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Issues, issue spotting, and issue muddling

Posted by Julia Belian
Julia Belian
Associate Professor Julia Belian, although less than a century old herself, find
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on Friday, 20 December 2013
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One of the things we learn to do in law school is to "spot issues," as they say.  The label is somewhat misleading; you probably already see issues all around you.  The skill we learn in law school is really more of a skill at distinguishing issues:  Distinguishing similar issues from each other, distinguishing relevant issues from irrelevant, distinguishing issues that require one set of legal rules to solve from those that requir...

On being called on in class

Posted by Julia Belian
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Associate Professor Julia Belian, although less than a century old herself, find
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on Saturday, 08 September 2012
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We have just wrapped up our third week of a new school year.  One of the great joys and privileges afforded to me is to teach first-year Property Law.  My students are, I hope, beginning to learn that I expect a lot of them.  In the 1973 film, "The Paper Chase," Prof. Kingsfield begins the protagonist's first day of law school by calling on him to recite the facts of the case of Hawkins v. McGee.  James Hart had not realized ...