The Bright Coast

Progressive Thoughts from San Diego Alums on Law, Politics, and Culture

About TBC

This blog is intended to serve as a progressive voice hailing from the otherwise conservative confines of the University of San Diego School of Law and beyond. The contributors are USD Law graduates. We hope you enjoy our perspective, and if not, there are certainly other blogs to cater to your interests…

About the authors:

brightcoast: I’m a female USD law alum. I hail from the great Golden state. I was born & raised in Northern California and moved to red country for law school. Aside from legal experience, some of my past life experiences include working at a cosmetics counter, the Gap, and interning for a congressman, and ::gasp:: attending a California public high school which implemented integrative racial busing. I did a stint at a community college which was almost half Hispanic, and I dabbled in Latin American History and Politics there and at the university I transferred to. I’ve been a poll monitor on election day, and my protesting activities include the original anti-Iraq war protest in March of 2003 in San Francisco. My dream is to be an attorney for the ACLU, but so far nothing but rejections, iiiice.

demkid: I’m a male USD law alum who thinks there should be an intelligent alternative to the misguided views of my all-time favorite law school professors over at that “other” blog.  I’m a native Californian, but I also have a European passport, so that automatically gives me more foreign policy experience than Sarah Palin (like it takes a lot!).  I’m a moderate Democrat (see Bill Clinton) and I’ve been active in party politics since I helped walk precincts as an 11-year-old.  My main issues are the environment, foreign relations, and Republican ineptitude.

Prior Contributors:

etechx: I’m a male law student at USD. I grew up in Orange County and have been living in San Diego since undergrad. My parents moved to this country because they were always taught that America was the land of opportunity. While I’ve been blessed to have numerous advantages they never had, it’s my family both here and abroad that have had the biggest impact on my life. I grew up learning that we should always do our best to help out those who are less fortunate, and that everyone should be given a chance to succeed. I can state from experience that usually if you say that to someone who is “conservative” they stamp you as a “liberal” (it’s a really big stamp). While I tend to not classify myself (politically because I admit I’m a wannabe nerd), I do believe in making up my own mind on the issues and encourage disagreement (because how else do we solve for all the variables and come up with the optimal solution…sorry sometimes the engineer in me likes to come out and play).

progressivethink: I’m a male law student at USD.  Hailing from the northeast originally, it was a shock to me that educated and young people could be conservative.  Growing up in a tight knit, working class fishing community north of Boston, I’ve had the idea of the social contract ingrained into me throughout my life. I realize that not everyone has a level playing field, and that certain people have more opportunities than others.  My views on education policy stem from my mother who has worked as a teacher in the public school system for over 25 years. I believe in the power of education to change lives, and know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck.  My experience working on a trading desk in a  large financial services corporation has given me exposure to the markets and their operation.  This feeling of being a cog in a giant machine has led me to attend law school in the hope to do something that will make an impact.  This upcoming summer I hope to work on a congressional committee doing policy work on the Hill.  I will also be working in securities enforcement for a financial regulator this spring.  Upon graduation I hope to either get involved in the political process in Washington, or to work for a financial regulator such as the SEC.

jonsd: I am a male graduate student in social psychology at UCSD.  I believed in judges as impartial arbiters of the law until the 2000 presidential election, when I learned that judges are compromised human beings who wield power in support of their own personal agendas.  If that sounds cynical, at least consider that it might be idealistic.  My view on the two major parties is that in their areas of disagreement one party tends to fall on the side of individuals, civil liberties, free expression, varying lifestyles, and underrepresented populations, while the other tends to fall on the side of corporations, control of information, state-supported belief systems, the powers that be, and massive pockets of money.  I support the former and oppose the latter.

shockstheconscience: I’m a female law student who once upon a time was a liberal Ithacan and environmental activist (aka community organizer and proud of it Governor Palin!).  Unfortunately, half a decade in Orange County working as a teacher and two years at USD were enough to render me temporarily insane as I flirted with the idea of becoming a moderate Republican.  Thankfully, Senator (and hopefully future President) Obama’s campaign, coupled with the smug and mean-spirited tactics of the Republican Party, were more than enough to bring me back to my senses.  I now spend much of my time reading about politics, discussing politics, and getting angry about politics; occasionally I will remember that I am a student and I will study.  Following the campaign, I hope to be working as a defense attorney for a large law firm in San Diego.  I suspect I’ll spend much of my free time wrestling with the contradiction of working for the man while railing against him.

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