welcome aboard the CWRU Law '09 listserve.
let's kick it off with some introductions.
my name is uri strauss. i'm 30 years old, and dropping out of the final
stage of a phd program (linguistics, umass amherst) to go to law
school. well, not so much dropping out as taking a redundant masters
degree (redundant because i already have an MA in linguistics, from a
different institution). before deciding to make the switch, i had
worked on topics like the semantics of verb plurality, possessives, and
i live in northampton, MA right now. northampton is known as the best
small town for arts in the USA, as well as the lesbian capital of the
USA. i'll miss both. i'm canadian, and grew up in montreal, toronto and
palestine (middle east, not texas).
my main hobby is politics. i've been very involved in political
movements in the past ten years, and the decision to go to law school
is based in large part on my experiences in student government doing
student advocacy work. i'm also into language study, although as a
linguist i tend to get distracted by theoretically interesting
phenomena when i should be memorizing vocabulary and grammar. i'm
studying arabic right now, in anticipation of possibly returning to
israel to practice law there. i'm an enthusiastic, though not very
good, participant in team sports, especially soccer and floor hockey.
i'm not sure yet what area of law i'd like to practice. that's just as
well, i think - it will give me a chance to sample different things
before making an informed decision. a couple of inklings i have are
criminal law (that's what i'd like to practice if i go back to israel)
and litigation. right now i'm the pro se plaintiff in a suit against
the university of massachusetts and the state of massachusetts over
freedom of information, so i'm getting a tutorial on civil procedure -
although the suit is in a state court rather than federal court.
i visited case about a week and a half ago and pretty much decided then
and there that it's my top choice. i'm excited to move back to a city
after spending the last 6.5 years in small towns.
looking forward to hearing from you all.