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  1. Avatar Kazzy
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    Who’s been changing the immigration policy???

    Welcome, Brian. What a glorious (and correctly spelled!) first name you have. Looking forward to seeing more of you here.Report

  2. Avatar Patrick
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    I’ll have an extra pint this evening in your honor, sir.

    Welcome to the digs, officially.Report

  3. Avatar Chris
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    Welcome!Report

  4. Avatar Brian John Spencer
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    Thanks for the warm welcome guys! And yes Patrick, that pint sounds cool!Report

  5. Avatar Mark Thompson
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    Welcome aboard, Brian!Report

  6. Avatar Jaybird
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    Dude! Welcome aboard!Report

  7. Avatar dexter
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    Welcome aboard. I am always looking for new farmers to strew ideas in the field. Just make sure that pint isn’t Bushmills.Report

  8. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    Welcome!Report

  9. Avatar Saul DeGraw
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    Welcome aboard!

    I find it interesting that the legal market also collapsed in Ireland/the UK. We can write dual experience blog posts!Report

    • Avatar brianjohnspencer in reply to Saul DeGraw
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      Yea, it flopped big time. Though we haven’t had the public debate like you guys, like when Obama jumped in on the 2 versus 3 year JD. Your legal jobs are down, and law school numbers are down. Our legal jobs are down, but our law school numbers are up!

      Dual experience blog posts sound good! I did a quick contrast here a while back… http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/brian-john-spencer/uk-law-school_b_4473341.htmlReport

      • Avatar Saul DeGraw in reply to brianjohnspencer
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        I think part of it might be the big differences in how Europe (UK included) seems to handle law vs how America handles law.

        You guys do it as an undergrad degree program as far as I can tell and it includes exams, a period as a junior lawyer, more exams, lawyer. We do it as a post-grad thing with no required training. Someone can go to law school, pass the bar and moral character exam at 25, get sworn in, and then set up their own firm if he or she desired or was forced to because of the market. This is not true in Europe seemingly.

        *Though I did read somewhere that there are schools in the UK that sort of work like the American law schools for people who already finished their undergrad degrees.Report

      • Avatar Matty in reply to brianjohnspencer
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        @saul-degraw I have no legal experience but as a student I shared accommodation with law postgrads. From memory they fell into two categories. 1 people who had an undergraduate degree in something else and could do a one year (?) conversion course to get them to same point as law graduates. 2 people with a law qualification either as a first degree or through a conversion course who then needed additional training to become either a solicitor or barrister.Report

    • Avatar brianjohnspencer in reply to Saul DeGraw
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      “If a law school cant help its students achieve their goals we should shut the damn place down.”
      – Richard A. MatasarReport

  10. Avatar Kim
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    Today is indeed the best time to be alive.
    20-30 years from now will be awful…Report

  11. Avatar greginak
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    Welcome aboard. Ireland is a great country to visit although we didn’t have time to get up to Northern Ireland.Report

  12. Avatar Burt Likko
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    Absolutely thrilled to have you on board, Brian! Please remind me, when were you called to the bar? I’m also curious because I find the traditions fascinating — do barristers and judicial officers wear similar regalia in Ireland as they do in Britain? Is the judge’s name “Your Honor” or “My Lady”?Report

    • Avatar James K in reply to Burt Likko
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      Northern Ireland is part of the UK, so I would assume similar traditions apply.Report

      • Avatar Matty in reply to James K
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        It does have a separate legal system but I found this that seems to answer the question.

        You should call the district judge (magistrates’ courts) ‘Your Worship’, a county court judge ‘Your Honour’, and a High Court judge ‘My Lord’.

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      • Avatar Burt Likko in reply to James K
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        “Your Worship.” Really. Wow. I guess that reflects that the judge is appointed by the monarch who, after all, rules by divine right.

        Understand, we have deeply republican cultural sensibilities, and no Established church. “My Lord” is challenging enough to swallow without adding in the idea that I ought to worship the judge. I know, it’s just a phrase people gloss over probably without thinking about it.

        But I’m chagrined I missed the bit about Brian being admitted in North Ireland rather than the Republic of Ireland. So leads to a suite of different things to wonder about, particularly criminal procedure in the wake of the Troubles.Report

      • Avatar Matty in reply to James K
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        I’ve not come across Your Worship for judges before but it is used for mayors sometimes. I always assumed that it was more like “you who worship” I.e complimenting them on being a good Christian (a major issue historically) rather than “you who deserve to be worshipped” but I never actually checked.Report

  13. Avatar James K
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    Welcome to the team Brian.Report

  14. Avatar J@m3z Aitch
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    Welcome, Brian. I’m a bit peeved that you sound so interesting and now I have a compulsion to go read all the posts you linked.Report

  15. Avatar Michael Drew
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    I’ve actually read some of your stuff on law school at HuffPost. Awesome that you’ve alighted on our humble premises. I’m excited to hear what you have to say. Welcome!Report

  16. Avatar Mike Dwyer
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    Welcome aboard Brian!Report

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