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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: knowyourmeme.com

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 →

The war over words

I think this sums it up best…

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

Politicians have always sought the power to control the meaning of language. But now this open warfare has raced past reprehensible to dangerous for democracy.

language-has-powerIn the vicious descent to American unexceptionalism that politicians and their rich supporters are hellbent on winning (common folk and consequences be damned), the election has become a continuing chase for the authority to control language.

That’s what modern power has become: the ability to define a word, and to prevent others from doing so. Politicians rarely make coherent arguments any more; they instead try to co-opt the meanings of words. That’s why debates have been nonsensical: Candidates may utter the same words, but the meanings they assign to those words are vastly different.

Consider just one particular word.

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It’s “Love Your Lawyer” Day

On the best day for my future profession, I can't help but think how many of you didn't say anything today. First recognized in 2001 by creator (and attorney, obviously) Nader Anise, "Love Your Lawyer" Day is celebrated on the... Continue Reading →

I’m not boring or serious

Remember this quote? "Sweetheart, you don't need law school. Law school is for people who are boring and ugly and serious." - Mr. Woods, Legally Blonde Well I'm none of those things.   Thank you to Amelia Kibbe for this idea.... Continue Reading →

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