Amica Legis

By Rachel Konieczny


November 2016

Best of the best: legal blogs

For the tenth consecutive year, the ABA Journal has released a list of the top 100 law blogs. After taking a look, here are some of my favorites: Excess of Democracy Derek T. Muller, professor at the Pepperdine University School of Law,... Continue Reading →


Sonia Sotomayor on Thanksgiving

In searching for an appropriate legal-themed Thanksgiving quote, I found Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's statement to be representative of my own feelings on Thanksgiving Day. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. "I am an ordinary person who has been blessed... Continue Reading →

Lawyers are on the NFL field, too

On Thanksgiving Day, you may see more lawyers on TV than you realize. No, it's not the many Law & Order: SVU marathons or Edgar Snyder commercials appearing on your screen, rather, 90 percent of NFL referees have full-time second jobs and some... Continue Reading →

Earn your stripes, like Adidas did

As Kellogg's Tony the Tiger would say, you must "Earn your stripes." Someone should have told Payless that. In 1994, Payless sold an athletic shoe with two and four parallel stripes, eerily similar to Adidas' trademarked three-stripe mark. The companies reached... Continue Reading →

The prison problem and how to address mass incarceration

The United States has a prison problem. More specifically, mass incarceration needs a major overhaul. Home to 5 percent of the world's population, the U.S. makes up 25 percent of the world's prisoners. Prison overcrowding costs taxpayers amounts that, frankly,... Continue Reading →

Courts: Parody away

"Weird Al" Yankovic does it right. In a 1994 case, Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., the Supreme Court ruled a commercial parody may be fair use and not a copyright infringement. Perhaps one of the most influential IP decisions, Campbell... Continue Reading →

RBG’s fashion (and political) statement

Actions speak louder than words, especially when considering one's choice of attire for the  highest U.S. court one day after a contentious election. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an 83-year-old known for handing down liberal decisions, wore her 'dissent'... Continue Reading →

An Election Day endorsement

On Election Day, I think we could all use some humor. Photo credit:

They don’t care about us.

While I'm not entirely sure of who (the infamous "they") Michael Jackson referenced in his 1996 song, "They Don't Care About Us," I can imagine his frustration was aimed at those who contributed to him feeling like an outsider. Lately, the... Continue Reading →

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