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The She-Hulk Violates Rule 7.3 of the NY Rules of Professional Conduct

March 2, 2011

I just learned of the blawg "Law and the Multiverse," which considers legal issues that arise in the world of superheroes. One recent entry: [Jennifer] Walters is out for a jog when she encounters a woman being assaulted by two men.  Although she is unable to transform into She-Hulk, she dispatches the assailants with martial [...]

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Free the Seven Samurai

January 3, 2011

Here's a compilation of copyright-protected works that would have entered the public domain this year if not for the 1978 amendments to the Copyright Act that extended the copyright term. It includes the classic Kurasawa movie "The Seven Samurai." That means there are no free copies posted on the internet (legally), and a new DVD [...]

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Losing Common Ground

September 8, 2010

This article in the New York Times (with graphics) tells how the polarization at the Supreme Court is reflected in clerkship hires. Conservative justices hire conservative clerks who previously clerked for conservative lower court judges. The same with liberal justices.  In Congress, too, moderate Republicans and Democrats are losing primaries to "true believers." Voters seem [...]

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New decision on state funding of religious student groups

September 3, 2010

In my Law and Theology seminar, the students (and I) are authoring a course blog. My latest entry is about a recent decision in the 7th Circuit on the funding of student worship and proselytizing activities by the University of Wisconsin. Check it out here.

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When your email about race goes national

April 29, 2010

Here's a foofaraw about the dangers of law students not being careful about what they say in emails…or maybe it's about the violations of privacy norms and the malicious forwarding of email. See if you think it's something you might have done–either writing the email or the distribution of it.

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Facts about inequality

April 10, 2010

Here's one for the economic libertarians that read this blog. These charts on wealth and income inequality in America are quite depressing. But the one that really got my attention was

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The student internship–valuable experience or exploitation?

April 8, 2010

The point of minimum wage rules is to make sure that vulnerable workers are not exploited–to set a minimum threshold for the compensation of labor. The point of an internship is to obtain valuable job-related experience and education at a time when you may need a lot of income to maintain your lifestyle. What happens [...]

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Citizens United v. Original Intent

April 8, 2010

I'm stepping on Professor Padfield's territory, but I saw this interview with a historian and thought it was interesting. History professor Brian Murphy explains how the original corporations were charters from the King, often  to establish cities or royal monopolies, rather than as business entitites.  The key point:

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"Orientals"

March 30, 2010

Well, I got involved in a little brou-ha-ha over on Bob Dyer's column, and I thought I would bring it up over here. The issue is that the sports teams for Akron's East High School have traditionally been called "the Orientals." Born and raised in California, I have always considered that term somewhat offensive, so [...]

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The University of Akron School of Law's celebrity doppelganger is…?

March 10, 2010

It all started when Ashby Jones opened her WSJ Law Blog post with this: "Cornell is the Lady Gaga of the law-school world. Both are white hot, but the explanations behind eachâs popularity donât donât fully add up." Then Above the Law's David Lat joined in with (among others): "If Cornell is Lady Gaga, maybe [...]

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Business and personal ethics in an economic downturn

February 16, 2010

I was struck recently by the contrast between individuals discussing the personal moral obligation to keep paying the mortgage on a home that is "under water" (they owe much more to the bank than the home is currently worth) and business advice encapsulated in this New York Times Headline:

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Judge in Gay Marriage Case Outed

February 10, 2010

in the San Francisco Chronicle. Well, not exactly outed, since according to the article the judge, Vaughn Walker, has made no secret of his sexual orientation. In the very high-profile case in federal court in California challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the gay marriage prohibition passed by California voters in 2008, Judge Walker has [...]

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