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Setting Bad Precedent: Juvenile Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter for Writing Texts

You may remember that old adage from childhood, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." Well, new case precedent may change that. Recently, a juvenile judge found Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter after text messages revealed she urged her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III to "get back in" his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide.

Is the Employer or Employee Liable for Your Injuries: Understanding the Doctrine of Respondeat Superior

Let's say you are looking to buy a car and go to a dealership. While there, you go with a sales rep and test drive several cars. After testing out a new beamer, the sales rep asks you to step out of the car and help direct him back into the parking spot. While the sales rep is backing up the car, he accidently hits the gas rather than the break and runs over your foot. You're rushed to the ER with a broken foot and have to get emergency surgery. Now, you have to miss work for weeks while you heal. Let's not even talk about the sky high medical bills you've accumulated.

Is the Employer or Employee Liable for Your Injuries: Understanding the Doctrine of Respondeat Superior

Let's say you are looking to buy a car and go to a dealership. While there, you go with a sales rep and test drive several cars. After testing out a new beamer, the sales rep asks you to step out of the car and help direct him back into the parking spot. While the sales rep is backing up the car, he accidently hits the gas rather than the break and runs over your foot. You're rushed to the ER with a broken foot and have to get emergency surgery. Now, you have to miss work for weeks while you heal. Let's not even talk about the sky high medical bills you've accumulated.

Appointing a New SCOTUS Justice: Make Your Prediction Now

As many of you know, we currently have a vacancy in the Supreme Court due to the death of Justice Scalia in February. A question on the minds of many is, who will President Elect Donald Trump nominate? The ultimate pick could have a vital  influence on cases that the Court will hear in the upcoming months and years. Currently, 21 candidates have made the short list of potential replacements. According to the Trump camp, the candidates were chosen first and foremost based on constitutional principles.

Appointing a New SCOTUS Justice: Make Your Prediction Now

As many of you know, we currently have a vacancy in the Supreme Court due to the death of Justice Scalia in February. A question on the minds of many is, who will President Elect Donald Trump nominate? The ultimate pick could have a vital  influence on cases that the Court will hear in the upcoming months and years. Currently, 21 candidates have made the short list of potential replacements. According to the Trump camp, the candidates were chosen first and foremost based on constitutional principles.

Happy Election Day?

Well, today is election day. I remember my first experience with a presidential election. I was in second grade. Bill Clinton was running against Bob Dole. The classroom full of seven year-olds cast their imaginary ballots. Personally, I went for Clinton. My reasoning was very complex, you see. Clinton had a pet dog, Dole did not. Today, who I vote for is based on reasoning that is a bit more sophisticated than my 7-year-old self. Going through law school, you gather a great respect for our Founding Fathers and the document so many people rarely think about-the Constitution. 

Happy Election Day?

Well, today is election day. I remember my first experience with a presidential election. I was in second grade. Bill Clinton was running against Bob Dole. The classroom full of seven year-olds cast their imaginary ballots. Personally, I went for Clinton. My reasoning was very complex, you see. Clinton had a pet dog, Dole did not. Today, who I vote for is based on reasoning that is a bit more sophisticated than my 7-year-old self. Going through law school, you gather a great respect for our Founding Fathers and the document so many people rarely think about-the Constitution. 

The Death of the First Female U.S. Attorney General

Janet Reno, the first female U.S. Attorney General, has died this morning due to complications associated with Parkinson's. Reno was 78 years old. In addition to being the first woman U.S. AG, Reno served as U.S. AG longer t han anyone else had in 150 years, serving as U.S. AG from 1993 until 2001. Reno was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993 and confirmed in March of that year. While Reno was not Clinton's first or even second choice, she ending up being the right choice. When she left office, she did so as a deeply respected individual, particularly because of the difficult cases she had to contend with during her tenure.

The Death of the First Female U.S. Attorney General

Janet Reno, the first female U.S. Attorney General, has died this morning due to complications associated with Parkinson's. Reno was 78 years old. In addition to being the first woman U.S. AG, Reno served as U.S. AG longer t han anyone else had in 150 years, serving as U.S. AG from 1993 until 2001. Reno was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993 and confirmed in March of that year. While Reno was not Clinton's first or even second choice, she ending up being the right choice. When she left office, she did so as a deeply respected individual, particularly because of the difficult cases she had to contend with during her tenure.

Hamilton--Founding Father, Champion of the Constitution and a Musical Phenomenon

Exciting news is on the horizon for Hamilton fans. This Friday, PBS will be airing 18 songs from the show performed by the original case members as part of the documentary film, Hamilton's America. Hamilton is the newest blockbuster musical on Broadway. Written by Lin Manuel Miranda, this hip hop musical showcases the colorful and politically charged life of Alexander Hamilton, American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

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