I just realized I haven’t written anything in a while. I hate getting side-tracked by life when I want to write on here. If I had my way, I’d probably write something new at least twice or three times a week. I wonder how all the other legal blogs do it. Probably because the good ones are managed by at least more than one author.
A lot of good stuff to be found in the Internet today, which is I’m what I’m going to be throwing at you now, for lack of a clear subject to blab about. Enjoy.
Law School – Subsidized Graduate Student loans will be kaput starting July 1, 2012. Everyone else that has one (or several, as the case may be for law students) will not be affected. Everyone I know is drowning alive in student loan debt, myself included. Sorry to anyone affected by this.
Federal Courts – For those curious to see just how long it actually takes litigation to wind its way through federal court, the Federal Judicial Center stated the median time from filing the case to receiving the first scheduling order is 3.5 months. Receiving a scheduling order just means you now have a list of deadlines that you and the opposing party have to file things motions to dismiss or summary judgment, disclose expert witnesses, complete discovery, etc. The time from the first scheduling order to the discovery cut-off is 6.5 months.
Elections & Voting – An interesting Pew study about the voting habits of Americans. People my age (Millenial) are increasingly Democratic, but are becoming disenchanted with Obama. The current bulk of the Silent Generation (born between 1929-45, coming of age during the Korean War, the Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy presidencies), are highly conservative, are mostly Republican but are unhappy with both parties. The Millenials like Obama, but they don’t vote. The Silents are angry and are behind Romney. My people, on the other hand, grew up watching Presidents Clinton and Bush II. We’re liberal and want an activist government. The Silents want less government. We love racial diversity. Silents and Baby Boomers, not so much. Both Millenials and Silents think the economy will eventually return while Boomers and Gen-X’ers think their retirement is belly-up and will have to be deferred. Depending on who you ask, the greatest president of their lifetimes were either Clinton or Reagan. None of us trust the government to do what’s right.
Native Americans – President Obama signed a proclamation proclaiming November 2011 as Native American Heritage Month, and that November 25th as Native American Heritage Day.