Wednesday, October 18, 2006

strange things

So I recently learned a bizarre fact about one of our teachers.

In our lit skills class (in which - for those non-law school readers - we pretend to be lawyers and do a cross examination one week, direct the next, opening statement the next, etc.), they bring in judges and lawyers instead of professors. We've so far had two federal judges. One, I'm sure is a great federal judge, but is so serious that I have never seen him even crack so much as a slight smile. Far be it from me to say something bad about a federal judge, but if he's this serious when he's teaching, he's probably an absolute terror on the bench. He's a no-nonsense kind of guy, to be sure.

Anyway, the second federal judge, who we've only had in class once, was the exact opposite. He was really goofy and had little interest in actually watching our directs. Instead, he made some jokes, asked us about ourselves and told funny stories. Not what you'd expect from a federal judge, right?

Well, I learned today that this federal judge is the Jon Favreau character from the movie Rudy. I am not making this up. (How or why could I possibly make something like this up?). Remember Rudy's chubby friend who tutors Rudy so he can get into Notre Dame and one day is all excited because he got into the University of Miami for law school, but Rudy doesn't care because coach Ara Parseghian quit and Ara had promised Rudy that he would suit up for one game for the Irish next season to prove to his dad, brother and all the other doubters that he really was on the team? Then he comes back the next year for Rudy's game with his fiance in a limo... (Yeah, ok, I've seen parts of this movie too many times...it's only on TV three times a week, right?). Anyway, this federal judge was that character. His name in the movie is D-Bob but I'm not telling you who he is in real life...

6 Comments:

At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Federico A. Moreno. The better question, who was the sour puss? Hope it wasn't his buddy Huck. . .

 
At 8:41 AM, Blogger SuperBee said...

Judge M. is my favorite. He used to call me "Mr. Alrighty," because I would say "Alrighty" after every cross question, until they pointed it out to me.

He. Is. Awesome. Hope and pray that you get him often. He and another awesome attorney were basically my Lit Skills professors, and I loved the class.

As for the other guy... if it's Judge H., he's also great at teaching you skills that you'll need in the future - not every judge is going to be as cuddly as Judge M. Judge H. is smart as a whip, but he's got a very different style (obviously) and it's good to learn how to navegate that style, because few and far between are the judges that are smiles and anecdotes. And if you don't manage to shit yourself in front of Judge H., you're doing a good job.

 
At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool. It is great to have access to this calibur of judges. That is a lot better than some other schools. Very cool. Sounds like a great program. Do the judges teach? Or do they just come in to observe on certain days? Either way, this is cool, and must help Miami's image in the local judiciary.

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger some guy said...

The judges teach but once in a while the judge just does video review. Lit Skills is definitely a good program and according to this school, is what we are known for. I have no idea if other schools have a similar deal. You raise an interesting point about whether this program helps our reputation with the local judiciary. I don't know if it does or not. I guess it could also hurt if students didn't come prepared.

 
At 10:08 PM, Blogger Acore said...

I'm sure it does. I recently attended a judicial networking reception. Every Judge that I had talked to asked me whether I was taking Lit Skills. I can't speak for other schools, but I know my previous law school, FSU, didn't have anything like it.

 
At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And of course, Rudy is an awesome movie!

 

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