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ENDA Was Awful Before Hobby Lobby

Noah Baron | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Noah Baron

ENDA is to employment nondiscrimination what civil unions are to marriage -- a token, but ultimately simply another reminder that LGBT persons are regarded as less-than, and that discrimination against us is regarded as more legitimate than it is against nearly any other group in the United States today.

Establishing a Solid Legal Foundation for Your Business: Trademarks

Genavieve Shingle | Posted 07.10.2014 | Business
Genavieve Shingle

Before a trademark application is filed, a thorough and professional search should be conducted to rule out the likelihood of a competing mark already in commerce.

East Asia's Burning Constitutional Controversies

Ryan Mitchell | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Ryan Mitchell

The most intense ongoing conflict is the one centered on Hong Kong's dramatic recent protest movement calling for open nominations in the general elections that are scheduled to take place in 2017.

Handcuffs or Rocket-Booster? Crafting Joint Venture Agreements that Launch Your Business Forward

Jack Garson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Businesses team up to pursue work all the time. These joint ventures take many forms and names, from teaming agreements, to partnership agreements, to...

More Reasons Not to Drink and Drive

Saul Segan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Crime
Saul Segan

The laws continue to increase in severity. Mandatory sentencing for DUI is far more widespread than the old days. Now, something has been added to the mix. The ignition interlock.

The Insanity of the Death Penalty

Howard Falco | Posted 07.07.2014 | Crime
Howard Falco

We have a legal, justice and prison system that takes care of protecting society from those who demonstrate themselves as a threat. We just don't have to go the last step of stepping into vengeance and hatred.

The Hall of Fame and Dead Kentucky Lawyers

Don McNay | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Don McNay

It was a session of the Kentucky Bar Association, but it felt like a wake. A reasonably large crowd came to hear about the downbeat topic of attorney suicides. Two years ago, a number of Kentucky attorneys took their own lives.

Understanding Legal Contracts for Entrepreneurs: What Do I Need and Why Do I Need It?

Genavieve Shingle | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Genavieve Shingle

Let's be real, legalese, contract language - total snoozefest - and sounds a bit scary too, right? And what does it even mean? Presenting: Unders...

On Red Mud and Other Messes

John Feffer | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

In 2010, in Hungary, a reservoir wall containing the industrial sludge pond of an alumina plant collapsed and more than a million cubic meters of toxic red mud swept across the countryside, through several villages, and into the rivers feeding the Danube. Accidents happen. But this was not a complete surprise.

One Court, Indivisible, Votes Liberty and Justice For All

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

This week's unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming a robust Fourth Amendment protection for cellphone data is an enormously important victory for privacy rights in the digital age.

Slipperiness Behind Aereo Ruling: Solving Riddles of Legislative Intent and Separation of Powers

Clay Calvert | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Clay Calvert

Fathoming legislative intent simply is too subjective and too slender of a reed to support such an important decision and to divide the winners from the losers that others have already sorted out.

Shaping the Rule of Law, Trust And Resolution in The Online Justice System

Jeffrey M. Aresty | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey M. Aresty

The ability to negotiate, reach consensus, and resolve disputes online will be an essential set of skills for all who participate.

To Court, or Not to Court

Jack Garson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Avoid litigation when you can. When you can't -- win. Is it worth it? Or, more importantly, when does it make sense to fight it out in court, and when should you do everything possible to avoid it?

'Corporate Religion' Threatens Everyone

Ron Fein | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Ron Fein

What religion does ExxonMobil observe? How about Cargill, or Ford? If the question seems absurd, that's because it is -- corporations don't have religions. But try telling that to Conestoga Wood Specialties.

Denied: New Report Looks at Press Passes and Press Freedom Issues Across the United States

Josh Stearns | Posted 06.05.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

The data also showed that reporters who identified as "activists" were more than twice as likely to be denied access. This bias against activist media may make sense to some, but the authors of the report point out the slippery slope this trend suggests.

California Primary Was a Striking Display of Voter Apathy

Jessica Levinson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

There are about 17.7 million registered voters in California and just over 3.2 million cast a ballot in the June 3 elections. Over 38 million people live in the state, so each person who voted essentially weighed in on behalf of almost 12 others.

Professionally Speaking: Why Anonymity in Social Media is a Necessity

Monica Zent | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Monica Zent

We need to create a framework where professionals have the confidence to use the web and social media to its fullest. However, we must proceed carefully and under an honor system that infuses credibility.

Save the world from your desk

Monique Villa | Posted 06.02.2014 | Good News
Monique Villa

If I told you that lawyers were on the frontlines of the fight against HIV in Africa, would you believe me? And what if I told you that legal profes...

Muslim Is the New Catholic

Khurram Dara | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion
Khurram Dara

Islamic terrorism is, undoubtedly, a serious threat. "Islamization" of our country by American Muslims, who make up less than 1 percent of the population, is not.

Why Are Universities So Horrible at Responding to Sexual Violence?

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Howard Schweber

Universities' failures have been manifold. They assume authority and responsibility then fail to deliver the remedies they promise. Institutions that are supposed to act as storehouses of humanistic values seem to abandon those values and look with indifference on the destruction of the lives of their own students.

China Convicts Dozens In Front Of Stadium Audience

AP | LOUISE WATT | Posted 05.29.2014 | World

BEIJING (AP) — In a stadium filled with 7,000 people, a Chinese court announced guilty verdicts for 55 people on charges of terrorism, separatism an...

VAWA Reauthorization

Lisa Chau | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Lisa Chau

Why does the U.S. government not respect native american tribal sovereignty yet argue the sovereignty of nation-states, such as Ukraine in the current geopolitical situation, must not be violated?

Why the Devil Can't Go Down on Georgia

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.27.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Institute of Forward Thinking! We all know that conservatives are obsessed with two things: Sex and the wi...

The Shocking Trend of Revenge Porn: Where Can a Victim Turn?

Steven Brill | Posted 05.22.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

You ask yourself, how could this have happened, and more importantly, what can you do now? How you end up answering those questions and the speed with which you act, may make all the difference in minimizing the damage to your life, to your self-esteem.

Do We Need the Supreme Court?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The existence of judicial review matters only when the courts hold a law unconstitutional. A central question in evaluating this element of our constitutional structure is whether courts have exercised this authority wisely.