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Was Jesus for Small Government?

April 16, 2012

This story on NPR is why I teach Law and Theology (occasionally). Our ideas and beliefs, whether implicit or explicit, about the nature of God's judgement and grace impact our ideas about human behavior and markets, and therefore about law.

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SOPA and PIPA Explained

January 19, 2012

Although I have not been keeping up with the SOPA/PIPA debate, I found this video useful, although clearly from the perspective of critics of the proposed legislation: The speaker is the founder of Khan Academy, whose free, clear, web-based video lessons inspired Bill Gates to fund as part of the future of education reform.

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Is Law a Practice or a Subject?

December 13, 2011

I've been hesitating to jump into all the recent discussions over whether law schools are doing a good job or not. I thought this opinion piece articulated some of the reasons I haven't quite known how to respond. What do you think? Is law a practice or a subject?

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Property Poetry Contest Winner, Spring 2011

June 17, 2011

Each year in my first-year Property class, I hold a poetry contest on the last day of class. The assignment is to write a poem that captures the year in Property. This year, I promised to publish the winning poem on this blog. Here it is:

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Health care costs

June 1, 2011

Medicare is not sustainable, due to spiraling health care costs. Republicans successfully bashed Democrats last fall over the cost control measures in the Affordable Care Act (or "Obamacare," if you prefer); Democrats are successfully bashing Republicans right now over the voucher approach in the Ryan budget proposal. Neither is particularly responsible, in my view, nor [...]

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What the judge ate for breakfast

April 13, 2011

This chart shows your chances of parole plotted against 

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Steal This Post!

March 22, 2011

(Apologies to Abbie Hoffman.) You may be aware that the venerable New York Times has announced that at the end of this month it will begin a controversial new program: it will put its content behind a paywall. This is of course part of the rapid evolution of news media in the internet age. When [...]

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Buying Your First Home

March 17, 2011

Here's an HGTV episode that stars a former student of mine, Chris Chan, now a patent lawyer in Washington DC. The show follows Chris as he goes through the process of buying his first home. The problems arise when he runs into Fannie Mae's rules for  loans to buy new condos.

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Looting After the Tsu-nuke-quake

March 16, 2011

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there were reports of widespread looting in New Orleans, and in the debate about the justification for looting, arguments tend to revolve around whether the behavior in question is perceived as exploitive criminality, for which a law enforcement crackdown would be in order, or foraging for necessities in extreme circumstances, [...]

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Lady LawGa

March 4, 2011

Yes, it's a law-related music video spoof. I like the post-it note dress. This should be a regular feature, don't you think? Video link below.

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Law Grad’s Snarky, Smiley-Face Note Not a Bar to Law License

March 4, 2011

Don't do this.

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Celebrity Court Radio on Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, and Kelley Williams-Bolar

March 4, 2011

The current ABA Journal has an article about Elizabeth Kelley, a Cleveland solo with a weekly radio show on celebrity legal stories. Listen to her take on the legal problems of

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