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~~ A friend asked me a question and I said I’d get the answer for her.

You know what? Absolutely no one believes you when you say, “I’m asking for a friend.”

~~ I received an email from the dean of the law school I attended:

Dear Hofstra Law Community,

The July 2015 New York State Bar results were released and our pass rate for first-time takers was 67 percent, a decline of 6 percent from the previous year. The average pass rate for first-time takers at New York law schools declined 4 percent this year to 79 percent.

I won’t single Hofstra law out (but really bad job, guys), so let’s look at it this way: law schools regularly collect a gazillion dollars knowing that at least 20% of graduates won’t find law firm jobs within a year after graduating and more than 20% won’t pass the Bar at least the first time around. Excluding the people who go to law school merely as a means to delay reality, how do about one-fifth of graduates justify the time and expense? More importantly, how do the law schools?

~~ On a semi-related note, did you know Larry Lessig, a Harvard law school professor I’ve long admired, is running for POTUS as a Democrat? Me, neither. https://lessig2016.us/
Seems he’d resign office as soon as he gets big money out of campaigns, which is good and bad.

~~ The NY Times did an interesting piece matching candidates with the books they sound like. Check it out if you missed it: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10/28/upshot/matching-candidates-with-the-books-they-sound-like.html?_r=0

I think a semi-tangential part of the article explains the voters who wear Make America Great Again tees and hats, but can’t for the life of them tell you what Donald Trump will actually do and what time frame he means by “again.” The complexity gap between the parties may reflect their ideologies. Research on statements from senators dating to the 1980s, by the psychology professor Phil Tetlock, suggests that Republicans tend to be drawn to “cognitive simplicity.” Where liberals prefer contingency and context, conservatives prefer certainty and clarity.

~~ A lovely client I’d represented 21 years ago called me, looking to engage me again on the sale of her home. I thanked her but advised that I’d retired. After an expression of regret, she related how I’d been “the sole bright spot” in her life at a time after losing her spouse, being separated by thousands of miles and an international border from family, and feeling very alone and vulnerable. Tears were flowing as she talked, and I’m still misty-eyed as I type this.

~~ Is it a sign of getting older when I don’t know what half the TV commercials are selling? And that I can’t see any reason whatsoever to eat/drink/drive/wear/download the other half of the products and services?

~~ “Is this your car?” she asks me in a parking lot. “No,” I say as I keep walking. “Well, aren’t you the rude one!” I hear from behind me as I pick up the pace.

~~ Looking for my thoughts on the Mets’ present predicament? I have no thoughts. Only a belief. A very, very, very strong belief.


LET’S GO METS!
J!-E!-T!-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!
LET’S GO RANGERS!
GO, NY KNICKS, GO!

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