The Girl and I won't be attending this year's Law Prom, aka the Law Day Banquet. While the rest of the law school world will be holding their Law Day events in May, when Law Day actually occurs, and usually on a Friday since it's a big dressy dinner with dancing afterwards, New England School of Law will be holding ours on Wednesday, March 15. The only reason I can think that they are doing this is because of the featured speaker, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
One of my classmates, who is also one of the founders of NESL's Federalist Society chapter, vowed last year that he would get Justice Scalia. He got himself selected as one of the Law Day chairs and got Scalia. I have a feeling that the price of landing the uber conservative jurist was accommodating his schedule and having our celebration a full two months before the rest of the country, on a midweek day, which screws it up for pretty much the entire evening division since most of us have to get up and go to work the next morning.
For me, I might consider it if the speaker were Hilary Clinton or Justice Ginsberg. But while I had been planning on attending to experience just how much Justice Scalia could possibly alienate me in person, it's just not worth it to go to work, come home and get all dressed up to hear someone speak out against pretty much everything I value as a progressive, be out late and then have to be at work at 7:00 the next morning.
Last year our speaker was Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and he was great. He also guest taught a couple of classes, including my Law and Ethics of Lawyering class. He was amazing.
When I mentioned to The Girl last night that perhaps we might not attend this year, she tried hard to hide her disappointment. Not. She was exploding with joy. This morning she followed up with an inquiry as to whether the Avon Walk is the same weekend as my 20th Bryn Mawr reunion. She was hoping her luck would carry and she'd get out of the reunion as well. No such luck, though, as they are on consecutive weekends. She has a bad memory of my 20 year high school reunion, which was completely lame. I'm trying to assure her that this reunion event will be completely different and she'll have a blast, but I don't think she's buying it yet. She'll see…