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Abydos: Do you believe courts in general are a force for good?
Dun Dâre: Did you ever think about giving up? What has motivated you to keep pushing on?
Ross 248: What actions should a trial judge take to reduce the asymmetric power of a multinational corporation in civil litigation?
Ganymede: If you could go back, would you still take on the case against Chevron? If so, what, if anything, would you change about how you handled the case?
Saturn: Everyone at HLS is given tremendous privileges, with that we can choose to pursue a career like yours or a career that will guarantee we will be in the top 1%. I think the statistics are pretty clear that most HLS students choose the latter, despite viewing the interests of the firms as evil and contributing to grave societal ills like the ones you have fought. If we are sympathetic to your cause, are we hypocrites if we go into big law?
Dun Dâre: If you could get restitution for the wrong done to you, what form would you like it to take?
Ross 248: How should ethical review boards be better-insulated from the dangers of pressure from major corporations?
Mercury: Do you think there is such a thing as a fair trial in today's system? What is your advice to all of us, who are just getting ready to enter the legal profession? Is the adversarial legal system still the best route to help advance justice?
Saturn: Do you feel outside Professor Nesson, that HLS has turned its back on you?
Jedha: Do you have regrets about being so public with the Chevron scandal and making a documentary about it?
Ryloth: If you could go back and change one thing about how you handled the case, would you, and if so what would you change? What are your goals now--if you wins the disbarment trial--what are your next steps?
Saturn: What can HLS students collectively do to fight injustice in America and/or the world? If we care about these issues, should we all be doing public interest?
Saturn: Are students going to Gibson Dunn enabling your oppression?
Saturn: What do you think of people who work for firms with the justification that they will just do it for a few years and then do something good?
Saturn: Is HLS an oppressive institution?
Puck: (1) With the benefit of hindsight, would you have challenged on appeal the finding of bribery made by Judge Kaplan? (2) Do you think our current litigation system and procedures are fundamentally unfair/broken and, if so, how would you reimagine it to avoid such instances of asymmetry? (3) Do you still believe in justice, and do you think you will see it done in this case?
Uranus: Will you ever give up on being an attorney?
Uranus: Larry Bird or Michael Jordan?
Uranus: Would You Rather Fight a Horse-Sized Duck or a Hundred Duck-Sized Horses?
Uranus: What color is your toothbrush?
Uranus: I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
Uranus: What was Lizzie McGuire wearing in season 3, episode 15, in the 3rd scene at the 15:12 mark?
Ilustrious Aqua: Good morning everyone!
Luyten 726-8B: Morning!
Kagen: Do you believe that the employees and leadership at Chevron honestly believe that you've done the things you are accused of, or do you believe they are being dishonest?
Vizima: In your particular situation, it seems that much injustice could have been avoided if there was a jury. That being said it seems that faith in the jury system is being undermined in American society. Do you have any thoughts about how to best reverse this trend?
Oberon: What can men do against such reckless hate and corruption?
Kagen: You are very active on social media, and have used various methods to sway public opinion. What have you found works?
Sunflower: You've said some interesting things about the Ecuador case: “The only language this judge is going to understand, I believe, is one of pressure, intimidation, and humiliation," “We have concluded that we need to do more, politically, to control the court, to pressure the court. We believe they make decisions based on who they fear the most, not based on what the laws should dictate.” Engineers have determined you falsified evidence. Plaintiffs expressed that they were misled into joining the suit. Your own scientist called you a liar and said that the environmental evidence does not support a causal link to health problems in the Ecuadorian population. Many of your associates admitted to bribery and extortion. How do you reconcile these things with your current self-portrayal of yourself as a martyr?
Ross 248: What do you think motivates Judge Kaplan, and more broadly, how can we keep our federal judiciary accountable to the concerns of vulnerable citizens?
Oberon: Why do you think Judge Kaplan didn't reach into the merits of chevron's culpability in the ecuador pollution case and only focused on the bribery claims against you?
Mars: Did you bribe, intimidate, blackmail, or lie to anyone in Ecuador?
Mars: Nvm he's basically answering this
Oberon: My god! that was a spicy question!!!
Takodana: Yeah baby
Takodana: Why didn’t we ask him to analyze the spider poem?
Kagen: Very powerful and scary
Vizima: I thought that the challenge was fair, but that it was overly hostile and began to take on a tone of a personal attack when he was called a martyr
Uranus: That's life (that's life) that's what people say You're riding high in April Shot down in May But I know I'm gonna change that tune When I'm back on top, back on top in June I said, that's life (that's life) and as funny as it may seem Some people get their kicks Stompin' on a dream But I don't let it, let it get me down 'Cause this fine old world it keeps spinnin' around I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate A poet, a pawn and a king I've been up and down and over and out And I know one thing Each time I find myself flat on my face I pick myself up and get back in the race That's life (that's life) I tell ya, I can't deny it I thought of quitting, baby But my heart just ain't gonna buy it And if I didn't think it was worth one single try I'd jump right on a big bird and then I'd fly I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate A poet, a pawn and a king I've been up and down and over and out And I know one thing Each time I find myself layin' flat on my face I just pick myself up and get back in the race That's life (that's life) that's life And I can't deny it Many times I thought of cuttin' out but my heart won't buy it But if there's nothing shakin' come here this July I'm gonna roll myself up in a big ball and die My, my
Hosnian Prime: I appreciated learning about the Donzinger case. How private corporate interests have been able to weaponize our legal system is truly chilling and outrageous. It was also interesting to think about the issue of fair trial within the civil legal system. However, I think talking with Donzinger himself, was less helpful. I think my main frustration is how self-absorbed he is. I understand what is happening to him and his family is truly traumatic and unjust. But what he seems to have lost sight of is still what a privileged experience he is having - certainly within the criminal legal system. Home confinement is hugely punitive, but for so many facing even more minor charges than Donzinger (or who are also innocent or being wrongly charged) they don’t have this option. They also don’t have an army of wealthy donors or law professors and advocates behind him. The HLS grad, skyping in from his New York apartment talking about how the 30 million dollars he raised is still insufficient (and how he is being somehow targeted on account of this privilege through this 120 days in home confinement), just feels disconnected with the realities so many people face with the legal system every day. While horrible that Kaplan has a vendetta against him, so many people get processed through the legal system every day - and in many cases sentenced to life in prison - with barely a second look from a judge (and certainly not tweets from Alec Baldwin or videos from the singer of Pink Floyd). What is happening to him is outrageous. But so is what happens to so many others, who maybe needed the opportunity to talk to an HLS class more.
Dione: Hosnian Prime put it *perfectly*