Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Independence Day!

Hope you're having an excellent day with family and friends (even if you're not American, those things are universal). We are fortunate to be vacationing from New York City and Boston this weekend, but it's hard to not reflect on how much America needs improvement in a huge spectrum of issues.

I've pulled a few of those policy issues from the White House's initiatives, focusing on the ones where future lawyers--you--will have a chance to make a stand. Never forget why you want to go to law school, and the unique power it can give you to effect change.

Civil Rights - I'm currently working at The Innocence Project, and one of my daily activities is reading through all the national and local news to pull quotes for when I write grants to foundations and letters to individual donors. Each week, I'll upload a selection of the most provocative stories; no matter your political leanings, I think it's safe to say Americans want to have complete faith in the accuracy of their criminal justice system.

Education - Two of our contributors are currently serving as part of the Teach For America - NYC Corps. If you've never thought about the issues, follow the link to the right under "Hardest" Soft Factors (that's the Zen way of saying that being a part of the program is an excellent "non-GPA or LSAT" factor on your law school application). If you are well versed in the need to close the achievement gap, read about how even the highest performing American students are falling behind their international competitors.

Immigration - I won't even bother touching this one--that's how the elected officials appears to be taking it as well--until later.

Energy and Environment
- Nobody seems to like it, but heaven knows we're going to need a whole slew of lawyers advising corporations on the cap-and-trade system if it passes in the Senate.

Financial Regulation Reform
- for the masochists out there.

Hope you're reading this after the fireworks and barbecues, as we've got a lot of work to do!