Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel is Most Strongly Supported's blog manager. He does indeed wear an Oak Cluster on his hoodie to indicate his rank with respect to other bloggers. If you question the editorial decision making on this blog, he's the fella whose photo you ought to throw darts at.

Branden's writing is influenced generally by current events, mostly regarding science, politics, and the law. Stylistically, Branden thinks of his posts as the Hemmingway of standardized testing -- writing that is at once spare, economical, and lyrical.

Branden's favorite section of the LSAT is Logical Reasoning, and he refers to individual LR questions as "logic snacks." They're yummy, not overfilling like Reading Comp passages or, y'know, crunchy like Logic Games.

When not blogging or teaching the LSAT in the San Fernando Valley, Branden writes books and hangs out with his daughter.

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YouTube Xmas Top Ten

We’ve already berated you (kindly) about studying over the Holidays. However, in this post – our last until Christmas is over – we’d like to give you an early present. Here’s a whole bunch of great videos to watch with the family this Christmas. What better gift could you have than an excuse to shush obnoxious family members – I’m lookin’ at you, Uncle Jeff! – for interrupting Christmas programming?

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Logical Reasonings / 12.21.15

A. South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham has announced that he is suspending his presidential campaign, which, it would seem, implies that he was running for President at one point. Huh. The New York Times
B. Okay, Hello Kitty weirdos, this one’s for you: The official Hello Kitty website has been hacked and your data has been compromised. She has no mouth, by the way. Just sayin’. The Daily Beast
C. A consortium of 200 or so law schools has bought Lawyer Metrics, a company that uses big data to help law firms make HR decisions. ABA Journal
D. Kim K. has an app with a bunch of emojis that fit situations that the current panoply of emojis doesn’t cover. How many times have you said to yourself, “If only I had a selfie emoji…”? People
E. Star Wars made tons of $$$. Forbes

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Seasons Greetings from Blueprint

Much has been written on the meaning of the holidays. Thanksgiving is easy; it’s right there in the name, and it’s a secular holiday. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa on the other hand… Is it the particular religious/spiritual underpinnings of each? Or something more universal? Spending time with friends and family? And what about the New Year? Is it looking back on the year that just ended, in order to learn its lessons? Is it celebrating a (fairly arbitrary) fresh start?

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Logical Reasonings / 12.18.15

A. The first episode of Star Wars came out in 1977, and we are *still* waiting for working lightsabers. Find out how close we are. Christian Science Monitor
B. We know you’re busy worrying about terrorism and gun violence, but please try to make a little room to worry about infectious diseases also. Huffington Post
C. Does law school really need to be three years long? Bloomberg
D. The ten best drone photos of 2015. Bored Panda
E. Netflix has made socks that pause Netflix for you when you fall asleep. You didn’t know that you needed this, but… well, really, it’s totally useless. Mashable

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Logical Reasonings / 12.17.15

A. We here at blueprint just cannot wait until President Putin and President Trump going shirtless horseback riding together. Washington Post
B. Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli – the dude who got rich in part by making life saving drugs too expensive for those who need them – has been arrested. Planet earth is currently celebrating. New York Times
C. In yesterday’s Logical Reasonings, we informed you that law school enrollments continued their decline last year. Here’s a little more detail on the disclosures released by law schools on Tuesday. Above the Law
D. The ten must-have apps, as ranked by Mashable. One is a zombie-themed fitness app (yep). Mashable
E. Why on earth did it take twenty years to get a spin-off of Full House? People Magazine

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Logical Reasonings / 12.16.15

A. So there’s this movie. Apparently it’s called Star Wars or something like that. People happen to like it. USA Today
B. Will Google’s self-driving cars make Uber a thing of the past? The Verge
C. Law school enrollments fall again. Good news for aspiring law students. Above the Law
D. Missed last night’s GOP debate? Watch the whole thing here. It’s… well… yeah. Election Central
E. The history of Ol’ St. Nick, in 90-second video format. BuzzFeed

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Logical Reasonings / 12.14.15

A. Donald Trump’s as awesome at getting a medical exam as he is at everything else. How does he do it? The Daily Beast
B. That drone you’re getting for Christmas? You have to register it with the Federal Aviation Administration. And you may want to get insurance too. Chicago Tribune
C. Apparently you can go to law school and play college hoops at the same time. You wish you were Braeden Anderson.
D. Not-at-all-sorry Bill Cosby files lawsuit against seven of his accusers. The yuck factor is off the charts here. CNN
E. Seattle is the first major city to allow Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize. Interesting times, indeed. Huffington Post

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Logical Reasonings / 12.11.15

A. Google is giving away Star Wars themed virtual reality viewers! Calm down; it’s just a piece of cardboard. Venture Beat
B. A piece of metal went through a BMW windshield. It’s significantly bigger than you’re imagining. ABC News
C. Bald eagle attacks Donald Trump. Buzzfeed
D. This fine gentleman was swallowed by a hippo and lived to tell about it. Unfortunately, he forgot to take a selfie from inside the hippo. Huffington Post
E. You knew it wasn’t over. Steve Sarkisian has sued USC over his firing. ESPN

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Logical Reasonings / 12.10.15

A. Season two of Serial is here! Out with Adnan, in with Bowe. Washington Post
B. The ABA has approved the merger of two Minneapolis law schools. Given the tightening of the law school market in the past few years, expect more such mergers in the future. Minneapolis Star-Tribune
C. A federal judge has ruled that an arbitration clause in Uber’s contracts with its drivers is unenforceable, opening the door to a huge class action lawsuit over whether those drivers are employees or independent contractors. c|net
D. Hot Santa. Yes, you read that right. Hot. Santa. Bored Panda
E. Machines just got a lot better at learning, and you can expect them to turn against us even sooner than you thought. New York Times

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Hey, you can’t say that!

Alright, kiddos. Today we’re gonna do something a little different. We’ve been running a regular series on different areas of legal practice such as cyber law and space law. Since many of our beloved readers are aspiring lawyers, this can be helpful.

But there are areas of law big enough for their own professions, and then there are corners of the law that are interesting in their own right, but that don’t really rise to the level of an area of practice like entertainment law or animal rights law.