Logical Reasonings / 10.17.17

A. Another T14 law school announced it will accept the GRE today. Columbia Law School will begin to accept the exam in fall 2018. Columbia Law

B. One school that doesn’t need more applicants? Arizona Summit Law, which was on probation before its most class had an abysmal 26% bar passage rate. Arizona Central

C. Arizona Summit may see the same fate as the shuttered Charlotte School of Law. But now Charlotte only has to face one lawsuit from its former students, albeit one with a ton of students. ABA Journal

D. In the federal government, Trump’s executive orders gutting the Affordable Care Act may be illegal under the take care clause of the Constitution. Then again, that clause has never been used to take legal action against a president and also nothing matters anymore. Vox

E. Well, at least the NBA is back tonight! With a great slate of games that the league more or less fell ass backwards into. Washington Post

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Watch out for comparative statements … it’s better than the alternative

I’m taller than the average Olympic gymnast. Does that make me tall? Likewise I’m shorter than the average NBA center. Does that make me short? The answer to both questions, of course, is no. “Taller” and “shorter” are comparative statements. They say something about my height compared to certain others, but only by comparison. “Tall” and “short” are absolute statements.

Comparative statements do not prove absolute statements. Absolute statements do not prove comparative statements. The LSAT tests the distinction between them quite often, in a few ways.

Logical Reasonings / 10.16.17

A. Colin Kaepernick, former NFL QB and current social justice activist, filed a grievance against NFL owners, alleging that they colluded to keep him out of the league based on his political protests. Exhibit A of their case: Kevin Hogan, probably. ESPN

B. In other lawsuit news, alleged serial sexual harasser and assaulter and all-around monster Harvey Weinstein was planning to sue the New York Times, which initially broke the story about his decades-long harassment of women. But he just lost another hot-shot lawyer from his legal team, killing that case. Deadline

C. In SCOTUS news, Trump is making private, very macabre predictions about the deaths of Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor. But of course Trump believes that he will be able to set aside any outspoken woman who disagrees with him. Axios

D. In the meantime, SCOTUS will decide whether federal prosecutors can force companies like Microsoft to turn over its customers data that is stored outside the country. NY Times

E. Astrophysicists at UC Santa Cruz either witnessed for first time ever two neutron stars colliding, ushering in a “new era” for the field, or the weed there is even better than previously believed. MSN

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Marshall, the film: Our Review

Thurgood Marshall: Second-ever Special Counsel to the NAACP. All-time record holder for most civil rights cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, where he boasted an impressive record of 29-3. The guy who successfully extended voting rights, ended racially restrictive housing covenants, desegregated law schools and grad schools. Oh, and later public schools in general in a little case called Brown v. Board of Education. A titanic figure in public interest law and impact litigation. The first African-American Supreme Court Justice, a position he used to tireless defend individual’s constitutional rights from the bench.

Logical Reasonings / 10.13.17

A. What are you waiting for? Don’t you know that there are only a few hours left to get 20% off all tutoring packages? You have until 6:30 pm PT tonight. Just enter promo code FALL20 at checkout! Hurry up! Blueprint LSAT

B. Investigations into the causes of the deadly wildfires currently aflame in Northern California have identified faulty power lines as a potential source, which may make Pacific Gas & Electric on the … ahem … line for a lot damages. ABA Journal

C. While they sort that out, here’s how you can help the many victims of those wildfires. Huffington Post

D. Women inmates are certainly doing their part to help, but getting paid a pittance to do so. NBC New York

E. In other news, if you’re in Chicago and want to see Marshall, the biopic on LSAT (and Blueprint) fav Thurgood Marshall, this weekend, hit up Chance the Rapper. @chancetherapper