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March 3, 2009: Beware the Ides of March

Howard (Man-I) Beckford

March 3, 2009

Beware the Ides of March

Approximately two thousand and fifty three years ago, the most famous lawyer who ever lived was told “Beware the Ides of March.” Years earlier, as a Roman general, Caesar crossed the legendary Rubicon River. This act has since been cemented in our lexicon.

Upon approaching the Rubicon, with a few friends along for the ride, the general did not know what to expect on the other side. The only certainty was that the task ahead would be a difficult endeavor requiring both faith and courage. The courage was inborn, and the faith came from a knowledge that he had spent years of his life relentlessly preparing for the task at hand. With this knowledge, Julius crossed the river and successfully pursued his claim of equitable estoppel.

As we get closer to the Ides of March, some of us are approaching our own personal Rubicon. You may be entering the first year of law school, nervous about the Socratic, or for the first time, feeling sick before getting to the bar. None of us know what to now expect. Like Julius, we must take confidence from the fact that we have friends and family who have supported us through the years, and are by our sides even now. The life lived and lessons learned have prepared us well for the first year of law school, as well as the bar exam. The die is cast.



Howard (Man-I) Beckford

4L Day (Class of 2009)

international law; criminal law and immigration law

May Pen, Jamaica

Undergraduate degree:
BA in History and Sociology from St. Lawrence University

Human Rights In Action (HRIA) selection committee member; Secretary, Black Law Student Association (BLSA)