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Friday, April 30, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Reprise

Thanks to Dan for inviting me back for the fourth year in a row.  I'm soon going to turn my attention to REALLY SERIOUS STUFF and the kind of shameless self-promotion that comes from posting on a mega-elite Top Twelve Blog as opposed to my merely Tier 1 home blog (Legal Profession Blog:  A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network) where I've been pontificating over the last few weeks about God's gift to securities law professors:  synthetic CDOsSEC v. Goldman Sachs, and the metaphor war in the Senate.  I am pretty sure I was the first person either in the blogosphere or the MSM to use the "bookie" metaphor and I am really happy to see others coming around.

But first, I want to reprise an old post. I wrote this song about this time last year when I saw a colleague (who will remain nameless) bouncing his way down the hallway with a disgustingly cheerful air, and what we used to refer to as a "[Senator Levin's favorite unfortunately used adjective to describe a synthetic CDO]-eating grin."  I asked him why he was so happy, and he said "it's my favorite time of the year."  Immediately, a little Andy Williams in a devil costume popped up on my shoulder, and gave me these lyrics without stopping to take a breath.  So this goes out to all the students in the 4:00 p.m. edition of Agency, Partnership, and LLC this semester who were wide awake enough to laugh at my jokes:

It's the most wonderful time of the year 
The 3Ls are cramming
And take-home examming, with 1Ls in fear.
It's the most wonderful time of the year 
It's the hap-happiest season of all
With the summer approaching and no class encroaching
At least until fall,
It's the hap- happiest season of all 

There'll be stipends for writing 
With no deans to be fighting,
And grading will all have been done. 
There'll be times of clairvoyance;
We're free from annoyance when
Faculty meetings are none.

It's the most wonderful time to stay here 
There'll be much profound thinking 
On essays we're inking 
When students steer clear 
It's the most wonderful time of the year 

There'll be federal granting 
And no colleagues ranting
In committees to which we belong
We'll be teaching in Florence
And free from abhorrence
Of everything we know is wrong.

It's the most wonderful job you can get. 
While the law firms are bleeding
And markets receding
The one thing we never forget
It's the most wonderful job
It's the most wonderful job
It's the most wonderful job you can get. 

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw on April 30, 2010 at 05:42 PM in Lipshaw | Permalink

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