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Statements of Interest



Looking at life through a lawyer's lens.



Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2018 04:23:07 +0000

 



Some thoughts about alternative dispute resolution (repost)

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 04:23:07 +0000

Law schools have increasingly been offering courses in alternative dispute resolution.  I had the privilege of taking such a course during my semester abroad in Germany, in a class with students from all over the world. The reason law schools have been including such courses in their curriculum is because in certain circumstances an alternative [...]



Judge Kozinski asks, and I answer (cross-post)

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 03:42:26 +0000

All the revelations about inappropriate sexual behavior among so many of the country’s male entertainment and political figures got me thinking about how even as a swim teacher, where we necessarily had to wear next to nothing, we were still able to behave professionally. And that reminded me of this post I wrote back in [...]



Some thoughts on Robert Kagan (repost)

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:38:06 +0000

Robert Kagan had an op-ed in the Washington Post lamenting the state of the Republican party as the party of Trump. It was interesting and principled food for thought, which is also the opinion I drew when I heard him speak as a law student. He had come to speak at my German law school [...]



A poem for Eclipse 2017

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:04:28 +0000

When the sun rises each day after the night, It challenges the moon to a fearsome fight. The sun always wins and gets its own way, And that’s why the night always turns into day.



Friends and Family in Far-Flung Places (Part II: the Balkans)

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:46:35 +0000

The following is the second part of the travelogue I wrote following a two-week trip to Israel and the Balkans 7/24/04-8/08/04.  Slightly edited a few times since. After leaving Israel I landed in Frankfurt Saturday evening and had a few hours to catch my night train to Vienna. I dug out the reservation I had made [...]



Friends and Family in Far-Flung Places (Part I: Israel)

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:43:54 +0000

I wrote the following after a trip to Israel, Germany, and the Balkans 7/24/04-8/08/04. Everything is connected to everything else. On a plane the year before I’d met my friend Jon. He and I stayed in touch, and when earlier this summer he said to me, “My girlfriend and I are going to Israel, would you [...]



Auschwitz, there and back (repost)

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:45:15 +0000

This is the third installment describing my trip to Poland.  It was also originally posted in October 2005 as three separate posts, which have been edited down into this single one. After leaving Suwalki I returned to Warsaw.  Happily I could easily find my hotel, which turned out to have its quirks.  It was basically [...]



Suwalki (repost)

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:17:36 +0000

The following post continues the description of my visit to Poland that I took during my time as a law student in Germany.  Originally written as multiple posts in October 2005 and is the portion that best explains why I was taking the trip. I did it again: I picked a spot on the map, [...]



Warsaw, where Brussels and Moscow meet (repost)

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:44:55 +0000

When I was a law student in Germany I mostly stayed put in Germany so I could experience a German life.  But I did take a few trips, including this one to Poland.  Originally written October 14, 2005. I’d forgotten how nice night trains can be. I used to take them regularly, especially as part [...]



Neuengamme (repost)

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:16:08 +0000

With so much news coming out of Hamburg this week I decided it was time to repost what I’d written about my visit to Neuengamme, a concentration camp not far from the city.  I had spent several months in Hamburg as a law student, and this was a field trip organized by the law school. [...]