As we begin a new semester, I wanted to remind adopters of the casebook (and anyone who is interested) that the DVD for Revitalizing the Lawyer-Poet: What Lawyers Can Learn from Rock and Roll is available for free. If you would like a copy, please contact Emma Mercer at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can obtain the Teacher’s Guide from SSRN.
I’ve looked at the Maine Board of Bar Examiners 5-4 opinion and done a short account of the majority decision denying and the dissenters recommendation for admission. I think the dissent gives it pedagogic value – though students will have difficulty identifying with Bailey. (Arrogance like his comes later in life, and hopefully not at all.) But there is room for debate. The last word will be that of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court since the Board decision is presumably subject to petition for review.
We often correct those who say a lawyer is bound to zealously represent her client. But New Jersey’s repeal of the death penalty was the result of zeal – by lawyers and judges with an extraordinary dedication in the best tradition of the profession. Click though to this post for that story.