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RIP, Vicky Moore [Nov. 15th, 2007|02:20 pm]
I don't have much time at this moment as I'm knee-deep in some tapes of a terrible, terrible attorney trying to salvage an awful case . . . but I wanted to take some time to mention the passing of Vicky Moore. She died on Tuesday. I met Vicky on my first day at law school when she sold me coffee and encouraged me not to make it a habit. Vicky ran the Irish Cafe, which was mostly just a counter, a toaster, a soda fountain, and a fridge in the corner of the law school lounge (read: smelly basement). According to A.J. Bellia, it used to be called the Snack Hole, which is a more appropriate but less marketable name. Anyway. Vicky was probably the most universally-loved person at the law school. She ran the cafe from 1994 until her retirement in 2005, when we threw her a huge party that everyone came to except the Dean (surprise, surprise).

For most of that time, Vicky was battling the extremely aggressive cancer that eventually took her life. When she lost her hair as a result of chemo treatments in fall 2004, she came to school on Halloween dressed as a monk. She was a passionate supporter of the Relay for Life.

But mostly, she was incredibly kind to a lot of students under stress, and she did more to create an atmosphere of trust and honor in the law school than the Hoynes Code ever did. A million times when I was late for class and needed caffeine I was grateful for Vicky's "take it now, pay me after class" philosophy. She left the soda machine on 24-hours during finals and relied on the honor system to ensure that only those students who had purchased a soda during business hours refilled their cups. She took special requests and remembered our birthdays.

There wasn't anyone else like her at the law school and there won't ever be again. We'll miss you, Vicky.

[User Picture]From: weaklingrecords
2007-11-15 09:45 pm (UTC)
Oh. That's really sad news, but thanks for posting about it. When I told Seaves, she told me that she already knew, so an e-mail is going around about it, too. Then she asked me how I knew Vicki, and then she just laughed because I was sortof a lawschool rat.
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[User Picture]From: ndlawrevue
2007-11-15 09:49 pm (UTC)
Ha. That's really funny.

I don't know what's in the e-mail but we created a website where people can donate to the American Cancer Society (which Vicky's family has requested in lieu of flowers).

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