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Before You Go Spouting Off About Free Speech, A Primer on the First Amendment

Gather ‘round folks, we’re about to learn a little free speech law. Very little.

UC Berkeley is having a tough time with student groups inviting speakers a majority of their students dislike. These incidents have provoked a lot of hot takes about the free speech and the First Amendment. So before you wage into your latest anonymous flame war on Twitter, Reddit, or Pinterest about this, let’s have a look at the law.

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The Never-Ending Story (of Sexual Harassment at UC Berkeley’s School of Law)

A couple weeks ago, we covered the case of Sujit Choudhry, former Berkeley Law dean. Then, the news was his return to campus. There’s a new development: he’s suing the university.

A quick recap to get us up to speed: Choudhry was dean when his executive assistant, Tyann Sorrell, accused him of sexual harassment. Choudhry claimed that all those long hugs, kisses, and massages were strictly nonsexual — sure they were; you’re dean of a top-10 law school and that’s really the best defense you can come up with?

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What’s the matter with Cal?

Not all is well in Berkeley. If you walk around, nothing seems amiss. People’s park still smells like weed. The school year at UC Berkeley just started, so the campus is abuzz with students. Many of those students have just signed over the right to their first-born child to rent an apartment nearby. All normal, around here.

But business as usual has a lot of students very angry, since it’s become apparent that business as usual includes not taking sexual harassment allegations against professors very seriously.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.24.16

A. Here’s some sage insight into the recent LSAT vs. GRE debate engendered by U of A Law’s decision to accept the latter exam in lieu of the former. The American Lawyer

B. A jury has rejected Anna Alaburda’s fraud claim against Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Diploma mills all over the nation breathe a sigh of relief. ABC News

C. In the wake of multiple sexual harassment scandals, including one involving the dean of the law school, UC Berkeley has released a harassment prevention plan. We’re still waiting for them to fire these schmucks. San Jose Mercury News

D. Is Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) positioning himself to snatch the presidential nomination from Trump? Huffington Post

E. Finally, Twitter got its trolly little hands on a nice chatbot that Microsoft invented and turned it into a Nazi in less than a day. PC World

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Logical Reasonings / 3.10.16

A. Blueprint’s Spring UCLA 1 class starts this Saturday! There’s still space available. Enroll with promo code UCLA200 to get $200 off a Spring UCLA course. Blueprint LSAT

B. Holy moly! The Dean of UC Berkeley’s law school – AKA Boalt Hall – just stepped down as a lawsuit filed by his assistant claiming sexual harassment gains steam. CBS News

C. A bunch of kids in Oregon have filed a really adorable federal environmental lawsuit against the federal government and scores of companies that contribute to climate change. The Register-Guard

D. A study in Britain has concluded that children are being routinely misdiagnosed with ADHD. Turns out that being annoying and loud may be a feature of childhood rather than a bug. The Telegraph

E. Eeeeeek! Hot felon Jeremy Meeks is out of prison! OMG, is that him? How do we look? Hollywood Life