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The Diploma Privilege Manifesto
A spectre is haunting the American legal profession – the spectre of diploma privilege.Facing the psychological and physical trauma of COVID-19, and buoyed by growing calls for diversity and equity in the wake of centuries of racial and social in (More)
Remote Bar Exams Are Not the Answer
Multiple jurisdictions have made the decision to switch to remote bar exams in October, in lieu of in-person exams in July and September. This is a laudable interim decision because it eliminates for so many the primary concern with this year’s bar e (More)
Universal Diploma Privilege and Reciprocity: The Ethical Choice for 2020 Graduates
The diploma privilege movement is beginning to pick up steam around the country as the risks become clear and the harm to graduates comes home to roost. The movement has eloquent and intelligent defenses popping up all across the country. I won’t pre (More)
A Mattress and the Bar Exam
I know.You are thinking what on earth is this guy talking about and why is he not buried in preparation for the bar.Well, the former will be explained shortly, and in regard to the latter…it is my lunch break.When I first moved to Lexingt (More)
Criminalization and COVID-19: Acute Social Insecurity and the Critical Condition of Sex Workers in India
"Are we not human that we have been left to die like this?" This was implored by one of the estimated 3 million sex workers in India whose existence is consistently disdained by the government. Historically, social inequality has been an indisputabl (More)
America's Presidential Election is Gravely Necessary, But Insufficient
"The enemy is the unphilosophical spirit which knows nothing and wants to know nothing of truth." - Karl Jaspers, Reason and Anti-Reason in our Time (1952) Even in this grievously faltering United States, presidential elections are praised as essent (More)
Federal court denies motion to reconsider emptying of Dakota Access Pipeline
Judge James E. Boasberg, of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, denied an emergency motion by Dakota Access, LLC on Tuesday to stay his July 6 order directing the company to empty the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) within 30-days.S (More)
The Business of Reopening Colleges and Universities in a Pandemic
Author's Update: I did not know about this when I wrote this article, but on July 6, 2020 Harvard and MIT have sued the Federal Government to have the ICE guidance declared unlawful and to return to the earlier guidance in the pandemic. As they say, (More)
Federal judge shuts down Dakota Access Pipeline
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on Monday that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) must shut down pending a review of its environmental impact. This ruling comes after Judge James Boasberg ruled in March that the US (More)
Illinois bar applicants seek diploma privilege amid pandemic
Applicants to the Illinois Bar filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Illinois on Monday seeking admission by diploma privilege instead of taking a bar exam.The state of Illinois has put forth several measures to mitigate the harmful effects (More)
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