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September 24, 2011



Can't resist quoting:


I serve as a judge for law school moot court competitions. Over the last decade or so, I have seen far more south Asian or African names than you would find in my own law school class. And when they introduce themselves in their opening remarks, they often mumble their names.
Lately, I have made a point of telling them that people of an age to be actual judges did not have classmates with names like yours. Many judges, of course, don't give a damn who you are or how your name is pronounced, but some do, and even the assholes want to choose to be assholes, not end up that way by default. So speak your name loudly and distinctly for the benefit of judges who want to be polite.
To my surprise, no one has ever gotten offended, and some have actually thankled me for the advice.

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