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112 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (2001)

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%olume 112, No. 1                                Cambridge 02138                            Friday, February 9, 2001

Legal Aid Bureau
taps new officers
by Mike Wiser
In January, members of the Harvard
Legal Aid Bureau (LAB) elected a new
slate of officers to lead the organiza-
tion. The new lead-
ership will guide-
the   organization
through the hiring
of its first perma-
nent    managing
attorney and the
implementation of
other recommenda-
Mart Watkins '02  tions produced last
spring by a com-
mittee that reviewed the structure and
operation of the organization.
Incoming    President   Matthew
Watkins '02 ran on a platform empha-
sizing the LAB's autonomy. We're
going through a transition. We're
going to have a managing attorney
who's going to play some kind of a role
in influencing how we do business, but
I think it is important, as we go
through with that process, that the
board and the membership continues
to have control over who our clients are
and how they become our clients and
how we are going to govern ourselves
as an institution, Watkins said.
The creation   of the Managing
Attorney position was recommended by
a committee headed by Prof. Peter
Murray '67, a former LAB member. The
permanent position will oversee the
relationship between the 48 student
advocates and the six part-time super-
vising attorneys who assist students
with their cases. The new Managing
Attorney will also represent the LAB,
along with the new board, to the admin-
istration. The committee also created
the position of Faculty Director, which
has been filled by Murray.
Watkins also said that it was impor-
tant for the new board to focus on the
recruitment and selection of student
advocates in the organization. Last
year the LAB switched from using a
lottery to choose members to requiring
members to fill out an application. The
new board hopes to refine this new
process, which requires students to
answer substantive questions about
applying the law as well as explaining
why they were interested in the LAB.
Please see ELECT, p. 3

Second-year student aims to outlast, outplay Outback

by Justin Herdman              Not just a Law                  School
Imagine choking down a
slimy platter of sea mullet.
Then picture yourself gag-
ging as the salty Aboriginal
dish slithers into your near
empty belly. Now do it in

front   of   30    million
For Nick Brown '02, such
a scenario was all in a day's
work on the smash televi-
sion hit Survivor. Selected
out of a pool of nearly
50,000 applicants, Brown
spent last semester in the

arid  wasteland   of  the
Australian Outback.
For those unfamiliar, with
the show, the weekly pro-
gram pits sixteen contest-
ants, marooned in a remote
location, against each other

in a quest for big bucks.
Each week, one member of
the cast is voted off. Last
season's   winner    was
Richard Hatch, a 39 year
old corporate trainer from
Rhode Island who captivat-

Photo by ,Mur.0 Kalan
ed the nation with his
unique   combination   of
Machiavellian   scheming
and nude fish spearing.
This season's contestants
will square off on the hard-
scrabble    desert     of
Queensland, Australia.
Brown, who will be 24 in
April, is the latest HLS stu-
dent to meet with TV-pro-
vided   celebrity.  Justin
Deabler '00 starred on the
reality-based MTV program
The Real World, which
Please see OUTBACK p. 3

Lawyering for a song: Falk stays vocal on the job

by Zachary Price
First-year students in
Prof. Mark Pettit's Con-
tracts course may , have
been surprised when their
professor asked them to
write poems. Just imagine
their surprise if a judge
asked them   to write a
That's just what hap-
pened last month to Liz

Falk '00. Falk, who was a
controversial columnist for
the RECORD during her
time at HLS, is now a clerk
for the Honorable Jerry
Buchmeyer, Chief Judge for
the Northern District of
Buchmeyer      recently
decided a forum selection
dispute in a case involving
the country music star
LeAnn Rimes. He drafted

his opinion in the form of
substitute lyrics for the
LeAnn Rimes song How
Do I Live. In a footnote to
the    decision,   Judge
Buchmeyer credited Falk
for the opinion. Credit for
both the words and the
lyrics in this opinion goes
entirely to my law clerk,
Elizabeth Falk, who is now
a devoted LeAnn Rimes
fan, Buchmeyer wrote.

Falk told the RECORD
that, after discussing the
legal issues with her, the
judge half-kiddingly sug-
gested they should write
the opinion as a song. Falk
said she thought he was
kidding. But, she recalled,
I looked at him, and I
could tell that he was not
kidding, that he would be
Please see FALK, p. 5

Outspoken students protest the Supreme Court's
decision in the Bush v. Gore, the decision that handed
George W. Bush the presidency.

HLS Republicans celebrate the Gipper's 90th

by Phil Barengolts
He loved being Ronald
So said David Gergen '67,
former adviser to President
Ronald Reagan, as he spoke
before a standing room only
audience in Hauser Hall.
Before and during the speech,
HLS Republicans celebrated
Reagan's 90th birthday with
cake and applause.
Turnout for the event was
high, as the room overflowed
with interested students from
all sides of the political spec-
trum. Mike     Adams   '01,
President of the Harvard Law
School Republicans. explained
the popularity of the event.
He is still the icon of modern
conservative thought, Adams
said. The themes Reagan

introduced continue to res-
onate  in  modern   debate,
Adams said.
While Gergen gave the for-
mer   President's  political
exploits considerable atten-
tion. it was the brief glimpses
into White House life that fas-
cinated the crowd Gergen
recalled a live broadcast about
the nation's economic plan in
which Reagan tried to make a
point using a felt-tip pen, and
found that it had run dry. It
turned out that the pen had
not been capped after an earli-
er run   through. but the
President continued with his
speech unperturbed until a
staff member crawled up to
him out of the camera's view
and handed him a working
pen. Without so much as
blinking, the Gipper went

back to his easel and used the
pen as intended. No one in the
television audience was any
the wiser, and Gergen was
able to keep his job- -Under
Nixon [we] would have been
thrown out the window' said
Gergen much to the amuse-
ment of the crowd.
The Reagan presidency was
more than just looking good on
camera, however, according to
Gergen. The rise of Reagan
was the fall of the theory of the
broken    presidency.   He
restored a sense of American
optimism. Gergen    stated.
According to him, the presi-
dency lost much of its luster in
a string of administrations
during the '60s and '70s.
Reagan pushed back the neg-
Please see GERGEN, p. 4

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