Poison in the Melting Pot: How Islamophobia Threatens our National Identity

While the states have control over their welfare and assistance programs, refugee ac- ceptance and resettlement is a federal issue. Regardless, many states have resisted efforts to relocate Syrian refugees within their borders and publicized their intentions not to cooperate with the federal government’s efforts. The Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, filed suit against the …More

Search for New Dean of Law School Begins!

Dean John E. Corkery announced this Spring that he will be stepping down as Dean of the John Marshall Law School. Dean Cork- ery has been a member of the law school’s faculty since 1973 and has taught evidence, family law, and professional responsibility. In 1998, he became Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. After that …More

Could Unlikely Presidential Candidates Bring Back Brokered Conventions? A Brief History of a Time Honored Tradition

Between billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump leading an insurgency within the Republican Party and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-identified Democratic Socialist, doing the same among Democrats, talk has turned to the possibility of contested conventions for both parties this year. Almost 90% of Republican insiders predict the GOP is …More

Rick and Morty & the Crisis of Intellectual Property

In 2014, acclaimed comedy writer Justin Roiland teamed up with writer/ producer Dan Harmon of Community fame, to unleash the hit animated sci-fi comedy series Rick and Morty upon an unsuspecting world. On the outset, the story of a space traveling scientist and his side-kick grandson might not seem out of place on a family- …More

“What Are We Doing Here?”

What are we doing here, exactly? What is the purpose law school? I have posed these questions to a few professors, and I have received different answers. A common answer is that law school prepares students to be practicing attorneys. We are here to learn the nitty-gritty of the practice of law. That is why, …More

Human Sacrifice: A Look at the Death Penalty in America

Friedrich Nietzsche postulated that, in pre-modern times, when a man was wronged he retaliated against the transgressor irrespective of the transgressor’s “intent”, “negligence”, or “soundness of mind.” Before the inception of “free will”, along with the notion that man “chooses” to commit wrongs, pain was inflicted to forge a memory. It mattered not whether the …More

Pharma Fiasco or: How America Learned to Forget its Problems and Hate the Pharma Bro

In this era of divisive politics, infrastructure deficits, extra judicial police killings and budget crises, there appears to be little common ground to share in our public debate. The one exception appears to be our collective feelings towards Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund manager and pharmaceutical executive better known by his nickname, “Pharma Bro.” Just …More

Federalists Rise Above the Rancor with Panel Discussions

This past year the John Marshall Law School’s Federalist Society has hosted a series of conversations which have been free and open to all students. The events have included discussions about the role of the police, the ideological propensities of the Chief Jus- tice Roberts, and how federal regulations affect the craft brewing industry. The …More

Diversity Week Highlights the Benefits of Inclusivity

This past March John Marshall hosted Diversity Week, a collaborative effort of the Office of Diversity Affairs and the Stu- dent Bar Association. From March 7th to the 9th a variety of exciting and enlightening panel discussions and film showings took place. On the 7th, Michelle Silverthorn, Director of Diversity & Education with the Illinois …More

Scribes Bestow Lifetime Achievement Award on Judges Easterbrook and Posner

On Friday, April 15 The John Marshall Law School co-sponsored the American Society of Legal Writers (Scribes) for a CLE and awards ceremony.  The Scribes is an organization of professional writers who focus on legal subjects and matters of cultural and professional significance. The topics of the panels included; Ethics and Writing, Storytelling for Lawyers, …More