Many assumptions I had were squashed, and several surprises popped up for me as producer of the upcoming literary event with United States Justice Sonia Sotomayor and actress and activist Eva Longoria.
When you hear the pundits or politicians on TV talking about the only or the best way to reduce gun violence, ask yourself if you have heard the person talk about the different types of gun violence. Not all gun violence is the same.
In 1909 Congress made opium smoking a federal offense by enacting the Anti-Opium Act. It reinforced Chinese racism by carving out an exception for drinking and injecting tinctures of opiates that were popular among whites.
So nice of you to offer these suggestions, Quebec. But do you really think that Walmart is going to become Le Magasin Walmart just for your shoppers? Even the "real" French are less stringent about their language laws -- and that's saying a lot.
When the first Internet law courses were offered only a few years ago, people scoffed at them. Yet as quickly as technology progresses, the supposedly fanciful topic has become complex enough to deserve sub-specialties such as privacy.
What is protected in the First Amendment is not the right of commercial enterprises to exploit the news for profit, but rather of citizens to become informed. That requires the courage of heroic sources, including Bradley Manning.
When USG employees get in trouble following orders (which happens more often that one would care to admit); or when CIA, USAID or other USG contractors are arrested overseas, where are the big guns who dive into the fray to defend lady liberty and her servants?
When November 7 rolls around, I'll recall -- and I hope you will, too -- that democracy is partially safeguarded (or not) by what we do in those little voting booths, but even more so what we do the other 364 days of the year.
Law has long been seen as an economy-proof profession. But this latest recession has proved devastating for potential lawyers and existing law firms alike -- and only a concerted effort to alter the field entirely can make it profitable again.
I'm going to paint a picture of how America could scrap the Electoral College system in the next decade, but I make no predictions whatsoever about the chances this could become reality. You'll have to judge that sort of thing for yourselves.
Today, lawyers for the five alleged co-conspirators in the September 11th terrorist attacks asked the judge to please let them know: Are we operating under a Constitutional framework here or not? Exactly what Constitutional rights do our clients have?
It can be difficult to get everyone's attention at a party with 400 people, especially on a gorgeous night on the terrace of the Kennedy Center. But 10-year-old Sky Stringer knew how to handle the crowd.
What was this event that excited so many members of the American public? This is not a rhetorical question. If you said the 2012 elections, or the presidential election, you're wrong, but I was so hoping that would be your answer.