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#FoodForThought #RealTalk #MyCLS
05/11/2015
Reflections of a 4L: On EIP, Public Interest, and Other Career Decisions

#FoodForThought #RealTalk #MyCLS

Dearest 1Ls: You are almost done with your first year! Congrats! As much as you would love to just kick up your heels and totally veg out, more work is around the corner. EIP is coming this summer and you have to prepare for it—or not. The first step is deciding whether you want to do EIP at all. In…

#MonocleVision #MorningsideMagic #MuckOn
05/11/2015
Morningside

#MonocleVision #MorningsideMagic #MuckOn

The Monocle Morningside BY Jae Park | May 6, 2015 share MORE FROM The Monocle Fiction: Stay, FlurryThe EclipseThe Adventures of Captain Damos Part X: CreteMorning MirageRainy BlossomMORE FROM Jae ParkLate AutumnLonging Categories: Monocle, The Monocle

In memory of Jackson Alberts, member of the CLS 2015 family.
05/11/2015
Gravity’s Rainbow: A Remembrance of Jackson Alberts, CLS ‘15

In memory of Jackson Alberts, member of the CLS 2015 family.

Jackson Alberts and friends. Photo provided by Tochi Onyebuchi. Jackson was the first guy I ever saw talk back to a law professor. Not respond. But talk back. Where we stammered, he bantered. Where we stumbled, he danced. That isn’t to say he was a good law student. It is more to say he enjoyed hea…

***Now LIVE: THE MORNINGSIDE MUCKRAKER ISSUE X: THE ART OF IMAGINATION!!!*** Read / share / spread / discuss!!!! #MagicM...
05/07/2015
Letter from the Editor: The Art of Imagination

***Now LIVE: THE MORNINGSIDE MUCKRAKER ISSUE X: THE ART OF IMAGINATION!!!*** Read / share / spread / discuss!!!! #MagicMuckingImagination #ForGreenerPastures #MuckOn

“There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.” - Roald Dahl When I joined the Muckraker as the Art Director last year, my reason for doing so (I must confess) was simple and selfish: I needed to escape the realities of law school. We…

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS (op-eds / fiction / poetry / humor / art / objects of your creation) for ISSUE 10--the LAST is...
04/08/2015

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS (op-eds / fiction / poetry / humor / art / objects of your creation) for ISSUE 10--the LAST issue of the 2014-2015 school year!!!
Please submit to [email protected] by Sunday, April 12th!!!
#MerryMuckraking #ForGreenerPastures #MuckOn

#FoodForThought #Ferguson #Muckraking
04/08/2015
Ferguson and Beyond: What Happened at CLS When the Media Wasn’t Looking

#FoodForThought #Ferguson #Muckraking

At the end of the Millions March protest last December, a group of Columbia Law School students simply kept walking. The streets of New York City had been calm, though filled with a larger and more diverse crowd than at previous protests, as the March’s lead organizers had hoped when they asked for…

Dear Merry Muckrakers: WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS (op-eds/fiction/poetry/humor/art/objects of your creation) for I...
04/06/2015

Dear Merry Muckrakers:
WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS (op-eds/fiction/poetry/humor/art/objects of your creation) for ISSUE 10--the LAST issue of the 2014-2015 school year!!!
Please send submissions to [email protected] by Sunday, April 12th!!!
#MerryMuckraking #ForGreenerPastures #MuckOn

*TONIGHT*TONIGHT*TONIGHT: MORNINGSIDE SPEAKEASY!!!Thurs. April 2nd * 8:00-11pm * 321 W. 77th St.UNLIMITED wine + beer + ...
04/02/2015
The Morningside Speakeasy

*TONIGHT*TONIGHT*TONIGHT: MORNINGSIDE SPEAKEASY!!!
Thurs. April 2nd * 8:00-11pm * 321 W. 77th St.
UNLIMITED wine + beer + hors d'oeuvres (+ $2 old fashioneds)!!!
Tickets available online for a few more hours ($15) or at the door ($20). All proceeds support Muckraking!!!
#MuckingSpeakeasy #ForbiddenFun #MuckYeah

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/581989

Join us for a night of Muckin' good time.

Dear merry Muckrakers:We are on the prowl for jazz musicians--we'd love to hear from you with any and all leads! Please ...
03/31/2015

Dear merry Muckrakers:
We are on the prowl for jazz musicians--we'd love to hear from you with any and all leads! Please send tips to our EIC, the incomparable Ms. Minji Reem ([email protected]).
Much love,
-MuckStaff

#MonocleMondays #MorningsideMagic #ForeverAdventuring
03/30/2015
The Adventures of Captain Damos Part IX: Spartans of the Sea

#MonocleMondays #MorningsideMagic #ForeverAdventuring

Illustrated by Minji Reem Within the Captain’s cabin warm, The crew awaits the orders new; We pirates round the table swarm, As Sockeye’s tools his map review. At times out past the ship he’d glance, While marking points into his book, Most likely plotting our stance, To chart a passage better took.…

GUYS AND DOLLS: IT'S MUCKIN' PARTY TIME!!! Join us at the MORNINGSIDE SPEAKEASY on 4/2 for a night of FORBIDDEN FUN - fe...
03/16/2015

GUYS AND DOLLS: IT'S MUCKIN' PARTY TIME!!! Join us at the MORNINGSIDE SPEAKEASY on 4/2 for a night of FORBIDDEN FUN - featuring live jazz, a vintage photo booth, and other swingin' festivities!! Get your tickets NOW at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/581989 (unlimited beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres; $2 cocktails for purchase)

Happy mucking spring break!!! #BagsArePacked #ByeNYC (#StaycationsAreHappyToo)
03/14/2015
A Look Inside My CLS Bag: Joy Chua

Happy mucking spring break!!!
#BagsArePacked #ByeNYC (#StaycationsAreHappyToo)

Nelson Hua / Morningside Muckraker Name: Joy Chua Hometown: Manila, Philippines Undergraduate school: Brown University Inside My Bag: The most ridiculous place that I’ve taken this backpack is probably the law school library because when it's filled with casebooks and other law school-related materi…

#MonocleMondays #MuckingPickMeUp #YouSirAreDismissed
03/09/2015
Cartoon

#MonocleMondays #MuckingPickMeUp #YouSirAreDismissed

The Monocle Cartoon BY Anthony Lauriello and Minji Reem | February 24, 2015 share MORE FROM The Monocle The Adventures of Captain Damos Part IX: Spartans of the SeaBefore it Got Really Cold All the TimeRecessWelcome to Law School! Here Are Answers to Some Questions You May Have:The Adventures of Cap…

PSA: Dean's Cup Tickets ON SALE TODAY!!! (JG lobby * $15 cash or check * on sale all week!!!) #MyCLS #ActionShot #ForThe...
03/09/2015
Photos: Dean’s Cup Practice

PSA: Dean's Cup Tickets ON SALE TODAY!!! (JG lobby * $15 cash or check * on sale all week!!!)
#MyCLS #ActionShot #ForTheMuckingWin

Columbia Law School's Dean's Cup team has been hard at work preparing for this year's game. Columbia seeks back-to-back victories after last year's 74-56 win in Levien Gymnasium. This year's Deans' Cup will be played on March 26th at 8pm at NYU's Coles Sports & Recreation Center.

Good books are the best escape from dreary weather! #JudiciouslyReviewed #Wanderlust #SometimesIRead
03/04/2015
Booked: Frozen February Reads

Good books are the best escape from dreary weather! #JudiciouslyReviewed #Wanderlust #SometimesIRead

The frigid temperatures have trapped me inside with a big pile stack of good books. Here are some highlights to tide you over until the snow finally stops falling. As always, more recommendations are available on my blog: Sometimes I Read. “The Secret Wisdom of the Earth” by Christopher Scotton (Gra…

Dear winter: I'm sorry, it's just not going to work out between us. Sorry not sorry, it's not me it's you. #WINTERWeAreN...
03/03/2015
Before it Got Really Cold All the Time

Dear winter: I'm sorry, it's just not going to work out between us. Sorry not sorry, it's not me it's you. #WINTERWeAreNeverEverEverGettingBackTogether #BeautifulBreakups #HeySPRINGImSingleAndReadyToMingle

The Monocle Before it Got Really Cold All the Time BY Michael Zhang | February 24, 2015 share MORE FROM The Monocle The Adventures of Captain Damos Part IX: Spartans of the SeaRecessCartoonWelcome to Law School! Here Are Answers to Some Questions You May Have:The Adventures of Captain Damos Part VII…

#MonocleVision #FreezeFrame #MorningsideMagic
02/27/2015
Recess

#MonocleVision #FreezeFrame #MorningsideMagic

The Monocle Recess BY Michael Zhang | February 24, 2015 share MORE FROM The Monocle The Adventures of Captain Damos Part IX: Spartans of the SeaBefore it Got Really Cold All the TimeCartoonWelcome to Law School! Here Are Answers to Some Questions You May Have:The Adventures of Captain Damos Part VII…

CLS has a new reading group on sexual assault law and policy. Join the discussion! #Muckraking
02/27/2015
Behind the Scenes: CLS’s New Sexual Assault Law and Policy Reading Group

CLS has a new reading group on sexual assault law and policy. Join the discussion! #Muckraking

Illustrated by Minji Reem spring, a group of CLS students are taking part in a unique course offering: the Sexual Assault Law and Policy reading group. The reading group covers the history and theory of sexual assault law, Title IX, and pedagogy in criminal law courses. The group will also explore a…

We're thrilled to present: THE MORNINGSIDE MUCKRAKER'S ISSUE IX!!! Cheers to raking much muck!!! #MuckOnwardAndUpward #F...
02/25/2015
Letter from the Editor: The Art of the Mosaic Identity

We're thrilled to present: THE MORNINGSIDE MUCKRAKER'S ISSUE IX!!! Cheers to raking much muck!!!
#MuckOnwardAndUpward #ForGreenerPastures #MagicMosaic

There’s something eerily fascinating about the concept of looking at yourself in the mirror. You see an image of yourself that is at once so familiar, yet foreign; a view of where you are and where you’ve been, the times you’ve laughed and the times you have cried, traces of those you have loved and…

We're back on the prowl for your creative works! Please submit your goods to monocle@morningsidemuckraker.com by ***Frid...
02/04/2015

We're back on the prowl for your creative works!
Please submit your goods to [email protected] by ***Friday, Feb. 13th*** to be included in the next issue! #CreativityCravings

The Muckraker is hungry for your thoughts! Please email your op-eds to editor@morningsidemuckraker.com by Friday, Feb. 1...
02/04/2015

The Muckraker is hungry for your thoughts! Please email your op-eds to [email protected] by Friday, Feb. 13th. #FeedingFrenzy #ForGreenerPastures #WhyTheMuckNot

"...we lift ourselves up and do the unimaginable: continue to hope, while knowing that our hopes will be compromised aga...
12/10/2014
The Lifecycle of Social Justice: “A Day of Silence for Michael Brown” at Columbia Law School –...

"...we lift ourselves up and do the unimaginable: continue to hope, while knowing that our hopes will be compromised again. We strive, we remain resilient. We do more than dream." #BlackLivesMatter #Solidarity #Muckraking

So how do we move forward when we find ourselves at our wit’s end? How do we plan our next steps when the sting of injustice cripples us? How do we imagine a better tomorrow when clouded by the trauma of yesterday? That’s the thing about the struggle—it demands that we lick our wounds and press on,…

In advance of the Millions March on Saturday (http://www.millionsmarchnyc.org), the National Lawyers Guild will be runni...
12/10/2014
Effection

In advance of the Millions March on Saturday (http://www.millionsmarchnyc.org), the National Lawyers Guild will be running a Legal Observers Training for Columbia Law students THIS THURSDAY, December 11, from 6:30-7:45 PM in the JG Annex.

RSVPs for this training are helpful to get a sense of numbers but not required. Last minute attendance is also welcome! To RSVP, please add your name here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15mpMBzKMtoFNSPzjFtc3hLgiunttFI28q0hzoE9ySfI/viewform

If you are interested in volunteering with the Millions March Legal Team on Saturday, please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/a/columbia.edu/spreadsheets/d/19D8xJpdAVKAXICarquzFgXCXOgb4tsBC-Qc0f0zhe9k/edit#gid=0.

MARCH INFO

Attn: Muckrakers!! Volunteers are needed for #MillionsMarchNYC Legal Team. The goal is for this protest to remain a peac...
12/08/2014
Effection

Attn: Muckrakers!! Volunteers are needed for #MillionsMarchNYC Legal Team. The goal is for this protest to remain a peaceful, family-friendly event, so it is critical that there is an ample number of volunteers on the legal team to prevent any complications with the police. Please message Lily Vo (CLS 2015, NYC Legal Team Head-Organizer) at [email protected] if you are interested in assisting in this effort.
Website: http://www.millionsmarchnyc.org/
Facebook Event: bit.ly/millionsmarch

MARCH INFO

#Solidarity
12/06/2014
Tired

#Solidarity

Photo provided by Luis Gabriel Hoyos Following Michael Brown’s death on Saturday, August 9, unarmed and with his hands over his head, protestors gathered to express their outrage about the incident. They marched peacefully, and yet they were met with tear gas and rubber bullets on Wednesday night of…

Dear 1Ls: You got this!!! #EndInSight #MuckOn
12/03/2014
Amicus Curiae, In re 1L

Dear 1Ls: You got this!!! #EndInSight #MuckOn

Illustrated by Minji Reem (Original Photograph by Nolan Thomas) Dear 1Ls, It is November. I don't recall much of last November other than the increasingly miserable weather, but I do remember it being when I, a then-1L, slowly started losing my mind. November 1Ls are a completely different breed fro…

Finals might be around the corner, but style lives on!! #LegalLionLivery #MuckingAround
12/03/2014
A Legal Lion’s Livery: Mayra Joachin & Phil Cushing

Finals might be around the corner, but style lives on!! #LegalLionLivery #MuckingAround

Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas not far behind, but I’m feeling a little nostalgic. This usually happens to me every year—about the same time Starbucks resurrects those beautiful little red cups out of some mysterious stock room like clockwork. I really love t…

Tomorrow (Wednesday!) at 9:30am is the grand opening of the new CLS photography gallery!! Meet outside JG 106 for coffee...
12/02/2014
JG Sweet Home: Student Photographers Leave Their Mark in JG

Tomorrow (Wednesday!) at 9:30am is the grand opening of the new CLS photography gallery!!
Meet outside JG 106 for coffee, muffins, and sweet student art! #LawSchoolNews #MyCLS #MuckingAround

Jerome Greene Hall (JG) is not as traditionally attractive as many of the other buildings at Columbia University. In comparison to its stately siblings on main campus, our toaster-esque home outside the main gates is a quirky cousin with eclectic and sometimes questionable taste in interior design.…

#Forum #Voices #ArtOfListening
12/02/2014
On Langston Hughes

#Forum #Voices #ArtOfListening

My throat feels sore from talking. I have been talking for days. Seated in Professor Sturm’s living room with some battle-weary folk. Sitting now on my porch in snow-capped Colorado. It is peaceful and quiet here, but I can’t escape heated images of flames, of rage, of desperation. I feel overwhelme…

#ArtOfListening #Muckraking
12/02/2014
The Plight of the Gentile, Or How to Deal with the Effects of Tear Gas

#ArtOfListening #Muckraking

The night of November 24, 2014, I was 3,000 miles away from home. I’d had the Guardian Liveblog of the Ferguson Grand Jury proceedings up, and I contemplated powering through the night, despite my 8am class the next morning. But I fell asleep. Even knowing how the movie would end, I woke up the morn…

"There is a profound urgency to the ongoing controversy surrounding the Michael Brown shooting and Ferguson riots – on...
12/02/2014
Forum | Morningside Muckraker

"There is a profound urgency to the ongoing controversy surrounding the Michael Brown shooting and Ferguson riots – one that stems from its immediacy, its power, its symptomatic nature. As such, we have endeavored to begin a conversation regarding discrimination, the legal system, and society. Muckraking is about exposing social ills, but as legal professionals, we are also trained to find answers. And so, the Muckraker invites you to listen, to engage, and respond to these Voices, so together we can strive to find these answers."

There is a profound urgency to the ongoing controversy surrounding the Michael Brown shooting and Ferguson riots – one that stems from its immediacy, its power, its symptomatic nature. As such, we have endeavored to begin a conversation regarding discrimination, the legal system, and society. Muckra…

Issue VIII of the Morningside Muckraker is now live--and she's pretty special. We can't wait for you to read / share / s...
12/02/2014
Letter From the Editor: The Art of Listening – What We Heard, and What We Did

Issue VIII of the Morningside Muckraker is now live--and she's pretty special. We can't wait for you to read / share / spread.
#ArtOfListening #BigMuckingDeal #LaborOfLove

It was only when I started exploring jazz that I truly realized the importance of active listening. After countless failed solos, it struck me that the fine line between music and noise lay in listening to what the other band members were playing. Only then could the tune, the “conversation,” ensue.…

GET MUCKING READY. #GoldenChallenge #FindersKeepers #MuckingGoodTime
11/25/2014

GET MUCKING READY. #GoldenChallenge #FindersKeepers #MuckingGoodTime

#MonocleMornings #MuckOn
11/20/2014
Etched in Stone

#MonocleMornings #MuckOn

Illustrated by Michael Betts Tara bade her mother goodbye as she pranced out the door. She was supposed to meet Helen by the river and was already late. Her hair flew out behind her like a sheet of silk dyed a bright red as she raced in the direction of the forest. Over rocks and small streams she s…

#FoodForThought #ForGreenerPastures #Muckraking
11/20/2014
Gender-Based Misconduct And Its Alternatives

#FoodForThought #ForGreenerPastures #Muckraking

Illustrated by Minji Reem Last month, all 1Ls were required to attend “a comprehensive training and educational orientation program covering discrimination, harassment, and gender-based misconduct.” This was an opportunity for Columbia to act against social apathy by fostering awareness and meaningf…

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