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Really getting real Re “ For one law school, the third year is getting real“: How can you claim that “the third year is getting real” at Washington and Lee University School of Law when students are simply being offered “practical simulations” that will merely “mirror real-life situations,” especially when law schools already have so many other pretend courses like moot courts, role-playing, etc.? For almost 40 years my law students � which the media dubbed “Banzhaf’s Bandits” � have been honing their skills in the real world by doing everything from getting safety standards for school buses and better food and drug warnings to putting together successful lawsuits against Spiro T. Agnew, McDonald’s Corp., the Hertz Corp. and the nation’s railroads. At my law school and elsewhere, law students in legal clinics help protect the rights of real people including battered women, the elderly, etc. Education for law students � as with medical students, journalism students and science and engineering students � should include hands-on practice in the real world, not just somewhat more realistic make-believe and let’s-pretend activities. They will learn far more � and do far more good � than by simply appearing in law professor-scripted playlets. John F. Banzhaf III Washington The writer is professor of public interest law at George Washington University Law School. FACTA litigation The article “ Landslide of suits over data on receipts” neglected to mention King v. MovieTickets.com, No. 1:07-cv-22119 (S.D. Fla.), finding the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA) inapplicable to Internet communications. The ruling in King, even if reversed, effectively precludes a finding that any Internet-based violation of FACTA was willful and thus precludes statutory damages in such cases. Richard L. Levine and Walter E. Zalenski New York The writers are partners at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and counsel to MovieTickets.com Inc.

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