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Law Street (TM) | September 17, 2014

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The New Black Death: Oil Trains and Insufficient Safety Regulations

September 16, 2014 | 1

My house rumbles and shakes as the cargo trains thunder down the rail that is less that 500 yards away. Although the necessity of turning up the volume on my TV is not much more than a nuisance, the fact that I sleep within the blast zone of a highly combustible material being transported in an inept and accident-prone manner is highly unnerving. Despite the speed of aircraft or the capacity of cargo ships, railroads remain the most efficient medium for transporting goods. That does not mean, though, that they are a flawless medium. In fact, when dealing with the transportation of crude oil, they and the system on which they operate are horrifically flawed.Read More

The Best Legal Tweets of the Week

September 13, 2014 | 8

Check out this week’s best legal tweets from law students, lawyers, and legal journalists.Read More

Response: Stupid GW Students or Gotcha Journalism?

September 12, 2014 | 5

For the last few days a video has been making its way through certain circles of the internet. One of our bloggers, the awesome Allison Dawson, even wrote a piece about it entitled, “9/11 Never Forget? Not Exactly for These GW Students.” The video is a handful of students from The George Washington University here in D.C. answering a few questions on current events. The interviewer is Ashley Pratte, a spokeswoman for Young America’s FoundationRead More

Could Merit Pay for Teachers Fix Our Education Woes?

September 12, 2014 |

It’s no secret that the state of public education in the United States is concerning. We are falling behind our peer nations, and recent efforts to improve the American education system haven’t been great. So what can be done? One proposal that has been floated is to link the pay of teachers to how successful their students are, sometimes referred to as “merit pay.” Read on to learn why merit pay was suggested, what it means, and what the arguments for and against merit pay are.Read More

U.S. Copyright Law: Enough Protection for Artists?

September 12, 2014 | 1

In the age of the internet, phones with cameras, and digital picture-taking, it’s become much easier to “steal” artistic property. Both the United States and the international community try their best to prevent the theft of artistic and intellectual material through copyright laws. In addition to regular copyright laws, there also exists something called “moral copyright.” Moral rights are artists’ rights to protect the integrity and ownership of their copyrighted works. Read on to find out how both artists’ copyright and moral copyrights are protected by law, the effectiveness of the laws, and the arguments for and against the different laws in place to protect artists’ rights.Read More

Law School Specialty Rankings 2014

September 12, 2014 | 39

Law Street has released its 2014 Top Law Schools by specialty. These rankings taking a holistic, in depth look at the quality of the nation’s top legal programs in intellectual property, healthcare, business/finance, energy/environment, and entertainment law.Read More

Slideshow: America’s Safest and Most Dangerous States 2014

September 12, 2014 | 25

Law Street’s state-by-state slideshow of America’s Safest and Most Dangerous States details the violent crime statistics for every city in the United States with a population greater than 25,000.Read More

9/11 Never Forget? Not Exactly For These GW Students

September 12, 2014 | 1

Yesterday was a somber day for us all. Most news outlets covered the 9/11 anniversary in addition to current events. While watching one of the programs I had to do a quick rewind to make sure I was hearing it correctly. Young America’s Foundation had gone to the George Washington University campus in Washington, DC last Friday, September 5, to interview students about the anniversary of September 11. YAF only had a few questions to ask these students, and their answers will shock you.Read More

Unique Program Creates a Home for Native Hawaiian Law

September 12, 2014 |

Here at Law Street, we’ve written a lot about the steps that some law schools are taking to the buck the trend of lower enrollment that is taking a widespread toll on almost all law schools. One really great way to attract students, especially for schools that aren’t as highly ranked as others, is to offer unique programs. That’s exactly what the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii is doing, and it seems like they’re seeing great success.Read More

If You Need an Abortion in Missouri, Your Life Just Got Harder

September 12, 2014 | 2

Legislators in the Missouri enacted a bill on Wednesday that mandates a 72-hour waiting period for any woman seeking an abortion. There are no exceptions to this rule, even in cases of rape or incest. So, unless you are about to literally die as a result of a pregnancy gone terribly wrong, if you want an abortion in Missouri, you’ll have to wait it out through a mandatory, three-day “reflection period.” The bill becomes effective in 30 days.Read More

Congrats California Workers: Paid Sick Days are Coming Your Way

September 12, 2014 | 1

A new concept is sweeping the United States, one that many of our peer countries have had for years: paid sick leave. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed a law requiring most employers in the state to provide at least three paid sick days per year to their workers. While some American cities have already created similar laws, and the state of Connecticut has paid sick days in place for businesses that fall under certain requirements, California makes history as the first state to sign such an inclusive bill with regard to this benefit.Read More

New York Fashion Week Still Doesn’t Promote Diversity

September 11, 2014 | 2

As New York Fashion Week draws to a close and all of the celebrities, bloggers, and street style photographers clear from Lincoln Center, it appears that there is the same unsolved issue every season: where is the diversity on the runway?Read More