Tuesday, October 25, 2005

One major change in law school policy is the fiendish shutting off of Internet access during class. The system is set up so that each student's ID is tied to their class schedule, and you can't log onto the school's wireless network during your class times. Tantalizingly, the system also fails for the day from time to time, so now everyone checks at the beginning of every class to see if this is one of those magic access days.

Access is particularly critical in Enterprise Organizations, which is our "Corporations" or "Business Organizations" class. The material is better than expected, but the class is more lecture than Socratic interplay, with some class participation, but the professor's new and isn't that good at the method yet. So the bottom line is, there's not much to be gained from class over and above the reading itseld.

Last week we had a few magic access days, and I'd forgotten how much I missed keeping a running AIM commentary during class. We were talking about Entire Fairness doctrine, which in short says that when there's a conflict of interest transaction involving a majority or controlling shareholder, the court will apply a variety of standards to figure out whether or not it should be invalidated. Under one set of circumstances, the test is Entire Fairness--were both the process and the outcome fair despite the conflict? Working our way through a flow chart, the professor declared, "So now we're in the land of Entire Fairness." This prompted the following AIM commentary:

[12:16] (joe): i want to live in The Land Of Entire Fairness

[12:17] (Salle): i hear there's great food there

[12:17] (joe): no, it's just fair

I came of age with Talk Soup, MST3K, and a lot trips to Rocky Horror; how is a class entirely bereft of running commentary supposed to compete for my attention?

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