Saturday, March 5, 2011
Don't Let the Bastard Grind You Down!
This is professor Dworkin. He teaches torts. He is not the bastard.
His class has taught me many lessons about law, life and love. Maybe not love... but i needed a third L word.
All of these lessons are from Cobbs v. Grant.
1. Procedure is everything.
In law, like in life, you can say the right thing at the wrong time and mess everything up.
2. Look out for formulaic standards, they are usually worthless.
3. There is a difference between a fact and a reason.
4. Question the ability of a concept to achieve its stated goals.
5. Words are nothing but bundles of consequences. Choose them carefully.
6. Always question authority.
7. Don't let the bastard grind you down.
The last one is my favorite because it encompasses all the others. It reinforces how absolutely essential it is to be your own person and never lose sight of what you're after. Sometimes you need to give the finger to a cop. Or maybe just blow off your homework. Boom!