Posts by: dlinhart

Blog post, Part 39

The last book that I read before law school was Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World by Samantha Power. Her previous book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, began as a paper for class while she was attending Harvard Law. As I look […]

Access to wealth in a complex economy, Part 4: Buying a dream neighborhood

Two weeks ago, BU Law hosted a financial planning workshop with a personal finance professional that has been advising clients for 30 years regarding how to build wealth. We learned the Rule of 72. Divide the number 72 by the interest rate that your money is getting and you’ll know how long it will take […]

Internal monologue

My little man is learning math. Since the birth of his baby sister on March 6, he noted that we are now a family of four. He continued: then when we have another baby we’ll be five, then when we’ll have another baby we’ll be six, then when we have another baby… I knew this […]

Bread, hummus, raw vegetables and coffee

A few evenings ago, as my wife and I were eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner, she said: “Wow, you know what I haven’t cooked in awhile? Food.” That’s the pace of life these days. This morning we let our son pick his own breakfast because he was uninterested in anything we suggested, […]

Access to wealth in a complex economy, Part 3: ROI

My wife finished her double Masters in social work and public health at BU last summer. In her last semester, she took a class on health law and got to taste the sweet nectar of legal analysis. When I think about “legal analysis” the first image that pops to mind is a 1L protesting a […]

Occupy Law Tower

• A, on Monday: A massive crowd that won’t budge. It must be Occupy Law Tower, the grassroots study movement that spontaneously erupted at the start of the exam period. B: No no, we’re only here in the lobby because we’re waiting for the elevator. You want to take the stairs to the first floor […]

Access to wealth in a complex economy, Part 2: Revitalization

Steven Torres, Corporate Counsel of the City of Fall River, visited our Affordable Housing and Community Development class with Professor Freeman to guest lecture about urban redevelopment. He mentioned a recent eminent domain case involving the picturesque, waterfront property of Sam Shapiro’s United Textile Machinery Corp., a third generation small business of 10 employees. Relocation […]

Access to wealth in a complex economy, Part 1: NMTC

In Real Estate Finance and Tax with Professor Nessen, someone asked if government subsidization of redevelopment increases the cost to the developer. We were discussing New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC), where the IRS awards tax credits to a community bank, which in turns sells them to investors to raise capital for redevelopment that has a […]


I took the MPRE yesterday (pronounced “um-pree”). I believe “MPRE” stands for “Model Professional Rules of Ethics Exam” even though it’s short an “E.” Then again, the “R” might somehow stand for “Reasonable” since that word is super important to lawyers. For example, lawyers can be sued for malpractice if they are not careful advocates […]

Careers and campaigns, Part 2

My thirties are for exhaustion and preparation. I’d like to start getting sleep in my forties, but we’ll see. Much of the exhaustion is like soreness the day after a good workout, where the aches remind you that you’ve done something worthwhile. At last, I will have a JD after these three years. But then […]