Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Beginning of the School Year Makes the Abstract Concrete
Previously I had been musing about the value of government agencies and private attorneys intervening in contractual relationships in order to help marginalized populations realize their rights, as workers or otherwise. Now that our fall semester has started, my attention turns to so intervening - or at least guiding law students through doing so - on behalf of the (mostly indigent) clients of our Civil Litigation Clinic, one of six clinics in DU's Student Law Office.
The beginning of the school year brings forth many considerations, from the irrelevant, such as whether I should accept the friend requests of prior semesters' students, to the profound. It is when we hang out our metaphorical "open for business" sign to the relevant communities in the Denver metro area, and we are reminded once again that we are dwarfed by the need that exists.
Probably it was the imminence of this semi-annual experience that was driving my interest in the topic of workers at the frontiers of rights. Now I must go and see about guiding some of those workers across said frontier.
Posted by Raja Raghunath on August 22, 2012 at 10:29 AM | Permalink
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Raja, on the FB front, my advice would be not to accept any FB friend request from a student until after he or she graduates and politely tell them as much.
Posted by: I. Glenn Cohen | Aug 22, 2012 12:00:48 PM
I concur with Glenn on FB friending. I do, however, accept "LinkedIn" connection requests from students if I know them.
Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Aug 22, 2012 1:42:46 PM
After making that mistake my first year teaching, I too adhere to the "alumni-only" rule for friending my former students, although I must admit that that is only the first threshold they must pass...
Posted by: Raja Raghunath | Aug 23, 2012 5:55:03 PM