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Perry Binder, J.D. is a legal studies professor at Georgia State University and the author of 99 Motivators for College Success. Perry’s blog postings are influenced from years spent in hilarious classrooms and frenzied courtrooms, and his classes emphasize the importance of humor and self-awareness as the key ingredients for effective learning. Perry received the Teaching Excellence Award, MBA Crystal Apple Award, and Service Excellence Award, in 2005, 2008, and 2011 respectively, from GSU’s Robinson College of Business. Years earlier, he litigated complex business cases in Miami, and received the Dade County Bar Association's Pro Bono Award, for service to individuals unable to afford legal counsel. Perry is a former radio talk show host, who is frequently quoted in the media, including USA Today, The New York Times, and ESPN Classic.

Entries by Perry Binder

From the Dorm to Lake Placid to Sochi

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 10:15 AM

I like your hat, Bill offered mischievously to the middle-aged Russian man.
The man kept walking with a deliberate gait.
Trade you my Vikings football cap, Bill tries, with the tact of a paparazzo in the Olympic Village.
The Russian gentleman stopped and looked at Bill. Then...

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Is Actual Innocence "Capturing the Friedmans," 25 Years Later?

(7) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 5:23 PM

On November 25, 1987, I was sprawled out on my parents' couch, when my favorite high school teacher appeared on the TV news. Arnold Friedman was a retired NYC instructor who taught computer classes in his home for local kids. I watched as he and his 17-year old son, Jesse,...

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10 Tips for Picking a Career Path in College

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 6:58 PM

In the sage words of Yogi Berra, "if you don't know where you're going, you'll be lost when you get there." Picking a career path boils down to a cost benefit analysis and a gut check. It is a game of reality versus passion, and you can start...

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10 Tips for Thriving in College Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Psychologists say that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. As a college professor, I strongly disagree. I believe that you can learn from the past, live in the present, and work on your future.

However, scientific research also reveals that the brain's impulse mechanism...

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10 Classroom Tips for Your First College Semester

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 6:24 PM

As a freshman, it is not only okay to have no idea what to major in, it's also a sign of an open mind to the diverse menu that college has to offer. Hopefully, you are choosing courses which seem interesting to you rather than classes that parents or peers...

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What Occupy WS, Occupy Italy, and Marilyn Manson Taught Me

(4) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 4:05 PM

When Marilyn Manson in the course of human events has a teachable moment, I'm all ears. Let me first explain how I got there.

I am a business law professor at a large urban university in Atlanta, Georgia. In October 2011, I walked to class each day past Woodruff/Troy Davis...

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#Top10 Hashtags That Your #Professors Should Search

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 10:39 AM

As finals week rolls around and things get intense in class, there's always Twitter to turn to for a release from studying. Not only is Twitter fun, it can make you famous (see the Legalese @SportsCenter: If you send us a tweet, you consent to letting ESPN use...

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7 Things the Amanda Knox Case Taught Us About Studying Abroad

(161) Comments | Posted October 9, 2011 | 4:32 PM

Studying abroad is a great opportunity to learn about other cultures and yourself. However, the Amanda Knox case has prompted students to be more mindful of their actions abroad. In 2010, I had the opportunity to teach in Northern Italy and critically compare the Italian and U.S....

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The Upcoming 9/11 Trial Isn't About Money But Elusive Justice

(10) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 3:22 PM

"Money is the universal lubricant. It makes it easier to go on with one's life."
--Judge Alvin Hellserstein

Ten days after Sept. 11, 2001, Congress passed the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The law was designed to provide government relief to family members of victims and to those who...

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For-Profit Colleges -- Still Partying Like It's 1999

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2011 | 7:32 AM

I was dreamin' when I wrote this so sue me if I go 2 fast. Prince, 1999

So where are we in the great debate on whether to regulate for-profit colleges?

From an owner of a for-profit college:

I'm a businessman out...

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8 Things Your Prof Cares (or Doesn't Care) About in Class

(44) Comments | Posted January 26, 2011 | 5:24 PM

With the recent huff over college students not learning a darn thing (45% Of Students Don't Learn Much In College), I figured it was time to offer what goes on in the mind of a college professor. This is what I care about and don't care about...

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Lessons of Justice for College Students: Grandpa versus Big Coal

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 3:49 PM

"This is not an environmental issue. This is about a little human being." -- Ed Wiley (Grandpa) speaking to West Virginia Governor Manchin

While the media insults and labels the youth of every generation like an X or Y or Z (oh you Slackers, Echoes, and Netters), I instead see...

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Don't Jail Me Bro! Bail Me Out Mr. Prof Man

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 6:57 AM

My classroom syllabus says: No legal advice questions! Yet, I still get telephone calls from students, usually when it's too late -- after they have a court date.

You know how you get one call before you are hauled off to prison? Well, I got this call from...

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Five Ways to Ace College Exams

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 5:31 PM

Wouldn't it be great if college classes were pass/fail, and students could focus on learning rather than competing for grades? Let's get back to the real world for a second, as I propose what I would do as a student to prepare for college exams:

1- Ask your professors to...

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Capturing the Friedmans Dad Was My Unforgettable Teacher: Apply His Classroom Lessons to Set His Son Free

(7) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 3:41 PM

Arnold Friedman was a quirky nuclear physics teacher who wrote something odd in my high school yearbook: Perry - I would like to meet your 3-eyed kids, but don't blame me! (a seeming poke at the irradiated material we handled in his college-level class, and the resulting mutations) He was...

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The Case for Humor in the College Classroom

(12) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 12:20 PM

As college professors nationwide prepare for a new academic year, my message for them is simple: Lighten up! Your students just might engage and learn.

I never dreamed of being a college professor. Does anybody? When my third grade teacher asked us about our dream job, Molly said an...

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