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: Kaitlyn 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”

SCOTUS Stays Inconsistently?: The Supreme Court’s Seemingly Contradictory Decisions Regarding Two Death-Row Inmates’ Requests

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By: Lauren Wiggins
Research and Writing Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

On February 6, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit entered an emergency stay for the execution of Dominique Ray.[1] Continue reading “SCOTUS Stays Inconsistently?: The Supreme Court’s Seemingly Contradictory Decisions Regarding Two Death-Row Inmates’ Requests”

Deregulating Net Neutrality: The States’ Response

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By: Ellen Larson
Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), in an order titled Restoring Internet Freedom, set to be effective April 23, 2018, voted to reverse the regulatory approach it adopted in its 2015 order titled Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.[1] Continue reading “Deregulating Net Neutrality: The States’ Response”

Frank v. Gaos: Is the Cy Pres Legal Doctrine Appropriate in Class Action Lawsuits?

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By: Ellen Larson
Associate of Product Development and Marketing, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

          A case on the United States Supreme Court docket this fall is Frank v. Gaos.[1] Frank will address the appropriateness of a district court’s approval of settlement funds in a class action lawsuit against Google to go to non-party charitable institutions, rather than class members, under the cy pres legal doctrine.[2] Continue reading “Frank v. Gaos: Is the Cy Pres Legal Doctrine Appropriate in Class Action Lawsuits?”

Law Office Study Apprenticeship Programs: How Kim Kardashian Hopes to Become An Attorney

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Kim Kardashian West with Alice Johnson, Former Inmate

By: Jean Talbott
Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Introduction

          Kim Kardashian has made media headlines yet again announcing her plans to become a lawyer.[1] Kardashian plans on accomplishing this goal through “reading the law,” which prior to 1870 was the only option for aspiring lawyers.[2] Kardashian attended Pierce College, where she completed 75 credit hours but did not finish college.[3] Continue reading “Law Office Study Apprenticeship Programs: How Kim Kardashian Hopes to Become An Attorney”

Social Media: The Constitution and Copyrights

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By: Elizabeth Hosmer
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

            Social media has grown exponentially into a basic part of everyday American life, and it has become increasingly difficult to find someone who is “unplugged” and without some sort of social media account.[1] Continue reading “Social Media: The Constitution and Copyrights”