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Discovery Channel's Latest Treachery Has Left Me Gobsmacked

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 03.19.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Hotchkiss

I am a producer and TV series creator with 11 Emmy nominations forging a next generation model for independent content distribution. This scares the networks because it would make them dinosaurs. So, Discovery Channel is trying to crush me.

What Is Marriage? A Conversation with Linda McClain

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 03.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

As legalization of same-sex marriage spreads to one-third of states including the recent vote in New Mexico and ruling in Utah and in Oklahoma, our understanding of marriage in general expands and thus our understanding of parenthood and family potentially expand as well.

Dear World, Let's Give Saudi Women Some Credit

Laila Alawa | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Laila Alawa

If we are truly looking to help the women in Saudi, it is integral to no longer engage in the far more comfortable monologue that we've had so many times. Instead, let's begin to engage in dialogue -- that is, dialogue that comes with the go-ahead of the Saudi women.

American Legal Education: The First 150 Years

Brian Leiter | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Brian Leiter

Christopher Columbus Langdell, Dean of the Harvard Law School from 1870 to 1895, set the paradigm for what law schools and legal scholars should do, a paradigm that lasted for nearly a century until my colleague Judge Richard Posner finally upset it in the 1970s.

End the Prison-Industrial Complex

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to send someone to prison, but profit is not among them. Unfortunately, it is an obscenely large reason that American prisons today house more inmates than any other country on this planet. Freedom lost is money gained.

40,000 Laws Took Effect on New Year's Day. What's Left?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 03.04.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

If 40,000 laws can go into effect before Baby New Year has had time to soil his first diaper, then, potentially, the sky's the limit.

An Interview With Sam Dalton, Now In His Seventh Decade Of Criminal Defense Law

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The year 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of two landmark Supreme Court cases in criminal defense law. In Brady v. Maryland, the Court ruled that pros...

Pot, Guns And Paparazzi: New Laws Run Gamut In US

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.30.2013 | Crime

The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news: ____...

'Ban the Box' Goes Too Far... and Not Far Enough

Eli Lehrer | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

All over the country, towns, cities and even states have begun a move towards policies that "ban the box" and forbid employers from asking individuals about previous criminal convictions. It's a decent idea on the surface, but on analysis, it goes both too far and not far enough.

The Judicial-Industrial Complex

David Bergstein | Posted 02.25.2014 | Los Angeles
David Bergstein

An increasingly alarming number of frivolous cases are being filed, both as class action suits and individual claims. Many proceed for years, sometimes for more than a decade. Even if a claim is defeated, the costs involved in defending a claim are exorbitant.

Interview With Nationally Recognized Criminal Justice Attorney

Kiernan Hopkins | Posted 02.18.2014 | Crime
Kiernan Hopkins

I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Cates about some criminal justice hot talking points and was more than happy with the results.

Fiddling While Rome Burns: 64 Dead, 741 Sick, and Cass Sunstein's Dangerous Love Affair With Cost-Benefit Analysis

Rena Steinzor | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

Cost-benefit analysis seems best suited for satisfying the intellectual musings of someone safely ensconced in an Ivory Tower, high above and far removed from the very real dangers that agencies such as the FDA are tasked with addressing.

9/11 Case Stalls for Mental Competency Hearing

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

After Ramzi Bin al Shibh four times objected in court this week to the noisiness of his prison cell at night, the judge presiding over the September 11 military commission case on Thursday ordered he undergo a mental competency examination and stalled the case.

Michigan House Approves Important Medical Marijuana Legislation

The 420 Times | Posted 02.17.2014 | Detroit
The 420 Times

The Michigan House of Representatives voted to advance two important pieces of medical marijuana legislation that will now move to the Senate's chambers to be further scrutinized during 2014's legislative session.

The Silver-Lined Truth About Airbnb and You, New York

Mary Adkins | Posted 02.16.2014 | New York
Mary Adkins

I am one of the many New York City residents who has hosted people in my apartment through Airbnb. Ever since we Airbnb hosts started winding up in court earlier this year, the "illegality" of it in New York has made headline after headline.

9/11 Defendant Ejected From Court (Twice) After Protesting Prison Conditions

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The judge presiding over the 9/11 case at the Guantanamo military hearings had one of the five co-defendants forcibly removed from the courtroom after he objected that he was being deprived of his right to meaningfully participate in his case.

Hit by the Bus: How to Protect Your Business, Your Family and Yourself

Jack Garson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

The challenges of succession -- both professionally and personally -- don't go away if you ignore them. The need for planning exists. The results are worse if you ignore the difficulty.

Welcome Back, Jesus

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Even if, like me, you don't fall into one of those categories and also take issue with the Catholic Church's teachings on a number of contested social issues, it is difficult to deny the inherent wisdom and clarity of the pontiff's critique of the modern capitalist economy.

Women in Business: Q&A with Amy Cheng, Partner at Cheng Cohen LLC

Laura Dunn | Posted 01.28.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Amy concentrates her practice in domestic and international commercial transactions, general corporate, and franchise, licensing and distribution law....

Lawmaker Reading and Understanding of Legislation Is Highly Overvalued

Brian Christopher Jones | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Brian Christopher Jones

In a lawmaking utopia, legislators might read and understand every piece of legislation before voting on it. And in this place, the most grandiose to the most banal of statutes would receive thorough consideration by each chamber and undergo inspection down to the last detail.

Celebrating Success for Foster Children on Adoption Day

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.27.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

I couldn't help but tear up when a little girl told the crowd that "adoption is when your auntie becomes your mommy." So much power in one sentence.

The Baby Veronica Saga: Denial of a Father's Rights and Now a $1 Million Lesson

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Adam Pertman

This latest chapter in a young child's heart-rending saga does offer an opportunity, however, to step back from the details of the custody battle and consider its many important lessons.

Mobilizing Towards Reproductive Justice?

Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

This week the Supreme Court blocked an emergency application to overturn a recent law that will close one-third of abortion clinics in Texas. This law is already affecting the lives of thousands of women by denying them access to safe terminations.

Drivers Beware: Sleep Aids Can Be Hazardous to Your Law-Abiding Life

Saul Segan | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Saul Segan

This stress-immersed world is contributing to sleepless nights for many Americans. The desperation for a good night's sleep leads many to seek the ai...

Edward H. Jurith, 1951- 2013, Attorney, White House Drug Policy Leader

Eric E. Sterling | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Eric E. Sterling

Edward H. Jurith, a key figure in American drug policy making since the 1980s, died peacefully at home in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Ed has been my friend since 1981.