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TweetWhile the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on same-sex marriage were a significant victory for the LGBT community, discrimination still exists in the courtroom. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is currently considering whether lawyers should be able to use peremptory challenges to exclude jurors based on sexual orientation. Peremptory challenges are […]

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TweetWith no end in sight to the ongoing sequestration cuts, federal court judges and lawyers are growing increasingly concerned about the impact on our judicial system. Sequestration resulted in $332 million budget reduction for the federal judiciary, or approximately 5 percent of its current $6.97 billion budget. With Congress set to return from break, the […]

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TweetThe exact legal definition of the horrible acts that took place in Boston could have a significant impact on area businesses. Many businesses in the immediate vicinity were damage during the blasts, while several blocks of hotels, restaurants and offices were closed for days during the investigation. Most of these small businesses have insurance. However, […]

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TweetI hesitated before writing this post for fear of unnecessarily adding to the echo chamber that has resulted from Noam Scheiber’s unflattering portrait of Mayer Brown in The New Republic. But I decided to go ahead because of the value of sharing the candid and telling reactions that I have heard from leaders of many […]

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TweetIf Skecher USA’s claims were true, we could all get in shape without ever stepping foot in the gym. Unfortunately, there is mounting evidence that these shoes may do more harm than good. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged Skechers with making unsubstantiated advertising claims that its Shape-ups and other “toning shoes” would […]

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TweetThrough modern reproductive technology, a woman can carry a baby for nine months, but not be the child’s mother. Similarly, a man can provide the genetic material to create a child with no intention of becoming a father. However, while science has dramatically changed how people become parents, laws regarding parental rights have failed to […]

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TweetPractical things like the rules of court and civil procedure are often the most difficult things for law students to master because this is one area where experience is more important than memorization.  While there are some rubrics all lawyers come to know, such as the deadline for responding to a complaint, many find it […]

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TweetCrime victims are often called upon to identify the perpetrator. In fact, eyewitness testimony is used in approximately eighty thousand cases each year. Law enforcement can use a number of different tools to identify suspects. In many cases, a witness or victim will be asked to identify the suspect from a given lineup of several […]

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TweetWhether its catchy tune distracts the jury or mortifies the lawyer to whom it belongs, a ringing cell phone can quickly distract people in a court proceeding.  As cell phones, text messages and e-mail with notification ring tones become more common in society so have the regulations about their use, especially in the courtroom. In […]

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TweetUnfortunately, what people think should happen and what the law requires are not always the same. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently made headlines when it ruled that an Indiana statute that bans most registered sex offenders from using social networking websites, like Facebook, was unconstitutional. The controversial law specifically prohibits […]

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