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Saturday, April 29, 2006 

Van Gorkum

I know I said that I was taking a hiatus. I am. I just need a break from studying Land Use, and making a post seems like a great way to shift my mind away from the Penn Central test (post-Lucas) for a little while.

In our last Business Associations class of the semester, we were treated to the musical stylings of Professor Hurt and her husband. It was a rousing good time. I tried to use the voice memo recorder on my cell phone to record the songs, but it didn't work. I would like to share the new lyrics of one of the songs with you.

Van Gorkum (sung to the tune of Cecilia by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel)
Lyrics by Christine Hurt and Paul Stancil
Van Gorkum, you're breaking my heart
You're shaking my confidence daily
Oh, Delaware, please change your mind
It's not a crime to be lame

Van Gorkum, the case must be wrong
Directors just cannot be liable
I'm a director, and I'm in good faith
I've nothing at stake, I'm all that
I'm all that

Saturday in the afternoon, with Van Gorkum
Up in their boardroom
Some zoned out to outer space
When they came back down
Pritzker owned the whole place

Van Gorkum, you're breaking my heart
You're shaking my confidence daily
Business Judgment Rule, where have you gone?
I need you now, come on home
Come on home

Oh, oh Disney - the court loves me again?
I fall on the floor and I'm laughing
Oh, oh Disney - good faith wins again?
I fall on the floor and I'm laughing

These lyrics are in reference to the Van Gorkum and Disney cases concerning director liability. It's law humor, which means that 99% of the population doesn't think it's funny.

This reminds me a lot of an idea that I've had since my freshman year of college. Think about how many songs you know (meaning you know all of the lyrics). I don't know about the rest of you, but I know a hell of a lot of songs. What if you created a series of study aids that took course information and set it to music? There is something about the pairing of words and music that just sticks in your brain. I'm currently trying to write a song explaining the holding of the regulatory takings case Lucas v South Carolina Coastal Council, set to Shinedown's Save Me. I'm calling it Pay Me.

Good one! And I'm not a lawyer! Now, get back to studying, so you can become that which many Americans don't like, but at some point will need. A lawyer. There is some irony there..

Ah, to be loved and hated...

As Lazlow said in "Real Genius", I'm happy and sad for you... LOL

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