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Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Well the Supreme Court pleasantly surprised me this session. Privacy rights among gays has been recognized and legalized and Affirmative Action is still legal because we are still far away from racial equality. Thank you.

Tonight, Noah and I went to see our friend’s art award show at the SF Art Commission , and then went to the Noe Valley Democratic club to hear from our Mayoral Candidates, unfortunately we only had time to hear from 1, Gavin Newsom,who is such a perfectly trained porcelain politician, it was hard not to eat up everything he said. I am still undecided and I must hear from the rest in the race in order to make that final decision. However, I need more than a homeless plan to sell me.

Monday, June 23, 2003

Major issues expected to be decided by the Supreme Court on Thursday:

-Sodomy: whether states can punish gay couples for engaging in sexual acts that are legal for heterosexual couples, a follow-up to a ruling 17 years ago that upheld a sodomy ban. Lawrence v. Texas, 02-102.

-Free speech: a review of the scope of corporate free-speech protection in a case that involves sneaker maker Nike and allegations it lied about working conditions in overseas factories. Nike v. Kasky, 02-575.

In a sigh of relief the S.Ct upheld Affirmative Action today!--Thank you Sandra Day who wrote for the 5-4 majority as she stated the obvious: "In order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry, it is necessary that the path to leadership be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity"

My fingers are crossed for Thursday! Oh please see to the rights of homosexuals and the need for truthfulness in corporate advertising! These are major community building decsions that we need for the strength, integrity and health of our societyat large!

Thursday, June 19, 2003

I had a Spanish speaking lunch with a couple of my law school classmates and it was muy divertido. I need to continually practice my Spanish so it will be easier when Noah and I move to Patzcuaro Mexico when we retire.
Tomorrow I get my client with a housing issue and must try to resolve her situation by the end of the summer session either through negotiations with the landlord or action through the courts. Fun actual legal work.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Yes it has been far too long...this summer program is heinous: classes 9 - 5 monday through friday and 4 hours of study every day. I went to hear an appeal today to watch the courtroom in action and to better prepare me for my oral argument--agh! I am representing the Government, so regardless of the facts of the case my side is pretty sure to win. The case I heard today had all sorts of juicy bits, including dynomite, airplanes, the INS, naturalization, terrorism, expunged records, minors and school pricipals but not necessarily in that order. The Government had some weak lawyers but it seemed like the law was on their side--imagine that--so they will probably prevail.
I am every so interested in the Supreme Court decisions that are due out this week, particuarly the Michigan affirmative action case and the Texas sodomy law case. Even with this conservative Court I am hopful that affirmative action with be upheld and the all sodomy laws will be overturned. Come on O'Connor and the right thing!

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

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Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Exciting news on the audio front: I was on NPR this morning.
Audio Posting got some free press and I got one of my posts aired. Fun.

I am right in the heat of finals. I had Civ Pro II yesterday and it was a doozy. I feel confident about the essay section but that multiple choice –ouch! It seems strange to me that the professor would have so many "D"s in a row as the correct answer on the scantron, and why would all the answers have been "All Of The Above"? Peculiar indeed. Oh well, on the next: Professional Responsibility where I have to decide things like if it is ethical for an attorney to send a potential witness to the Bahamas to live there for a couple of year so they will be beyond the subpoena power of the US. Then the Corporations final on Saturday to try to get a director out of personal liability went he sells his distressed property worth 75K to his corporation for an even million—exciting! and finally ending it all on Monday night for Community Property and determining if the community should be reimbursed for the price of the Iron Lung and if the Person Injury award should be equally divided when the healthy spouse files for divorce in this time of need from the now comatose paraplegic spouse. Who said the law was boring?!

Monday, March 31, 2003

We need more people like you in the world! People willing to act and work for what they believe in, to help our communities and to bring well-needed, attention, awareness and change to areas of our society that need it most.

Thank you Cesar Chavez and Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Last night I was kept up all night with (night) visions of the captured POW's scared faces. Our media has showed them over and over on the news. Those soldiers are so scared and young, their sweet faces look like they are staring into death. I want nothing more than to support our troops--By bringing them home! and not exposing them the of the horrors of war any longer and not putting them in harms way. The anti-war movement does support the troops. We want them home safe and sound, NOW, I believe anything short of that is not supporting the troops!

I am having a hard time trying to find the relevancy in my daily routines when people are being bombed, murdered, injured and mained by the hour. A sadness has taken over me and I feel powerless to change anything. Talking to like-minded people helps.

I am thoroughly disgusted about the car commercials breaks during the war coverage on TV. It is such a slap in the face. People need to start being embarrassed to drive their big ass fucking gas guzzling cars!

The Global Forecast is Bleak.

Friday, March 21, 2003

It was a long day of monitoring police activity. I witnessed about 3 incidences I believe was excessive force and reported of about another three from eye witnesses of other incidences. After expirencing the police in formation and performing military movements for about 12 hours then going home and watching the war on television I suddenly felt like i had a small understanding of what war is like, on a much smalle scale of course. But as I saw US tanks surrounding the targets in Iraq, I could identify with it unlike ever before. It is physically and mentally fatiguing. The phychological stress is just as intense and the physical.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

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Hoping for Peace
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Bush is bombing Iraq. He started tonight around 7:00pm. I am protesting this bombing starting at 7:00am tomorrow. I will be a Legal Observer with the The National Lawyers Guild. In that role I will be monitoring, watching, and recording the actions of the POLICE during the protest. This peaceful protest plans to shut down the financial district all day tomorrow letting people know that we do not support this conflict and the disregard for human life.

Promote Peace!

Life and Times in the 21 Century



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