Note from the Editor (Dec. 2010)

“One who is not disturbed in mind even amidst the threefold miseries or elated when there is happiness, and who is free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a sage of steady mind.”

Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, Translated by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, Chapter 2: Text 56

I thought this quote was pretty pertinent for law students this jolly time of year.  For one thing, I put stock in wisdom passed down for 5000 years.  For another, I think steadiness of mind is absolutely essential for everything in life—white (knuckled) Christmas driving, law school, and final exams(!) included.  It’s steadiness of mind that’s going to get us through law school, one semester at a time.

And, hey, how about this Fall 2010 semester?  It’s winding up now—and I mean that with the full implications of the phrase “winding up.”  With final exams just around the yuletide corner waiting to be unwrapped, some students have a tendency to get so wound up they start zipping in circles like clockwork toys.  But before you go cuckoo, consider what one of my professors said: If the school hadn’t thought you could do it, you wouldn’t have been admitted.

It isn’t easy to get admitted to this school.  University of San Diego School of Law is definitely a choice sugarplum in the bunch, and a lot of people would love to study at the stately university on the hill in seaside San Diego.  You have to admit, attending USD is better than a low average exit salary in the eye.   And as many facial tics as you may still have when the professor calls on you, you must notice how much smarter you are about the law than when classes started.  You must notice that you’re in good hands here at USD and that you’re on the way to a great career filled with life and the law.

So, as the holidays approach—a time for love and joyful refreshment of values—remember the simple fundamentals of why you are here at law school.  You have been given the gift of learning the law of the land—the law that governs, organizes, and protects all people of this nation.  Be grateful.  Be steady in mind.  Be honorable.  Be just. 

And Merry Christmas!

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