Much Ado About Nothing (Part II)

Trip Start Dec 27, 2011
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Trip End Jan 11, 2012


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Friday, December 30, 2011

Today was another day of lectures, although they were not nearly as good as the ones of the first day. It wouldn't have been bad, but we were all dragging from the day before, so the lectures were especially painful. Gretchen and her father spoke first on sovereign immunity. Gretchen read straight from her speech which was not ideal. She breezed through the idea of sovereign immunity from a historical prospective. When her father started speaking, it was from a current day prospective. During the lecture, I had some time to think (as the topic was nothing that was of particular interest to what we are doing here and I was not going to need to recall anything). I can't help but feel that we are working on days when we could be doing something else. I think we should have done the lectures on a weekend (aka Sunday) when nothing else was open, but I suppose that we would not be able to get into the Middle Temple. I guess you win some and you lose some. I was definitely losing the battle to sleep during the lecture
 
Professor Shoneberger's wife spoke second. You could tell that she was a professor and used to talking to big groups while staying engaging. She spoke on ideas of privacy in the UK versus the US. Again, while it was semi-interesting, it was not necessarily the most pertinent to what we want to accomplish here in London. 

Professor Shoneberger spoke right before lunch. His topic was Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake (the sailer who first circumnavigated the globe). It was an interesting lecture because there were lots of things to see in the Middle Temple that had to do with the topic. For example, a replica (as the original was destroyed in WWII) of the lantern from Drake's ship, the Golden Hind, hangs in the front entry way. Also, both men have portraits hanging in the balcony area of the main hall. Finally, there is a table in the great hall that was made from wood of the Golden Hind.

Lunch couldn't have come more timely. We were all struggling to stay awake. Ye Old Cheshire Cheese was very busy, so a group of us headed back to have lunch at the Knight's Templar. I had a panini which was even less expensive than the burger and beer! 

After lunch, Dean Kaufman gave a talk about "Paula in London." "Paula" is a lecture that he gives to 1Ls at orientation and uses as an example in his Civil Procedure class, and since I transferred I had never heard him speak. The story was this: five years after Paula, the ballerina, injured her left pinky toe while driving her shiny red scooter with the silver stripe down Chicago and Rush, she moved to London where she enjoyed riding her shiny red scooter with the silver stripe at 5AM near Fleet Street and Chancery Ln. She was idling at the corner at the red light. She turned left when Cory, who drives a lory, grazed her right pinky toe. She was supposed to start a five year contract with the Royal Ballet Theatre that night. When she heard that a bunch of Loyola law students were listening to lectures in the Middle Temple, she came running in and asks, "Will you take my case!?" Essentially, the lecture was about the differences between the civil procedure in the United States versus in the United Kingdom. 

After Dean Kaufman spoke, we had a wine and cheese reception in the main hall. We took a bit of a tour of the Middle Temple, starting with the room in which scenes from Bridget Jones's Diary were filmed. Also, the author of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is said to have gotten his inspiration while sitting at the table in the main hall by looking up at the coat of arms in the window (there are also paintings of both Jekyll and Hyde in the room were BJD was filmed). We also saw the lantern hanging in the foyer, the armory, and the table that Queen Elizabeth I had commissioned for the Inn (the logs were floated down the Thames and taken through the window of the coat of arms). 

Finally, we were allowed into the law library where the Molyneux Globes are stored. The globes date from 1592. They were not only the largest printed globes in the world that had been made up to that date, but the most geographically correct. Apparently, there were three made (a celestial one, a geographical one that was the most accurate to date and included the discoveries made on Drake's circumnavigation, and a geographical one that was made to mislead people).

Katie's friend was here on a layover. We met her at lunch and she rubbed me the wrong way. She came over after the reception, walked into our room, and immediately kicked my boots out of the way without saying anything. It really irritated me. 

A group of six girls went out for Indian food really near the Goodenough Club at a restaurant called Salon Namaste. Dean Kaufman and his family were there separately from us, but that didn't keep him from picking up the tab. It was so nice of him! I love our Deans! I tried the Chicken Tikki Massala; it tasted really fresh which was very nice. It looked a little on the small side, but I was stuffed by the time I was finished (I didn't even finish it all). We had three different kinds of naan for the table (garlic, plain, and cheese) and all were delicious. After dinner I simply came home, relaxed, went to bed early. I really needed some sleep. 
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