Amica Legis

By Rachel Konieczny


United States Supreme Court

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 →


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 →

#TrumpCaseNotes deliver sarcasm

Legal pun hashtags are to a lawyer as Saturday Night Live is to the television viewer. Both are entirely necessary. Recently, #TrumpCaseNotes began trending on Twitter, mocking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's views on specific past legal cases. From one legal geek to another,... Continue Reading →

A disgrace: Supreme Court bench vacancy displays political divide

Usually, an open seat next to you means extra elbow room—and with that can come an increased chance for your voice to be acknowledged. The vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court bench is a different story. With the Feb. 13... Continue Reading →

The cereal that started a lawsuit

Kellogg's famous Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal would have never became a reality if it wasn't for the expiration of two 1912 patents and some rebranding. In 1893, Henry Perky developed Shredded Whole Wheat cereal, displaying it at the World Fair in... Continue Reading →

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