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Diversity in the Legal Profession Begins With Law School

Tamesha Keel | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
Tamesha Keel

Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 created the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission to ensure equal, employment advancement for all and makes employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin illegal.

Stop Feeding the Patent Trolls

Kendrick Nguyen | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology
Kendrick Nguyen

For years, patent litigation has drained small businesses of resources that would otherwise be used for research, investment and job creation.

Kauai Official in Switzerland Urges Syngenta to Drop Lawsuit Blocking Enforcement of GMO Pesticide Law; Syngenta Replies, 'There Is No Lawsuit'

Judah Freed | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Judah Freed

At the annual shareholders meeting of the Syngenta Corporation in Basel, Switzerland, Kauai County Council member Gary Hooser urged the transnational chemical giant to withdraw from its lawsuit against the Hawaiian island county.

Is the Fourth Amendment Irrelevant to Law Enforcement? Three Ways Courts Can Make It Matter

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

What can be done to ensure that police officers are held accountable for Fourth Amendment violations? The only way to ensure police officers are appropriately sanctioned for violating people's rights and victims are made whole is consistent judicial engagement.

Who Will Save the Savior Sibling?

Maura Dickey | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Maura Dickey

If we are going to treat children as if they are merely made of harvestable parts, then we should also establish legal standards that provide an independent advocate for the savior sibling.

Sobering Lessons From the Lone Juror in the Etan Patz Case

Dan Simon | Posted 05.15.2015 | Crime
Dan Simon

The Hernandez case confirms the adage that "confession is the queen of evidence." Even without a shred of physical evidence, an almost unanimous jury voted for conviction based on a 33-year-old statement, given by a man suffering from a personality disorder and limited intelligence.

President Obama Don't Fail Us Historically...

Wade Norris | Posted 05.10.2015 | Denver
Wade Norris

The TPP, if he pushes it through, against the wishes of many in his own party, it will be a terrible legacy for us in terms of jobs, wages, and most importantly the environment.

The Great Writ: How Medieval Law Explains the Horror of Guantanamo Bay

Jacob Schuman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Jacob Schuman

Mohamedou Ould Slahi and over 100 other men remain at Guantanamo, held indefinitely without effective legal recourse. So long as it remains open, the detention camp poses a threat to liberty around the world, as there is nothing to stop a President from seizing and imprisoning there anyone for any reason at all.

Justice Holmes, Meet Dr. Turing: Law Is Computation

Oliver R. Goodenough | Posted 05.07.2015 | Technology
Oliver R. Goodenough

The legal technology industry has already picked some of the low hanging fruit of legal sub-processes, like company formation, will drafting, and legal research. Once we express legal formulations themselves in computational terms, figuring out the implications for a particular set of facts becomes a quick exercise in technology.

GM and Its No Good, Very Bad Year

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.01.2015 | Business
Rena Steinzor

With the announcement that GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra received the outsized compensation of $16.2 million in 2014, what should have been a year of humiliation and soul-searching for that feckless automaker instead ended on a disturbingly self-satisfied note.

Law and Psychology: Jurors Face the Heart of Conflict

Mindy Utay | Posted 04.28.2015 | Media
Mindy Utay

In cases like Holmes and Tsarnaev, we ask ordinary citizens to go beyond their assumptions and biases, manage their conflicting emotions and take on the difficult task of determining punishment for two heinous crimes that cry out for retribution.

An Inconveniently Moral Argument for the Death Penalty in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Case

Rajesh Sampath | Posted 04.27.2015 | Crime
Rajesh Sampath

Searching for new philosophical justifications of the death penalty is not the task of the jury.

Can Smart Development and the Rule of Law Help Curb Crime?

Irene Khan | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact
Irene Khan

Efforts to strengthen the rule of law pay off in ways that few other forms of development aid can. But success does not happen overnight. Legal reform, institution-building and greater levels of access to justice are initiatives that take time, financing and political will.

Tennessee Attempts to Inherit the Wind Again

Alex Simon | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Alex Simon

The Tennessee state House voted Wednesday to adopt the Holy Bible as the official state book. The chamber approved the measure 55-38. It is sponsored by Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, a former pastor, who argued that his proposal reflects the Bible's impact in Tennessee.

10 Divorce Tips for Husbands

Ayesha Vardag | Posted 04.16.2015 | Divorce
Ayesha Vardag

Whether or not you're the one petitioning for divorce, it's a good idea to do all you can to coordinate your affairs and look out for your interests. That doesn't have to mean being underhand or dishonest -- just smart.

Top 10 Trending Legal Careers

Tamesha Keel | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Tamesha Keel

For several years, one of the biggest shifts in the legal job market is the steady demand for specialized expertise. The career potential is high for skilled talent with industry or practice-area specialization. Both employers and clients are looking for efficiencies and value found in subject matter experts.

Why I Hope My Church and Others Come to Indiana Now That RFRA Is Changed

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Rick Lowery, Ph.D.

I am proud that my church was one of the first to express concern and take action. And I'm happy the legislature and governor listened to us and changed the law.

BNSF Challenges Lawsuit From Engineer Who Ran For His Life From Exploding Oil "Bomb Train"

Steve Horn | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) has responded defensively to the oil-by-rail lawsuit filed by former BNSF locomotive engineer Bryan Thompson, a case recently reported on by DeSmogBlog.

Searching for Equality in Indiana and Beyond

John A. Powell | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
John A. Powell

It is especially troubling when the state effectively sanctions private discrimination, placing its weight and imprimatur behind the beliefs of a few to exclude and marginalize. The state is a public entity, entrusted to create and foster space where all members are cared for.

Speaking Truth to Power

Katie Redford | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Katie Redford

It took years for this epidemic of rape to come to light. This is quite common: many victims are too scared to speak, enduring the lasting emotional and physical trauma alone.

An Open Letter to the President of France

August McLaughlin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Women
August McLaughlin

Many women with eating disorders, including models, partake in dangerous tactics to maintain a slimmer physique -- yet aren't underweight by BMI standards. In some ways, focusing on "the numbers" perpetuates the damaging notion that they matter most.

Risk v. Reward: Finding the Right Balance for Digital Innovation

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 04.06.2015 | Technology
Jimmy Nguyen

Companies of all shapes and sizes - from startups to corporate giants, from new disruptors to old guard institutions, from local shops to global conglomerates - want to win new business by using digital innovations.

BNSF Engineer Who Manned Exploding North Dakota "Bomb Train" Sues Former Employer

Steve Horn | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) employee who worked as a locomotive engineer on the company's oil-by-rail train that exploded in rural Casselton, North Dakota in December 2013 has sued his former employer.

Time for a Right to Counsel for New Yorkers Facing Eviction, Foreclosure

Ted De Barbieri | Posted 04.03.2015 | New York
Ted De Barbieri

A right to counsel for residential tenants and homeowners ensures the rule of law is applied equitably to rich and poor. Plus it has the added benefit of making economic sense. It's the right thing to do.

Patriots Punished in Northern Cyprus: A Modern Day Political Occupation

Olena Kagui | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Olena Kagui

Koray Basdogrultmaci and Cinel Senem Husseyin, a Turkish-Speaking Cypriot couple, were charged for hanging the Cyprus Republic's flag outside their home and shop in Famagusta in June 2013. They were arrested and put in jail on June 21st 2013 and their original trial was postponed until June 11th 2014.