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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46185 on: April 26, 2012, 04:28:52 pm »

Azthor is now, like, 10 years older.

I am only 26.

while not habituated to USA law as a whole, I am by no means a layman (International Law PhD/Firm Owner).

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I'm going to hazard a guess that things are incredibly different in your country, because 26 with a "PHD in law" would not happen here. Also the level above a J.D. is usually called an LLM. Few American Attorneys bother to go and get it, as it is seen having little practical value if any. I am aware things may be very different in other countries but am completely unfamiliar with the idea of a "PHD in law." I have not heard the term used among attorneys here. In any event I am a practitioner who openly and notoriously regards legal academics as they currently exist in the US as a waste. They don't teach students how to practice law, which is why they go to law school here in the first place. I was considered incredibly young when I graduated law school with a J.D. at 24.

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My boss is an immensely conservative, ancient practitioner who simply is so old he doesn't care anymore and hasn't for years. It is likely he will die in his office sooner or later, refusing to leave it and especially refusing to leave his position. He doesn't do very much and hasn't for quite some time. I don't think he's bothered to go to court in a month, and before that he didn't for nearly a year. He also hasn't written or researched anything for quite some time. He signs his name on people's work though. He hires law students and new attorneys who due to the unprecedented downturn of the US legal industry, have no other jobs.

There are no "junior lawyers," here, or in many smaller firms. There's the boss. Then there's every lawyer he hires to actually do things. Then there are some small number of clerks and a secretary. As for who gets his firm when he dies, he will allow it to crumble after he dies as if to allow his ghost to say, "See, it really was me keeping it together. It fell apart without me. I was important." There is no "inheritor" of his firm or clients. He paid to put his son through law school but that guy never even bothered to register to take the bar exam. When asked what he was doing, he replied, "killing time." The boss has been trying to get rid of me for quite some time and has given me all the worst cases or as the secretary said, "putting you on suicide runs." Somehow I manage to win a respectable amount of them, or otherwise come to a relatively favorable result. I attribute this to my having no life and pretty much spending all my time in forgotten law libraries or courting clients.

As for local reputation, these people can't afford it. They are backed into a corner and have no other option. We can't officially say so, but we're the lowest cost option and they figure that out through shopping around. Other lawyers charge at least twice what we do and I've seen them literally charge several times what we do. Respectfully, what you are saying does not apply to those who are so downtrodden that the thought of paying $200 or $300 per hour is unthinkable and not affordable at all.

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both the ability to showcase confidence and a record where the successes far outdo the failures are cornerstones of the trade.

You and I operate under very different rules and regulations. I cannot promise or imply a result based upon past performance because each case is different and doing so would very possibly result in "misleading" advertising ethical issues. Moreover the judges don't follow the law all the time, especially in family and juvenile courts and you have no effective recourse because 80% of cases are lost on appeal, being as they are "within the trial court's sound discretion." That is of course assuming everyday people could afford to appeal. They can't.

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Furthermore, counterfeit to your apparent prejudice...I reckon the use of the term "top earners" may have been misleading, those earning upwards of 300,000 US$ USD

You and I have vastly different ideas of who "top wage earners" are. Together with your statement about $40,000 not being a large or small amount of money, I assume this might be an innocent misunderstanding of the currency by a foreigner, which is understandable. I have no idea what reasonable sums of money are in Brazil, for example. I would not understand how much people made in salary or how much anything cost in that currency.

You are aware I don't generally like rich people. I am very jaded from my dealings with them. I tend to find the ones I have dealt with spoiled and not used to hard work or improvisation. They have never had to fend for themselves and pay others to do so, or have well off relatives.
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46186 on: April 26, 2012, 04:35:40 pm »

If I ever make one of the things, I'll probably not even give the questions numbers; sequentiality in most standardized tests is a bastard of an illusion.

What do you mean by sequentiality? o_O

The SAT math tests usually get harder the more big the number.
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46187 on: April 26, 2012, 04:39:08 pm »

I actually used to baseball bat mail boxes. It's pretty fun from a moving car.

Wow i couldnt imagine Mrs. Spandex being that sorta girl who would bat a mailbox.

The closest thing to vandalism i have gotten was once when i had this phase with painting swastikas everywhere.
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46188 on: April 26, 2012, 04:41:11 pm »

Hey just because I said I wore shorts doesn't make me Mrs. Spandex. I typically wear a skirt over it.

And yeah, Mailboxes, fences, cups of coffee in peoples hands. I was a real bastard when I was younger.
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46189 on: April 26, 2012, 04:42:52 pm »

I missed 9 questions on my SAT II math practice test.

Turns out 5 of them are solvable by just plugging in the answers one by one until it comes out...

This is kinda a double-edged sadness:
(a) That I'm so stupid D:
(b) That the SAT II math tests are equally stupid <.<

Skyrunner is now, like, ten years younger than I pictured her.

Wait, does that count as a sad too?

Why did you think I was ten years older before than now? xD

Because I keep conflating you with a friend's wife who goes by Skychaser, because you have similar names and similar personalities.  :V  And she's at least ten years past needing to take an SAT test.
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46190 on: April 26, 2012, 04:44:36 pm »

PhDs in America seem to be much longer than PhDs elsewhere (compare 3 years in the UK to 7 years in the US... well I'm getting conflicting sources but that seems to be the average).  If Brazil's system is like the UK's a PhD could very easily take you up to age 25/26.

If I ever make one of the things, I'll probably not even give the questions numbers; sequentiality in most standardized tests is a bastard of an illusion.
Wouldn't it be awkward when the examiners do their reports, though?  "Overall the candidates did well on this test, but they struggled on question... uh..."
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46191 on: April 26, 2012, 04:52:59 pm »

I am only 26.
My default age for everyone on the board is 16. It used to be higher, but people kept making thrilling reveals that brought it down. :P

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$40,000
Wasn't that a comment about yearly income? In which case 40k is pretty much exactly "average" and not all that much higher than the mode. It isn't particularly large or small as yearly incomes go.

Edit: Nevermind, I actually have no clue what was going on here, I realize there's a disjoint in that particular conversation I couldn't get past.
« Last Edit: April 26, 2012, 05:03:12 pm by GlyphGryph »
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46192 on: April 26, 2012, 04:54:01 pm »

How old am I? I'm this many!

*holds up one hand*
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46193 on: April 26, 2012, 04:57:23 pm »

Here law school lasts 4 years. After which they could conceivably do a PhD, which depending on it's scope might last more or less. It'd be conceivable for someone to have that by age 26.

It wouldn't count for much, though. PhDs wouldnt count for much for a lawyer, experience and contacts would. Hence they most frequently try to enroll in a buffette as a trainee (harder now as lawyer numbers boom. Unless your father is a partner, or you get very lucky... tough) or enter the exam for state lawyer jobs (really few positions. It takes five years to prepare for it, and no guarantees. It makes the MIR exam seem like good odds, in comparison)

An acquitance of mine got a master's degree and set up a buffette immediatedly, but  everyone I've talked about it has scoffed at her notion. I don't have any objective knowledge on how she's doing.
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46194 on: April 26, 2012, 05:03:44 pm »

How old am I? I'm this many!

*holds up one hand*

*imagines a 38-or-more-fingered kaijyuu*
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46195 on: April 26, 2012, 05:13:45 pm »

Kaijyuu is 2007 years old, according to its profile. So its hand is probably a writhing mass of tentacles.
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46196 on: April 26, 2012, 05:15:43 pm »

Nope. I'm a normal, 4 fingered human being with no home among the stars.
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46197 on: April 26, 2012, 05:19:34 pm »

My default age for everyone on the board is 16. It used to be higher, but people kept making thrilling reveals that brought it down. :P

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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46198 on: April 26, 2012, 05:20:09 pm »

Wouldn't it be awkward when the examiners do their reports, though?  "Overall the candidates did well on this test, but they struggled on question... uh..."
"[...] on the question regarding X." I'd probably be the one grading it :P I.e. it pribably wouldn't be a standardized test meant for general consumption, but something tailored for the course I was teaching. Standardized tests in general are something I'm still vaguely wrestling to figure out the proper and effective use for; they're both overused and poorly used in everything I've encountered so far, with very few exceptions :-\

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What do you mean by sequentiality? o_O

The SAT math tests usually get harder the more big the number.
Basically what you just said, mixed with a bit of "I must finish one before I finish two." That the questions are numbered sequentially at all; the numbers themselves don't usually actually mean anything (I.e. have any impact on the proper responses), they're convenience at best. It catches a lot of people, from what I've seen, both test taker and test maker.

The way written tests in general are constructed tends to imply a sort structural of "start" and "finish" which... doesn't actually exist. You can start answering questions on pretty much any question (I've started answering questions with the highest numbered one before (I.e at the "back" of the test), ferex, and randomly skipped around after that. It made several tests easier -- that shouldn't happen.). It's less a line of questions than it is a cloud of them; structuring a test with the assumption that the test taker is going to go from start (I.e. the question numbered one) to finish (whatever the highest number is) is a poor design choice. Fairly minor, but still poor. I've answered good chunks of tests specifically because the test was structured exactly like that, not because I knew the material -- which isn't a good thing in any meaningful sense.

Tangental to all that rambling, with something like what you mentioned, you'd be a lot better off from an evaluation perspective to have several discreet sections instead of rising difficulty; algebra shouldn't be part of the same grade as trig and general-use mathematics, ferex, because by and large they're testing mostly discreet skillsets. Iirc some of the SAT et al does that a little, but it could stand to be a bit more explicit.
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Re: Things that made you sad today thread.
« Reply #46199 on: April 26, 2012, 05:24:15 pm »

 I'm waking up in the mornings with this weird gunk keeping my right eye closed. Quite a bit more than usual amounts. My insurance is for Maryland, so I'm kinda depressed looking for free clinics in the city to take a look at this reddening eye.
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