This is the beginning (and the middle) of the end of this space. I've had a good run, and it's about time to hang it up. The only reason I hedge is for closure's sake. I won't pull down the site without doing a graduation post in February--you know, for all of you who love happy endings, or at least endings.
First and foremost, this is a blog that describes the Baylor Law experience as I experienced it. I don't want a personal homepage for the rest of my life, and frankly, I want to be able to put this project to bed with the knowledge that it did what it set out to do. I'm not going to hold on to it because I want to tell people what TV shows I like, what teams I like to root for, or what I think of the President.
That said, I've documented pretty much everything that you could possibly encounter at Baylor Law School. The first quarter, the first year, intramural moot court (competing and barristering), interscholastic moot court, Law League sports, and, of course, Practice Court. The latter is why I particularly stuck around after the first year. No one had ever talked about PC while being in it, and I at least got to do that. So...what else is there to talk about? On-Campus Interviewing is the only real niche, but I'm not going to do that, anyway. In sum, I'm just taking electives for two more quarters, and I can't think of anything more boring than writing about that. Well, maybe writing about independent study units...or Law Day, which I'm going to erronenously take responsibility for bringing to an end for good last April.
What have we covered? It's hard to categorize my law school memories as having highs and lows (or lows and lowers, haha)--rather, I remember them as interesting incidents. Would Your Honor like a brief recitation of the facts?
Tommy and Will getting booted by Prof. CivPro at orientation
The near-mutiny in Contracts II
The Funder's Greatist Hits (covering Prince or answering in Contracts--"I could gut it [a boat] and drag it behind my truck.")
The -gates: Mootcourtgate, Ballgate, Promgate
The Softball Championships, particularly the extra-innings win over the Fall '03 starters at the height of Mootcourtgate.
Prof. T&E saying "per stirpes
" [rhymes with herpes]...a lot
Plan B...both performances
Chet's valedictory speech, an instant classic
And there are so many more, but those are the ones that just immediately come to mind.
It would be a lie to say that I've enjoyed every moment of this blog. I hate the proclivity for and dangers of anonymous commenting, and at times I felt that I couldn't stray from the computer for more than an hour or so because there would be some sort of libel that would need to be rebutted or at times deleted. I grew to dislike--to a lesser extent than I ever expected to, honestly--the near constant expectation of my readers to produce...and not just produce, but produce funny, insightful stuff. I set the bar at 2-3 posts a day in my first quarter, and that level of production could go nowhere but down. Y'all told me about it when it did.
But I only mention these sour notes because even in them I derived some pleasure from the blog. It meant I was being talked about, discussed, read, and passed on to friends, parents and faculty. And that was fun, a lot of fun.
I remember thinking it would be cool to have a 1,000 hits some day. I have over 200,000 now. Not only does that qualify for Hungarian bridge-naming status, but it's a sign that the Baylor Law School experience is something that means a great deal to the Baylor Law School community. Nostalgia, schadenfreude
, curiosity. These (and my indefatigable work ethic and sparkling wit, of course) kept readers reading and me writing.
When I started law school in the Spring of 2004, there were two Baylor blogs that I knew of, and neither was a "law blog" of the chronicle variety. Jim Dedman (of Dedman memo fame) was already in practice in Beaumont, and Jed Dorman shared a blog with a Wisconsin political blogger. I filled a void, and before long, I was "that guy with the blog."
Then this space became a sort of de facto school newspaper, which was both a blessing and a curse. Emails would come in from SBA even, asking me to pimp their latest event. (They let my band play at their events, so I suppose it was a symbiotic relationship.) The comments section to my blog became a messageboard from which people would sell laptops, try to incite rebellion, and of course, hurl invective. But I was being talked about, and in my world, that's not a bad thing.
It's that de facto newspaper designation that I think I've enjoyed most. Through respectful accounts of class and the faculty I gained the credibility to criticize what I thought most worthy of criticism about Baylor. Promgate was the toughest test of my plebeian street cred to decry what I like to delicately refer to as "bullshit" in law students and yet rail against the ridiculous arbitrariness of an out-of-touch administration run amok. I couldn't have covered Promgate without the two years that came before it.
I mention Promgate because as far as coverage of law school happenings goes, everything after it will taste of anticlimax. Similarly, after Practice Court, covering class will be bland. I am a 2L again, a 2L with more knowledge of Texas Procedure and Evidence than he knows what to do with.
A lot has happened since I started this blog. Janet Jackson had a wardrobe malfuction, President Reagan died, and the Red Sox won a world series. But more important to me, a good friend of mine--and a faithful reader of this space--was diagnosed with, treated for, and to date beating cancer. That I was able to give him something to laugh at--and let he and his wife know what their daughter was going through in law school--makes me almost feel like this has been an important enterprise.
In the next several weeks, I will be busy writing a moot court brief and finalizing MFA applications. In the next several months, I hope to work hard again on the novel I had to shelve during Practice Court. While I hope none of those monopolize my free time or creativity, I don't want to keep this blog without an aim and without care. I've cared too much about it for too long to let it slide into, um, whatever, for it to start to suck. That's what I mean.
And so, to hopefully help fill the void in your daily time-wasting, I've replaced my links on the right with every Baylor Law School blog that I know about. It is a list that I will update as needed. Some I read, some I think suck. But none of them have had what we have, blog. What's that, blog? Are they playing our song
Goodbye, everyone. It's been fun.