Feb. 9th, 2014 09:03 pm

I ran 9 miles today!! Slowly but I don't care. I didn't fall on the ice; I kept going even when I was cold and tired, and I felt amazing at the end. I haven't run that far since training for the half marathon in NYC in...2009? Yes, 2009, and I am a lot heavier and slower now. I have lost 6 or 7 lbs from running so far, though, which is amazing considering that I lost zero lbs in all of my boot camp classes and treadmill/elliptical time for the past 1.5 years. Also I got my period! I actually attribute that to acupuncture but it was pretty awesome. Well, awesome in that awful crampy, "wait, why did I want this again?" way.
I was hideously sick with a bad sinus infection for 2 weeks, but I can now both breathe and no longer feel as if my teeth and eyeballs are being pushed out of my face by my swollen sinuses.
Anyway, so I am feeling pretty good about my body. Wanted to share. : )

I wrote this up for our babysitters tonight (my sister and her gf) but why not record it for posterity? As a babysitter I never appreciated how easy the children were to get to bed until I had my own child and found out how hard it can be. Kate and I are going to a compost workshop tonight and didn't realize when we signed up that it's from 7-9. We are really excited but nobody else has EVER done bedtime and I am very nervous.

Bedtime routine:
Start about 8 or sooner if she is rubbing her eyes or is cranky. Take her upstairs, grab a pair of pajamas from the top left drawer in her bureau. Change her out of her cloth diaper into a disposable one, and quickly put the pajamas on before she can pull off  the disposable diaper.
Take her to the bathroom and brush her teeth. She can use any toothbrush--she sometimes prefers ours to hers. She has paste but only sometimes uses it. She likes her electric one but is a little scared of it, too. She is likely to not want to brush her teeth, but make sure at least a little contact with a brush occurs. She has been liking to gnaw on the little rubber one that you put on your finger—that counts as a toothbrush.
Take her back to her room, turn on the little moon light and turn off the big light. Offer her her sippy cup of water and read as many stories as you feel like reading. Usually she would be nursing at this time and then would switch to me for the actual sleep part, so she may be angry at the lack of nursing. After a couple of stories, carry her over to the sound machine and turn on the sound machine and turn off the light. Lay her down on her stomach on the bed, head almost but not quite touching the pillow. Tuck her in with 1+ baby blankets and tell her you love her. Pat her back/sing to her/whatever. Do not use your phone at this point because the light will distract her/keep her up. If she sits up just pat the bed again and say “Maya, lie down, it’s sleepy time.”
If this is not working at all, either give up and just hold her/read to her until we get home or if she is obviously exhausted, tell her you love her and know she can go to sleep on her own, close the door, and listen to her scream from outside.

Thank you thank you thank you. We’ll be back just after 9.
Life is good. My classes are generally quite good--I love my Employment Discrimination Law class, and am still liking clinic. I am a supervisor now and so am handling my own cases and helping out the new students. Criminal Law is fine, interesting but sort of whatev. I don't feel smart enough for Law of Democracy (voting rights), in which the professor talks super-fast and it's all policy folks who worked in Washington prior to law school.
That is one nice thing about Yale in general, though--most of us worked for at least a couple of years, and so in Employment Discrimination, we can talk about our experiences on hiring committees or firing someone (ok, so I've never fired anyone, but other people in the class have! I've been on lots of hiring committees, though). It definitely adds to the conversation.
Education and the Law is a joke class, but I'll get an important writing requirement out of the way as soon as I pick a topic and stick with it. oh, and then write the paper...
I met with the 2 professors supervising my paper from last semester and they want more drafts. oy. I just don't feel smart enough. They started the meeting by asking me whether I wanted to aim this to publish in the Yale Law Journal, in a secondary journal, or just to complete the requirement for a paper. I said secondary journal, because I can't imagine working on this long enough to get into YLJ, but I worry a little that maybe I undersold myself. I am not really sure how the paper would be different, but they said how I do need to aim the paper more at a particular audience. Right now it's aimed at people who do trans law and disability law, which is why I think a secondary journal (maybe Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, for which I am an editor?) would fit it better. If I wanted to do the big journal, YLJ, I would need to reframe it to say something about law more generally, about law and social movements. I don't think that's what I care about--I care about arguing that disability rights and accommodations are important narratives that transpeople should be using, regardless of the stigma of medicalization and the DSM.
ergh. This paper stresses me out. and now I have to revise it AND write another one, about special education. Also I have a short paper to write for my employment law class on our disability discrimination, as the evaluation for the whole class is 5 five-page papers, rather than an exam or final paper. I like this better, but still, lots of work.

In non-law school life, I am still enjoying being married. Kate and I took an AMAZING trip to Costa Rica, a belated honeymoon, between my January exams and the start of classes. We stayed at a lesbian-owned B&B and just relaxed. Oh, and we kayaked, zip-lines, hiked, swam, boogie-boarded and learned to surf!! l

We go to synagogue almost every week and helped out with the Kiddush Committee's big Cook'n'Freeze event. I like our shul, with a great radical rabbi, good people, and adorable toddlers moshing the bimah for ein keloheinu, but weekly services are getting to be a drag. I spend too much time in lectures each week to want to be at shul for hours every Saturday.

We are progressing with figuring out how to build our family. I dunno how open Kate wants to be about talking about this stuff so I will stop with that, but we are reading a lot. Thanks Jess for the recommendations!

Tonight I made orange-cranberry scones for a clinic potluck. They came from a King Arthur Flour mix and were both delicious and incredibly easy. I also made pesto bread in the breadmaker, which didn't finish cooking in time for the potluck. So now we have a lot of bread.

I didn't manage to get my Crim reading done tonight, but it's time to go pick up Kate from the train. (if I don't pick her up, she has to transfer buses in a dangerous area and it takes an hour, or she has to walk in the ice and snow--have i mentioned the weather here?--through a not-good area). She walks to the train station in the daytime, but she moved to New Haven for me. I can pick her up from Metro-North.
I am copying and pasting the article here because it will eventually go to archive, but you should click the link to see his picture anyway.

Appealing appointment
Judge Strassburger to be senior judge on the Superior Court he once ran for
Monday, October 25, 2010 By Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Common Pleas Judge Gene Strassburger will begin serving as a senior Pennsylvania Superior Court judge on Jan. 3.
Gene Strassburger has long wanted to serve on Pennsylvania's Superior Court.
Now, 13 years after running unsuccessfully for a seat on the appellate bench, he will get his chance.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed Judge Strassburger, who has served on the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court since 1978, to serve as a senior Superior Court judge. He will take office on Jan. 3.
In that capacity, he will take on the same caseload as the other 15 elected jurists.
"It's the busiest appellate court in the country," Judge Strassburger said. "They really can't function the way they need to without senior judges."
In 2009, the Superior Court concluded 8,321 appeals, and of those, 5,384 opinions were filed.
The year-to-year appointment can last up to 10 years. "I've enjoyed everything I've done, but I like new challenges," he said.
Judge Strassburger, 66, was first appointed to the bench in Allegheny County by Gov. Milton Shapp. He won his first elected term in 1979, and has been retained for three additional 10-year terms.
He served in the family division of the court for 15 years before moving to the civil division, where he has served for 17.
Judge Strassburger currently acts as the administrative judge and calendar control judge for the Civil Division.
He expects that he'll miss the daily interaction with the lawyers who come before him. "I'll not only miss seeing them, but they were compelled to laugh at my jokes," he said.
He comes from a long line of lawyers -- both of his grandfathers were attorneys, as were his mother and father. His great-aunt was the first woman to graduate from law school at Ohio State University in 1907, and one of his grandfathers continued practice into his 90s.
While Judge Strassburger did spend some time at the family firm -- Strassburger Mc­ Kenna Gutnik & Gefsky, founded in 1919 -- he spent most of his career as an attorney working in the city solicitor's office.
In his time there, he argued 30 or 40 appellate cases, including one before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In that case, Pittsburgh Press Co. v. the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, Mr. Strassburger represented the city of Pittsburgh in an effort to stop the newspaper from advertising gender-specific want ads.
The human relations commission found that the Press violated a city sex discrimination ordinance by referring to gender in those listings.
The newspaper company argued the ordinance violated its First Amendment right to freedom of the press.
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision issued in 1973, ruled in favor of the city, finding the ordinance did not implicate either freedom of expression or financial viability, because the ads were "purely commercial advertising," which is not protected by the First Amendment.
At that point, Judge Strassburger had been practicing for only six years. "I peaked early," he said, citing that case as his greatest success as a lawyer.
He spoke proudly, too, of his work leading the family division, noting that Allegheny County was in the forefront of making state law in the 1980s.
Judge Strassburger was also involved in the creation of Allegheny County's Court Appointed Special Advocates program in 1993. One of the first in the state, the program provides advocates for abused children in the child welfare system. It is expected to serve 500 children this year.
Throughout his career, Judge Strassburger has been active in the Allegheny County Bar Association's Women in the Law division. He has received both the Susan B. Anthony award and the Carol Los Mansmann award.
Carol McCarthy, who served for many years with Judge Strassburger in the Women in the Law division, praised him in working toward fairness and equity for women.
"As a judge, he probably has done so much for women," she said. "Not because they're women, but because it's the right thing to do. He just doesn't like to see people being treated unfairly."
The judge has been involved in the effort since 1991 and helped to develop a maternity leave policy for female attorneys, Ms. McCarthy said. He also has served for many years on the gender bias subcommittee.
Ms. McCarthy remembers once walking into Judge Strassburger's courtroom when her opposing counsel said, "'Boy, they didn't have pretty girls like that when I was in law school.'"
"Before I could even open my mouth, Judge Strassburger told him that comment was inappropriate," Ms. McCarthy said.
Senior Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. praised his colleague's selection for the appellate court. "He has an incredibly strong foundation in law. He's seen almost everything, so he's going to have a good sense of how things got there and why they got there."
Even more than that, Judge Wettick said, Judge Strassburger will know to consider how an appellate court decision might affect the trial courts.
"He'll know when you need a complicated solution versus an easy-to-follow line."
Wedding is in 2 weeks and I am PANICKING. That looks a lot like picnicking, but so isn't.
I know in 2 weeks we will be married no matter what, but in the meantime, we have a heck of a lot of stuff to do.
From the home page. right? Because I can't find it anywhere. It used to be on the top, when I scrolled over...something, "view friends page" would be an option. Not anymore!
last semester:

this semester, so far:
usufruct/ usufructuary

*I still don't understand the Yale Law School use of the word normative. Google tells me that in academic scholarship normative means "relating to an ideal standard or model," but I really don't think that's how my professors (and now classmates, who have somehow figured out the meaning of the word!) are using it.

Life is good. Busy. I fell asleep at 11PM on Friday night and slept until 10AM. It was wonderful and amazing.

I'm taking Administrative Law, Property, Federal Income Taxation, and the LGBT Litigation Clinic. I'm also working as a research assistant to my constitutional law professor from last semester (last week she had me write a memo on the use of abortion language in the early gay rights litigation--interesting, but time consuming). Then the Journal of Law and Feminism, for which I am now a Submissions Co-Editor. Also, the international students are here from Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. We're not hosting anyone, but there are lots of events. Speaking of events--lunch with Dean Spade tomorrow, a conference call with Lambda about our LGBT litigation clinic project (on trans health insurance), and then a lecture from Dean. Then Into to Jewish Law reading group (including a free fleischik dinner, which is most of the reason for going). Oy. Big day.

now, to read tax law before bed. Luckily, I actually enjoy this stuff, a lot. I should, according to all advice, be writing a big article (ideally for eventual publication) this semester, but I didn't feel ready, and I like my classes. So this is good.
Next, preparing for oral arguments.

Also other homework. But whatever, our brief is DONE.

ps. Any of you use Lexis Best Authority? I spent hours this morning trying to find a library computer that would run it, and then couldn't get it customized enough for my liking. Oh well. Painstakingly marking each citation through Microsoft Word helped me find some errors I would have otherwise missed.

Legal writing is hard, yo.
My small group of 16 has a well-used email list, on which someone referred to herself as "lame" for skipping our group dinner tonight to do laundry. I replied saying that I wasn't a big fan of the word "lame" to refer to something generically negative, and got some pushback from other students who don't feel it's pejorative or ableist.
I know they're wrong, but I really don't have time to look up good links. Anyone know of something I can send them? The more professional/official looking, the better---these are slightly snobby (though generally nice) law students, after all.
thank you!
zstrass: (eyes)
watching precinct results from maine slowly come in.  please please please.

good thing I was pretty productive earlier today, b/c it's all gone now.  just praying.

ironically, part of my work today involved starting research for my constitutional law which I am assigned to represent the Navy in defending Don't Ask Don't Tell.
zstrass: (eyes)
I thought I read fast, but my eyes are tired.

Con Law reading alone tonight took four hours. I'm sure it will be faster once I know how to brief a case better, but for real...this was one case (Marsh v. Chambers), two scholarly articles about different ways to interpret the Constitution, the Constitution itself, and one newspaper article about Regan shifting the Court to the right. That's a lot, right? For one class? I've only had two of my four classes so far, but both of them cold-call (i.e., call on anyone, randomly, without raised hands. kind of neat but terrifying too).

I have some pretty awesome professors (so far?), though.
1. Reva Siegel, Constitutional Law small group (17 people). wikipedia 
2. Amy Chua, Contracts (about 65-70 people; am not quite sure). wikipedia
3. Drew Days, Procedure (65-70).  wikipedia
4. Guido Calabresi, Torts (65-70).  wikipedia

Torts is scheduled for every day from 8:30-10AM.  Some of the classes get canceled b/c Professor Calabresi is a judge and he has to be away a lot, but that's a lot of class/reading.  Laptops have been banned from some of my classes.  I think I like that.  Less temptation to not pay attention, and I think I learn more when I'm not basically transcribing the class.  However, now there's no way for my classmates to text me the answer when I'm cold called and have no clue what to say.  At least we're all in the same boat.  People seem nice so far.  I wonder how friendships will work out.

and now, goodnight.  so much for the "getting ahead by starting Thursday's miles of reading" I had been thinking about doing; it's not happening.  I just need sleep.

fyi-- no internet access except rarely at internet cafe. moving was hard. apt is awesome. call me if you want something.
I promise in the practices I was able to do that trick!

If you'd like to join me in trapeze lessons, please see and/or
--looked over potential courses for next spring (since i don't get to choose any courses in the fall. I, um, marked 31 courses as "find out more" or "interested" in the papers they mailed me. have i mentioned that i'm excited? and perhaps rather burnt out at work?

-- checked to see if my spinach plants need watering. they don't. i, however, want spinach to eat, and mine is nowhere near harvest-ready. i have micro-mini-greens right now. i don't wanna go to the coop again; i just went yesterday (and forgot to buy spinach and a new sponge. oops).

-- worked on my knitting project. there is an error about eight rows down, in which I knit four stiches that should have been purled, or maybe the other way around. anyway, i'm deciding to not care. oh well. it's for a coworker's baby, due in august. blankets are totally unnecessary in august, anyway.

-- am trying to get up the motivation to go running before it's too late and i need to be cooking for my friend's potluck tonight. she is leaving to go to germany for several months. she will not return until after i leave for new haven. sad.

-- the original point of this entry was to point out my family's odd use of yiddish. I always grew up believing that yushgie meant "slow annoying driver in the car ahead of you/slow cart aheard of you in the grocery store/etc). We used it a lot in my family... Apparently, it's yushkie (sp?), which is really a germanic yiddish way to say "Jesus Christ!!" It is basically a ruder term for "goy." Thus, I was a sacreligeous, amoral, little kid calling people christians all of the time! Who knew...
My dad also has always used oombashreen and oombarufen, which are actually umbaschrein and umbarufen. I thought they meant "enough!" and "too much!" but actually they are what you are supposed to say to avoid having the evil eye fall on your child if someone is praising said child. so, my family was kind of on the right track...
anyway, i think this is hilarious.
have been sick lately. not swine flu (i think?). Just allergies, a cold, maybe turning into sinus infection? grossness. stayed home sick from work Friday. Ended up going up to New Haven for Admitted Students' Weekend. Had a most excellent time. I am very excited for school.
Sunday I ran a half marathon, 13.1 miles. It was HARD. It was also 80 degrees by 8AM, so that was not a lot of fun. I drank so much at the water/gatorade stops that I had to stop to pee. I got through 10 miles okay, but the rest was just killer. I ended up walking a fair amount of the last 3 miles, so my final time was 2:33 instead of the 2:14 it would have been if I could have stuck to my pace. Oh well. It was SO hot. Sometimes when I run I feel at the end that I could have tried harder, but not this one. I was just shaking at the end, so exhausted.
Then Kate drove me to her dad's house in Queens where a little girl said she liked my medal(!), I showered, I put eucerin on my blisters, and we went to kate's friend's wedding on Long Island. Italian Catholics = delicious food. I was so tired, though. I fell asleep in the car on the way home and left Kate, who was also exhausted from getting up early for my race and an all-night writing a paper the night before, to make sure we got home safely.
She said she was glad I hadn't been awake to see how fast she'd been driving. I did think it was remarkable that we got home as early as we did...
I spent most of tonight trying to figure out student loan stuff. Bah. This is hard! I'm very lucky I've never had to do it before. I'm also totally lost because I've never had to do it before. I had maybe been going to go to a Shondes concert tonight because it was in Brooklyn and I haven't seen them play in a long time, but I needed to do this loan research even if I made no concrete progress. Also wasn't I too tired to go out after trapeze class or something anyway? yes. still am. goodnight.
zstrass: (farmwindow)
US Supreme Court Rules Against Native Hawaiian Land Claims

My advisor from college is quoted in this article. I took her Intro to Ethnic Studies and also Topics in Native Studies: Sovereignty Politics classes. I could be slightly biased, but I think she's totally right in this case and SCOTUS got it wrong. How twisted can you make the constitution?! For them to rule for Native Hawaiians, though, would have meant a dramatic political shift, rather than the status quo they seem to like to uphold.
let's keep same sex marriage out of scotus for a while, k please?
My organization is required to do outreach to groups in NYC that work with low-income folks. We had a session set up at the Chinatown YMCA, and then that got canceled (long story). We now need to do a session by the end of March for any non-profit EMPLOYEES (not clients, stupid funding stuff) on public health insurance and how we can work together to help your clients. It's a 30-45 min presentation, and we would love you forever. Can I come talk to your organization?
Groups to whom I am allowed to talk:
· Community Based Organizations

· Faith Based/Religious Institutions

· Day Care Centers (These are programs without any income eligibility requirements.)

· Senior Centers

· Soup Kitchens

· Food pantries

· Community Boards

As a reminder, these locations are not appropriate for Information Sessions:

- MCCAP agencies

- Government Agencies

- Schools, including Afterschool Programs

- Head Start Programs (These are programs that receive federal funding & have income eligibility requirements.)

- HHC Providers

- Medical Providers with an already-established relationship with 1+ managed care plans.

If we can't do your group in March, we're happy to talk to you later. There are 1.2 million uninsured folks in NYC. About half are eligible for public health insurance, and there are options to which we can direct you for those who aren't eligible. But first we need to come speak to your employees! (minimum group size = 3).


Jan. 31st, 2009 08:19 pm
Thanks for all of the amazing comments to my previous entry. I had grand intentions of replying to them. Yeah...haven't managed that.

I am headed off to Israel tomorrow. For anyone who cares, here's the itinerary:

new year

Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:02 am
Last night, at 11:15PM, I ran a 5K in Prospect Park. It was 15 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds at 29mph, gusting to 39mph. Windchill -5. I have never run in weather that cold before, and I didn't exactly run fast, but I did it and I'm proud of myself.
Then Rickie and Sarah came over and we started to watch a movie (the Adam S.andler one). Silly but fun, with surprisingly good politics. Except I wouldn't know b/c I feel asleep. So did Kate, a little later. The friends went home (they live all of a block away) and came back tonight to try again. We slept a lot today, walked the dog a lot, and rested. I made chili. I also have potato peel-rice-corn-spinach-chicken broth (uh...trying to not waste potato peels led to soup making? it's actually quite good) in the fridge.
In 2009 I'll be moving away from my cozy life in Brooklyn, most likely heading to New Haven. I've been looking at condos and the ones I like don't accept dogs. I'll find something, though, and it will work out. Christmas was really painful, a lot of family and relationship drama, but I'm hoping to move past that and figure out better ways of communicating. This year I plan to continue making running an important part of my physical and mental health. I plan to run a half marathon in April and maybe another in late May. I want to take care of my shoulder so I can keep doing trapeze. I want to perform on the trapeze this spring. I will ride my bike to work whenever the weather is warm enough and not precipitating. I will stay in relationships that are healthy and reevaluate those that might not be. I will go to Israel in February and finally, this secular year, become more solid in my Hebrew alphabet reading skills (actual comprehension is way beyond me). I will keep working on my Spanish and I will try to read at least four books in Spanish this year. I will try to eat a diet richer in vegetables and lower in sodium and fat. I will go to law school. I will attempt to get more sleep (8 hours a night?). I will start that by wasting less time on the internet and going to bed now.
zstrass: (farmwindow)
my computer is making not-so-nice groaning noises. this is not good....

please friday be better than thursday, i can't take more clients yelling at me, among other things.
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