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27 March 2008, Thursday

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CMR: I don’t like it.

Morriss: Why not?

CMR: I don’t like that there’s no answer.

Moriss: Actually, there’s an answer. The problem is that there’s too many answers.

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Morriss: So, you are all going to write the will correctly. Or you could go to a crappy law school and get sued for malpractice. See, when you read the Bar Association’s journal — like, say, the Texas Law Journal — you can flip to the back to read about disciplinary hearings. Me, I look for my old classmates.

Morriss: That’s one of the positives about being a young lawyer. My time is relatively cheap. And I can use it to make your life hell.

Morriss: Lawyers always want to tell people to do nothing. If you don’t do anything, you won’t get sued. If you stand REALLY STILL in one place, maybe you won’t harm anyone.

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26 March 2008, Wednesday

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KO: Wait, go back to the previous slide.

Morriss: I’m going to post the powerpoint. This afternoon. I promise.

KO: But it’s more fun to write it down.

Morriss: … You need to get better hobbies.

CSB: I thought we didn’t need to know about treasure trove.

Morriss: You dont, except if there’s a problem involving Romans, the correct answer is “Treasure trove.”

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Morriss: You don’t need to worry about the Rule Against Perpetuities. You can pass the exam. You can pass the bar. You can practice law. You can get sued for malpractice.

26 March 2008, Wednesday

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MN: Your hair smelled so good, I snuck up behind you and stole a smell.

JU: You know, in 31 states, that’s illegal.

JL: And that’s why I’m in this study group.

Irreparable harm? 25 March 2008, Tuesday

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Morriss: What is the irreparable harm here?

JC: Socioeconomic devaluation of your neighbors.

Morriss: What, you don’t want to mingle with the common folk? The judge isn’t going to be able to afford living there. Sorry, you lose on that argument.

Righto. 13 March 2008, Thursday

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Morriss: “Say you have a house in a bad market and you can’t make payments. What do you do?”

Bryan: “Check how good the insurance is…. and let’s leave it like that.”

Morriss: “There IS this class you have to take called Ethics.”

Grosso: “What happens if you look at good social science studies? I mean of the kind not designed to mess up the world.”

Quotes 12 March 2008, Wednesday

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Solum:

“Lawyers don’t like to sue lawyers. Judges don’t like to handle cases suing lawyers because they all used to be lawyers. They go to lawyer parties. They get awards at lawyer banquets.”

Hmm, funny virus. 11 March 2008, Tuesday

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Morriss:

“So in Guatemala, the government decided to promulgate a new land registration system. They bought a fancy computer from IBM and installed it. Then it got a ‘virus’. When the  ‘virus’ was removed, people found out that it was a really funny virus. All it did was change the names on titles to land.”

10 March 2008, Monday

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Jeremy Bentham:

“Do you know how they make [common law]? Just as a man makes laws for his dog. When your dog does anything you want to break him of, you wait until he does it and then beat him. This is the way you make law for your dog, and the way judges make laws for you and me. They won’t tell a man beforehand.” Bentham, 5 Works 231.

10 March 2008, Monday

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Morriss:

“Who has to worry about the concern of hiding marital property in a trust in the Grand Caymans? No ideas? Our natural enemies: doctors! Always bring your torts book when you go see your doctor. Read it in the waiting room.”

“Normally the person at the bank doing the title check is a clerk. They have no vested interest. These days, what with the subprime mortgage thing, who knows who’s doing title checks. Probably a blind dog.”

“We want to find somebody to sue. That’s what we do. Sometimes it’s hard to find someone to sue, so we have to look harder.”