Mlle. Zabzie

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  1. 2016 US Election: what happened in Nevada?

    Trump has released a list of possible Supreme Court nominees. Problem is, they aren't crazy (conservative, but not crazy). There are some very smart people on this list. Steven M. Colloton of Iowa, Raymond W. Gruender of Missouri and Thomas M. Hardiman of Pennsylvania; two federal appeals court judges, William H. Pryor Jr. of Alabama and Raymond M. Kethledge of Michigan; and six state Supreme Court justices: Allison H. Eid of Colorado; Joan Larsen of Michigan; Thomas Lee of Utah; David Stras of Minnesota; Diane Sykes of Wisconsin; and Don Willett of Texas. In case you think this is somehow proTrump, remember, you are known by the company you keep (or that keeps you, in this case).
  2. Feminism - Distractingly Sexy Edition

    A couple of things: 1. I think we should be careful of labeling Trump misogynist. I think it is reductive and untrue. He unbelievably sexist (for him the patriarchy is uuuuge), but I do not think he hates all women. Rather the opposite. I think he very much likes, appreciates, and perhaps even loves (if he is capable of the emotion) women, provided they stay in what he believes is their appropriate sphere. This is way more dangerous than misogyny. 2. I think the case of Ivanka is difficult.She is supporting her father and has not broken with him. That is, she doesn't believe he is as vile as most of us do. She livesin a blinkered bubble so, one assumes, cannot see what the rest of us see. Yes, she is an apologist for his sexism, but realistically, where is the political hay ingoing after her for supporting her dad?She has actually achieved things,and I don't see anything butreally negative backlash for any politician or news outlet running afterher.One could wish that the press would simplycease giving her airtime. That is not going to happen though. Trump is too good a story. 3. I will disagreewith onepart of this. I guess I'm a bit more third wave than some of y'all. Ifind the negative reaction against "feminist light" empowerment itself kind of sexist.It's like saying that girls shouldn't like pink because of its association withBarbie. I don't see why a "feminist" needs to speak out for single mothers, or a women's right to contraceptives/plannedparenthood, orviolence against women (which honestly, I don't think there is a ton of controversy about on that list). Sometimes just being in the room is controversial or groundbreaking, and sitting at the head of the table in that room even more so.
  3. This Board is not like the book

    Total BS. Wonder who I would be in that quiz?
  4. Happy B-Day to Theda!!

    Happy day! Hoping this will go through this time! XOXO
  5. Chareerchat II: Production of Means

    My recruiting is divided into two buckets: (1) law school graduates and (2) (a much smaller bucket) lateral attorneys from other firms. It is basically impossible to judge the technical competency of the candidates in bucket 1. We use their grades as a proxy, but it's not necessarily a good predictor of future success (to be fair, it is somewhat helpful though). The questions I ask try to get at (i) a candidate's ownership of their own information (it's surprising how many people can't talk lucidly about their resume beyond platitudes), (ii) a candidate's ownership over projects (I don't necessarily needleaders, but I do needowners), and (iii) a candidate's flexibility in thought and response (really hard to get a read on in an interview, but one tries with the odd curveball question). Bucket 2 is very, very hard. It's hard to know why someone is leaving one firm for another. Pay can factor into it, but it's pretty hard to do given how transparent compensation is in the industry. And given client confidentiality, it's hard to ask detailed questions of prior work. I suppose I could give a law school type exam (open book) and see what kinds of answers I would get, but it just isn't done in the market.
  6. Feeling like the worst parent ever

    PG - the handwriting thing is all me, and not her son. I am actually fairly ambidextrous - I write legibly, but more slowly, with my left hand as well as my right, and use my left for all kinds of random things. My mother is convinced that when I got to the age that children were supposed to pick a dominant hand, and I hadn't appeared to be picking one, I was basically made a right hander. That may not have been 100% the correct choice and took some work when I was a bit older. Hard to say though.
  7. You are forgetting James K. Polk of "54:40 or Fight" fame. To be fair, most people forget him. I'm kind of fond of him actually.
  8. Chareerchat II: Production of Means

    I ask a lot of questions about what the person did: What was the last project that you had ownership of all or a part of? Describe your role and how it intersected withother team members. Describe a project that did not turn out as expected and how you handled that. Describe the most meaningful contribution you made on a prior project. How would you handle a scenario where your team is not working well together because of personality conflicts? What actions would you take to make sure that the project is timely completed. I am also usually talking to students not that far out of university. I ALWAYS ask about their thesis, if they wrote one. You'd be surprised how many of them can't discuss it lucidly.
  9. Feeling like the worst parent ever

    You are describing me at roughly the same age (I was a little younger, but, you know, a girl, so I assume it hit sooner), but it was worse because my handwriting was so illegible that I had to be put in a remedial class. I am not by nature an organizer, though in a sense I'm an orderly person. I'm a big picture person, and always have been. I found, and still find, binders extremely difficult to deal with (and don't use them).I had to find an organization method that worked for ME, and it wasn't the method that was being taught in school, necessarily. Agendas/planners/binder checks - I thought they were meaningless and stultifying (and therefore wanted nothing to do with them, because I didn't see the point). Now, the downside is that I did lose stuff, and leave stuff until the last minute and got poor grades, but eventually developed a system that worked for me. I work better with folders, not binders. A spiral notebook with pockets was perfect for me. My notes and the handouts stayed in one place and things weren't falling out of my binders. Over time, I could move things to binders (or better for me, piles, or currently, to my assistant who has a genius for organization), but once I was freed from an imposed organizational system, I did much better. Honestly, since the guidance counselor is onboard, talk to your son about what would work for him. Throwing stuff in a locker doesn't, but there has to be something other than the binders, etc. that would feel more natural to him. He won't work with a system that (1) he doesn't see the point of and (2) doesn't fit with his own internal logic. I should mention that I graduated from high school with a 4.0, went to (though I know you must disagree ;)) an excellent college where I graduated magna cum laude, and then law school where I graduated cum laude. So, there's hope, even for the disorganized.
  10. What is the biggest problem in the world? CORRUPTION

    Actually, has very little to do with tax. Mostly very good, well-developed corporate law, and the ease, speed (and confidentiality) with which you can form an entity. As a US parented corporate, you may very well need a foreign subsidiary, but unless doing business in Panama, you would more likely see holding jurisdictions with good treaty networks and participation exemptions(e.g., Lux, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland).
  11. What's so bad about growing vegetables in your front yard?

    And I'm sure someone will. I've seen lovely vegetable plots, so aesthetics shouldn't come in to it. How do you feel about someone keeping livestock on property? My parents' neighbors decided they would keep chickens, pigs and rabbits in their back yard (they had 2 acres). The pigs created run off that polluted the creek. The chickens kept the whole neighborhood awake. The rabbits were just sad. They were cited and had to stop their small farming. Their farming was an actual nuisance even though it was "their land". I'm pro vegetable grower, to be sure - my parents always had a plot growing up (in the back yard - grade was too steep in the front for what it's worth). But, I don't think this article gives enough information about the gardens in questions and the reasons.
  12. What is the biggest problem in the world? CORRUPTION

    Shady Panamanian companies aren't really necessary. We regularly joke thatthis is the tallest money laundry in the world. US real estate is almost perfect for that sort of thing.
  13. What's so bad about growing vegetables in your front yard?

    Ugh, wicked Wickard. Now, on the garden, is there perhaps a state interest in having a set back? E.g., by reducing run-off of pesticides, etc. into the sewers?
  14. What is the biggest problem in the world? CORRUPTION

    My experience in dealing with such jurisdictions is that there will be like one or two firms per jurisdiction that have the capacity to deal cross-border in a legitimate fashion. E.g., in the Cayman Islands (which is actually way legit) you have Walkers on the one hand and Maples & Calder. If somehow both were conflicted, you would probably end up with Conyers Dill & Pearman or Appleby, both of which are fundamentally Bermuda firms but have Cayman offices and which are both fine firms. There's a reason everybody uses those firms. Same with Panama, and this firm wasn't necessarily on the "legitsky" list.
  15. US Elections: When Murder isn't Murder

    Gosh. This is truly something. Woodward's reaction: https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/bob-woodward-discusses-his-very-unusual-trump-interview/2016/04/02/da07feb8-f92b-11e5-958d-d038dac6e718_video.html