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Law Street (TM) | October 25, 2014

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Athlete Favoritism 101: A+ For Everyone!

October 23, 2014 |

Just this week, the University of North Carolina has come under fire for its preferential treatment of student athletes. UNC is a well-respected university, lauded for both its academic superiority as well as its exceptional sports programs. Recently, the school had defense attorney Kenneth Wainstein perform an internal investigation on some discrepancies in the Afro and American Studies department. What did he find? For the last 18 years the department has been enrolling athletic students in freebie “paper” — or non-existent — classes to keep them on the field.Read More

Arizona Man Does His Job Dropping Off Ballots, Panic Ensues

October 23, 2014 |

A particular viral video has been making its away across the blogosphere and has started to creep into mainstream news. What this video purportedly displays is a man committing clear “voter fraud” in Arizona. Although to be completely honest, it’s quite a dull almost nine minutes. All it is is a hispanic man putting ballots into a reader that he carried in in a box. Clear voter fraud evidence, right?Read More

Law School Applicants at Record Low

October 23, 2014 | 3

There has been a trend with law schools in recent years towards lower tuition and shorter programs. The driving force in all of this–significantly less people are sitting for the LSAT each year. According to recent statistics, there are fewer people sitting for the LSAT today than there were in 1987.Read More

How Air Jordans and “Sneakerheads” Shifted the Market for Nike

October 23, 2014 | 2

My brother is a self-professed “Sneakerhead.” I suppose it’s similar to how I lust for designer shoes, but as much as I try to understand his fixation, I can’t really get past the idea of people paying hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars for such ugly shoes. At Flight Club, which initially started as a consignment store, there is a special display case featuring special “vintage” sneakers inspired by Back to the Future and Space Jam. On average, these obnoxious shoes go for well over $1,000. Luckily my brother chose a practical pair of white Air Jordan “Fire Red” 5’s. My parents paid $160 for those that night, now according to sneaker appraisal site Campless, those shoes can be sold at a 28 percent markup.Read More

Lace and Lawsuits: The Scandalous World of Court Cases

October 23, 2014 | 3

Lacy lingerie and conversations about porn. They sound like the start to a good book or late night HBO programming. In fact, though, these are real world issues taking place in court rooms near you.Read More

Campaign Finance: Free Speech or Unfair Influence?

October 23, 2014 | 13

In an ideal world elections would be determined by a competition of ideas. But in today’s world, politics in the United States is determined by fundraising, wealth, and access. Regulations stipulating how campaigns can be financed determine who can donate how much in elections and what the money can be used for. Some argue campaign donations should be protected as a form a free speech while others see these donations as giving the wealthy undue political influence. Read on for the history, controversy, and future for campaign finance reforms.Read More

Pistorius Can Opt for House Arrest in Just 10 Months

October 22, 2014 | 2

Time and time again, celebrities have evaded prison sentences because they claimed to be too fragile for life behind bars. In the case of recently tried and convicted Olympian Oscar Pistorius, he may be able to serve just ten months of his five-year maximum for shooting and killing his then-girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. After those ten months, he can request to be moved to house arrest in his mansion. That’s a rough life right there.Read More

Diversity on TV: The New Normal?

October 22, 2014 | 1

With the success of recent television shows like ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Black-ish,” many in the industry are starting to reevaluate their positions on race in television. The “old guard” of television often said that the American people wouldn’t watch a television show that heavily featured characters who weren’t white — often relegating anyone who doesn’t fit into that box to a life of being the sidekick, or worse yet, losing all sense of identity and being whitewashed.Read More

Developing: Active Shooters in Ottawa, One Soldier Dead

October 22, 2014 |

Ottawa, Canada, is on high alert after reports of multiple shooters near the National War Memorial and the Canadian Parliament building early today. Details are still largely unknown, but what is almost certain at this point is that there were at least two active shooters in Ottawa today. It is believed that they were together.Read More

Apple Appeals to Trademark Office on Behalf of Siri

October 22, 2014 | 4

Okay — so Siri’s not the deepest or most prophetic robot that ever tried to cheer me up, but we have all come to simultaneously know, love, and hate Siri. She saves us time by writing out our grocery lists (despite her confusion of homophones), keeps us from getting lost (although she tends to take the long way) and sometimes, on a Monday, simply provides just enough sass to keep us drudging until 5:00p.m. Apple is very proud of its little lady. Referring to the robotic personal assistant, the company advertises, “Your wish is its command.”Read More

Millennials: Be Confident, Not Arrogant

October 21, 2014 | 3

How do you draw the line between confidence and arrogance? We struggle all the time to discuss our aspirations and accomplishments without sounding like self-promotional salespeople. While we want to sell ourselves, we fear driving our audiences away by sounding arrogant.Read More

PSA: Nude Photos Will Send You to Jail

October 21, 2014 | 1

Last week Rachel Craig, 28, from Waynesboro, Virginia was convicted under the state’s new revenge porn law. She faces up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. The revenge porn law went into effect in July and it criminalizes posting nude pictures of someone on the Internet without the individual’s consent. Craig was said to have been in an argument with her former boyfriend when she allegedly stole a picture of his current girlfriend from his phone and posted it on Facebook. Craig even took full credit for the act and warned the victim “not to mess with her” according to Sgt. Brian Edwards of the Waynesboro, Virginia Police Department.Read More