Author Archives: Jeffrey W. Sheehan

About Jeffrey W. Sheehan

Lives in Nashville with his wife and kids and attends Vanderbilt Law School. Interests include appellate litigation, state and federal constitutional law, healthcare and music.

Pleasure Reading–or at least the law school equivalent

One thing that I’ve enjoyed about my final year has been an opportunity to read books that don’t appear on a syllabus. Like most law students, I’ve become more efficient at reading the required pages. This semester I really only have one class that relies on assignments from a traditional casebook. At home, now that I can typically count on my kids to go to sleep around 8:00 (there’s some required reading involved here too) and stay asleep until 6:00, my own more predictable sleep schedule opens up some time for unassigned reading as well. The margins of my class notes are littered with books suggested by professors or casebook editors that I didn’t quite have time to pursue as a 1L or 2L. Now I do. Continue reading

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Passing the Torch

A few weeks ago, my journal’s Senior Editorial Board assigned the Class of 2015 to their positions on the Editorial Board for next year’s volume. Since then, we’ve been working closely with our replacements to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible and that JETLaw continues to improve and provide its members with a valuable journal experience and a quality publication. The defining experience of my tenure as EIC has been the extended, repeated revelation that I am surrounded by extraordinary people, and a weekend of interviews and a few weeks of close work with the incoming Senior Board only adds to that. I am proud to leave the journal in their hands.  Continue reading

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Happy New Year. Really.

I spent the past couple of New Year’s Eves looking forward to a year of law school. This year was different. Better. Continue reading

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October was busy. November is busier.

Law school has definitely made me better at identifying and taking good advice. I spent most of October with “Law Launch Blog Post” in the middle of my to-do list. The fact that this brief post comes in November should serve as evidence that October was a busy month. The fact that it was manageable at all is a product of good advice from a professor who suggested that I lighten my course load to make the most of my opportunities with the clinic and the journal. I am glad I took that advice. Continue reading

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Scares you to death, works you to death…

The old saying that law school scares students to death in the first year, works them to death in the second year, and bores them to death in the third year may need an update. I’m sure it applies to some of my colleagues, but I’m not sure it matches the challenges of the current job market or the opportunities available to students in their final semesters. It probably made more sense in a job market that consistently paired law students with their future employers by the beginning of their second year. A probable full-time job on the horizon is a wonderful tonic for fear.  Continue reading

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Last first day of school

I began my last year of law school twenty-nine years to the day after I started Kindergarten. My journal work ebbed and flowed throughout the summer, and my work with Vanderbilt’s Appellate Clinic started in mid-August, but my last year of formal education officially began on August 19, 2013. This was the first year that I could start classes knowing–not simply hoping–that law school had been a good decision for me and for my family. Continue reading

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