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Unformatted text preview: BUL 4310 SUPPLEMENTAL INFO., SECTION ONE , Spring 2011, © Robert Emerson 1 SECTION 1, BUL 4310: SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION © Robert W. Emerson, January 5, 2011 30 Items 1. WHY STUDY LAW? a. Quotations from two of our two most intellectual Presidents: (1) "The study of the law qualifies a man to be useful to himself, to his neighbors, and to the public." Thomas Jefferson (2) "The worst enemy of the law is the man who knows only the technical details." From page 441 of Woodrow Wilson's book, "Legal Education of Undergraduates" 2. THE DRAMA AND “GLAMA” OF LAW: A One-Minute Introduction, featuring a visually alarming salesman, a dunce, a flag-waving fiend, a time-conscious businessman, a pirate, a jailbird, a caveman, a clown, an art-lover, an emperor, a scientist, a trustworthy lawyer, the sun, the bankrupt-in-a-barrel, and a dancin’ Roman. MUSIC ANALOGY TO LAW SIDE NOTE - Music by a modern revolutionary of classical music - a revolution in minimalist music. Philip Glass’ “Koyaanisqatsi” – 37 seconds (Ko-yaa-nis-kaht-see). From the Hopi (Southwestern U.S. Native Americans) language (a noun) meaning “crazy life,” “life in turmoil,” “life disintegrating,” “life out of balance,” “a state of life that calls for another way of living.” The law is supposed to fight such “crazy life.” The law should create order. It should provide liberty, without anarchy. The law should reinforce a community’s purpose, while protecting the individual’s interests. With law, you won’t have bass singers lamenting, in chant, “Koyaanisqatsi.” AND, FOR THIS CLASS – Keep taking notes, paying attention – keep up! What may seem to be a chaotic mishmash of lectures, tangential remarks, readings, videos, and discussion boards will, over time, come together. There is a purpose, and a coming together, in all of this “madness!” 3. WHAT IS LAW? WHAT ARE ETHICS? These are questions that have eternally beguiled and defied philosophers. a. The Story of the CEO Job Interviews (with an engineer, a physicist, and a lawyer): “what is 2 plus 2?” b. “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow . . .” “ Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools BUL 4310 SUPPLEMENTAL INFO., SECTION ONE , Spring 2011, © Robert Emerson 2 The way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, A poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” 4. HISTORY BEHIND THE COMMON LAW: Normans (and some Bretons on the flanks) versus Anglo-Saxons at the Battle of Hastings in October 1066....
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