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“The difference between a liberal and a progressive is that a liberal is open to everyone’s views; a progressive is as narrow-minded and judgmental (more?) than any conservative.” — Doug Reitsch, Pharmacist at Kamilche Pharmacy in Shelton, WA

According to this myopic internet definition, being “open to everyone’s views” is good and something people should strive for. That is easy, of course, if “everyone’s views” are benign. And if they are not, you can still be “open to everyone’s views” if you are secure in your comforts, privileges, and power, and “everyone’s views” do not perpetuate your oppression. Continue reading


As Cambodians try to understand the almost impossible level of violence that swept their nation decades ago, they may be left pondering this one final question: is imperfect justice better than no justice at all?

Watch the video: Imperfect justice in Cambodia | Need to Know | PBS.

Remembering that sustainability is a (w)holistic approach to satisfying environmental, social, and economic needs and not just the environment, here’s an article from the National Jurist on law schools that have strong public interest and social justice programs. It’s a bit dated now (2009), but it does a good job explaining what criteria were used (student involvement, curriculum and financial acessibility)—always important to know in any ranking system, even especially traditional “best schools” lists. And, as if that wasn’t enough, the American Bar Association also has a resource page for public interest and pro bono programs.

(Side note: I find it telling (i.e., sad) that a law school has to distinguish “social justice” programs; by definition, the law should be concerned with justice. But with all things, what the law is and what it ought to be are not one and the same. Traditional law school should really be called “persuasive arguing for gross enrichment” because that’s usually why the majority of aspiring lawyers attend.)

I know there are plenty of those hyped up “top schools of ultimate bestness” lists out there, though most people (should) know that  The New Yorker: What college rankings really mean with different needs and aspirations. Obviously, if you get into a highly ranked school that doesn’t have the program you want, you may not end up too happy.

Check out this US News ranking of the top law schools for Environmental Law. #1 of their top 10 is Vermont Law School, while Stanford (nationally ranked between 1–3 in any given year) comes in tied at 8th with Tulane and U of Oregon.

Law is on my mind, so you may see a few of these kinds of posts in the near future.

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