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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Conference on Billy Joel and the Law

Billy Joel_Page_1Touro hosted a two-day conference on Billy Joel and the Law this week:

This conference follows in the path of previous conferences exploring connections between the work of a singer-songwriter and the American legal system. In 2005, Widener Law School hosted The Lawyer as Poet Advocate: Bruce Springsteen and the American Lawyer, and in 2011, Fordham Law School hosted Bob Dylan and the Law, co-sponsored by Touro Law Center. Building on the success of these events, we will consider ways in which Billy Joel’s work relates to American law, society, and culture. Sessions will offer a wide range of perspectives, including those of judges, lawyers, law professors, and music scholars. We look forward to a meaningful and entertaining event that will foster thought provoking conversations about the relevance of Billy Joel’s work to our understanding of the American legal system.

Panels included:  Billy Joel and Legal DoctrineBilly Joel and the Practice of Law; and Billy Joel, Law, and Society.  Papers included  How the Rules of Evidence Handcuff the Piano Man; The Piano Man as Judge, Juror, and Prosecutor; and “James,” “Allentown,” and “Piano Man”: The Point of a Lawyer’s Work.

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Will BJ attend. He's notoriously, uh, lazy.

Posted by: mike livingston | Mar 25, 2015 4:11:43 AM

Obligatory reminder that Touro:

- Has a 146 median LSAT, down from a 151 just a few years ago.
- Has lost about a third of its entering class size in the last few years.
- Costs nearly $73,000/year between tuition and living expenses
- Only 122 of 230 grads in the class of 2013 found FT, LT, license-required jobs within nine months of graduation at any salary.
- None were in BigLaw, pretty much the only job that can kinda justify $73,000 tuition & living expenses for the school.

It would seem that Touro would have priorities other than hosting a Billy Joel and the Law conference.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 25, 2015 6:35:28 AM

And you wonder why people outside of academia don't take legal scholarship seriously?

Posted by: Chris Allen | Mar 25, 2015 6:39:38 AM

Blame it all on the respondent 'cause she's always a lawyer to me.

Posted by: AMTbuff | Mar 25, 2015 7:48:51 AM

Tell her about it!

Posted by: mike livingston | Mar 26, 2015 4:07:58 AM