Once upon a time at ChicagoNow, I was the legal blogger, a/k/a 'The Bar-tender.'
I used to go to the courthouse and sift through all of the complaints filed that day. 99% of them were car accident and breach of contract cases. YAWN.
But, every once in a while, I'd hit an interesting one, like my first day when I broke the story "Woman sues zoo over dolphin splashing."
Of course, there was a fair share of sexually tinged cases and the challenge of writing those headlines. "Lawsuit: Woman shows breasts to boss ... twice; denied promotion."
I'd write about the case in an even-toned, news style. The lawsuits spoke for themselves, really.
But, after a few months and the feeling I needed a shower each day after "Bar-tending," I realized I wanted to write something a little more ... inspiring ... and in my own voice. Speaking of voices, I heard one say - as I've often repeated now - "Less Jerry, More O."
As in Springer and Winfrey, respectively.
No offense to the Springster, a fellow attorney, but I listened to the voice, finished up 'The Bar-tender,' got married, went on my honeymoon and returned to start this blog (a gratitude journal that I hope O would be proud of. At least, I am).
But, every now and then, I'll see a headline and think 'Oh. That reminds me of my Bar-tender days.'
That's what I thought yesterday when I heard about the grad student suing her school over a C+ but ... something was different this time.
You see, as a NYC girl, raised in Jersey, going through cases at the Cook County Courthouse, I'd have often have to look things up, like is the Metra the same as the El? I'm new in town! And, what's Menards? Is that like a Home Depot?
But this time, the school in the aforementioned case I read about yesterday turns out to be ... LEHIGH.
I know Lehigh! I love Lehigh! I WENT TO Lehigh!
And, as I read the story, something happened that would often happen as The Bar-tender. Maybe it's because I'm a Libra and a lawyer - the scales - but I could see both sides. Like the dolphin case - they couldn't clean up the water so the woman didn't slip? It's not that ridiculous, if only they hadn't mentioned dolphins! - I could see why the school - my beloved Lehigh - believes the case is without merit ... but I can also see the student's point - she went to every class but still got a zero for participation? I smell a rat, I mean dolphin, I mean nevermind.
So, in the spirit of Roses, here's to my first blog and all it taught me,
and in the spirit of shits and giggles, here's a Bar-tender style entry for old times sake, featuring my alma mater.
A woman is suing her alma mater for a poor grade she says prevented her from receiving her desired degree and becoming a licensed therapist.
According to the lawsuit, while she was a graduate student at Lehigh University's College of Education, Megan Thode received a C+ in one class, preventing her from advancing to the next course of study, which would have been fieldwork that requires a grade of B or higher.
Instead, she graduated with a masters degree in Human Development.
Thode contends her professor targeted her because of Thode's support of gay marriage.
Thode is seeking damages of $1.3million in lost earnings.
To both parties, good luck and G0dspeed.
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