The Two-Party System: America’s Bloated Problem

The Two-Party System: America’s Bloated Problem by Rob Thomas Staff Writer   Take a second to reflect on how often you have heard these lines in the past year. “I can’t stand my party’s candidate but I need to be loyal to the party.” “I’m voting for the lesser of two evils.” “They’re both bad …More

BLSA Call to Action Open Forum Discussion

By Ashly McCants On Tuesday, July 12, 2016, The John Marshall Law School’s Black Law Student Association hosted an open forum to discuss recent tragic events and issues concerning police brutality occurring in our country. The forum began as a discussion about Alton Sterling, a father of five and husband from Baton Rouge, La., and …More

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