Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

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Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby sach1282 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:01 pm

Hey TLS,

So, I have a note topic selected for journal, and I'm hunting for an adviser. I recently ran into a strange quandary. Possibly the best adviser for the topic I've selected is a faculty member who I found out, late at the end of 1L, was my second cousin. Is this too much of a conflict for me to ask him to be my note adviser?

Edit: FWIW, I think I'm probably having thanksgiving at his house.

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Re: Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby Gorki » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:23 pm

lmfaox100.

On the chance this is not a joke topic, you definitely should give 0 care to this and just work on the paper.

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Re: Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby sach1282 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:28 pm

I'm not considering switching topic, the question is, do I ask my second cousin to be the adviser (since he's the best fit), or do I go to another professor?

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Re: Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby Void » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:29 pm

Idk how it works at your school, but at mine this wouldn't have mattered at all.

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Re: Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:55 pm

You can always just ask him if he thinks it's a conflict of interest.

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Re: Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby kalvano » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:07 pm

Please explain what about the note process would make it a conflict of interest. Does he decide if it gets published or not?

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Re: Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby sach1282 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:39 am

kalvano wrote:Please explain what about the note process would make it a conflict of interest. Does he decide if it gets published or not?


He grades it (or, rather, the independent study related to writing it).

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Re: Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby Gamecubesupreme » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:17 am

That wouldn't be a conflict of interest.

Maybe a problem with bias, but not conflict of interest.

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Re: Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby UnderrateOverachieve » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:24 am

Network connection brah

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Re: Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby kalvano » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:48 am

sach1282 wrote:
kalvano wrote:Please explain what about the note process would make it a conflict of interest. Does he decide if it gets published or not?


He grades it (or, rather, the independent study related to writing it).


This is for law review? That's weird. Is it not simply a completion grade or pass / fail?

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Re: Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby cinephile » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:40 am

A second cousin that you never knew existed before last year is the functional equivalent of a complete stranger. So I wouldn't think there's a conflict. But let him decide.

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Re: Law Review Note Adviser Conflict of Interest

Postby rad lulz » Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:22 am

In every state I think you can marry a second cousin

I think you're good




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