see Rule 12(f) play on Co-Rec Orange:
  • vs. Brooklyn B @ Fri 6pm, McIntire 1
  • vs. Washington & Lee White @ Fri 8pm, McIntire
  • vs. Ave Maria @ Sat 3pm, STAB
Watch Justinincredible on Co-Rec Blue:
  • vs. Boston University 2 @ Fri 7pm, Park 1
  • vs. George Mason Green @ Fri 9pm, Park 6
  • vs. Georgetown Blue @ Sat 5pm, McIntire 2
Or SwampPoodle on Co-Rec Gold:
  • vs. New England School of Law A @ Fri 6pm, Park 6
  • vs. Suffolk Gold @ Fri 8pm, Park 6
  • vs. Penn State Panhandlers @ Sat 1pm, McIntire 2
You could also watch the men's teams play in the regular division, but they will be too distracted by their massive home-runs to pay attention to the crowd anyway.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

UVA Law Revamps, Enhances LRAP (But Not For Everyone)

The Law School has announced a major overhaul of its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program:
Law School graduates who choose careers in public service will soon be able to take advantage of a more generous loan forgiveness program, the Law School announced Wednesday.

Under the new Virginia Loan Forgiveness Program (VLFP II), graduates who take public service jobs that pay less than $75,000 per year will be eligible for loan assistance. The new program will cover the entire annual loan payments for graduates who make $55,000 or less.
This up from the previous level of $35,000 (the amount at which all loan payments are covered).  Sound to good to be true?  Well, if you're a 1L,  2L, a 3L, or an alum,  some of it is:

PILA Study Guide Sale Today

Caplin Auditorium.  Bring money.

102nd Libel Show: A Retrospective

I know this blog and the Virginia Law Weekly have already reviewed this year’s Libel Show, but as participants, Justincredible and I wanted to give you our assessment of how we thought it went down. For the most part, I – a much more outted J. Crew Model – agree with both reviews, especially this part from the Law Weekly review:
I’m not going to lie and say that this year’s Libel Show is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen; it’s not. But it is funny, and more than that it’s entertaining. Watching the show you can feel how much the cast enjoys what they’re doing. I’m not going to lie and say that this year’s Libel Show is the funniest thing I’ve ever seen; it’s not. But it is funny, and more than that it’s entertaining. Watching the show you can feel how much the cast enjoys what they’re doing. …. According to Lorello, “We’re here to put on a good show, but more importantly than that we’re here to have a good time.” And luckily for audience members, I think achievement of the latter goal only helps to further the former.
Even as a bit player (not “featuring” as some unfunny blog would have you believe) in this year’s production, I was impressed not only by the amount of dedication displayed by the people in multiple acts, but also by the backstage folks – those who run the lights and soundboard and other machines I’m sure were operated but whose existence I can’t confirm. 

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

PSA: April is Now Confederate History Month

A tipster pointed out a pretty troubling news item to us earlier today (STOP reading now if you don't want to get our political views - you've been warned) --

When we first read this news item, we were stunned.  Do you guys remember the Confederacy?  We sure don't - being "Carpetbaggers" and all - but we can imagine what it would have been like: warm weather, beautiful landscapes, folks doing your field- and house-work whom you don't have to pay and can abuse relentlessly without consequence.  Verily, shouldn't those days - and the brave people who dedicated and often gave their lives trying to protect them against Northern aggressors - be honored?

Governor Bob McDonnell thinks so:

Monday, April 05, 2010

BREAKING: MRPE SCORES ARE OUT

Check here. Hope everyone passed.

Ultra-High Tuition Watch: Cornell Law School

Last year, UVA Law's 2009-2010 was not announced until around May 5th.  But we here at UVA Law Blog are vigilantly on the look out for signs of ever rising tuition (even ITE) at top law schools around the nation. Well if you think UVA's tuitition is high right now, check out what Cornell dialed for law students next year:

Any 3Ls Want to Engage in the Unauthorized Practice of Law?

A tipster sends us this ad.  Really, a hundred bucks isn't bad . . . but what would Professor Balnave (or Professor Hylton) say? :

Law Student-Review Disclaimer (C-ville)


Date: 2010-03-31, 3:58PM EDT
Reply to: job-zfgs3-1670518635@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


We are a small start-up Foundation, and need someone to review a disclaimer statement we will be issuing for an iPod app that we will
be bringing to market.

I would like a final year UVa law student to do this, and make us safe.
  • Location: C-ville
  • Compensation: $100
  • Telecommuting is ok.
  • This is a part-time job.
  • This is a contract job.
  • This is at a non-profit organization.
  • This is an internship job
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

Don't Forget to Sign . . . Your NGSL Liability Waiver?

Slow-pitch softball - as many of you will discover this weekend - can be serious business.  Just ask a Canadian outfielder who lost a fly ball in the sun:
George Black is a trucker who used to play in an Ontario slow-pitch league. In a 2004 game, a batter hit a looping line drive directly at him, which he lost in the setting sun.

So, who to sue? The batter who hit the ball that brained him? The manufacturer of the metal bat that sent the ball flying at him at an unsafe speed? Nope. Try the company that owns the field, because they didn't block the sun.

One might reasonably offer that if you're going to play the outfield in the early evening, you might want to wear sunglasses, or at least eye black. But a judge has refused to dismiss the case, because the company had considered erecting a sun screen before the accident.
The article goes on to note that the case has made it past whatever the Canadian equivalent of summary judgment is.

These are probably the sort of things that keep Comms'r Bouton up at night.  (Actually, in Virginia this case would likely fall under the rule of Thurmond v. Prince William Prof'l Baseball Club, 265 Va. 59 (Va. 2003), which held that "when a particular adult spectator of ordinary intelligence is familiar with the game of baseball, that spectator assumes the normal risks of watching a baseball game, including the danger of being hit by a [foul] ball batted into an unscreened seating area of a stadium."

Maybe it would be a good idea for LRW students to analyze the difference between a spectator and player, between a slow-pitch softball and a fast-pitch baseball, and between a foul ball and a pop-fly. 
Related:

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Cars Actually Get Towed From Ivy

Biking through Ivy today, we noticed something very disturbing: They are towing cars from the place.  For those who don't know, the Ivy Gardens apartment complex in the past had not been very vigorous about ticketing and towing.  Well, April 1 marked a crack-down - check out some compelling photo journalism from approximately 11.30 AM this morning below the fold:

Fall 2010 OGIs "Doubtful"; Students Encouraged to Contact Employers Directly

EDITOR's NOTE:  Yes this was an April Fools Joke.  We apologize for freaking anyone out.

OGIs will likely not occur next year, at least not in the same way it has in year's past.  That's the proverbial word on the street, at least.  With so many firms following new NALP rules and new hiring plans, most won't be bothering to come to campus in the Fall.  Rather, the new approach will have students directly contacting the vast-majority of the firms who formerly came to OGIs.  We reached out today to Career Services, and they responded with this:
While we generally don't comment on matters such as this which have yet to be fully and completely resolved, it is, in fact, true that the OGIs will be a much smaller affair than in previous years.  We are doubtful that many private firm employers will be in attendance, or many public interest employers for that matter, but we are still confident that the fall-interview program will be a good opportunity for those students who choose to take advantage of it.
How bad will OGIs be next year?  Check it out below the fold: