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No One’s Forgetting the Alamo

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Everyone has a trigger. For Swifties, it’s erroneously calling out T.S. for poor grammar. For me, it’s saying that Tom Hagen is a superior (fictional, movie) lawyer to Atticus Finch. For Texans…well surely you remember the Alamo.

Perhaps you know of of the Alamo through one of the many movies depicting the San Antonio landmark (my personal fav is 1955 Disney jam Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier) or a folk song or just straight up Texas history. The fort that looks much smaller than you would think IRL is an important site from the Texas Revolution, which ultimately gave birth to the Republic of Texas. The Alamo was the little fort that could, holding out against the Mexican army during a thirteen day siege. The Alamo fell on March 6, 1836, but lived on as a rallying cry for Texans.

Obviously, there is a deep affection for the pivotal landmark and desire to protect it. If you want proof, ask Ozzy Osbourne. Efforts to preserve the Alamo for future generations began back in the late nineteenth century when the Daughters of the Republic of Texas raised the funds to buy the site. All went well for about a century or so until an ownership change in 2011. The Texas legislature passed a bill removing ownership of the Alamo from the DRT and giving it to Texas General Land Office. There was a power-sharing relationship between the GLO and DRT until earlier this month when Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said that the DRT was out.

Well now the DRT are fighting back, bringing a lawsuit against the GLO and Bush over the archives at the Alamo—over 30,000 books, papers, and artifacts. The collection was established in 1945, with the DRT claiming that it owns a large portion of what makes up the research library.  According to the President General of the DRT, the lawsuit isn’t to get the items back, but rather to have a say in how they are handled, so as to make sure that donors’ wishes are honored.

The battle is afoot and all I can say is don’t mess with Texas, and no I have no idea which side that applies to.

Gearing Up for the Mitchell Lecture

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We’re T-2 days from the 2015 Mitchell Lecture which means it’s time to get excited. If you need something to carry you over until Who Rules Big Data, you should check out some of the scholarship from the speakers.

EubanksVirginia Eubanks: An Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at SUNY Albany and a Ford Academic Fellow at the New America Foundation, will talk about technology and surveillance in the government administration of social welfare programs. To find out more about her work, check out the website for her book, Digital Dead End, (or check it out from Lockwood) and her articles on The American Prospect.

JohElizabeth Joh: A Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, will talk about data analysis and surveillance in the criminal justice system. To find out more about her work, check out her articles “Policing by Numbers: Big Data and the Fourth Amendment” and “Privacy Protests: Surveillance Evasion and Fourth Amendment Suspicion.”

PasqualeFrank Pasquale: A Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, will discuss his new book, The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information. To find out more about his work, check out his book The Black Box Society and his op-ed from the New York Times, “The Dark Market for Personal Data.”

 

The 2015 Mitchell Lecture, Who Rules Big Data? Law, Knowledge and Power, will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2pm in 106 O’Brian Hall. The event is free and option to the public. For more information please visit the Mitchell Lecture’s page.

2015 Mitchell Lecture on March 27

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Be sure to save the date. SUNY Buffalo Law’s 2015 Mitchell Lecture will be held on Friday, March 27 at 2pm in 106 O’Brian. This event is free and open to the public. Please register at the Law School’s website.

Who Rules Big Data? Law, Knowledge and Power will feature three speakers:

Virginia Eubanks (SUNY Albany) will talk about technology and surveillance in the government administration of social welfare programs.

Elizabeth Joh (University of California, Davis) will talk about data analysis and surveillance in the criminal justice system.

Frank Pasquale (University of Maryland) will discuss his new book, The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information.

For more information, please visit the Mitchell Lecture’s webpage.

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And the winner for Favorite Lawyer is…

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Atticus Finch! This is Atticus’ third consecutive win in the category. The pillar of Maycomb County has shown the best of what lawyers can be. With all the excitement surrounding Go Set a Watchman set for publication in July, it looks like the world will get even more Atticus to love. Vincent Gambini (My Cousin Vinny) came in second, with Tom Hagen (The Godfather) lagging behind in third. There was no love for Reggie Love (The Client), but there was a write in for Henry Drummond (Inherit the Wind).

Well that’s a wrap for Millies season this year. Many thanks to all who took the time to vote.

2015 Millies Winners

Best Negotiation/Mediation

John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey (Wedding Crashers)

Best Courtroom Scene

Daniel Kaffee (A Few Good Men)

Most Promising Law/Pre-Law Student

Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)

Favorite Lawyer

Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Gargano to get Law Day Award

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Exciting news! Bernadette Gargano’s Pro Se Civil Litigation Support Practicum was selected to receive the Law Day 2015 Justice Award from the Erie County Bar Association. The Pro Se Civil Litigation Support Practicum was selected as co-recipient for the award, along with VLP’s family and federal court help desks. The Justice Award recognizes individuals who have substantially contributed to the improvement of the justice system.  The students in Bernadette’s practicum have provided over 1,500 hours of assistance to pro se litigants appearing at the help desks in family and federal court.  Bernadette also frequently serves as a volunteer attorney for the federal court help desk.

Congratulations, Bernadette, and thank you for all your hard work and service!

The Millies: Favorite Lawyer

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We’re entering the final week of the Millies, and it’s time to determine who will be Favorite Lawyer.

Many in the legal profession can point to a particular character on the silver screen and say, “That’s why I became a lawyer.” (Or, those outside the profession can say, “This character gives me hope that not all lawyers are awful.”) Inquiring minds want to know—which lawyer is the one that does it for you? If you would like to see an example of the nominees’ work, please click on their names. Please note: these clips may contain NSFW language.

ToKillMockngbrd_150PyxurzAtticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

my_cousin_vinnieVincent Gambini, My Cousin Vinny

godfather_hagen_02Tom Hagen, The Godfather

clientsarandonReggie Love, The Client

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Voting will be open until 12pm EST Friday, February 27 and is open to all. Results will be posted to the Law Library blog.

And the Winner for Most Promising Law/Pre-Law Student is…

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Elle Woods

Get those fingers snapping because Elle Woods has taken the Millie for Most Promising Law/Pre-Law Student. Snaps for Elle! This is the second consecutive win for Ms. Woods who has once again wowed us with her command of the courtroom—and knowledge of haircare. Eric Stratton (Animal House) came in second, with James T. Hart (The Paper Chase) a distant third, and, rounding out the list, Mike McDermott (Rounders) was fourth.

Many thanks to all who took the time to vote. Please check back in on Monday when we kick off our final—and most contentious—category Favorite Lawyer.

The Millies: Most Promising Law/Pre-Law Student

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As we enter Week 3 of the Millies, it’s time to consider those students who may graduate to become the next hotshot attorney.

From breaking through stereotypes, to dealing with the stress of finals, to standing against the system, law students may not have an easy time of it. Each of these nominees has proven him or herself by breaking away from the pack. But which of these students is the most promising? That is for you to decide. If you would like to see an example of their work, please click on their names. Please note: these clips may contain NSFW language.

Elle WoodsElle Woods, Legally Blonde

esq-the-paper-chase-movie-still-101910-xlgJames T. Hart, The Paper Chase

RoundersMike McDermott, Rounders

eric-strattonEric Stratton, Animal House

Vote Now

Voting will be open until 12pm EST Friday, February 20 and is open to all. Results will be posted to the Law Library blog.

And the winner for Best Courtroom Scene is…

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Jump on the nearest couch because A Few Good Men’s Daniel Kaffee has taken home the Millie for Best Courtroom Scene. This is the first win for Lt. Kaffee. Billy Flynn (Chicago) came in at a distant second and Arthur Kirland (…And Justice for All) third. Henry Drummond (Inherit the Wind), Mona Lisa Vito (My Cousin Vinny) and Abraham Lincoln (Young Mr. Lincoln) were the write in candidates who all tied for fourth. Believe it or not, Fletcher Reede from Liar Liar got nary a vote.

Thanks to all who took the time to vote this week. Check back in on Monday to find out the nominees for Most Promising Law/Pre-Law Student.