Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Professor Stephen Wood

Administrative law has been an eye opener for the cinic in me. The constitution is the one legal document that most non-lawyers have at least heard of. And it calls for, I thought, 3 Branches of Government. That makes me a "Formalist." That's too bad, because the Supreme Court has already explained that my sort of claim "cannot turn on a cursory reference to the language of [the constitution]." Anyway, when you're as smart as the Supreme Court, you can see that between the lines and penumbras of the constitution there are 4 branches of government.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Consistency in the law:

Law in the 19th Century:

It is quite true that these proceedings would have cost you many hundreds of pounds, whereas you probably have not as many pence. But the law makes no distinction between rich and poor.

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Law in the 21st Century:

The clerk cannot give you legal advice. If you need legal assistance you should see a lawyer. If you cannot afford a private lawyer, legal services may* be available.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Professor (Judge) Dee Benson

I have drawn professors before, and I have drawn sitting judges before, and I have drawn a professor who used to be a judge, but this is my first time to have a class from a sitting judge: Evidence with Professor Dee Benson. It's also my first class with more than 200 people in it.