||[Feb. 7th, 2004|10:59 pm]
Thanks to everyone for all the shoe suggestions - when I get a little more time I will definitely be shopping around.
The Law Review Note proceeds apace. I continue to research. It WILL be done on time.
We went to see Mystic River tonight. Very powerful, very much an Eastwood movie, but more restrained. Tim Robbins is beyond brilliant - he really did deserve a nomination, and I can only think that there was a split between Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor that cost him a place on the ballot - he could arguably be nominated for either. Not a happy movie, but an excellent, intelligent one. Damned impressive. EDIT: Um, okay, so in my exhaustion-addled glance I failed to notice that Robbins did get a Best Supporting Actor nod. Which is good. D'oh!
Ferrett and I now feel very impressed with ourselves because we have seen all the Best Picture nominees and all but one of the Best Director nominees (we're hooping to work City of God in before Oscar night). We don't have time to try and pick up those acting award noms, but at least we have SOME level of intelligent viewing going into the Oscars this year.
I feel embarrassed not having seen all the movies nominated for Best Picture. Just Return of the King... I would, for once, like to have SOME idea what kind of movie is going to win the awards >
We have the good fortune of having a group of movie buff friends and so got to see a lot of films this summer. I don't think I've ever acheived seeing all the Best Picture films before in my entire life though. And with a little judicious film-watching we could pick up a couple more lists. Don't know if they'll be time, though.
Had stopped watched the Oscars years ago, and only recently got interested in them again. Last year was the first time in years I bothered.
I feel incredibly ignorant asking, but...
What is a Law Review Note?
It's the paper that I've been whining about for months. They are called "notes" even though they are 25 pages long, with an additional 25 pages of footnotes, at a minimum. Law review is one of those Things That Must Be Done, if one is chosen for it (you have to be in the top 10% of your class at the end of your first year of law school). It's a giant pain in the ass, my office is snowed under at least 1000 pages of research now, and I have a vague desire to kill myself rather than proceed with the process.
So basically, a big honor but a hell of a lot of work?
Do you pick a topic, or are you assigned one? What is yours about?
I mean, if you don't mind me asking a million questions ;)
Exactly. You pick your own topic, at least at my school. Some journals are subject specific - health or criminal law or international law - but lots are general.
My topic is the effect that the proposed Computer Aided Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II) is likely to have on nonimmigrant residents and visitors to the United States and how to avoid adverse effects. It's meant research into immigration law, constitutional law, the PATRIOT Act, loads of case law, etc. Of course, since it is simply a proposed program there is no actual case law on it (and very little on the Patriot Act yet), so it means finding loads of arguably parallel situations and then speculating based on those. But so much of the case law is very contradictory from Federal Circuit to Federal Circuit, so much gleaning and trying to guess which way the trends are headed.
And the thing is, you can't say ANYTHING in one of these notes that isn't backed up by a footnote. Which means even when you think you have your reserach done you have to keep going back to track down authority for what would seem to be obvious. So even now in the writing phase there is much research underway.
And all attempts at organizing my research materials are less helpful than I'd like. I'm still regularly pawing through piles snarling, "I know I read an article on that - where is it?" There's just so much....
Yeah, I can see how referencing all that stuff must be hell!
It sounds like an interesting topic - I'd be interested in hearing your conclusions after you are done with it (if you aren't too sick to ever think about CAPPS II again!).