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Yea, And There Was Stuff Happening [02 Jul 2009|03:07pm]
Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.Collapse )
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Obama/Biden 4EVER [23 Aug 2008|08:25pm]
[ mood | pleased ]

Hi kids! Possibly you thought I had been eaten by wild lemurs, but not so! (Sorry, Tito, I know you were hoping for my untimely simian demise. Don't lie, I can see into your brain.)

Allow me to Tell the Tale of Ko:

So I lived in Argentina for the first five weeks of the summer, which was all kinds of crazy awesome. I did a legal exchange program called Linkages, which allowed me to travel to Argentina with two other Yalies and attend classes at UBA and the Universidad de Palermo, meet judges, attend events, talk to NGOs, and attend the SELA Latin American legal conference. I saw a FIFA World Cup qualifying match (Argentina-Ecuador at River Plate Stadium, 1-1), visited Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay for a day, attended a play in the capital of Latin American theater, and spoke lots and lots of funnily accented Spanish. Y vos?

After going home to hang with the familia and BFF for the 4th of July, I moved to Washington, D.C., where I lived (technically, am still living, as I haven't moved out yet) in Arlington and worked for the Women's Leadership Forum at the Democratic National Committee.

And NOW...drumroll, please...I'm in Denver at the Democratic National Convention, and I bask in the rays of your jealousy. MUAHAHAH. Tomorrow I meet Michelle Obama and all of the Democratic women governors, Monday I work transportation for DNC Finance guests (read: uber-VIPs) at the hotel where Barack Obama is staying ("Good Morning, Senator! Can I give you a big hug?"), Tuesday I work the Women's Caucus and then a VIP-only performance of Chicago political comedy group Second City, Wednesday it's back to helping very rich people get where they need to go (geographically speaking), and Thursday it's Day Two of the Women's Caucus and then THE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH. YES. MUAH. OBAMA FOR THE WIN.

I will keep you posted. :D

P.S.: Biden. I approve. *thumbs up*

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I LIIIIIIVE *zombie gestures* [29 May 2008|10:43pm]
[ mood | satisfied ]

No seriously. I'm, like, alive.

I have conquered and pillaged 1L year at Yale Law (actually, jinx, my grades haven't been posted yet). Tomorrow I'm off to Argentina (BUENOS AIRES AIIIII) for a month. Following that, I'll be working for the DNC in Washington, DC for the rest of the summer, then heading back to YLS for my 2L year.

This school year, I have:

1) Played "Colors of the Wind" on my laptop at the end of a Civil Procedure class in which we discussed possible legal standing for trees;

2) Graffitied with my best friend as a form of Spooks viral marketing (SPPPOOOOOOKKKSSS) and taken down a stone dolphin (it was an enemy spy);

3) Appeared in court 9 times, prepared for a trial, learned how to enter business records into evidence as a hearsay exception ("And are these records kept in the regular course of business? And are you the custodian of these records? I am showing you what has been marked Plaintiff's Exhibit A...."), and worn way too many suits in the process;

4) Written the longest paper of my life (10,500 words, baby!), which I plan to publish in a law review;

5) Been sung at on multiple occasions by the Dean of Yale Law School;

6) Performed in a dance show that oversold every single performance;

7) Survived a New Haven winter;

8) Broken my own sleep-deficit record from college (two all-nighters in a five day stretch, oh yes);

9) Discovered (or been led to) Regina Spektor, Swell Season, Spooks, Battlestar Galactica, and Ethiopian food;

10) Finally become an official, confirmed Catholic (liberal feminist Catholic, no less!);

11) Taken 7 law classes in various subjects, and mostly enjoyed them;

12) Seen my presidential candidate kick some serious ass. SI SE PUEDE.

Not a bad year, say I.

How about you?

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Nearly 1/6 of the way through law school. [18 Dec 2007|04:35pm]
[ mood | ditzy ]

First and foremost, I survived my dance show. HURRAH! It was fantastic and wonderful and tiring and full of bruises, and best of all, priscellie took a brief hiatus from working in NYC 24/7 to attend (and to give me an awesome shirt, as Cellie is wont to do). Now I am t-4 days from going home for the holidays, and I can hardly wait. Meanwhile, I'm sitting in Torts and not paying attention because I haven't read for the class in two weeks. HOWEVER, I have not wasted this, my last week, as I have a) finished my show, b) had brunch with the Muffins (my law school small group), c) seen oral argument before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in NYC (which gave me a boost of confidence, since not a single attorney escaped embarrassing him- or herself in some manner), d) finally gotten around to reading "Wyrd Sisters" by Terry Pratchett (my prayers are with him, Font of all Awesomeness), and e) victimized my friend Mark with the help of his girlfriend, which is always enjoyable for all involved except Mark. Now I just need to do laundry, pack, and go to two more days of classes. So close!

Lastly, here's my favorite picture (of me, anyway) from the Groove show:

Au revoir until New Mexico!

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Call me Beluga [18 Nov 2007|04:03pm]
[ mood | giddy ]

So it has recently come to my attention that there are multitudes of people out there who don't know who Raffi is. THIS IS NOT OKAY. Yesterday, I found out via Facebook that Raffi is coming to Yale to speak at a Master's Tea sponsored by Yale for UNICEF. I nearly peed my pants. RAFFI! HERE!! AT YALE!!! Those who know me well know that I do not abuse punctuation lightly. Raffi, for you poor souls who did not worship at his feet for all of your childhood, is a children's musician, environmentalist, and founder of a philosophy called "Child Honouring." He was born in Egypt and emigrated to Canada, and he basically embodies all that is good and light and beautiful in this world. Perhaps this last bit is an exaggeration, but I highly doubt it.
I sang "Baby Beluga" every morning on the way to daycare from the time that I was old enough to sing (or pretend to), and my sisters were raised on "Bananaphone." Every time I saw a stuffed bear, I would think "Teddy Bear Hug! YAYY!" (often followed by singing and dancing). When I would play outside, I'd sing "Just Like the Sun" and "One Light, One Sun." I used to have a little red wagon, and whenever my mama would pull me and my stuffed rabbit Binkey around in it, I'd sing "Bumpin' Up and Down in my Little Red Wagon." When we went grocery shopping, I'd sing "Corner Grocery Store." When we visited the zoo, I'd sing "Joshua Giraffe" ("Stuck in a zooooo, with buffalo poooo").
In short, there is basically no limit on the impact that Raffi has had on my childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. I know that many other Beluga Grads feel the same. When Raffi comes to Yale in two weeks, I plan to take the concert program that he autographed for me when I was two going on three, and ask him if he'll sign and date it again--twenty years later. That's how much I love him.

So. Here is your mission: go listen to a Raffi song. Be happy. You won't be able to help this last part.

Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above, and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.

Baby beluga, baby Beluga, is the water warm?
Is your mama home with you, so happy.

Way down yonder where the dolphins play,
Where they dive and splash all day,
The waves roll in and the waves roll out,
See the water squirting out of your spout.

Baby beluga, baby Beluga, sing your little song,
Sing for all your friends, we like to hear you.

When it's dark, you're home and fed,
Curl up snug in your water bed.
Moon is shining and the stars are out,
Good night, little whale, goodnight.

Baby beluga, baby Beluga, with tomorrow's sun,
Another day's begun, you'll soon be waking.

Baby Beluga in the deep blue sea,
Swim so wild and you swim so free.
Heaven above and the sea below,
And a little white whale on the go.
You're just a little white whale on the go.

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I haff a brief [12 Nov 2007|10:03am]
[ mood | cold ]

No, that doesn't mean half a pair of underwear. It means a long-ass uber-formal legal argument made to a court as to why your client should win. And when is it due? TODAY. And did I finish it? SORT OF.

Oh law school. Anyway, now you know that I am alive and well, mostly.

However, I am still trying to decide whether I should apply for a joint degree MA in English Literature here at Yale. I would probably do something about women in law (law and lit), especially in literature (maybe novels?) with women in court/trials before women became anything more than property (e.g. when women were supposedly not allowed an independent role in the adversary system of law independent of their husbands).
Thoughts? Counsel me, flist.

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In Which Ko Abuses the Exclamation Point [19 Oct 2007|09:27pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Point the first: My mother is awesome beyond all awesomeness. She just got a crazy promotion and will now be overseeing grassroots political advocacy for the American Cancer Society in six Western states! She's going to be AMAZING at it, and it's not grant funded--stability! New concept! Felicidades, Mamita!

Point the second: FALL BREAK FALL BREAK AHAHAHAHA. So this law school thing. It's hard. And legal writing? Kind of takes forever and steals your soul. But Fall Break is here, and I am going to Philly (homecoming at Penn! Friends! Eeee!) and then to NYC (More friends! And possibly the Statue of Liberty!) and then New Hampshire (LEAVES! SEASONS! *brain shorts out*).

Goooood times. How have you all been?

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This is the life [04 Oct 2007|12:28am]
[ mood | dorky ]

Today, I found myself passionately denouncing a case in my Contracts reading, by yelling about it and pounding my fist on a table while discussing it with a fellow law student (yes, while in a public place) and scribbling angry notes in the margins of my casebook, such as "YES, OBVIOUSLY, YOU CRETIN" and "Terra JOINS THE DISSENT." Why was I so distraught, you ask? Because the court in said case awarded expectation damages based on diminution of value rather than cost of completion. I would like to point out that this is clearly absolute horse crap, and that the Peevyhouses (case: Peevyhouse v. Garland Coal & Mining Co.) OBVIOUSLY deserved the Court's enforcement of full performance. LET THERE BE NO DOUBT.


Tonight, I dined sumptuously on waffles with whipped cream. At 12:25AM. Shut up, I never ate dinner.

Law school is clearly the place for me.

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Many things, arrrr. [19 Sep 2007|10:36am]
[ mood | ditzy ]

Quite a week, this one. Now that I've gathered my thoughts a bit, here's an update, in all of its part-sad-part-silly-part-piratical glory.

First and foremost, we suffered a tragedy here at Yale Law School last week. On Thursday night, my brilliant classmate (for Con Law, Torts, and Procedure) and fellow 1L Joey Hanzich died suddenly. On Friday, all classes were canceled, and we had a YLS community meeting. I've spent quite a bit of time gathered with friends and in church since then, and the shock waves are still palpable within the law school. Joey represented the best and brightest of our class--smart, sweet, levelheaded, personable, good-looking, ambitious, etc. etc. All of our collective thoughts and prayers are with Joey's family and close friends from his days at Harvard, Cambridge, and now here at Yale. He will be missed something awful.

Second, I'm in a Yale dance company called Groove (auditioned successfully last Sunday), and I'm somewhat ambivalent about it. But short version, I'm glad that I'm dancing, I'm choreographing (a pointe piece! To an OperaBabes version of Tchaikovsky's Arabian Dance from The Nutcracker! yay!), and Groove is made up of many very cool people. We'll see how this goes, but I choose to be optimistic.

Third, I love New Mexico and its resourceful use of sheep. Can I go home now?

Fourth, Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which we Albuquerqueans like to celebrate by rampantly photoshopping pictures of our Mayor and his dog. (Speaking of which, I also love Duke City Fix, because it is awesome).

And now, back to actually paying attention to my professor...me? Updating my LJ while sitting in Contracts? I've no idea what you're talking about.

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Philosopher, writer, woman of God [07 Sep 2007|09:13pm]
[ mood | sad ]

"You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written. And then, if it's going to be too difficult for grown-ups, you write it for children."

--Madeleine L'Engle

Dear Madeleine:

You were and are the reason for my belief that children's literature is an eternal, incredible genre that, at least to my mind, can be so much richer and deeper and funnier and sadder and more complex than any adult fiction out there. I can't think of any writer who so brilliantly illustrated principles of science, humanity, and God for me--all at the same time and starting when I was ten.

Thank you for everything.

<3 Me

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