Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What was the holding...

So, after the hell cold calling of my first year you would think that I would have come to my senses by now. Being unprepared sucks and it makes you look like a total jerk. You might expect that for this reason I come to class everyday prepared and ready to volunteer my insights.

Yeah, as if!

Sadly, that is not the reality of second year. With the mounting stress of finding a summer job, rough draft due dates imminent and my three fingered grip on what is left of a social life there is not always time to read. And when there is, I speak not only for myself but also for the majority of my classmates: whether they have read or not, they HATE getting called on. I guess, some of us were badly burned (thank God—I wasn’t!). Others are just too busy on GChat or facebook to be bothered with even paying attention in class.

So I got to my Con Law class today and, like every day, my Con Law neighbor and dear friend Ryan tells me he has a good feeling- today we will not get called on. Our professor has this godforsaken contraption that randomly generates a number and he starts with the seat that corresponds with the number. So it was very much to our surprise when the professor announces. “Mr. Ryan I will start with you and then I will go on to you.”

Crap- he was talking to ME. Not only was Ryan’s attempt of channeling Miss Cleo completely unsuccessful, it had bolstered my confidence in choosing not to read in the few minutes I had before class. (Instead, I ate an apple.)

Well, today was my day- like it or not. I’m not a huge fan of people who pass so I figured I’d wing it. I opened my computer to Westlaw, Lexis, Wikipedia and oh, yeah, the text of the case: Caperton v. Massey.

So Ryan is up first. DAMNIT- he gets all the easy vague introductory cases. Should judges recuse themselves, what impact does it have…blah, blah, freakin’ blah.

So now it’s my turn. Ms- what was the holding of this case? Nailed it. Did the court use any precedent? Nailed it. Why did that fall short? Awww crap.

Me: “Bullshit… bullshit… bullshit.”

Professor: “Actually…kinda, sorta, not really.”

Such went the rest of my time in the spotlight. Luckily, but don’t let that give you the wrong impression- I had a few moments of redemption.

Enter: GChat

4:04 PM Classmate: i don't know what we're talking about, but you did a good job!

4:05 PM me: i didnt read.

Classmate: haha


me: swear...

Classmate: solid job then

me: i scanned during the intro of lecture

thanks duder

Yay for positive reinforcement!

1 comment:

  1. hahaha this is amazing!! you amaze me....i would have want to shrivel up cry at that point. i guess that is why you are in legal miss sunshine and not i!

    p.s. i'm going to put you in my post today :)