Looking Back on Alabama’s 2019 Legislative Session

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By: Sarah Tindle
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Many hot topics from medical marijuana to chemical castration were considered by the State of Alabama’s Legislature during the 2019 Legislative Session.  The Legislature met for twenty-eight of its thirty allowed days prior to adjourning sine die[1] on May 31, 2019, thereby ending the 2019 Regular Legislative Session.[2]  Continue reading “Looking Back on Alabama’s 2019 Legislative Session”

PFAS – The Hidden Dangers of Innovation

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By: Alexandria Heard
Student Materials Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Introduction

As the global economy grows in size and strength and the demand for better, cheaper products increases, businesses—big and small—work tirelessly to keep up the pace and satisfy the demand.  Continue reading “PFAS – The Hidden Dangers of Innovation”

Antitrust Litigation: From Brick to Tech

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By: O. Cobb Bostick
Executive Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

On May 13, 2019, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, delivered a huge blow to the American multinational technology company, Apple, and changed the future of antitrust litigation. Continue reading “Antitrust Litigation: From Brick to Tech”

Fair Housing and the Continued History of a Government Segregated America

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By: Brittany Wilson
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Today, many Americans would be surprised to come across a “whites only” real estate listing while searching for a new home or apartment, but these same individuals are likely well aware of the persistent discrimination and segregation among certain race and income groups in communities across America. Continue reading “Fair Housing and the Continued History of a Government Segregated America”

The Death Penalty: When is It Considered Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

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By: Justin Keeton
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Since the beginning of this year, the Supreme Court has been sharply divided on the issue of the death penalty and how it relates to the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Continue reading “The Death Penalty: When is It Considered Cruel and Unusual Punishment?”

Why do Emerging Sports Leagues Fail?

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By: Dylan Scilabro
Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Baseball has tried, football has tried, and basketball has tried. All three sports have attempted to offer an alternative to the major leagues, and they have all failed. But, why? Continue reading “Why do Emerging Sports Leagues Fail?”

Catching Feelings or Catching Felonies?

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By: Katie Chomin
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

In the age where the internet is an integral part of our everyday lives, a catfish is no longer just a whiskery animal that lurks in the depths of a fresh water lake. Catfishing also “refers to a person who sets up a false social networking profile for deceptive purposes.”[1] Continue reading “Catching Feelings or Catching Felonies?”

Facial Recognition Software: Is the Technology an Improvement to Society or Just Another Way to Keep Track of You?

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By: Jessica Farmer
Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

The new trend in technology is facial recognition software.[1] Taylor Swift used the software at her concert to look out for stalkers.[2] Continue reading “Facial Recognition Software: Is the Technology an Improvement to Society or Just Another Way to Keep Track of You?”

First Time DUI Convictions in Alabama

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By: Jordan Godwin
Interim Business Committee Chair, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious crime that the State of Alabama does not take lightly. Generally, a person cannot be in “physical control” of a vehicle if: (1) a person’s blood has 0.08% or more by weight of alcohol;[1] Continue reading “First Time DUI Convictions in Alabama”