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The UVA Law School: Spreading Knowledge with Technology

November 15, 2015 by Janice Marks in Culture, News and Media
Third Generation IPod, Photo by Andrew from London, UK;

Third Generation IPod, Photo by Andrew from London, UK;

Third Generation IPod, Photo by Andrew from London, UK;[/caption]With the rise of easily accessible communication technologies, it is no surprise that the availability and variety of videos and podcasts has exploded in recent years. It might be more surprising, however, that institutions of higher learning have been sharing the wealth of their knowledge with the general public. This explosion in the dissemination of information and ideas is a boon to mankind and should be taken advantage of whenever possible.

One small example of this can be seen at the University Of Virginia School Of Law. A look at the school’s website will quickly bring you to a page listing Videos and Podcasts events held at the university. Here is a sampling of what you will find there:

  • On November 6, 2015 James Donovan, Goldman Sachs managing director and a Law School adjunct professor spoke on the subject: “What Every Lawyer Should Know About Client Relationships.”
  • Also on November 6th Professor Saikrishna Prakash, and expert on presidential powers, spoke on “Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive.”
  • UVA historian Charles McCurdy was honored on November 2nd with a panel discussion on “Federalism, Law and the Economy,” with four noted law professors discussing their work while celebrating the legacy of McCurdy.

The opening up of lectures like these to anyone with a computer and internet connection is a welcome step towards a more well- educated public, a stronger democracy, and an overall better society.

Below is the video of the talk given by James Donovan, Goldman Sachs managing director.

Grammarly Says Democrats Better Writers

October 7, 2015 by Jason Elsman in Culture, Politics
RI governor Lincoln Chafee makes an appearance at Brown University in 2007. Photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel

RI governor Lincoln Chafee makes an appearance at Brown University in 2007. Photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel

Grammar lovers who also happen to dislike Donald Trump and his bid for president will love this latest of bizarre surveys.  The people at the popular writing-enhancement website “Grammarly” examined the comments made by supporters of the various candidates for president on their official Facebook pages. Their intention: to discover which of the candidates followers have the worst/best grammar.

It turns out supporters of Lincoln Chafee, one of the Democratic candidates who is barely a blip on the radar screen has supporters whose grammar is almost beyond reproach. Chafee’s supporters were found to make only 3.1 mistakes for every 100 words they wrote.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has supporters who seem to be pretty sloppy when it comes to their ability to write a sentence in English. Their pathetic score was 12.6 mistakes per 100 written words, putting Trump in last place out of 19 candidates’ supporters.

As a group it seems Democrats paid better attention in grammar school, scoring overall 4.2 mistakes per 100. Republicans should be embarrassed to discover that they did more than twice as bad, with 8.7 mistakes every 100 words.

In case you were wondering who actually writes more words, it turns out more liberal supporters seem to have a lot more to say. For every 41.8 words a follower of a Democratic candidate wrote, a supporter of a Republican candidate only wrote 32.4 words.

The Lasry Family Professorship in Race Relations

October 7, 2015 by Dan Kazan in Culture
Marc Lasry

Marc Lasry

Cathy and Marc Lasry established the chair in race relations at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 to allow a distinguished scholar, academic and educator to teach and do research in the School of Arts and Sciences with a special focus on the subject of race relations. This is not the Lasry family’s only venture into the support of University programs; the couple has also served as joint chairs of the Penn Parent Leadership Committee. Cathy also contributed her time to the School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers.

David Bershad Among Successful Columbia Law School Graduates

September 9, 2015 by Janice Marks in Culture
Columbia Law School. Photo credit: BrOnXbOmBr21 via wikipedia

Columbia Law School. Photo credit: BrOnXbOmBr21 via Wikipedia

David Bershad received his law degree from Columbia University in 1968, along with James Meredith, Robert Cover and Nomi Reice Buchwald.

After graduation Bershad became the first associate at a prestigious New York law firm, specializing in securities litigation. He became a partner in 1970, and the firm has since expanded with offices around the country.

James Meredith became active in the American civil rights movement of the 60s and 70s, and was the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi. Perhaps Meredith is most famous for running against Adam Clayton Powell for the Congressional seat representing Harlem as a Republican, in 1967. Powell was re-elected to the seat after Meredith withdrew his candidacy.

Fellow class of ’68 graduate Robert Cover was a law professor, scholar and activist. From 1972 until he died at the age of 42 in 1986 he taught at Yale Law School. The most famous essay he wrote is entitled, “Violence and the Word.” The article inspired many debates about how law language and violence are interrelated.

After graduating from Columbia Naomi Reice Buchwald practiced law for five years. She then went on to become an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. In 1999 Buchwald was appointed by then President Bill Clinton to sit on the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.