In the videos today, I talk about my three favorite tools that have helped me in law school. I don’t sell them, no one gave them to me, I’m not getting paid to promote them–I just use and like them a lot. I provide links below just for your convenience.

Post-it (Super Sticky) Label Roll-be careful here as there are rolls of “label & cover up tape” that don’t list the “Super Sticky” adhesive and may not stick as well. I prefer the white, but there are rolls of colored label tape available.

Transparent Mending Tissue – simply cut a piece of the tissue about double the length of the tear, (with clean hands) peel away the backing paper of half of the tissue and place over the tear, gently fold over the edge of the page and cover the back side of the tear.

Platinum Preppy Highlighters & Refills

Jet Pens is the cheapest place that I have found these highlighters and refills, and their service is excellent. (They are available on Amazon, but be careful as the seller is in Japan so delivery is long).

The color scheme I use for marking cases:

PInk-Position/History of the case

Yellow-Issue that the court is asked to decide

Green-Holding (what the court decided)




See more on the Video Per Day Experiment in my introductory post.

When I started the video per day experiment, I was worried about being able to talk for a minute. Turns out that has not been a problem. What is a problem is thinking that I can tackle a topic in one minute. So, today, I am starting a law school life series that will continue during the rest of the month. Today’s topic scratches the surface of the Socratic method and classes so, of course, I had to add a bit more below.

The Socratic Method used in law schools today often consists of a professor assigning several cases to be read before class. During class, the professor will call on students to explain various aspects of the case. To be prepared, it is a good idea to know the case history, the facts, and the issue that the court is deciding. (I’ll cover a trick I use to help me prepare in a future video). Even in our third year, many of my classmates still dread the call. Personally, I don’t mind being called to answer–I say that because I go to class prepared; at the very least, I have done the reading. I have found that giving an answer with confidence (even if it is completely wrong) satisfies most professors. In one instance, I confused the poor professor so much by my confidently given, completely wrong answer that they changed the topic and had to come back to the subject the next class.

What courses law students should take is a hotly debated topic. The impending doom represented by the bar exam encourages most students to take “bar” classes (or classes in topics that will be covered on the bar exam). I fall into the camp that believes that students should take the classes that will be most beneficial to them in their practice, that will give them an understanding of many areas of law, and that are interesting. I also recommend taking classes that have practical application and will future proof their education. (For example, I think that any lawyer intending to practice business or work in estate planning should be taking courses that address blockchain).

In the end, there is not one path through law school and each student must decide what their path will be.

See more on the Video Per Day Experiment in my introductory post.

In one of the earlier videos, I mentioned that I had already scheduled a bead class for this semester. Well, yesterday was the day and video 8 for the video per day experiment is below:

The bead class was fun and frustrating and fun. Fun because I love melting glass and seeing what happens, frustrating because I am out of practice, and fun because I decided to let go of my frustration and enjoy the time that I had. Since the morning video was so short, I decided to add additional videos later in the day.

Shooting the video below was not like me at all! I had no idea what to expect when I unwrapped the beads. One reason for that is that I had never used the cooling beads previously. Without annealing (heating in a kiln followed by a slow reduction in temperature), beads have a nasty habit of cracking. Knowing this and knowing that my beads had only that insulating blanket to protect them from the extreme cold meant they probably cooled much too fast. Beyond that, I knew that the beads were not going to impress anyone…

I talk a bit about the beads that I made and show some good examples of glass beads made by Corina Tettinger.

Many places offer introductory lamp work classes like the one that I went to today at Delphi Glass. These classes allow one to try out bead making without investing in equipment. I have taken several full-length classes at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center and William Holland School of Lapidary. Restrictions by our HOA and insurance company prevent me from having the equipment in our home so I have been unable to practice for several years. Taking this class was a fun way to dip my toes back in for a little bit and take advantage of the resources available here in Lansing.

See more on the Video Per Day Experiment in my introductory post.

Since it is the weekend, I thought discussing one of the things I do to relax would be appropriate. I love crafting and chain maille is just one of the crafts that I love to do. Modern chain maille takes the ancient weaves and uses them for new things such as jewelry. In the video, I show a few examples of things that I have made.


See more on the Video Per Day Experiment in my introductory post.

When people hear about the opportunities that I have had in my life, they sometimes say that I have been “so lucky.” There may be some truth in that, but I believe there is more to the story. They say that opportunity knocks–I don’t disagree with that statement, but I do believe that opportunity doesn’t come knocking on your door at home. I think that you have to prepare for opportunities. Then you must do something more than sit on the couch and wait. Finally, you must be open to opportunities when they find you.

In the video today, I talk about one opportunity and then write about another opportunity below.

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A more personal opportunity happened while I was living in Japan. While returning home from Japanese class one night, I said good evening (in Japanese) to a woman as I passed. She stopped in her tracks and grabbed me by the hand. I don’t remember what was said, but I ended up in her house a few minutes later. From this brief interaction, I gained a friend and my children gained a Japanese grandmother. You see, she was terribly lonely after just moving to the area. Her husband was a prominent businessman that was always away on travel. She had studied English for years, but had never really had the opportunity to speak with a native speaker. The next three years were such fun as she introduced me to a side of Japan that I would never have seen. She even came to visit once we returned to the States.

My point is that this chance meeting would never have happened if I had stayed home. By taking Japanese (prepare), saying hello (doing), and going to her house (being open) I gave opportunity a chance to find me.

Now, I am preparing for my next opportunity by going to law school. By engaging in this experiment, I am doing something. And I am certainly open (and looking) for whatever opportunity comes next! So, what do you think, are my experiences simply luck?


See more on the Video Per Day Experiment in my introductory post.

How do you pick a law school? Silly me, thinking that my one minute video below would be enough to dig into this topic. Watch the video and then read on for a bit more information below.

As I mentioned, LSAT scores are huge in the law school admissions world. (Don’t take the exam cold! Please at least spend some time with a prep book). If you don’t get a certain score, many schools will be out of reach. So, let your score be a guide. If you don’t like your score, you can take the exam again, but it is expensive so make sure you commit to doing some work to prepare.

Applying to law schools is expensive. You must pay application fees to the school and then there are the LSAC fees for compiling the paperwork. One tip to help with these costs is to go to the LSAC information sessions. Many schools offer a waiver of their application fee if you sign up for their information. Other schools offer waivers to those who have signed up for information through the LSAC site. Barring that, it never hurts to ask the admissions office of a school for a waiver.

Check out lots of schools. Michigan State’s College of Law first came to my attention because they had pointers online detailing how to go through the application process, write the essay, prep for the year, etc.  They also offered webinars that were quite helpful. I’ll be honest, I had no intention of going away to school, but those resources were very helpful. When I learned more about the school, I saw programs that weren’t offered by other schools.

That leads to my next point: look at the programs the school offers. Do they specialize in the type of law that you want to practice? Are there student groups that meet your interests? Is the school able to meet any accommodations that you may need? MSU has a trial practice institute that I was very interested in pursuing. Since I have been in school, I realized that the Center for Law, Technology and Innovation was more suited to me and my interests. Additionally, the specialty certificate from the Indigenous Law and Policy Center has become important to me.

Finally, visit the schools if at all possible. Many schools offer some travel expense reimbursement that may allow you to visit-don’t be afraid to ask. Many schools have special events for admitted students. Although these events were good, they often fall on weekends when attending class is not possible. I learned more about the school and the students when I went by myself and attended a class or two. Trust your gut instinct! If a school feels uncomfortable, do you really want to spend three years in that environment?

Good luck and feel free to reach out if you have questions!


See more on the Video Per Day Experiment in my introductory post.


So often we build road blocks that we hide behind and keep us from moving forward. We look at the accomplishments of others and forget that they had to work to get there.  Trying new things gives us a chance to see if we want to learn more. Sometimes it is ok to jump in and learn as we go. My video today talks a bit about these ideas:

See more on the Video Per Day Experiment in my introductory post.

As I mentioned yesterday, I am participating in the Video Per Day Experiment and today is day one for me. Well, actually it will be day two since I am posting the videos here the day after they go on Twitter but on the blog it is still day one. (If you can’t stand the suspense, feel free to follow me on Twitter at @edgeofempty).

So, I had not found Twyla Verhelst’s video when I made this first video and didn’t know that there were no outtakes allowed. Oh well, what is 1 or 15 retakes between friends?

I hope that you enjoy learning a bit about me over the next month. I have no idea where this journey will lead, but I look forward to taking it.