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November 24, 2004

issue-spotting for faith-based law schools

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 8:55 pm

Earlier today, ethicalEsq hijacked this website in order to discuss religious law schools   prof yabut small

(see our previous post), raising the ire of the customarily stoic haikuEsq.  Thankfully,
Prof. Yabut came out of retirement to compose the following exercises in issue-spotting.

Go, ahead, test your legal knowledge and your faith.


Family Law:  In the case of Joseph of Nazareth v. B.V. Mary, the husband is suing for

divorce and custody of the couple’s infant child, Jesse.  Petitioner claims that Respondent
will not fulfill her marital obligations and has been seen in the company of Three Magi, using

frankincense. Respondent counters that Joseph is not the biological father of the infant and

married her knowing of her condition and commitments; she refuses to speak the name of the

purported father.  DNA evidence is not admissible in this jurisdiction.   Should the divorce

be granted, which party should have custody, and is another Visitation appropriate?


noah ark  Landlord-Tenant  In the matter of Noah v. Al. God . . .


— click here to read this entire posting, which also covers Criminal and Constitutional Law issues, plus

an ark-full of other questions for Additional Credit —



today even the pigeon
says a prayer…
first winter rain


a hot bath
a prayer
then cherry blossoms!

 Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue  




by dagosan:

skinny arms akimbo –

old scarecrow 

sapling fir
                                    [Nov 24, 2004] 


p.s.   The various alter egoes responsible for this weblog wish one and all a Thanksgiving      

filled with love and gratitude.  We also promise to return to one-breath punditry immediately.

religious law schools offer no salvation

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 6:20 pm

Thanks to an article in the New York Times earlier this week, many Americans are now

aware of and talking about the existence of faith-based law schools.  Naturally, members

of the weblog community (like Professors Althouse and Bainbridge, and many others) have

also been discussing the topic.  As is usually the case, the Editor of this weblog is skeptical

about any proffered panacea for complex problems — especially, when the legal profession

will have a big part in the outcome. 


podium sf neg  Will faith-based law schools be the salvation of the American legal profession, justice

system, government or society?  “Not by a long shot” is my best guess. 


— click here to read this entire post, which concludes: 

Catholics and evangelical Christians can be great lawyers, legislators and citizens.  But legal education will not be improved through religious indoctrination or blinders. 


one by one
don’t the pennies drop?
winter prayers




harvest moon-gazing
priests, samurai



Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue     


update:  You will find a lighter treatment of this topic at our post issue-spotting for faith-based law schools.

Also, see Dagger in Hand.

belated turkey amnesty

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 11:18 am

For a fews hours last night, we posted at this spot a little piece lambasting a certain

professor known for his conservative whining and extralegal driving.  On second

thought, although totally accurate, the post was just too catty for the holiday season. 

Therefore, although that goose is already cooked, we have decided to grant it amnesty

and take it off our Thanksgiving menu.


turkey cooked  We do, however, want to make two points:

  • No prosecutor should have a plague put on his house for failing to “acknowledge” that

    a grand jury can be easily manipulated into indicting a ham (or turkey) sandwich.

  • It was Judge Judy Scheindlin who said “don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining;” 

    her book by that name can be purchased here for as little as 50 cents.

the big cat sleeps
in the same seat…
with the doll

the leftovers
caught by the cat, people eat…




you’ve wrecked
my year’s first dream!
cawing crow

Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue                                                                                                                   turkey cooked n

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