September 5, 2006

It's the first day of the new school year.

It's the first day of school. This is the 23d time I've begun a new academic year as a lawprof, but it's still exciting. I won't get to see any of the new students in my classes, because I only teach 2 and 3Ls in the fall. It would be nice to teach 1Ls -- who must be in quite a state this morning -- but I just don't teach any of those courses. For me, it will be Religion & the Constitution today and CivPro2 -- Civil Procedure II -- tomorrow. That's Everson and Madison's Memorial and Remonstrance today and Pennoyer tomorrow. Delightful! I'll never get over feeling incredibly fortunate to be a law professor.

ADDED: I'd like to write a poem about law school, containing these two lines:
I'll annoy her
With Pennoyer

But maybe you can help. I need more couplets. Each couplet must rhyme, have one famous case name, and consist of two 4-syllable lines. You know you can write one!


J said...

Are you going to podcast your lectures?

Ann Althouse said...

The world needs to know about Pennoyer? That's reserved as a secret initiation rite for lawyers.

But anyway, I don't think the students, who are supposed to be doing a lot of the talking, would be encouraged by making their statements openly available. But maybe no one would come to class...

PDS said...

I still remember getting Pennoyered on my first day of law school 22 years ago.

tjl said...

What's more dreary
Than reading Erie?

David said...

Roe versus Wade...
fail to persuade!

David said...

pennoyer cried;
Where's Neff! Neff said!

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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Troy said...

Note to Dred Scott.
You don't get squat!

To "camp" with you!


Henry said...

Plessy is gored
in Brown v. Board

Sasha Amorosa said...

I Spy

A Private Eye

Troy said...

Buck versus Bell
Eugenics hell.

Henry said...

Let them eat spam
per curiam

or, more specifically:

Snepp must ask "mom"
per curiam

CB said...

Your syllable restriction makes this very difficult, but here goes:

The Hustler ad
Made Falwell mad.

37383938393839383938383 said...

Steal and then boast:
Pierson v. Post

Damn, I'm good. You owe us another foot shot.

James M said...

With real long wing
Reached Burger King

This concerns Shoe
You work here too?

37383938393839383938383 said...

Sense no makes, see?

Joe said...

Have a laugh
On Mrs. Palzgraf.

Mark Daniels said...

And he'll be mad as sin
Over Madison

Okay, I'll stay away from poetry for now.

American Liberal Elite said...

MacPherson's car
Won't drive too far

Jim said...

Daubert's Sire
Kuhmo Tire

American Liberal Elite said...

Mrs. Kelo
Has to Relo

37383938393839383938383 said...

Lujan means rocks
Cannot sue Spock

37383938393839383938383 said...

Ex Parte Young
Legal fiction!

SippicanCottage said...
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American Liberal Elite said...

West Coast Hotels.
Lochner yells.

37383938393839383938383 said...

Law's artery
See Marbury

CB said...

SCOTUS to Gore,
"Two mil, not four!"

Tex the Pontificator said...

Though Mapp's papers were blue,
Ohio still rued.

Curtis Edmonds said...

Drinking sake,
Reading Bakke.

37383938393839383938383 said...

Need Mulligan
Damn Adarand

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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American Liberal Elite said...

Pennoyer, nay,
Say "Penn Wah Yay"

Abraham said...

This one is extra-funny if you've ever had to talk about this case in court:

Though it may hurt,
Say it "Daubert"

Troy said...

Palko says wait.

Hayek said...

Baker v Carr
in November

Hayek said...

Baker v Carr
in November

Henry said...

Rules for Cops

Once in handa
say Miranda.

Top Stories of 1803

tops Barbary

Get Out the Vote

One, two, three, four
that's it for Gore

James said...

Ann Althouse wrote: "That's reserved as a secret initiation rite for lawyers."

And how! As a non-lawyer myself, I had to Google it a while back to find out what someone on the Volokh Conspiracy was talking about. The first result on Google was this:

[Special note for anxious 1Ls: Reading and briefing this case is a hazing exercise more than anything else. The current law of personal jurisdiction mostly comes from cases you'll study later (like Shoe and Shaffer). Also, most of the cases you'll read won't use such archaic language. So hang in there! Thanks for visiting!]

The explanation goes like this:

Now, Neff “reappeared”…I don’t know where, but it seems to imply that he returned to Oregon and found out his land had been sold seemingly under his feet (in his absence).

So Neff sued Pennoyer to get the land.Neff was all like, “I’ve got this deed from the government, dude!”

And Pennoyer was like “Sheriff’s deed! Read ‘em and weep!”

If you let your students use laptops during lectures, many of them will be reading exactly this explanation.

Mellow-Drama said...

Since Lake Tahoe
can't build no mo'.

Milbarge said...

It may be a little more than you want, but last year I wrote a love poem using the most common Civ Pro rules. I think I even managed to refer to "mandatory joinder" without being too salacious. Feel free to pass it along to your students!

Mellow-Drama said...

McConnell is law
Incumbents guffaw.
(I know that's too many syllables.)

Cisneros said...

Nuns cannot bake
a Lemon cake.

Marbury lost;
but at what cost?

Power-grab beat
in Youngstown Sheet

Four dissenting Grinch
stole Christmas in Lynch
(apology for the extra syllables)

Steve Donohue said...

No imbeciles,
post Buck v. Bell