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Oooh, law school celebrities!
Skipped 2 of 2 classes today. Stellar. But for one at least, I had a legitimate reason - today was the Van Vleck Moot Court finals at my law school. The presiding judges? Chief Justice John Roberts (of the U.S. Supreme Court), Judge Guido Calabresi, and Judge Sonia Sotamayor (of the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit).

Van Vleck was awesome. It was set up like a real Supreme Court case although of course the problem was fictional. I was super-impressed with all 4 of the students who argued before the court, and it was really great to be able to hear the judges questioning the students about the case. I especially enjoyed Judge Calabresi, who is sharp as a whip and funny as well. As Phil said, "I like his style."

The competition went for a couple of hours and at the end they gave out some awards for skills boards and stuff. Afterwards, there was a reception for gold ticket holders (like the moot court board members, family, professors, etc.) and then a regular reception at the law school. Jay and I managed to get into the special reception even though we only had blue tickets because we are that smooth. ;) Which means I got to meet Chief Justice Roberts very briefly and got a picture of him (although not me and him) and got to talk to Judge Calabresi (I love him!) who is really nice and took a picture with me even though I only had a camera phone. Heh. And talked briefly with Judge Sotomayor, too.

It was really great. *sigh* My inner law school geek was contented.

P.S. Also they had good cheesecake. Mmm.

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ringlass From: ringlass Date: February 10th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC) (current file)
*sigh* Ah, law school. Reminds me of one of my favorite stories from my mother's educational days: when her class was accepted to law school, the state legislation on practicing didn't require you to pass the BAR if you were only going to be doing certain types of law (or something along those lines.) When they actually entered school in the fall, though, the legislation had changed saying that you had to pass the BAR to practice anything. A group of then-freshmen got a case together saying this was a violation of expectation set by verbal contract (sorry if that's sloppy terminology) and took it before the state supreme court. They won. It's all moot, though, I suppose; they all took the bar and passed. Still entertainingly awesome.

What's Roberts like in person?
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 10th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC) (current file)
What's Roberts like in person?

Shorter than you'd expect. :)

I only talked to him for a minute, of course he was nice and said how he liked GW law school and things.
orangecloudgirl From: orangecloudgirl Date: February 10th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC) (current file)
I would've given anything to meet Calabresi. Some of his opinions have fascinated me.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 11th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC) (current file)
He's totally awesome! :)
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foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 11th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh, yeah! They mentioned she was going to be at the auditorium later that day for that event. That's pretty funny that they met. I wonder if she knew who he was on sight (as he probably did her) or if he had to tell her, like, "Hi, I'm the new Supreme Court Chief Justice! And a big fan!" Hehehehe.
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