Data Security: Protect Client Information Before a Cybersecurity Breach Happens

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

Cybersecurity breaches are a rising concern among law firms globally.  Lawyers are protectors of sensitive information for their clients.  Hackers want access to this sensitive information to sell to the market.[1]  Continue reading “Data Security: Protect Client Information Before a Cybersecurity Breach Happens”

Measure Fails that Could Have Aligned Oregon with the Rest of the Country

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By: Kaitlyn Chomin
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

In January 2019, a change to the Louisiana Constitution went into effect after Louisiana residents voted to amend the Constitution to no longer allow nonunanimous juries.[1]  This action left Oregon as the only state that allows such verdicts.[2]  Continue reading “Measure Fails that Could Have Aligned Oregon with the Rest of the Country”

Patent Subject Matter Eligibility: Change is Coming

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By: Whitney Lott
Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Introduction  

For an invention to be patentable, the patent’s claim must be within the subject matter that is patent eligible.  Congress laid out the eligible subject matter for patenting in 35 U.S.C. § 101: “Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.”[1] Continue reading “Patent Subject Matter Eligibility: Change is Coming”

SORNA: The Collateral Consequence of Being Charged with a Sex Crime

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By: Brittany Wilson
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

In the United States, public outrage towards sex offenders—a reviled group of individuals commonly viewed as dangerous and capable of reoffending—is what led to the enactment of the sex offender registration and notification laws.[1] Continue reading “SORNA: The Collateral Consequence of Being Charged with a Sex Crime”

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?”