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Lesser Included Offenses

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Ever notice that there are no loud, obnoxious, in-your-face moderates?

In his newest article, Shadow Hand wonders how much longer every word he says will be screened by the law school political correctness police. Read it here: Lesser Included Offenses.

Syria Lifts Emergency Law

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After being in place for 48 years, Syria has finally lifted its emergency law.

Under emergency law, the Syrian government was authorized to make arrests without charge, giving the government nearly unlimited power to silence political opponents.  A newly passed law would allow demonstrations but only with the government's approval.

The Syrian government has also dissolved the security court, which handled the trials of political prisoners.

The move comes only hours after security forces fired on protesters, killing 6.


SCOTUS Bomb Scare

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Streets near the United States Supreme Court were evacuated due to a bomb scare.

Capitol police and a bomb squad are on scene, investigating an unattended stroller.

[AP via Yahoo]

1 in 3 Students Say Clinics Less Than Very Useful

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A NALP survey on law school experiential learning reveals some mixed feelings on the usefulness of skills training.

63.1% of students who participated in a legal clinic found it to be "very useful," compared to 60.1% for externships, and a paltry 38.5% for skills courses.  The number of students finding the courses to be not useful at all were 3.9%, 3.9%, and 3.6%, respectively.

This may look like validation of law school clinics. 63.1% say it was very useful, and only 3.9% found it to not be useful at all.  But, looking at it another way paints a much less cheery picture: one in three law students did not find their clinic to be very useful.

Being "very useful" should not be the equivalent of the class getting an A. It's a C. It's the minimum level of usefulness a clinic should provide to its students, and it's failing a third of them.

Pro bono work done by law students fared even worse. Only 17% found it to be very useful. The same number found the experience to be of no value at all.

[NALP Survey, gavel wave ABA Journal]

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