My First Blog...EVER!

Posted by Dan Gordon
Dan Gordon
Year: I started law school in 2010 Undergrad: B.A. in Political Science fro
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on Thursday, 08 March 2012
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As you can tell from the title, this is my very first blog EVER.  I don't just mean my first blog for UDM Law.  I mean, this is my first blog period.  And I'm very excited about it!  But I'm pretty sure my excitement has less to do with blogging and more to do with the school that I love so very much.

I think I will start by telling everyone a bit about myself.  Then, I will get into how THIS WEEK has been going for me.

My name is Dan Gordon, and I have the good fortune of being a second year law student, or "2L", at UDM Law.  I currently serve UDM Law as the Vice-Chair of the ABA Committee, 2L Class Rep, UDM Mentor to 1Ls and BLSA Mentor to 1Ls.  But those are just the things with titles.  In addition, I like to pretty much volunteer for other school-related activities where I think I can be of some assistance to someone. 

Prior to attending UDM Law, I earned a number of degrees from a number of different schools.  I'm not saying this to brag or anything ridiculous like that--overconfidence has NEVER been my thing--but I feel it is important to mention a little bit about my academic background because it is a part of why I know that UDM Law is so great.  Trust me, when you've been in school as long as I have, you really get an idea of what makes a school "great."

Although this week isn't over, some noteworthy things have already happened.  On Monday, UDM Law celebrated Diversity Day.  The event was a success!  The food was fantastic.  We had three wonderful speakers--Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, Michigan State Representative Rashida Tlaib, and UDM Law Professor Larry Dubin.  (If any of the speakers are reading this, thanks again for joining us!)  But most importantly, we were able to get a significant amount of student participation.  I am particularly happy about the student participation because as law students we are all extremely busy.  For this reason, we often tend to neglect the things that are not "grade-related" activities.  But student participation on Diversity Day was wonderful.  There were well-established student organizations that participated, as well as brand new student organizations.  So that was cool.  It was nice to see how many students actually got involved in support of diversity.

On Tuesday it was business as usual.  I had a relatively long day, but it was still a good day.  I think the best part of my day was talking to a friend of mine before we even set foot in the school.  Like me, my friend is a 2L and is going to graduate in 2013.  Anyways, during our conversation I realized that he is a far better person than I thought he was, and that actually made my day easier.  

On Wednesday (yesterday), my Mom came down to visit me from Toronto.  It was very nice to see her as I rarely have time to go back to Toronto.  (For all of those prospective students out there, law students are really busy!)  What made her visit even better was that she brought me some home cooked food.  I always appreciate that.  :)

The highlight of my day was watching four of my friends compete in the Keenan Moot Court Competition.  (The Keenan Moot Court Competition is a competition for 2Ls and 3Ls.)  All four of my friends did well.  In fact, the judges of the competition commented on their professionalim, talent as litigators, and knowledge of the law.  It was inspiring to watch them today.  Sometimes I smile at how far we've come.  Last year we were worried about just about everything.  This year, we have actual judges telling us that we're "talented."  I think that's definitely an accomplishment we should be proud of.  Well, technically the judges were telling THEM that that they were talented.  But I don't see any reason to be technical.  lol.    

Since it is now Thursday morning (1:22 a.m.), and there are two more days left this week, I don't have anything else to say.  So I think I'm going to call it a night.  However, I would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone reading this blog to attend the Law Review Symposium this Friday at the Detroit Athletic Club.  I know I'll definitely be there.


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About the author

Dan Gordon

Year: I started law school in 2010

B.A. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario

Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Windsor

Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan-Dearborn

Hometown: Brampton, Ontario

Fun Fact:
I love British t.v.