College Football Previews, Week 12

LSU at Tennessee, Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN

This week, the 7-3 Tigers travel to Knoxville to take on the 4-6 Volunteers. Tennessee has yet to secure a single SEC win and head coach Butch Jones was fired last Sunday after a 50-17 loss to Missouri – a team with four SEC losses of its own. Defensive line coach Brady Hoke has been named as interim head coach. Although he is in his first year at Tennessee, Hoke has prior head coaching experience – most notably at Michigan, where he lead the Wolverines to their first bowl game in five years during his inaugural season. Hoke has a solid track record of turning teams around, but it’s not clear how much he’ll be able to do in a single week.

This should be an easy win for LSU. The Tigers have collected four conference wins and looked strong since their September loss to Troy. However, SEC fans are acutely aware of the unpredictability of college football. We’ll have to tune in Saturday night to see if the Tigers bring home the victory.

– Megan Fitzgerald, 3L

Andrew Langen is a Record staff writer. He is a 2L.

College Football Previews, Week 11

Arkansas at LSU, Saturday 12 p.m., ESPN

This week, LSU and Arkansas face off in the Battle for the Golden Boot: a four-foot tall, 175-pound trophy that has traveled between Baton Rouge and Fayetteville since 1996. The rivals have played intermittently since 1901 – LSU leads the series 38-22-2 and has typically been the higher-ranked team. This year is no exception: the #24 Tigers are 6-3 with three conference wins, while the unranked Razorbacks are 4-5 with one SEC victory.
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Andrew Langen is a Record staff writer. He is a 2L.

College Football Previews, Week 10

LSU at Alabama, Saturday 8 p.m., CBS

After their Week 5 homecoming loss to Troy, everyone started looking up Coach O’s buyout and debating whether it would be more embarrassing to be sent to Shreveport or to not make a bowl at all (Shreveport. It’s definitely Shreveport). However, the following three weeks resulted in three SEC wins for the Tigers – including a victory over Auburn, whose only other loss is to Clemson. This win streak has reignited some of the optimism LSU had at the beginning of the season.

Meanwhile, Alabama has been rolling through their schedule in typical fashion, beating opponents by an average of over 30 points. Thus far, their SEC schedule has been mediocre at best. Their four SEC opponents have a combined SEC record of 4-16; three of those wins belong to Texas A&M, and the other was an Ole Miss victory over Vanderbilt (somebody had to win). Will LSU be the team to finally take Bama down a notch? Only the Football Gods can say, but they’ve got as good a chance as anyone and better than most.

– Megan Fitzgerald, 3L

Virginia Tech at Miami, Saturday 8 p.m, ABC

The matchup featuring the most closely matched teams is a battle for ACC Coastal dominance. Miami has gone undefeated so far, while Virginia Tech has only lost once, to Clemson. This year’s Miami team seems to only win close games; how much of that is luck or skill is unclear right now. However, with a stellar defense, they should be able to pull ahead. The winner of this match is all but certain to face Clemson in the ACC championship. The winner of that game is likely to make the playoffs.

Andrew Langen is a Record staff writer. He is a 2L.

NFL Previews, Week 5

October’s rolled around, and across the league, contenders are separating themselves from the pack. There’s an exciting slate of games to watch over the holiday weekend:

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh: Sunday, October 8th 1:00 PM on CBS

Leonard Fournette and a revamped Jacksonsville defense have the Jaguars looking competitive in the AFC South. This week will give them an opportunity to win a statement game against the Superbowl favorite Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jacksonville secondary versus Pittsburgh’s strong passing attack should be a fun matchup.

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Justin Kenney is a 2L.

College Football Previews, Week 6

Miami at Florida State, Sunday 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Regardless of the result on Saturday, the matchup between rivals FSU and Miami will likely serve as a historic point of inflection in the series. For the Hurricanes, a victory would not only snap their 7-game skid against the Seminoles, but would also serve as a breakthrough in the program’s revitalization efforts under Mark Richt, whereas a win for FSU would both extend their winning streak to 8 in the rivalry – longer than any steak either team has ever achieved over the other – and tie the overall series record for the first time ever at 31-31 overall. While coming into this season, the matchup may have seemed like a no-brainer for the Seminoles, the Hurricanes have thus far looked like the superior squad, having thrashed their (admittedly ineffectual) opponents to achieve a 3-0 record and #13 ranking, while the Seminoles – bogged down by both injuries and incompetence – disgracefully descended from their top-3 preseason ranking to their worst start in almost 30 years before escaping from last week’s aesthetically displeasing display against Wake Forest with their first victory of the season. Nonetheless, odds-makers seem to remain slightly skeptical of Miami’s chances to win, perhaps due to a combination of the uncertain status of star running back Mark Walton (who was averaging close to 10 yards a carry on the season before suffering a mild ankle injury last week against Duke), the disadvantage of playing on the road in Tallahassee, and the recent inadequacies of both the Canes and Mark Richt in struggling to win similarly important games against Conference rivals.

Eric Martinez is a 2L.

College Football Previews, Week 5

Nebraska at Illinois, Friday 8 p.m., FS1

Kneeling for the pledge has been in the national spotlight long before Trump publicly criticized it a year ago. In fact, last year, 3 Nebraska football players chose to kneel before their game. One player who did so, Michael Rose-Ivey, received messages saying that “since we didn’t want to stand before the anthem, we should be hung before the anthem.” When a university regent criticized the players, implying that they should be removed from the team and have their scholarships revoked, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley responded in kind: “I have complete confidence in what I believe in and how I handled it within this team. It was the right thing to do – because it’s their right.”

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Andrew Langen is a Record staff writer. He is a 2L.

Reflection on the National Anthem Protests

As someone who loves the game of football, I’ve spent the last few days thinking about the events of this past weekend – the national anthem protests which spread across the league. I’ve struggled to decide what, if anything, to say about the controversy that’s erupted.

In truth, I was tempted to say nothing. After all, I’m a middle class white male. And, frankly, I believe that there have been more than enough middle class white males offering their thoughts on the ongoing demonstrations. But, I also realize that to confront these events with silence – to present the next week’s slate of games with no reflection – would be a statement in itself. It would suggest that X’s and O’s are more important than the issues weighing on our country’s conscience.

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Justin Kenney is a 2L.

College Football Previews, Week 4

After last week’s (admittedly poorly thought out) preview of canceled games, we return to real, actual, football games you can watch this weekend. What defines this week, compared to so many others, is the upset potential dynamic at work here. Three of the games featured here involve very interesting teams which will probably lose. Whether the result of a dynamic new head coach, a slow, steady climb up the division ranks, or by being Iowa, these teams have carved out a unique spot in the college football landscape for themselves in this season. Though each team is individually likely to lose, the chance that one of them pulls off a dramatic upset is relatively high. These are games worth looking forward to.

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Andrew Langen is a Record staff writer. He is a 2L.

College Football Previews, Week 3: What Could Have Been

This week, we are trying to do something different. Usually, we cover the week’s most interesting looking football games. However, this week has seen a relatively limited slate of quality games. Indeed, the third best game of this week is probably Missouri against Purdue (after Clemson – Louisville and Florida – Tennessee). So we decided to try something different. This week, we will ask what could have been, and cover the games that aren’t going to be played, because of Hurricane Irma. At least next week will probably be better.

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Andrew Langen is a Record staff writer. He is a 2L.

College Football Previews, Week 2, Guest Starring Joey Longley ’19 and Eric Herst ’19

Out with the neutral sites, in with the home-and-homes and conference schedules. Last week went largely according to expectations – for all of the excitement about Florida State against Alabama, it turned out to be a grind to an Alabama victory. Other games, however, were far more exciting, particularly Texas A&M losing to UCLA after giving up a 34 point lead, and Tennessee beating Georgia Tech in triple overtime.

Most notable when looking at this Saturday is the upset potential. Last week saw only a handful of upsets among major programs, with the most significant perhaps being Maryland beating Texas (Cal over North Carolina, and South Carolina over NC State being the other two among power conferences). However, the games this week are between teams much more highly ranked, and much more closely ranked. One bad turnover, or one blocked kick, could be all it takes for any of the favorites to fall.

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Andrew Langen is a Record staff writer. He is a 2L.

NFL Regular Season Week 1: Games to Watch For

The wait is over. After months of trade rumors, mock drafts and off-the-field theatrics, the 2017 NFL season kicks off this Thursday.

Here are the games I’ll be watching this week:

  1. Chiefs at Patriots, Thursday, September 7th at 8:30 PM on NBC

The Kickoff Game of the 2017 season promises to be a good one. These two teams are in the playoff hunt again, and yet, both have serious questions to answer on Thursday. For the Patriots, who will replace Julian Edelman and LeGarrette Blount? For the Chiefs, how will rookie Kareem Hunt hold up in his first start at running back? The outcome of this game will depend on how each team rises to face their challenges. As an added bonus, on Thursday, the NFL is hosting a special noontime concert (with rumored guest Bon Jovi) at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston to celebrate the start of the 2017 season.

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Justin Kenney is a 2L.

Class of 2020, Welcome to HLS!

Dear 1Ls,

Welcome to Harvard Law School! You are about to begin your legal career in the most momentous era of recent memory.

As a lawyer and a law student, you will have the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives. Whether in courts of law, in the halls of legislation, or in the public discourse, lawyers have changed and will change the course of history. Your path now joins that of so many others before you who have helped make our society what it is.

The links below contain pieces to help you navigate those difficulties and make the most of your 1L year. They contain a variety of viewpoints from a variety of people. Some of the advice here may be even be contradictory.

Nevertheless, we hope and think that this issue will inform, comfort, and maybe even inspire you. Know that you, your voice, and your actions can and will make a difference.

Again, welcome to HLS. We are so excited to have each of you join our readership and the legal community.

Sincerely,
Jim An, editor-in-chief

P.S. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @hlrecord to keep up with our latest stories and HLS news.

How to Make Professors Happy, Says a Professor by D. James Greiner, professor of law
Nervous 1Ls at Harvard Law School Should Open Up by Hector Grajeda ’18, vice president of communciations of La Alianza
Lean Into That Sense of Discomfort by Ariel Stone ’19 and Kamala Buchanan ’19, social chairs of Lambda
Making Time for What’s Important by Peter Im ’18 and Liz Gyori ’19, co-presidents of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Speak Now by Jim An ’18, editor-in-chief of The Record
Resist the Cult of Smart, Embrace the Call to Citizenship by Pete Davis ’18, online editor of The Record
Embrace Your Weirdness by Leilani Doktor ’19, president of the Native American Law Students Association
The Top 5 Pieces of Advice for 1Ls by Aya Gruber ’97, visiting professor
Five First-Year Survival Tips by Elizabeth Chamblee Burch, visiting professor
Be Yourself – It’s What Got You Here by Briana Williams ’18, communications director of the Black Law Students Association
Navigating the Gothic Castle of 1L by Jennifer Reynolds ’07, visiting professor
1Ls, Prioritize Mental Health by Ariella Michal Medows, health and educational consultant
Keeping the Real World in Mind by Kate Thoreson ’19, deputy editor-in-chief of The Record
Welcome Jewish Students! by Gideon Palte ’18 and Benjamin Helfgott ’19, president and community engagement chair of the Jewish Law Students Association
Take Work Seriously, Not Yourself by Sarah Catalano ’19, vice president for membership of the Federalist Society
Remember Your Values at HLS by Lauren Stanley ’18, president of the American Constitution Society
Be Yourself and Find Your Voice by Dalia Deak ’19 and Niku Jafarnia ’19, co-presidents of the Middle Eastern Law Students Association
Remember Your Hobbies by Mary Goetz ’19, co-president of the Chamber Music Society
Female Leadership Matters by Isabel Finley ’19, vice president of the Women’s Law Association

 

Female Leadership Matters

On behalf of the Women’s Law Association, welcome to HLS! I am one of the Vice Presidents of the WLA, which is one of the largest student organizations on campus. Our 22 committees encompass everything from promoting professional development by connecting members with alumnae, to conducting research on the status of gender equity at HLS, to building community through social events. Our mission statement defines the WLA as “a diverse, non-partisan, feminist organization committed to building a vibrant and supportive community for women during their time at Harvard Law School and beyond.” Accordingly, we “advocate for gender equity and bolster women in pursuit of their professional and personal goals. We empower our members with academic resources, mentorship, and professional development opportunities while providing members and alumnae with a lasting community.”

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Isabel Finley is a 2L. She is a vice president of the Women's Law Association.

Remember Your Hobbies

Welcome to HLS! The HLS Chamber Music Society is a network of musicians at HLS and in the Harvard community. We aim to create a community of music-loving people and to provide opportunities for people to maintain their musical interests amidst the rigors of school. We are here as a resource for you, to help you find other musicians, to put you in contact with people and groups seeking musicians, and to inform you of musical events that may be of interest to you.

Our advice to all of you as you start law school is to keep doing something you love during your 1L year (and beyond!). Whether it’s playing music or something else that brings you joy, do something that will give you perspective as you navigate this crazy year. We found that continuing to play music helped us bring a bit of balance to our hectic 1L lives. It might feel like you don’t have time for it, but you’d be surprised how staying healthy and balanced can actually make you more productive in your work.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about musical life at HLS — you can find us at the student orgs fair or send an email to our presidents, Amy Chyao (achyao@jd19.law.harvard.edu) and me, Mary Goetz, (mgoetz@jd19.law.harvard.edu). We look forward to meeting you!

Mary Goetz is a 2L. She is a co-president of the Chamber Music Society.