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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Summer Romance

Beachblanketbingo Summer is finally upon us, and as exciting as our research undoubtedly is, we should all take a moment to savor the season.  Of course, thoughts of summer often lead to thoughts of summer romance, and the legendary couples that arose from such trystings:  Tristan and Isolde, Gatsby and Daisy, Danny and Sandy...

But how to achieve such fabled happiness, you cry, what is the best way to find love ? And where can it be sought?! Well, once again Ovid, one of my favorite sages, has the answer (hat tip to Frank Pasquale):

And the law-courts (who’d believe it?) they suit love:

a flame is often found in the noisy courts:

where the Appian waters pulse into the air,

from under Venus’s temple, made of marble,

there the lawyer’s often caught by love,

and he who guides others, fails to guide himself:

in that place of eloquence often his words desert him,

and a new case starts, his own cause is the brief.

There Venus, from her neighbouring temples, laughs:

he, who was once the counsel, now wants to be the client.

(Ars Amatoria, Book I, Part III:  Search While You're Walking)

Go and sally forth, young lawyers--your romance awaits!

Posted by Laura I Appleman on June 28, 2007 at 03:08 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink


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