How to rock interviews via Skype and telephone

In your summer (and beyond) job search, you may run into the dreaded Skype and/or telephone interview. Never fear! Interviews where you don’t have to actually leave your bedroom are clearly the best possible interviews. After all, you’re a law student, and probably at least two deviations above the mean in terms of social awkwardness. However, Skype and phone conversations can at times seem even more awkward than in-person interviews.

So, here are a few tips to help you succeed, even in a long-distance interview.

Skype Tips

Wear pants.

The most important question is obviously: Should you or should you not wear pants?

The answer is yes. Always. Seriously. Wear pants. Not only will this make you treat the interview more seriously, thus infusing your soul with interview adrenaline, but also, you never know what will happen. What if the Hot Firemen 2013 calendar behind you catches on fire and you have to stand out and put out the fire? Your interviewers will then get a great show that may or may not help your chances at landing a job.

Now that we have pants covered, what should you wear on top?

A full suit, obviously, or at least a dress shirt. However, the important thing here is to remember that you’re on camera. Bright, solid colors work better than prints and shirts with small details. If you have dark hair, consider a grey suit, so your hair doesn’t blend into your black suit collar, forming a weird glowing bubble where your face is. Avoid distractingly shiny jewelry.

Slather it on.

Remember, people see you on Skype. They may not smell you, but please take a shower anyway. (Love, your roommates.)

More than that, girls, take pains with your makeup and hair because things look different on camera. You will need bolder makeup. Don’t slather it on like stage makeup, but use a bit more than you’d think. You’ll need it to look at all alive on camera.

Phone Tips

Make it dramatic.

Sounding good on the phone is entirely different from sounding good in person. Have you ever wondered why all the DJ’s on your college radio station sounded monotone?

It was partially because they were probably being super hipster and pretending not to care about the music they obviously spend a lot of time listening to, studying, and promoting. But also: amateur DJ’s rarely sound as peppy as professional radio hosts because sounding good on radio (or over the phone) requires an incredible amount of voice modulation.

Try it. Say something in your regular voice, and record it. Then say the same sentence in the most enthusiastic, over-dramatic way possible. Generally, the more unnatural your speech sounds to you, the better you’ll sound over the phone.

Move your body.

Smile. Smile constantly. People can hear it in your speech.

Be careful with nodding and other non-verbal speech gestures. Remember, no one can see you.

Stand. Or at least sit up straight. This will allow you to speak from the diaphragm, which will give your voice a richer, warmer sound.

Relax. You’ll be fine. Promise.

Gold Digger Diary Pt. II: Getting the $$

The easy life: Hello, Seer Zuka. I want money.
Seer Zuka: Get a credit card.
The easy life: How?
Seer Zuka: Apply. Then use the card to shop five times a week, eat at expensive restaurants, and only buy things that are expensive. 
The easy life: But my limit will be blown pretty soon!
Seer Zuka: Have a Plan B. Rich people hang out with other richpeople. Secretly date around.
The easy life: I have morals, you know.
Seer Zuka: I guess you don’t want to strike it rich, fast, and easy then.
The easy life: What should I do?
Seer Zuka: Easy. Date your prey, date the prey’s friend, date the friend of the friend, etc. Make sure they spend a lot whenever you go out. Quickly sell what they buy you and put the money in a separate account. Demand a car and house from each one. Did I mention you should use a different name with
each person? Cover your tracks.
The easy life: What?! I definitely won’t come back here again for advice.
Seer Zuka: Well, it’s not like you pay me.
by Zuka Chuka-Obah, 2L

The Georgetown Law Weekly is recruiting editors for 2013!

Interested in journalism or writing

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Georgetown Law Weekly 

is recruiting editors!


The Georgetown Law Weekly, GULC’s favorite (and only) newspaper, is recruiting for the upcoming 2013 term. This is a great leadership opportunity for any students interested in legal journalism, current events, or just showing off your legal research and writing prowess in a different medium. Get published and get recognition for your writing and editing skills. Law Weekly alumni have found their newspaper experiences helpful in attaining journal positions, interviewing for law firms, and finding their legal career paths.

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To apply, please send your resume and a brief, 1-page statement of interest to EIC@gulawweekly.org. No experience necessary. All class levels welcome (including LLMs), except as noted. Leadership positions are listed below. For more information, email EIC@gulawweekly.org.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS 2/9

Copy Editor (1): The Copy Editor’s duties emphasize proofreading and formatting of the newspaper. The Copy Editor also helps with general newspaper planning and editing.

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Zero Dark Thirty: A Story of Pretty Hair

Zero Dark Thirty is a controversial movie. The film, directed by Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow, includes politically charged depictions of secret CIA operations, as well as graphic torture scenes. But what I want to focus on is the hair

In Zero Dark Thirty, based on a real-life undercover agent, Maya is a sharp, aggressive, emotionally restrained woman with a stubborn sense of confidence and a relentless drive to achieve her goals. She also has perfect hair.

The hair is important. As a female filmgoer, I often find myself particularly concerned with the portrayal of women in media. At first, I was slightly perturbed seeing a woman in Maya’s position with perfectly set hair in the middle of a critical military operation in Pakistan. I initially dismissed Maya’s hair and minimal yet noticeable makeup as just another instance of Hollywood over-glamorizing female characters. However, I now find the hair and makeup of Zero Dark Thirty to be among the film’s strong suits.

When the film starts, Maya is a young CIA agent, plucked from D.C. to join a tough, world-weary team in Pakistan. She appears in tailored suits and wears her hair wavy, long, and loose. As Maya ages, her hair and makeup change with her. The long, wavy hair transitions to soft, straight hair, which is finally contained in a simple ponytail by the  tense final scenes of the movie. Maya’s makeup also becomes gradually less noticeable as the film progresses.

The fact that even slight, minute changes in appearance are coordinated with the film’s pacing and the character’s growth reveals an admirable attention to detail on the part of director Kathryn Bigelow.

Zero Dark Thirty reveals that Maya is such a polished person that it is entirely plausible that she would take the time to do her hair every  morning—even with her busy schedule, even in a situation where every minute of her time is of critical value to the national security of the United States. Maya is an extremely efficient,  detail-oriented woman, and the meticulous way she presents herself xposes the core of her personality.

Not only does Maya’s hair speak to the character’s personality, but Bigelow’s decisions regarding Maya’s hair speak volumes about Zero Dark Thirty’s protagonist as a strong, female character. Maya is a “killer,” as her bosses in D.C. say, but she’s a killer with long hair and heels.

Along with Jessica Chastain’s ramrod-straight posture and confident clipped speech, the hair and makeup of the film’s main character create a visual representation of the professional woman in the 2010’s. Sharp, aggressive, can play ball with the boys in the Big Leagues, but might do so with makeup and a fresh manicure.

And possibly a recent perm.

Justice Scalia promotes book at Georgetown Law

Photo courtesy of Georgetown Law Office of Communications

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia does not believe rocket launchers are covered by the Second Amendment. This revelation was one of many that students and other outside guests learned during a Federalist Society-hosted lecture and book signing that took place in Hart Auditorium on Tuesday, November 20.

While the event was presented by the national Federalist Society organization, members of Georgetown Law’s student chapter helped promote and coordinate the event. The event began with a reception, hosted by the Federalist Society. Dean William Treanor opened the event, introducing Justice Scalia and the Justice’s new book “Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts,” coauthored with Bryan A. Garner.

Scalia spoke about his new book, as well as his philosophy on constitutional law in general. After the Justice spoke time was allotted for questions from the audience. The event was one of many stops on Scalia’s book tour, but the first at a law school. “I told you these questions were going to be new.” Noted Leonard Leo, Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society. “No one is asking about your favorite opera or your favorite pasta here . ”

Instead, law students asked questions including a query regarding the Justice’s preference for bright line rules versus balancing tests. In response, Justice Scalia answered, “My court has used the totality of the circumstances test. That’s not a test. That’s a non-test.”

The Justice also spoke about key decisions of the past, including the controversial Roe v. Wade case, on which he commented “even the people who like the result have acknowledged recently anyway that the reasoning was very, very vague.”

While the Justice did not speak specifically about political issues, he did discuss his philosophy on the role of the Court and his views on textualism and interpretation. As for his colleagues on the Court, Justice Scalia revealed, “I have not discussed law on any profound level with my colleagues in 27 years. They have their own philosophies, I have mine. My hope is for the next generation. That’s what books are for!”

The Georgetown Law chapter of the Federalist Society has hosted a number of events this semester, including a lecture and panel on the topic of French and American perspectives on the burqa and a debate on the recent ACA challenge, hosted last Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Federalist Society is a national organization whose purpose is dedicated to upholding primarily conservative and libertarian values regarding strict textualist or originalist interpretations of the U.S. Constitution .

Top Ten Things to Do During Hurricane Sandy

  1. Congratulate yourself on preparing for the storm, regardless of whether the storm actually ends up being No Big Deal, and you end up with enough canned goods to start a soup kitchen.
  2. Realize that you completely failed to prepare for the storm. Assure yourself that it will be No Big Deal. Concoct plan to steal bottled water from next door neighbors.
  3. Watch all 248 movies and TV shows currently in your Netflix instant queue. Even those depressing but critically acclaimed documentaries you’ve been putting off for years. Especially those depressing but critically acclaimed documentaries you’ve been putting off for years. Think about it. If patio furniture from inconsiderate neighbors crashes through your bedroom window and kills you—mid-documentary—your family and friends can then eulogize that you were so full of compassion that you spent your last moments learning about the plight of undereducated starving transgender child soldiers in Northeastern Somalia.
  4. Clean your room. (Love, Your Mom)
  5. Read a book. Wait, the only books you own are casebooks and E&E’s? Too late to visit the library now. Download something on your Kindle/iPad/whatever (Surface?!). Or read your roommate’s casebooks. At least they’ll be something new?
  6. Drink. Heavily. Don’t pretend you need me to give you a reason. You’re in law school.
  7. Teach yourself to swim. I’m pretty sure that’s a thing you can do just sitting in your apartment. There are YouTube videos.
  8. Check out http://instacane.com/, a crowdsourced collection of Hurricane Sandy Instagram photos. Realize how terrible crowdsourcing can be. Last I checked, the front page of Instacane included 2 shots of the same photoshopped pic of NYC (already proven to be a hoax), a cheery multiframe of people hiding under pillows, and a photo of the Jonas Brothers with Ryan Seacrest. But…pretty filters!
  9. Make new friends with people who live in your building. Live alone in a house with no one nearby? Get ready to paint a face on a volleyball.
  10. Study/outline/work. Just kidding.

Official campus closures announced due to Hurricane Sandy

Screen capture of official GULC website, as of October 28, 2012, 8:10 PMCheck back to this space. The Law Weekly will report all updates—as they occur—right here on this page.

UPDATED Tuesday, October 30, 10:00 a.m.

Following announcements for campus closures on Monday and Tuesday, and an advisory to stay indoors Monday evening, Georgetown University administration has declared an all-clear for the main and medical campuses. A HoyAlert email sent 7:53 a.m. reads:

“This message is the official ‘all clear’ lifting the shelter in advisory for the main and medical campuses, however please continue to use caution.  Only go outside if necessary.  Debris is causing slippery conditions, some trees are down and standing water remains in areas off campus. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.”

The HoyAlert emails and automatic calls did not mention the Law Center. However, Georgetown University’s Facebook account includes a recent update (9:05 a.m.) that states: “This is the official ‘all clear’for those at our DC campuses. Please continue to use caution when outdoors.”

UPDATED Monday, October 29, 4:11 p.m.

Students and faculty still on campus at the Law Center are now advised to stay indoors, due to worsening weather conditions, according to an email sent by Edward G. Piper, Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management, at 4:01 p.m. This announcement came at the heels of earlier instructions regarding campus closures for Monday and Tuesday. 

In an email to the entire campus, Piper writes that “the safety of all the members of our law community on campus is our primary concern.”

UPDATED Monday, October 29, 10:59 a.m.

Georgetown Law is officially closed for both Monday, October 29, and Tuesday, October 30. 

Georgetown’s HoyAlert system began alerting students to Tuesday’s campus closures at approximately 10:53 a.m. A text message broadcasted by the HoyAlert system informed students: “All Georgetown University campuses in DC Area (MAIN, MED, LAW) closed Tuesday, Oct 29. Call 292-687-SNOW or visit www.georgetown.edu for details.” 

A HoyAlert robo-call ensued shortly after, informing the Georgetown community that campuses in the D.C. metropolitain area will be closed, and that classes have been cancelled for main campus, the medical school, and the law school. However, all emergency personnel “must report to work on time.”

Hurricane Sandy’s estimates have been upgraded to a height of 85 mph winds (from a previous estimate of a height of 75 mph.)

UPDATED Monday, October 29, 10:37 a.m.

Georgetown University has announced that all university campuses in D.C. will be closed Tuesday as well. The HoyAlert system has not yet informed students of the new development. However, as of Monday, 10:37 a.m., the Georgetown Law official website has updated its inclement weather notice. 

The Georgetown University Facebook account posted the announcement at 10:11 a.m.

UPDATED Sunday, October 28, 8:50 p.m.

At 8:44 p.m., Sunday, October 28, Edward G. Piper, Law Center Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management, sent a campus-wide email confirming that the Law Center will be closed on Monday due to inclement weather.

“All activities and services, including classes and scheduled events (student organization meetings and events, CLE, and conferences), are canceled.  All administrative offices are closed.  The food services operation, fitness center and Early Learning Center are closed.  The library will be closed.

It is expected that only designated emergency employees will come to the Law Center to fulfill their responsibilities.  All others – including students, staff, faculty, and visitors – are expected not to come to the Law Center, which will not be staffed to support anything other than essential functions.  

The Law Center will continue to monitor developing storm conditions and will communicate a decision regarding its operating status for Tuesday, October 30, in the afternoon on Monday.”

A duplicate email was sent to all students and faculty at 8:55 p.m.

The HoyAlert system automatically called all those registered for the system at approximately 8:45 p.m. with a similar message, regarding campus closure “due to inclement weather.”

Sunday, October 28, 8:17 p.m.

According to a “HoyAlert” bulletin email sent on Sunday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m., the Georgetown Law Center campus is officially closed for Monday, October 29. This announcement occured as Washington, D.C. braces for Hurricane Sandy, set to hit D.C. this coming week.

The text of the email includes the following: “Georgetown University, Georgetown University Medical Center, and Georgetown University School of Medicine ARE CLOSED ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 29.  Emergency personnel must report to work on time.”

Previously, on Friday, October 27, Edward G. Piper, Director of Public Safety and Management, had sent an email to all faculty and students concerning emergency preparations for Hurricane Sandy. Piper wrote that the Law Center would “keep the community updated on possible closings and delays through our website, email, main switchboard (202) 662-9000 and the class cancellation line (202) 662-9446, as well as through the HoyAlert emergency notification system.”

Piper also recommended http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes as a resource for hurricane preparation, and noted that the Law Center’s inclement weather policy is stated in full on the official Georgetown Law website. (The GULC inclement weather policy can be found here:  http://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-services/public-safety/inclement-weather-policy.cfm.)

According to the Washington Post, ”between Sunday night and Tuesday, we can expect 4-7” of rain and a long period of sustained winds above 35 mph with peak gusts over 60 mph.” The hurricane is expected to hit most severely from Monday into and through Tuesday. Power outages are expected.

The federal government also announced a complete shutdown for Monday. MTA has also announced that all rail and bus service is cancelled for Monday. 

Georgetown Law community members can register for the HoyAlert system here:  http://safety.georgetown.edu/49009.html.

 

Testing Tunes with Tiffany

Frank Ocean crooning at Coachella. Photo courtesy of vonlohmann’s photostream on flickr.com.

Hey, guys. I like music. This is what I’m listening to right now:

C2C – Down the Road EP (2012)

C2C is intelligent electro at its best. No one does electro like the French do. American electro is too tied to hip hop roots; British dance pop, too reliant on the “pop” part of the equation. Good electro takes a certain unabashed cheesiness, a willingness to eschew irony and go with what actually sounds good. It’s also a highly scientific genre. Any DJ worth his salt can give lectures on beats per minute and the proper use of synth effects to sway audience reaction. Title track “Down the Road” samples Daft Punk and a bluesy country refrain to create a unique twangy sound you’d swear was uniquely American except, well, it isn’t. C2C is an award-winning group of DJs, whose first album is coming out next year. Get on this before it hits the States.

Best Coast – The Only Place (2012)

I’m from Los Angeles, and this album is Los Angeles. Palm trees, tortoise-shell Ray-Bans, denim shorts with fringe. Every song on this album is a warm, breezy day at the beach. The songs are catchy, even when the mood is low. Upbeat guitar riffs, shakes of tambourines, and poppy female vocals dominate this album. This isn’t music that will challenge you – remember, these guys are from California. West Coast music is happy music for happy people (except when it’s not. See, e.g., Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers). If you still need a reason to listen to this album, just remember that it’s October, and you miss the summertime (nota bene: For a darker Florida beach sound, check out Surfer Blood’s 2010 album, “Astro Coast”).

Stars – The North (2012)

Danceable, 80’s New Wave-y pop with heart. With their recent album, Stars is finally getting some mainstream attention. The band’s sound has matured since its early days, but there’s still that same beachy, slightly overproduced sound. Think a lighter Joy Division, or the Raveonettes—but happier, with less reverb.

Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (2012)

Recommending Frank Ocean to music lovers in October 2012, is kind of like recommending “Call Me Maybe” to drunk college kids in October 2012. It’s a good thing Ocean’s quiet, resonating album doesn’t get old easily. Sexual politics aside (Ocean came out as openly gay earlier this summer), there’s a reason this alt/underground hip hop artist has risen to national media attention. With smart lyrics and a smooth flow, “Channel Orange” is a must for any hip hop/R&B fan.

Siri Nilsen – Alle sakker sant (2011)

The album’s a year old, but look, it takes a while for good music to make its way from the fjords of Norway to the humid swampland of Washington, D.C. Well, specifically, it takes a while for Last.fm to recommend I listen to Siri Nilsen based on a single review of Sondre Lerche. Regardless of the fact that the album is entirely in Norwegian, and despite the fact that I don’t speak a word of Norwegian, I am still beyond obsessed with Siri Nilsen. The girl has a pleasant, lilting voice and clear, emotionally evocative melodies. The lyrics (translated) are well-written. Nilsen’s overall sound is clear and simple, but the kind of “clear and simple” that countless indie-folk singers across the world continually try and fail to imitate.

 

And also these 10 singles, in no particular order:

  • ·       Marina and the Diamonds, “Primadonna”
  • ·       Poolside, “Why You Wanna”
  • ·       Paloma Faith, “Smoke and Mirrors”
  • ·       The Music Tapes, “So the Day Long”
  • ·       Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”
  • ·       Raphael Saadiq, “Radio”
  • ·       Loreen, “Euphoria”
  • ·       First Aid Kit, “Emmylou”
  • ·       Alex Clare, “Too Close”
  • ·       Neon Trees, “Everybody Talks”

 

Bon Iver and Anaïs Mitchell at the Merriweather Pavillion

Photo courtesy of radarradio.com. Bon Iver getting his supervillain on.

Lawn tickets to Bon Iver at the Merriweather Pavilion; one of those situations where there’s no one to blame but yourself when you’re shivering in the cold at 10 p.m. surrounded by teenagers smoking marijuana and asking to borrow your ID to buy beer.

I enjoyed the show, but as the night grew progressively colder, and the high schoolers behind me progressively drunker, I realized that it was impossible to consider Bon Iver without paying tribute to the tradition whence he came, like Aphrodite rising from the waves of a hipster off-brand vintage sea foam.

There’s more to being a hipster than just feeling superior about disliking things that make people happy. I like to think of hipsterdom as a gradient. On one end you have the mainly mainstream kid who sometimes dabbles in music that’s not Top-40. In the middle, you have your average hipster, in black frame glasses, listening to whatever Pitchfork recommends. On the other extreme, you get Meta Hipster, who is so over the hipster aesthetic that he or she reinvests in mainstream culture, but specifically in a non-ironic fashion. Meta Hipster genuinely likes Justin Bieber (it’s an acquired taste).

Bon Iver isn’t much of an acquired taste anymore. After the success of the band’s 2008 album “For Emma, Forever Ago” (which included pervasive hit single “Skinny Love”), Bon Iver quickly rose to the upper echelons of the indie-folk scene. 2011’s “Bon Iver, Bon Iver” cemented the band’s hold on indie-folk fans everywhere.

One’s enjoyment of Bon Iver depends heavily on one’s overall opinion in regard to indie-folk as a modern post-flower-power genre. Let’s be clear: Bon Iver is indie. Frontman Justin Vernon has a beard. He wears skinny jeans. He wrote the bulk of the band’s first album immediately after a breakup, suffering from mono, while living by himself in a cabin in the woods. Seriously.

For what it is, it’s great; that is to say, Bon Iver in concert, playing hits from both albums, is something to be enjoyed, regardless of where you happen to fall on the indie-hipster-mainstream spectrum. There’s something soothing about Vernon’s sincere gravelly crooning, accompanied by Vernon’s sincere wailing falsetto. Additional vocals, supporting instrumentals, and attentive eye contact are provided by founding band members Sean Carey, Michael Noyce, and Matthew McCaughan. Bon Iver now tours with a full ensemble, including brass and violin and a guy who beatboxes, just ‘cause.

There’s a lot happening on stage. The show was clearly designed to be enjoyed even by people with short attention spans who self-medicate with semi-legal substances. There were a lot of flashing lights that slowly changed color, and a wavy backdrop.  If you don’t enjoy folk or indie or bands where the lead singer sometimes sits on a chair and plays acoustic guitar while singing quietly about the cold, then you might not enjoy Bon Iver. However, even if you don’t enjoy Bon Iver, you might have enjoyed the show at the Merriweather Pavilion. The crowd was as friendly as you’d assume people attending an indie-folk show would be. The music, though rife with depressing lyrics, was played in an uplifting, life-affirming manner. Vernon took an adequate number of breaks to address the audience, with a quiet humor and charisma that belied his low-key roots.

Opening act and critical darling Anaïs Mitchell is a novice folk star in her own right, but with a much more niche appeal. Her lyrics are clever, her melodies are somewhat catchy, but she sings like a ten-year-old girl, with that sort of nasal, high-pitched, closed-mouth whine that too many folk women employ to sound emotive and “real.” Mitchell was discovered by Ani DiFranco, who, to her credit, generally sounds like an adult woman when she sings.

Some of Mitchell’s songs are better than others. The more orchestration, the more background noises, the more she actually opens her mouth to form words, the better the song for Anaïs Mitchell. For folk/indie, lo-fi loving hipsters, Mitchell is ace. But for everyone else, she’s an acquired taste.

WLA, Law Weekly, WOCC host “Miss Representation” screening, panel

On Wednesday, April 11, the Women’s Legal Alliance, in conjunction with the Law Weekly and the Women of Color Collective, will host an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary Miss Representation. The event will begin at 6:45 p.m. in McDonough 140, with a panel discussion following the screening at approximately 8:30 p.m. 

The panel will feature speakers including Professor Angela Campbell, Professor Emma Coleman Jordan, GULC student Sandra Fluke, and professional pollster Brian Stryker. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. 

Miss Representation explores the depiction of women in the media, and the impact of media on women—especially young women—in American culture. The film features notable figures, including Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Margaret Cho, Rachel Maddow, Geena Davis, Rosario Dawson, and more. 

Miss Representation has not yet screened in theatres. A flyer with basic information is attached below. For more information, check out the Facebook invitation here: https://www.facebook.com/events/364945736910280/