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Lots of big events this week.  As a dirty liberal, I am excited about the California Court ruling on Proposition 8.  The NY Times ran an article about consumer demand causing legal changes to factory farms; chickens are getting more space and fewer hormones.  Hooray!  Closer to home, and farther from cool, the J&J Corporation, which makes chemicals for the “portable sanitation industry”, managed to dump a bunch of chemicals into a creek near Athens, turning the water a brilliant blue rivaled only by cartoons and chick drinks at tiki bars.  There is some irony to the “sanitation” company making a humongous mess, I suppose.  But not enough to make it ok.

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Learning Experiences and Turtles

Today I’m going on an “informational interview”, which is what they call it when I, the student, cold call or email an attorney out of nowhere and demand to know all the whys and hows of getting to their state of fabulous success.  It’s good networking, good learning experience, etc.  While I highly recommend doing this – it’s how I got my last internship – it’s terrifying.  So, instead of dwelling on it, I’m going to write about last Friday:

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Oral Arguments, a Good Opinion Lost, and My Weapon

This week I attended my very first real live oral argument on some permit issues. Faaaaaascinating.   What’s funny, is it shouldn’t have been.  I mean, this kind of law is super technical, where you’re basically arguing about whether or not this word in a regulation meant the same thing as that word in a statute.  Also, you’re arguing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), so there aren’t the exciting theatrics I’m told you might get in a courtroom with a jury.  Instead, there’s all this verbal snark.  Which is highly entertaining in its own right – almost more so, because no one can react to it.  A beautifully delivered one-liner must pass without a single cheer from the stands. . . and I have to tell you guys, there were some truly brilliant moments.  It’s kind of like a Jane Austin novel – all the intensity is still there, the expression is all restrained to careful words.

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Miles from Nowhere

Cities and counties in Georgia have different rules of municipal immunity.  Who knew? Not me. The state I was researching last week lumps them all together.  Having never researched GA laws on the topic however, I did not know such delineations existed.  Sooo that memo I was writing?  Lets just say that I didn’t finish it last Friday.  I’mlearningstuffI’mlearningstuffI’mlearningstuff. . .

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