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Customer Service…or Whatever

My wife and I walked into a local Starbuck’s. It was moderately full but there was only one other couple in line. I placed our order after the couple in front of us (tall, skinny chai; extra hot) and sat ...

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President Lincoln On Practicing Law

Surprisingly, Slate managed to highlight something interesting this week in their new history blog. Notes from the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, likely in preparation for a lecture to be given to a congregation of new lawyers. The ...

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The Great Conversation: On Pillars and Puppets

  When Pausanias, the traveler and geographer, visited the Temple of Apollo at Delphi in the second century A.D., the inscriptions in the forecourt were nearly a thousand years old. They read ΜΗΔΕΝ ΑΓΑΝ and ΓΝΩΘΙ ΣΕΑΥΤΟΝ: “Seek the mean in ...

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The Great Conversation: Around The World We Go

I’ve always liked old things, so when I embarked on my Curriculum during my fourth year of medical school (screw studying Medicine), I was right at home.  I had always felt that I couldn’t fully appreciate anything without first understanding ...

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Site News: New Columnist – The Great Conversation

  I’m pleased to announce a new semi-regular column is going to be appearing on Associate’s Mind. I have, since nearly the site’s founding, provided occasional commentary on the Great Conversation. I love the Classics and the insights they provide. ...

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The Hyperlink: A Microtransaction of Trust

Oddly enough, the internet is actually quite old school when it comes to relationships. Trust is given on first impressions. It’s essentially all a handshake deal. How Google Works A PageRank results from a mathematical algorithm based on the webgraph, created ...

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Young Lawyer: Are You Really A Failure?

  By now I presume that everyone has read the op-ed in the New York Times by Case Western Reserve’s law school dean, Lawrence Mitchell, entitled “Is Law School Worth the Money?” In the op-ed Dean Mitchell makes the pitch that ...

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Genius v. Talent

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, quoted in the latest Scientific American Mind. Despite most lawyers healthy appreciation of their own intellect and prowess, very few actually qualify as ...

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Review: The Food Traveler’s Handbook

  A review of a food book? On a blawg? Wait for the connection. The Food Traveler’s Handbook is a guide for people traveling to far-flung corners of the globe and understand that there are real people, living real lives in these ...

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State of the (Alabama) Bar

  The Alabama State Bar just released the following report: Thirty-four percent of Fall 2011 new admittees who responded to a survey conducted by the Alabama State Bar indicated they graduated from law school with educational debt in the range ...

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