What are the benefits to having a study group?


Should I join a study group? You’re two months into law school and midterms are around the corner. And you don’t know whether or not to join a study group? To know my answer watch the video. 
PS if you want to learn how I’m living a financial free lifestyle as a law student go to http://www.livelikeanentrepreneur.com

How Do I Become Detail-Oriented?


How to be detail-oriented? You are sitting in an interview workshop at school, and they tell you, “one thing that employers look for in a candidate is detail-orientation” but you don’t know how to be detail-oriented. Here is my one simple secret on how to be detail-oriented. To learn my secret, watch the video above.

P.S. if you are curious on how I live my lifestyle as an entrepreneur and a law student, go to http://www.livelikeanentrepreneur.com

Should I type my class notes or hand write them?


Should I type up my class notes or hand write them? Welcome to episode one of my video series for this month of “what is it like to be a law school student?” So if you are curious about whether or not typing your class notes is better, than hand writing them, I suggest you watch this video.
PS if you are curious on how I live my life as an entrepreneur, gaining financial freedom, while in school, go to my website http://www.livelikeanentrepreneur.com 

#FashionEmbassy Presents “Seven Looks” by Framingham College


Framingham College (Fashion Embassy)

Timeless Tuesdays at the Bond Lounge.

A once a month special occasion (the first Tuesday of every month) where you can network with professionals and see the latest trends in fashion with class. This month’s fashion featurette: Seven Looks.

“Seven Looks” was inspired by seven upcoming fashion designers, from Framingham College, who put together an ensemble of clothing wear from “Alice and Wonderland” to urban street wear. One of my guests, Meshi Davis, Magazine Editor of Bon Vivant Society, was able to speak with one of the designers, Corey Ortiz, and will be doing a story in the near future.

A special thank you again to Jaclyn Zukerman and Gilda (from the Bond Lounge) for coordinating this networking event; Dynasty Models for showcasing the beautiful fashion designs; and Framingham College for providing us with intelligent and talented fashion designers.

Meshi Davis and Corey Ortiz

To get more information on the next fashion show at the Bond Lounge, contact Gilda at 617-956-8765 and visit their website at www.bondboston.com

Fashion Designers: Framingham College Students
Models: Dynasty Models
Photos: Prince Sefa-Boakye

To see these photos go to my Flickr account, by clicking on the link below.

#FashionEmbassy: Seven Looks by the College Students of Framingham College

If you want more coverage of “what’s going on?” in the social scene of Boston, Massachusetts, then be sure to follow JZ and Meshi on Twitter.

Jaclyn Zuckerman aka “JZ”: @jaclynzuckerman

Meshi Davis aka “Miss Bon Vivant”: @miss_bon_vivant

You can also check out more fashion trends, from the shows that I have attended, by clicking on my tab #FashionEmbassy.

Instagram: #Poppin bottles again with hot #dynastymodels. http://www.princesdailyjournal.com #princesdailyjournal #princeinthecity @jaclynchristiee @ms_bon_vivant #boston #fashion #bostonevents #champagne #networking #work #study #play

Prince Sefa-Boakye attends Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Forum: “Why Are We Fighting?” (50 years later)


CRA 50th
The Urban League Of Eastern Massachusetts hosted a Panel Forum “50 Years Later: Why Are We Still Fighting” to discuss Post-Civil Rights Era and Current Events. Guests including Mimi Ford, Civil Rights Activist and Wendy Wilson, Managing Editor of Ebony Magazine.

 

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Mimi Ford, was fortunate to tell her first-hand experience with us of having acid poured on her and others in a pool during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately, she told us that the man who committed shameful crime was not brought to justice, even till his death which was two years ago.

Here is video footage of the Panel Discussion

A big thank you to Suffolk University Law School and fellow 1L student Nehemie Cange for making this event possible.

To learn about this event and others hosted by the Urban League go to www.ulem.org. Also go to their Facebook page at facebook.com/UrbanLeagueofMassachusetts

To follow Wendy Wilson and Ebony Magazine go to www.ebonymagazine.com

For more of my photos, go to my Flickr Album: Urban League of Massachusetts CRA 50th

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#FullCircle: I am What I am Because Someone Loved Me


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#Fullcircle. I couldn’t muster the words of what he really meant to me that night. So Here’s my story:

When I was 16 years old, I struggled to find my identity as young black male in High School. I had the mind and soul of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fredrick Douglass, Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela but I was not accepted because I was too different or what people may call “radical”–I was so conflicted by the stereotypes in music, television, and social cliques, that I didn’t know “Who I was” at that time. However I pushed through those negative stereotypes, because of what one voicemail did for me. A voicemail that was left for me by none other than Dr. Cornel West.

In pursuit of finding my voice in High School, I wrote a speech called “Fear”–a speech that came to be the cradle of my creativity and charisma. But the problem was, nobody REALLY took the time to consider what I had to say–most importantly my ideas. And so, I did the most tenacious thing a high school student could ever do: send a letter to one of the most well-known and respected professors in the academia world today, Dr. Cornel West, and ask for feedback (and possibly a letter of recommendation). Although I didn’t get everything that I wanted, his voicemail was more than enough to put me on a right path to college, where I’ve graduated honorably from SDSU, and evidently into Suffolk Law School.

This month marks the 8th year anniversary of a voicemail of a lifetime, when a young man’s future is shaped by the words of a hero: love, compassion, and courage to chase your dreams.

That night was so emotional that I ended up crying because I am in Law School now; I’ve done so many great things since that voicemail. I spent all of my college years traveling across the country (from California to New Jersey and New York) to remind him of “Who I am.” But now I didn’t go anywhere. He came to me in a town where I have called my second home, Boston. And I reminded him again but only this time with, “I am what I am because you loved me.”

I want to send Harvard Book Store “A Special Thank You” for hosting this event, and making this FullCircle Experience possible. And once again I apologize to those who didn’t get their chance to ask their questions due to my tearful testimony. I hope Dr. Cornel West was able to answer them.

Thank you Dr. Cornel West; it has truly been a long journey for me. I will continue to love the way you have loved me when I needed it.

Instagram: #drcornelwest #boston #harvard #hero #princesdailyjournal #princeinthecity #sad #joy #pain #work #study #play #destiny #god #blessed #suffolklaw #law #soulbrothers #love #liberation

A Special Thank you to Mark Jones from Florissant, Missouri for capturing these two photos. I had no idea that Dr. Cornel West was tearing up too.

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Prince’s Briefcase: How Not To Pay Off Your Student Loans (Johnson v. Otterbein University)


Here is a case which a handwritten letter, promising to pay off your student loans, is not a legal consideration to enforce a promise

prince's breifcaseThis case comes from my Contracts class where we are studying the “Doctrine of Consideration.” Below is my case brief which thousands of law students use to help us understand the cases and root out the “issue.”

Case Name, Author, Citation
Johnson v. Otterbein University, Supreme Court of Ohio, 41 Ohio 527 (1885)


Procedural Posture

The defendant (Otterbein University) sues the appellant or plaintiff (Johnson) for failure to fulfill his promise stated in a note sent by the plaintiff. The note was a student repayment loan, and that the defendant alleged that it was without consideration and was denied in the reply. The court entered judgment in favor of the defendant and a motion for a new trial was overruled. The Plaintiff then preceded to appeal in efforts to reverse judgment of the trial court.

Facts.
The case is about the validity of the note, sent by Johnson to Otterbein University in what appears to be a Student Repayment Loan, and whether it should be a valid consideration to enforce his promise:

“$100
Westerville, Ohio, May 6, 1869
Three years after the date, I promise to pay to the trustees of Otterbein University of Ohio, or their agents, one hundred dollars, with interest, at the rate of no per cent., to be used exclusively to liquidate the present, that is, February (1869) indebtedness of said University. Should this donation ever be used for any other purpose than herein specified, the trustees of said University shall be held bound to refund said sum of money to the donor.
–John Johnson”

This note was signed and delivered to Spangler, an agent of Otterbein University, along with similar notes promising to pay $100 to the University in 3 years to help pay off the current University debt. These notes and others were accepted as a fund with which to liquidate his debt. The trustees of Otterbein (the defendant) then sued Johnson in December 1875 claiming that his 1869 note was not paid.

Issue
Prince: Does Johnson’s promise (in the form of a note(s)), that brings benefit to him or detriment to Otterbein University, constitute as a legal consideration?
Legal interpretation: Whether a valid consideration was given in a promise to pay money as a gift?

Holding
No; The court says that the creation of the fund (from the notes he sent) with which to pay the university’s indebtedness was not a consideration for the promise.

Reasoning
*Court: An executory contract “to give” is without consideration, and a promise to pay money as a gift may be revoked at any time before payment
Court: The trustees’ acceptance of the writing containing the direction to apply the fund did not give rise to a case of mutual promise (Prince: a mutual promise which both parties agreed to at the same time.

Prince’s Reasoning
A simple IOU note, or sticky notes, in the form of a letter saying “I promise to pay back my loan” in a fixed time frame is not a legal consideration to enforce a promise from the person who is making the promise (promissor)
**FOLLOW UP FROM CLASS: The fact is Johnson will be paying off his student loan debt regardless of any intervening factors. So his notes don’t count for anything. There is no benefit for Johnson or detriment to Otterbein. And Otterbein did not give a promise in an exchange for Johnson’s Promise. This is not a Bargain; more of a gratuitous promise

Rule
Court: A note to repay a student loan should be in the form of a promissory note. And any other forms should have an implicit duty to apply its proceeds to proper corporate objects that would rise upon acceptance. A promissory note is a valid consideration

Disposition
Judgment of Trial Court is reversed favoring the Plaintiff (instead of the Defendant)

Prince’s Takeaways

  • Know what is a legal consideration to enforce a promise
  • Don’t write a letter to your university promising to pay off your student debt in a fixed time frame. Under this case, a Promissory Note is more acceptable than a letter promising to repay your student loans. This is paying money as gift which is not a legal consideration
  • In Contracts, you will learn that reasonable people are not entirely reasonable in their words or actions when they strike deal–so we have rules to remedy “contract breaches” such as this one
  • This case was back in 1885, and a lot has changed. So don’t take it true to fact
  • Usually its the plaintiff (Johnson) that sues the defendant first. But since this decision came from the Supreme Court of Ohio, I guess the parties may have switched roles when they litigated up the state court system (In this case there is no mention that Johnson sued Otterbein first, just that he appealed)
  • $100 dollars is pretty reasonable for a student today to pay off his/her student loans!

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Prince Sefa-Boakye interviews Faisal AlKheriji, Suffolk Undergrad and Painter


Faisal (Fay-zl) is an undergrad at Suffolk University, where he is earning his bachelors in business. And in his free time, he enjoys to paint beautiful tapestries–He considers painting as an avid hobby.

Faisal first began painting when he was a little kid. And once he a picked up a paintbrush, he could never put it down.

He truly believes that art comes from within, and if you have a strong conviction in painting, he says, go out there and just do it because there is no right or wrong way to paint. “It’s art!” he says.

Faisal has future aspirations to one day open his vey own art gallery. And until then, he continues to showcase his artwork anywhere and everywhere in Boston, Ma.

If you wish to contact Faisal to commission your next artwork, or if you wish to follow his artwork, go to his Instagram account: @faisalkheriji (www.instagram.com/faisalkheriji)

Also go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com to listen to my radio talks and interviews

Prince in The City w/ HBCU S.T.A.R.S at UCSD


Meet the next generation of African American doctors in the field of Biological Science and Engineering. Not too mention that these students are HBCU students; Morehouse College and Howard University.

The University of California, San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS) program is an eight week summer research academy for undergraduate students, recent graduates, and masters students. STARS offers an exciting research internship for students by participating in an ongoing UCSD research project and experience the rigors and challenges of graduate study at a top rated research institution. (ucsd.org)

Everyone in this group is doing one type of STEM research, while learning and preparing for their graduate entrance exam to pursue a doctorate if they so choose. One student from Morehouse College, Julian Pilate–Hutcherson, tells me that he is studying nano-particles, and is learning how they function so that they can be used as a model to make synthetic lungs! Another type of research is social networking which Taylor Facen, from Howard University, is studying what key factors that an individual has to lead a group of people based on who they are connected to!

“This program is really tailored to you and what you want to study in the future,”

–Taylor Facen

If you are an undergraduate and are thinking about pursuing a doctorate degree, and/or a graduate degree, then I highly suggest you participate in the STARS program in San Diego, Ca at UCSD!

When I asked Julian “why should students, from across the country, come here and participate in STARS?” he said that the weather is great and that UCSD is one of the top rated research institutions in the country.

For more information on the STARS program, contact Elisa Maldonado
858-822-3536
emmaldonado@mail.ucsd

Here are the next rising African American scholars in this year’s program!

Howard University:
Kayla Bishop, Jeremy Blackstone, Taylor Facen, Deborah Fadoju, Rajae Gayle, Erin Manaigo, Robert Neblett, Armisha Roberts, Betelehem Sheferaw, & Kevin White.

Morehouse College:
Christian Aganze, Jeremy Ariche, Jarrhett Butler, Saidou Ngaide,
& Julian Pilate-Hutcherson.

Prince in The City w/ Jonathan Burns, Longtime Friend and Admitted Student at Cal State Fullerton


In this talk I get to catch up with my oldest friend, Jonathan Burns.

Jonathan and I first met back in first grade at Coronado Village Elementary. Not only did we share the same classroom together, but the same karate class; and we’ve always been in contact ever since.

Not only did we talk about his “glory days” in High School at Coronado High School but his college experience at San Diego City College. His advice to everyone out there is to come in with a plan, ask a lot of questions, and make a lot friends. There are a lot of resources out there for you, that colleges don’t tell you about, so be sure to do your own investigation work–but always be sure to get a 2nd or 3rd opinion. And don’t forget to do your FAFSA!

Today, Jonathan successfully graduated from San Diego City College and will be attending Cal State Fullerton in the Fall to pursue his bachelor’s in Political Science and Business Administration.

To reach him you can go to LinkedIn or Facebook and search his name.

And check out my radio talks at www.urbusinessnetwork.com

Prince in The City w/ Stefanie Davis, Rising College Student at San Diego State University


In this video I get to connect with a fellow Aztec and college student here at San Diego State University.

Stephanie Davis who is now in her 4th year (majoring in Management Information Systems) was kind enough to share her college experience to the world.

Today she works as a student assistant at the Career Services offices, offering her tremendous skills in Information Systems, and has just received a new job offer to work as a Knowledgebase Application Specialist for international company called ESET (IT Security Company)

ESET is a IT Security Company that helps customers find out information about their security software and protect their systems from viruses. She will be managing a business application which has been used in 180 countries!

To reach her you can do so via email davis_stefanie2010@yahoo.com, LinkedIn, and Twitter @techmagicsd

For my radio talk shows go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com and click “Prince in The City