Law Review Squared

Law Review Squared

The Law Review Review! Law students discuss legal topics, using law review articles as a lens in a panel format. Each episode a law review article is selected by a panel member and distributed to the group. Episodes are released every other Monday. Follow us on twitter at: @SquaredLaw Mailbag at: lexclava@gmail.com

Episodes

May 27, 2021 27 min

Service Animals are generally considered reasonable accommodations under the Fair Housing Act. Should Emotional Support Animals be treated similarly? What about in non-housing situations? What documentation should be required for an animal to be accommodated?

The article discussed was: Katie Basalla, Shortening the Leash: Emotional Support Animals under the Fair Housing Act, 89 U. CIN. L. REV. 140 (2020).

Host: Jo Ann Fernando

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BONUS EPISODE! California attorney Michael Smith visits with the panel to discus state regulations regarding shooting fish (with firearms), the topic of a law review article he authored. We also discuss: What constitutes good legal writing? What is the value of 'leisure' writing? What happens when you shock a fish with electricity? As well as different approaches to regulation, federalism, and environmental protection.

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March 22, 2021 38 min

How does social media influence jurors? What concerns are raised when jurors use social media during a trial? What are reasonable restrictions during a trial? How has our understanding of reasonable social media use changed over the past few years? The panel discusses these timely topics as well as baked goods.

The article discussed was: Amy J. St. Eve & Michael A. Zuckerman, Ensuring an Impartial Jury in the Age of Social Med...

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March 1, 2021 37 min

The panel discusses video games in the context of e-sports, streaming, and how these activities are and/or should be regulated. Covering subjects from performance enhancing drug testing of e-thletes to visas to monetary and 'attention' in-game currencies, there's something in this episode for everyone from the newest n00b to the l33t gamer. 

The article discussed was: Elizabeth Chung, Gotta Catch 'Em All! The Rise ...

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February 15, 2021 41 min

Professor Michael Mogill joins the panel to discuss how he used Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants, the famous 'hot coffee' case, at a Law Day presentation to explain how the jury system works. Other topics discussed include how to teach legal concepts to various non-lawyer/non-law student audiences ranging from children to senior citizens and challenges of teaching law in the time of COVID. 

Article: Michael A. Mogill,...

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The panel discusses an article that raises a hypothetical, what claim for an NFL player whose endzone dance is copied by a videogame. Join us for a wide ranging discussion that encompasses the constitution, TikTok, motivations for creative people, and more!

The article that was discussed was: Alex Avakiantz, Stealing Swagger: NFL End Zone Celebrations and Fortnite's Fortune, 94 Wash. L. REV. 453 (2019).

Host: Tony Fernando

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January 18, 2021 43 min

Law school grades are curved. Why? What are they trying to measure? Do curved grades serve students? Employers? Are curved grades moral? The panel discusses these topics and more, after reading an article which presented a case study of a law school which changed its curve.

The article discussed was: Deborah Waire Post, "Power and Morality of Grading - A Case Study and a Few Critical Thoughts on Grade Normalization", 65 UM...

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January 4, 2021 41 min

What is the object of having an honor code or conduct code? Should law school honor codes have a "toleration clause", which requires a student who becomes aware of an honor code violation to report it? Should school codes be different than professional codes? Do the honor codes at the top law schools differ from the rest? The panel discusses this after having read:

Meredith C. Manuel, Snitches Get Stiches: Ditching the Tol...

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The panel is joined by our first guest-author, Associate Dean Bekah Saidman-Krauss! We discuss an article she wrote which analyzed a proposal by Senator Leahy (D-VT) to allow the Supreme Court to fill recusal based vacancies with retired Justices. The lower courts have mechanisms to replace a judge who recuses themselves, why doesn't the Supreme Court? What effect does not having a replacement mechanism have on their decision m...

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December 7, 2020 24 min

The panel considers exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act which protects financial and business information. Does this create a right to privacy for corporations? Should business information be protected from disclosure, when the business is doing work for the government? 

The article discussed is: Jane E. Kirtley, Scott Memmel, and Jonathan Anderson, More Substantial Harm than Good: Recrafting FOIA's Exemption 4 after...

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The panel discusses court responses to states imposing restrictions on abortion during the present COVID pandemic. Is medicine an area where public necessity can outweigh private rights? Does restricting abortion actually reduce the use of PPE? What are the ethics around using a public health emergency to advance an agenda? 

The article discussed is: B. Jessie Hill, ESSENTIALLY ELECTIVE: THE LAW AND IDEOLOGY OF RESTRICTING ABORTIO...

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While waiting to learn the outcome of the current election, our team looks back at Bush v. Gore and the decision making of the Supreme Court in the aftermath of the presidential election in the year 2000. Is a presidential candidate meaningfully harmed by being denied a recount? Do states rights over-ride federal interests? Should the Supreme Court grant certiorari to cases with flawed arguments? Also, our free sticker offer is sti...

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Just in time for the election, Schenley leads the panel in a discussion of Shelby v. Holder and the status of the Voting Rights Act. How pervasive should federal oversight of voting be? Also, instructions on how our listeners can get a free Law Review Squared sticker!

The article discussed was: Ellen D. Katz, Section 2 after Section 5: Voting Rights and the Race to the Bottom, 59 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1961 (2018).

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October 12, 2020 33 min

The panel discusses Tinker v. Des Moines, a foundational case regarding free speech for students, and subsequent developments. Is the current standard for free speech still applicable in an era of social media and online interactions?

The article discussed is: Stephen Wermiel, Tinkering with Circuit Conflicts Beyond the Schoolhouse Gate, 22 J. Const. L. 1135 (2020).

Host: Tony Fernando

Panel: Mohammed Saleem, Nailah, Graves-Mann...

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October 4, 2020 29 min

Tony and Nailah discuss expectations of privacy in homeless encampments and surrounding issues. The article discussed was:

Carrie Leonetti, THE WILD, WILD WEST: THE RIGHT OF THE UNHOUSED TO PRIVACY IN THEIR ENCAMPMENTS, 56 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 399 (2019).

Host: Tony Fernando

Panel: Nailah Graves-Manns

Audio: Mohammed Saleem

Producer: Tony Fernando

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Schenley and Tony discuss alcoholism, addiction, and the legal profession. The article discussed was:

Alexander O. Rovzar, Putting the Plug in the Jug: The Malady of Alcoholism and Substance Addiction in the Legal Profession and a Proposal for Reform. 10 U. Mass. L. Rev. 426. (2019)

Comments may be sent to: lexclava@gmail.com

Follow us on twitter at: @SquaredLaw

Host: Schenley Kent

Panel: Tony Fernando

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October 4, 2020 29 min

The panel discusses when and if requiring facemasks could infringe on constitutional rights. The article discussed is:

Polly J. Price and Patrick C. Diaz, Face-Covering Requirements and the Constitution, American Constitution Society Expert Forum (June 3, 2020). 

Comments may be emailed to: lexclava@gmail.com

Follow us on twitter at: @SquaredLaw

Host: Courtney Buechler

Panel: Tony Fernando, Schenley Kent, Nailah Graves...

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October 4, 2020 34 min

In our first episode, the panel discusses airline pilot training and certification requirements in the wake of the Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009. The article being discussed is:

Andrea Traut, The 1500-Hour Rule: When Does Quantity Outweigh Quality? 84 J. Air Law & Com. 267 (2019)

Comments may be emailed to: lexclava@gmail.com

Follow us on twitter at: @SquaredLaw

Host: Tony Fernando

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