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Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor

On Nov. 22, 2016, Judge Amos L. Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas found in favor of the plaintiff, granting a preliminary injunction, finding that the Labor Department (DOL) acted without statutory authority when creating the salary level and related automatic updating mechanism. (p. 19) Twenty-one states and over 50 business groups filed the …Read the Rest

Electoral College

Not surprisingly, there has been renewed interest in the Electoral College over the past couple weeks. In addition to print books, the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library offers its patrons a surprising amount of digital information that can track views on the Electoral College going back decades or even a century or two. Article …Read the Rest

Grit (book review)

In Grit, Prof. Duckworth defines grit as a combination of passion and perseverance that makes high achievers special. (p. 8) She describes how to grow grit from the inside out and from the outside in. Law students working on their first research and writing assignments may take heart that “effort counts twice” as much as …Read the Rest

Health of Presidential Candidates

Doctor-patient confidentiality is as well-known an axiom as attorney-client privilege. Journalists honored the medical privacy of FDR and JFK. Since 1972, when George McGovern’s vice presidential candidate left the race after it was reported that he had been hospitalized for depression, the media has reported on the health of major presidential candidates. (NEJM, 2008) While …Read the Rest

Control of the Internet

The United States has agreed to give up oversight of internet domain names to an independent body, as of October, 2016. While this transfer was agreed to a couple years ago, a Fortune article states that three successive presidential administrations have been working on this privatization. Some conservative websites speculate that the United Nations will …Read the Rest

Citizens’ Recording of Police Interactions in Cleveland, OH

In 2011, The Civilian Police Board announced the following accomplished initiative: “Chief McGrath signed Cleveland Division of Police Divisional Notice 11-265 and distributed it to every member of the division.” (1) According to Peter Krouse at Cleveland.com, the legal review requested by Chief McGrath concluded that a bystander “is generally within his rights” to use a cell phone to …Read the Rest