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The Scandal That Brought Down a Congresswoman

DOUBLE STANDARD OR ACCOUNTABILITY? Last week U.S. Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) resigned from Congress amid a lurid scandal that began when nude photos of her, her now estranged husband, and a 22-year-old ...
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Halloween: An Adult Holiday Now?

HALLOWEEN: AN ADULT HOLIDAY NOW? Halloween has deep Celtic roots and a tradition dating back centuries to the 1500s. “All Hallows Even (Evening)” was a time to pray for those whose souls ...
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The Opioid Trials: A Fight for Control

AN ELEVENTH-HOUR SETTLEMENT Just hours before the bellwether trial in the Opioid Multi-District Litigation was to begin, a settlement was reached between four major drug companies and distributors, ...
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Hit-and-Run Accidents: More Common-and Deadly-than You Think

A HIT-AND-RUN TRAGEDY IN ENGLAND REACHES ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE British teen Harry Dunn was killed in the U.K. on August 27, 2019, when his motorcycle was hit by a car driven by American Anne ...
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Supreme Court Preview: Something for Everyone

THE SUPREME COURT’S NEW TERM Civil Rights. Separation of Church and State. Abortion. Executive Power. Immigration. An explosive roster to say the least. These topics will make the current docket ...
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The Role of the Whistleblower

This is a new installment in our Trends in the Law series. THE WHISTLE IS BLOWN There has been a lot in the news lately about Whistleblowers. But what exactly are they and what purpose do they serve? ...
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A Lack of Leadership: U.N. Climate Action Summit

“YOU ARE FAILING US” Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, angrily spoke these words in her address on Monday to the United Nations General Assembly’s Climate ...
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A Distrubing Trend

DISTURBING TREND For 30 years, from 1980–2010, pedestrian fatalities declined. Experts debated the causes of the lower mortality rate: Americans were buying smaller cars which had less deadly ...
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The White House Steps In: A Proposal to Ban Flavored Vaping Products

A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS In our August 23, 2019 blog titled “A Mysterious Illness“ we discussed the vaping-related respiratory illness that is fast becoming an epidemic across the country. ...
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Trends in the Law: Criminal Justice Reform

This is another installment of our Trends in the Law series. PROSECUTORS ON THE FRONT LINES OF REFORM All over the country, a progressive movement has been taking root in a place where you would least ...
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An Historic Decision

HISTORIC DECISION This week, Judge Thad Balkman issued his much-anticipated decision in the State of Oklahoma v. Johnson & Johnson trial. The trial was the first of its kind, pitting state ...
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A Mystery Illness: The CDC Invesitgates

THE MYSTERY ILLNESS Since the end of June, nearly 153 cases of a respiratory illness with lung damage have quickly spread across 16 states. The illness has a cluster of common symptoms: shortness of ...
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An American Tragedy Part Two: Domestic Terrorism

The following is Part Two of our blog discussing the laws surrounding the mass shootings that occurred on August 3 and 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, respectively. WHAT’S IN A ...
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An American Tragedy: Part One

The following blog is Part I in a two-part series devoted to discussing the law surrounding the horrific mass shootings that occurred August 3 and 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, ...
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The Guardianship Scandal

THE NEW COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCANDAL On Monday, July 29, 2019, ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal published stories on independent investigations revealing a new college admissions scandal. This ...
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A New Rule That Breaks Old Systems

A NEW RULE UPENDS AN OLD SYSTEM On July 15, 2019, the Trump Administration published its “Interim Final Rule on Asylum Seekers,” (see 8 CFR Part 208, and 8 CFR Parts 1003, 1208). Not only ...
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The E-Scooter Craze Turns Deadly: Part II

In our March 7, 2019 blog, we discussed the surging popularity of e-scooters and the huge number of injuries being seen in Emergency Rooms across the country of e-scooter riders and pedestrians hit by ...
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The Opioid Trials Have Begun

BIG PHARMA GOES ON TRIAL We discussed the first case to go to trial in the Opioid Trials in our May 31, 2019 blog (see: The Beginning of the Opioid Trials). The State of Oklahoma is suing Johnson ...
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Trends in the Law: Democracy Protected or Denied?

SUPREME COURT ROUND-UP This week marks the end of the Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term, and true to form, SCOTUS waited to hand down some of its most anticipated decisions until now. The following ...
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Be Careful. Be Smart. Use Your Smartphone.

FIND YOUR FRIENDS FINDS A DAUGHTER Rarely do we hear a news story that makes us feel good, but this weekend we had that pleasure. A North Carolina teenager, Macy Smith, had missed her curfew, and was ...
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Summer's Favorite Sport Can Be Its Deadliest

TRAGEDY STRIKES Last year, Bode Miller, the Olympic skier, and his wife Morgan, made the unthinkable announcement that their 19 month old daughter Emmy had drowned in a neighbor’s pool. The ...
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New Evidence of an Old Bias

THE 2020 CENSUS: AN ACCURATE COUNT OR GERRYMANDERING TOOL? In April, our blog discussed the controversies surrounding the U.S. Department of Commerce’s attempt to add a question regarding ...
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The Beginning of the Opioid Trials

THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY There is no white bronco, no ill-fitting pair of gloves, and no dream team. But there are deaths—thousands of deaths—and instead of a bloody knife, the alleged ...
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Trends in the Law: Courts as Lawmakers

This is a new installment in our Trends in the Law series. THREE CO-EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT NO MORE In a recent interview with Fox News, President Trump made the following statement: “We ...
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The Uber Strike: What it Means for the Future

A GLOBAL STRIKE On May 8, 2019, Uber drivers in the U.S., U.K., Australia and South America participated in a work stoppage in order to send a message to Uber executives and potential investors ahead ...
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