Category Archive: Legal Life

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Trials of the Century: The Murder of Willie Earle

Willie Earle, a black man in his mid twenties, got picked up on a murder charge. The day before, someone—it could have been Earle, but that doesn’t matter—robbed a cab driver and stabbed him to death.

By the evening of Earle’s first day in the county jail, a large crowd of about fifty men, mostly cab drivers, all white, gathered outside. They demanded Earle be handed over to them. He was. The crowd then lynched Earle, beating, stabbing and shooting him. This was 1947. Greenville, South Carolina.

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Intellectual Property Law and the Vulnerable Consumer

“Nobody’s more frustrated than me.” “I am running a business.” These statements were made by Mylan Health CEO Heather Bresch regarding the recent firestorm over Mylan’s role in the dizzying upward spiral of prices for medication, some of which — including the medication at issue, Epi Pen — can make the difference between life and death for those who need the drug. Epi Pen is critical for those with asthma and some allergies where a sudden onset leads to suffocation and death.

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Judicial Clerkships: The What, The Why, And The How

A clerkship is a great opportunity for a lot of writing experience, training, and connections. Most clerks go on to work in litigation, whether in private practice or in government. However, it’s not wholly unusual for corporate or transactional attorneys to clerk, especially if that means clerking for a Delaware chancellor.

If you at all think you’d like to clerk, set up an appointment with your law school’s clerkship office and soak up as much info as you can about the application process. Your clerkship office will be your best resource.

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Melania Trump: Copyright Infringer?

The irony of Melania Trump’s now well-documented plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech is plain to see. Without getting too political about it, Donald Trump elbowed his way into national politics as the leader of the birther movement, trumpeting (pun intended) the demonstrably false claim that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and therefore ineligible to serve as president. That Mrs. Trump would lift portions of a speech singing the praises of then-Senator Obama in order to sing the praises of Mr. Trump is strange at best.

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Happy 5th of July!

I — as well as everyone else who doesn’t work for/with Satan — was reveling in the Independence Day spirit yesterday. Hence, no 4th of July blog post. However, now that it’s 5th of July and we’re back at school/work (meh), it’s time to contemplate the meaning of our proto-Brexit 240 years ago. Since this is a blog aimed largely at future lawyers, an exploration of the Constitution and the practice of Constitutional Law is germane.

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International Law: Brexit and You

America is obviously the greatest country in the world, but with all that Brexit stuff in the news recently, you may have had reason to take a break from all that hamburger-eating and eagle-wresting to find out what’s going on in the rest of the world. If all of those goings-on have piqued your interest in international law, it’s your lucky day, because we’re going to delve into the details.

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A Primer on Gun Law

Since last weekend’s horrible shooting in Orlando, gun law has been in the news. Senator Christopher Murphy of Connecticut even led a 15-hour filibuster to seek new gun control measures. So we figured this would be a good time to look at gun law in our ongoing series on different areas of the law.

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Can legal regulations prevent Judgment Day?

First, let me clear up the click bait headline. When I say “Judgment Day,” I’m talking about the idea, most prominently popularized in the Terminator movies, that machines will rise up and enslave or annihilate the human race. We’ll leave the Revelation stuff alone for now — and, as least as far as this blog is concerned probably for all time.