Given our overbooked speaking schedule recently, De Minimis was unable to provide the Class of 2013 Valedictory Address. (Thanks for the invite, though!) For that reason, and to assuage those who were forlorn due to our absence, we thought to offer some remarks at the end of Semester Two, 2013. Continue reading
While the Class of 2013’s Valedictory Dinner seemed to go smoothly, some took point with David Hastie’s Valedictory Address. Fellow JD student Reegan Grayson-Morison offers a rebuttal.
In the various bits and pieces I’ve written, I’m sure it’s obvious that I’m a bit of a cynic and inherently critical of most everything around me. Following Dave’s speech, I thought it important that a counter-argument was presented with respect to his comments about the Law School. I do not believe that everything he said was representative of the views across our whole cohort. Continue reading
I seem to have been a little hard on the Law School lately. In the pages of De Minimis this year I’ve poked fun at its bragging about global ranking, its ridiculous parking and loud typing students among other trivialities. All true of course, but a little harsh nonetheless. Continue reading
Chris Ambas takes us on a jurisprudential adventure into the question of gender identity and the law through Wittgenstein’s and Bordieu’s theories (Google them, of course).
In AB v Western Australia, the High Court had to decide whether two individuals identified as females at birth should be granted gender recognition certificates under Western Australia’s Gender Reassignment Act (the Act) after having undergone both surgical and hormonal interventions. Continue reading
One month out from exams I committed the very worst of law student crimes: I gave up caffeine. No coffee, tea, or otherwise legal stimulant was to enter my system. Such a radical and uncharacteristic move was mostly prompted by financial necessity, with $50 a week, donated to the work of our local baristas, mixing unkindly with insurmountable student debt. While it was getting kind of neat having them know my order before I walked in, I knew they only smiled because I’d brought money and desperation. Continue reading
MLS JD Melissa Peach Takes on Opportunity for Policy Brainstorming
Leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region gathered in early October to demonstrate leadership and diplomacy at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, a forum designed to enhance the development and prosperity of the region’s states.
I attended this year’s APEC Summit in Indonesia during the mid-semester break. Through an Australian National University-based initiative called the Asia-Pacific Youth Organization (APYO), students from the APEC member states participated in the Lead Asia-Pacific Program, with the objective of initiating and maintaining regional dialogue on political, economic and diplomatic issues facing the region.
If you’re like me, you used your valuable ‘break week’ to research, refine, re-do and eventually resent your internship applications.
You were indecisive about including that waitressing job in your CV. You debated font types. You consumed a lot of chocolate trying to think of ways you had experience in an area of the law that was previously unknown to you. It didn’t help, but it was delicious.
But most of all, you spent an inordinate amount of time writing the devil of all documents, the most poisonous of papers, the most treacherous of testimonials: the Key Selection Criteria (KSC).
ExxonMobile — the provider of gasoline, perhaps best known for spilling 11 million gallons of oil in the Prince William Sound — is suing FX’s new comedy network, FXX, for copyright violation.
Why? Because as you can see from the logos above, there’s some very slight similarities between the XXs in the logos. Exxon has filed suit, asking for an injunction to prevent FXX from continued use of the logo, and is asking for triple damages for the harm caused.