Monday, September 25, 2006

Top Eleven Defining Moments In Law School

It was ten years ago this month that our law school experience began. Obviously we look back fondly on those times. The question becomes, of those times, which was most important, most representative of the times we now remember? Here they are:

11)Bart and Moose move in together. One was a loud, obnoxious, attention starved student who did little studying and a lot of drinking. The other was Bartish. Thus began the Aunt Ellie's era. Without this apartment we wouldn't have Poker Night, Hook Up or Throw Up, the Tower Eight and countless hours of sexual orientation speculation. This duo was the center of all relevent law school planning.

10) Section One comes together. This one, like the one above it, pains me to write. But section one included Moose, Bart, Bjorn, Susie, Max, and Budelsky. Probably some that I have forgotten. But early in law school you invite one you get ten to fifteen people. They referred to themselves at "the popular kids", but everyone else called them the "Heathers".

9) The second ski trip. The first ski trip included many second years like my brother and Toby. It wasn't until the second ski trip that the party got legs. We rented a five room condo with about 15-20 people. Broken legs, bedroom congas and hot stories abound. Set the stage for Ski Trip 3.0 which featured some of the most competitive Cups action ever.

8)Budelsky wears a Dartmouth t-shirt for the 18 straight day. This is amazing for a couple reasons. One, they never repeated. (The author's favorite will always be the keg-jumping shirt) Two, it took us that long to realize how Bud was inappropriately arrogant. He went to an Ivy league school, dammit.

7)The popular kids take Max in under their wings. Before Max was socially awkard and shy. Think Patrick Dempsey in "Can't Buy Me Love". Well, he didn't buy Moose a leather jacket, but by the time they were done think Patrick Dempsey in "Grey's Anatomy". And don't pretend you don't watch that show.

6)Pub Crawl. First of many. Several good stories, but the significance of this event is this is when the Class of 98 really wrestled control of the law school. Socially that is.

5)Opening Day, 1996. If memory serves me, we had about 80 people confirmed for the game. A slight problem with the umpiring situation caused a delay. (quick aside: Moose was standing in line to get beer when the umpire died. By the time he go to the register the game was cancelled and beer sales were halted. He did not know this. So the clerk calmly explained to him that he couldn't have a beer because the umpire had died. His response was "What, was he supposed to bring up the kegs?" Great guy that Moose.) So suddenly we needed to replan for the next day and maintain the beer buzz. Western Bowl, Willie's and Uncle Woody's all factored in to the occasion. Seven days and one pair of underwear later Moose returned home and we determined that the combination of Opening Day and the Final Four was a pretty good party.

4)I attend Eric Clark's 22nd birthday party. I barely knew Eric. He was a friend of a friend, mired in the Class of 99. That night I watched him work his magic on a diverse crowd of five women (including his wife). This night, coupled with further incidences of bravado, made me decide this guy might be as arrogant as Budelsky and as clueless as Bartish. He was a must for Poker Night. Still #2 in poker night's hosted. Serves as liason between his class and our class, even though most agree he's in our class.

3)Drafting and creation of the charter for the Student Law School Tackle Football Club. Somewhere in UC there should be a painting similar to this one depicting the signing of that charter in room. The 1L Express went undefeated in it's three year history, defeating every class and the Med School too. The formation of this team paved the way to creation of a much more powerful team, Schmoozing & Boozin.

2)Decision to join the Cincinnati Bar Association Softball league. Originally conceived as Schmoozin', Boozin' and Loozin', L.P.A. this team was responsible (or so said our letter) for raking the in field and passing out beers before the game. A roster of twenty or so law students gradually became 12 and in 2000 won the league Championship. This team saw some horrible players and some great uniforms. The addition by subtraction of Mike Bartish got the championship and the team still exist today, five uniforms later. This event ranks at number two because it also brought about the infamous UVA trip. Former student Marc Browning invited us to a law school only tourney in Virginia. Most people have heard the stories of the trip so frequently that they can tell it as if they were there as well. Like Bud, he can tell the story of the trip even though he was at home picking out floral arrangements.

1)Bartish decides to host a poker night after watching an episode of Seinfeld. The influence was was widespread and ubiquotous. No social activity or rumor or innuendo came into being without the say-so of Poker Night. Almost every activity above started as a brain child and was developed at Poker Night

(Honorable Mention-- Selecting Hill View Golf Course.)


At Monday, September 25, 2006 2:27:00 PM, Blogger michael budelsky said...

I actually agree with much of what you have compiled here. However, the most glaring error is that Section One is relegated so low on the list. Everything flows from this one -- it is the clear #1 (only poker night approaches, and that is obviously an offshoot of section 1 fermentation). Without this organizational quirk from the registrar's office, most of the other items on the list don't happen, including: 11; 9 (and don't underestimate the importance of Ski Trip 1.0 which included section 1-ers Janie, Lasher, Moose and Bud, who formed the core of interest generating for years to come); 7 (if Max is in another section, he could just have easily been a member of the fun bunch -- good thing for everyone things worked out as they did); 6 (all Lil Bart's imagination and toil); 5 (brainchild of Moose and Bud); 3 (let's not forget Monty and Hibby as influential section 1-ers); 2 (this dream only got off the ground due to Bart's enthusiasm, Moose's past experience, and Bud's organization); and 1 (dominated by section 1-ers -- I would drop it only slightly to #2 on the list).

I have no idea how Clark's birthday made the list.

Other honorable mentions that I would add: finding Hillview; lunch at Woody's; that Tower 8 party; canoe trips; Cub's road trip; Funky Dunks; Cyclone's games; and everyone living on the West Side.

At Monday, September 25, 2006 3:03:00 PM, Blogger UCLaw98 said...

Your response was very confusing. Too many numbers. Clark's birthday makes the list because I was involved and when you start law school as part of the fun bunch (I called it the Dork Patrol) you need to give yourself validation.
I don't agree with your honorable mentions either, none of them are defining moments. Just events.
I notice that you don't argue about your own inclusion. Typically arrogant.

At Monday, September 25, 2006 4:20:00 PM, Blogger UCLaw98 said...

Excellent list, Todd. I can't think of a single quibble. I even like the Clark one and think its placement is correct seeing that 6 is the reason Clark became affiliated with us. While I do have a few additions, I can't really call them that due to the fact that in some part they are covered by what is in the list. However, here are my additional submissions:

1. I think the formation of the 1L express is really a bigger deal than the charter for its inclusion as a club. Remember, by the time the charter was drawn, the 1L express was already well established. Credit for the 1L express has to go to Doug as he was the driving force behind it.

2. I believe there was some event that happened late during 1st semester 1st year that is somehow responsible for me hanging out with Todd, Moose, and Bud. Before that time, I hung out a lot more with Doug, Hans, and Monty. I don't know what it was, but for some reason I believe something occurred.

3. Graham Dinwoodie. Our ability to some absorb Dimwoodie into the folds of our group contributed a great deal to our influence. He we don't get Dinwoodie to cancel class on Opening Day, part 2 (thereby making it a tradition for Dinwoodie and his other friendly professor's to do likewise the following year, Opening Day does not become the signature event that it is.

4. The impeachment of what's his name as PAD president during out 2L year and my rise to presidency thereby giving us access to additional funds for ridulous events.

At Monday, September 25, 2006 4:28:00 PM, Blogger UCLaw98 said...

I can only assume that Bartish wrote the third post. That being said there was very little that attached me to the popular kids in Section One. Susie and I kew each other before law school (albeit a week) so we knew each other. I hung out with Tony Smits and Rick Steiner. It was when we were all in Property together that everything started to click. I played soccer with Bartish and Bud, but that's about it.


At Tuesday, September 26, 2006 2:21:00 PM, Blogger Ewald said...

This is a great list. However the most important event was Moose's party the first month of school when he lived off of Stewart.

Prior to that party, all of us were hanging out in different factions.

I was hanging out primarily with Monty, Miller, Doug and Bjorn.

Todd was hanging out with an older crowd and Suzy.

Bud and Bart I don't know.

Moose, Lopez and Huffman I have no idea.

Once the party happened we all collided and still hang out to this day.

Of course my only recollection of the party was playing anchorman using a 2 gallon Ice Tea container as a pitcher.

At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 11:32:00 AM, Blogger Hammond Law Group LLC said...

It pains me to say this, but I think Calaway knocked this out of the park. I have a quibble here and there, but that's at the margins.

The Section One thing was huge. We had core people like: Me, Bart, Bud, Max, Bjorn, Susie, Monty, uhh-Doug (always a funny way to say his name), Janie, and Slasher.

And even non-core people like Marquisha, "The Moms", Pat McCauslin, Tonya, Wendy, and Hans
who all had fringe effects.

....and Aaron Aldridge. Christ how could we forget Aaron Aldridge.

BTW, the Ewald, Monty, Miller, Hans - apartment co-op was a quirk that is, at worst, an Honorable Mention.


At Friday, October 13, 2006 11:28:00 AM, Blogger UCLaw98 said...


My first memory of law school fun was the party on da' rivah at monty's parents' place. that was the night shane hooked up with shane. i would put this on the list.

and how about the night i went to introduce rosanne to all of my new "friends" in law school only to walk in to what looked like a foggy scene from that '70s show. quite a defining moment.

At Wednesday, October 25, 2006 4:09:00 PM, Blogger UCLaw98 said...

todd one of your defining moments had to be meeting me the saturday before we even started law school... without that connection who knows if you would have been pulled into the section 1 party.



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