Author Archives: Michael Froomkin

When Elizabeth met Barack

I love this clip of Elizabeth Warren telling the story of how she met Barack Obama.

The New York Times reports that Iowa (and presumably other) Democrats are worrying that even though they ‘love’ her, Warren is not as ‘electable’ as, say, Biden.  I suspect there is a gender tax that female presidential candidates must pay of a few percent, so this is not a crazy thing to worry about. But Warren is a lot more ‘likeable’ and natural than Hilary Clinton, who had suffered the misfortune of living in a goldfish bowl for decades and had become too cautious in public. Warren (like, incidentally, Booker) comes off as genuine in a way that I think will sell.

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Local NPR Station Profiles Tony Varona, Our New Dean

Tony VeronaJessica Bakeman, How Being Cuban And Gay Shaped the University of Miami’s New Law Dean .

My favorite bit:

He said the cultural fusion is what attracts him to the Magic City.

I love how there are places here where you can get a Cuban cafe con leche with your bagel and lox,” he said.

Indeed.

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Advice for 1Ls

Above the Law (of all places) has some good advice for 1Ls. I agree with at least eight out of ten.

Although i don’t exactly disagree, I would have put #8 and especially #10 differently. #8’s “Read. Think. Then ask.” doesn’t quite fit how I run a classroom–I see part of my job as going outside the readings and trying to ask questions the either require applying them to something new, or extending them in some way. In other words, the answer isn’t always in the book–the “think” part may be more important sometimes. As for #10, I’m all for ‘engaging with professors (although the author seems to mean more ‘psych out’ than ‘engage’?), but the secret to doing well on exams that seems to elude a lot of people is ….. “Read the directions, read the question, answer the question being asked, not the one you wished was asked. Be as specific as possible. Illustrate your replies with (brief, summary) examples or citations drawn from the readings whenever possible.)”

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One of the Great Things About MiamiLaw

Over at Prawfsblog, Jeff Lipshaw has a nice item on one of our local treasures: Peter Lederer.

Peter is a great force for change in legal education, based on the changes he sees coming in the provision of legal services.  I am sure he finds the glacial pace of academic evolution frustrating, but he keeps at us, which surely is greatly to our benefit.

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Good Sound Bites

Mueller in 30 seconds.

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Peek Behind the Curtain

Photo by Nick Lockey

This essay in Forbes, Today’s Deep Learning Is Like Magic – In All The Wrong Ways, is making the blog rounds and for a good reason — it’s a quick distillation of some essential truths about “AI” aka “Deep Learning” that the public needs to hear.

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