Morning Coffee – Mock Trial Edition

Much to the dismay of my free time, back in the Spring I decided to audition for the University of Memphis Mock Trial Team. This afternoon, after having access to this year’s case for just over 2 months, the team heads off the Saint Louis for our first competition.

I don’t really know what to expect, but I’m looking forward to it.

This has been a whirlwind of a semester. My decision to take only Tuesday and Thursday classes was a mistake that I won’t repeat. There’s just too much time between Thursday and Tuesday and not enough time between Tuesday and Thursday. Between that and having EVERYTHING due on just two of the seven days of the week, I’ve been more than a little overwhelmed. I think a lot of people are feeling overwhelmed too.

Back to Mock Trial for a second. In the coming weeks we’re going to have a fundraiser for our Spring Competition. If you’re interested in helping out, let me know in the comments. I’ll have more details after the weekend.

Ok, enough shameless self-promotion, on to the coffee!

Speaking of trials, the SCOTUS will soon hear a case that may put the future of class action lawsuits in danger. In the wake of the Citizen’s United decision, I have no doubt that they will screw the little guy on this one.

Now that the election is over, the former Democratic Candidate for Governor, Mike McWherter is trying to reclaim normalcy in his life. In the process he has an interesting observation:

McWherter said not having a primary opponent for the Democratic ballot hurt his campaign.

“In retrospect, I feel like I would have been better served if I had an opponent,” he said. “I think it makes you a better candidate. My father had a contested primary, and Haslam had a vigorous primary and I think that helped him.”


In the wake of the elections Tuesday, it the national media is re-starting the narrative that southern Democrats are a dying breed. Of course, the death of the Democratic Party in the south has been a common line for many cycles, particularly since the 2000 election when Democratic Candidate Al Gore pretty much ignored his home state of Tennessee, and as a result, lost it, and the Presidential election. But not everyone agrees. Some point to the plight of working Americans who may not have time to follow politics as closely as others, and get fed a steady diet of bs in the weeks before an election from candidates and organizations that have the scratch to spend. I don’t think this means the future extinction of the Democratic Party in the south, I think we just have to think and act differently.

Defendants in the case challenging state law on Metro governments say the pending lawsuit is moot in the wake to the solid rejection of the matter here in Shelby County. I think there’s a bigger legal issue here than just one vote, and the impact could reach further than Shelby County. We’ll see what the court thinks in the coming days.

With a new Shelby County government starting it’s 3rd month, there’s been some sprucing of the County offices to the tune of $38,000. I’m not complaining or anything, I just find it funny that if a Democratic Administration had done the same thing, they would have been characterized as out of touch and engaging in “wasteful spending”. Gotta love those double standards.

Alright, y’all have a good Friday and a great weekend. I’ll try to have a report on how we did at the invitational on Sunday or Monday.

3 comments for “Morning Coffee – Mock Trial Edition

  1. Michelle Bliss
    November 5, 2010 at 7:51 am

    As your Mock Trial coach, I have to say you have done a great job preparing for the tournament. I am sure that you will do great, Steve. I look forward to reading your impression of the competition. Just as in politics and law, preparation and the ability to think on your feet under pressure are the key. Some of our elected officials probably could benefit from this kind of experience 😉

  2. November 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Bliss and Ross both? My God, we’re sending the Communist team to compete. 😛 Good luck!!! Whenever you have a fundraiser date, drop me a line. I’ll be glad to send a few dimes.

  3. November 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    You’re going to be in St. Louis this weekend? We should hang out if you have time!

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