The random thoughts of an architect-turned- lawyer from the deep south living in Washington, DC...

Friday, January 07, 2005

Reading woes

You know what I love? I love when someone asks how much homework I have and I say on average about 30-40 pages of reading a night, to which they respond "That's it? I read that much every night easily." I'm sorry, was I not clear that this is LEGAL READING. Not trying to sound pretentious or anything, but there is a pretty big difference. (Compare the difference between reading Dr. Seuss and Shakespeare.) I am not saying that I am smarter because I read more difficult jargon. On the contrary, for the most part, I don't understand half of it. I have been on this ONE SENTENCE for 15 minutes now. Allow me to give you a glimpse into my reading:

"Whatever contradiction or confusion may be produced by a medley of judicial phrases severed from their environment, the body of adjudications concerning equitable relief in diversity cases leaves no doubt that the federal courts enforced State-created substantive rights if the mode of proceeding and remedy were consonant with the traditional body of equitable remedies, practice and procedure, and in so doing [*107] they were enforcing rights created by the States and not arising under any inherent or statutory federal law." Guaranty Trust Co. v. York, 326 U.S. 99, 106-107 (U.S., 1945)

If anyone has any clue as to what that means, feel free to let me know:-)