Posted by: bridget | 12 March 2008

Federalist Society Student Symposium ’08, Part I

Some quick, non-academic, totally frivolous blogging about the convention before more substantive posts. Yours truly arrived about six hours late, after a rather adventurous drive through some interesting weather, so she’ll direct you to Stubborn Facts for a wrap-up of the entire convention.

This year’s theme was “The People & The Courts.” Now, usually, themes like last year’s “Law and Morality” may draw some protests, but who would think to get upset about the people and the courts? BAMN – By Any Means Necessary, that’s who! We got picketed and everything. After picketing outside (“Ward Connerly says Jim Crow. We say, hell, no!”), the intrepid protesters moseyed in to the first panel (“Kelo, Grutter, and Popular Responses to Unpopular Decisions”) and continued their protest. This blogger will simply quote a few law students as to the effect of the protest, who said it far better than she could:

St. Louis University students Chris Wintrode and Brad Williams said the panel responded well to the questions presented.

“I thought it was good that we had a debate, and (it was) a very lively debate,” Wintrode said. “But it was pretty unfortunate that we couldn’t rise to an academic debate.”

More later. Check out a few pictures, below the fold.

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Above left: Simon & me after the cocktail reception on Friday – nerdy blogger meet-up! Above right: Simon’s breakfast (missing from picture: Earl Grey tea).


  1. It was, in fact, non-non Earl Grey – they found some. :) The brownie was terrific, though. :p

  2. Duly noted. :)

  3. What, it won’t let me magnify the picture. HA!

  4. BTW, were the protesters in favor of Kelo or just out to protest anything?

  5. Oh, I just noticed this. Did you see the students quoted in the news article…

    “We are saying forcefully that he’s not welcome in Michigan. We’re asserting that every minority and woman student on campus deserves to be here and is equal to any white or male student,”

    “There’s a real war going on”

    Once again leftists take political disagreement and turn it into moral and personal objections to a fellow citizen. Why can’t one disagree with the left and still be welcome to, as it is said, come and reason together? Does disagreement over policy in any way equate to a “real war”? Not for your average sane person who doesn’t turn everything political into a personal assault.

    You also might be interested to know that when I was in undergrad at U.N.C.W. I had to deliver a speech on Affirmative Action. I called the record keeping office, crunched the numbers (SATs, ACTs, H.S. GPAs, and class rank) for students both offered admission and enrolled, and found two very important things…

    1. Our school had two different standards for admission, and,

    2. Only the black students got to enter based on the lower standard. Hispanic students were held to a similar standard as white students and Asian students were held to a slightly higher standard. [or at least their respective average scores seemed to indicate a different standard]

    [From memory: Black students who were offered admission had SAT scores about 100 points (maybe more) lower than any other group (Hispanic, White [Non-Hispanic], and Asian); ACT scores several points lower than any other group; GPAs .55 points lower than any other group; and lower class rankings than any other group

    You also probably wouldn’t be surprised to find out that students had a much lower chance of completing all four years of their college education].

  6. Whoops. The last paragraph should read.

    “You also probably wouldn’t be surprised to find out that black students had a much lower chance of completing all four years of their college education].”

  7. TT,

    I had written a response, but WordPress ate it. Here it is again:

    You don’t want to enlarge the picture – or at least I don’t want you to. :p

    Now, can’t say I’m surprised about the stats. I’ll post more on this later, but there is a very legitimate question over whether or not affirmative action accomplishes the result intended (i.e. does it increase minority educational opportunities?).

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