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50th Anniversary of FOIA Celebrated with Reform

On July 4, 2016 America celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the United States Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Today, President Obama celebrated early by signing Freedom of Information Improvement Act of 2016 (S.337, passed on June 13, 2016) into law. President Lyndon Johnson signed the original FOIA on July 4, 1966. It was intended to …Read the Rest


Recently, President Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge did so in 1928. Of course, another famous President, Theodore Roosevelt invaded Cuba in 1898, as Asst. Secretary of the Navy, prior to becoming president. President Obama and Raul Castro had a televised press conference, including a reporter asking President …Read the Rest

Characteristics of U.S. Presidential Hopefuls

Currently, the U.S. presidential campaign is dominated by conversation about the personalities, temperament and, character of those seeking to follow President Obama.   To be fair, it is common for the media to focus on “soft news stories” as the 24 hour news cycle inundates the TV audience.  But this year, the media covering the Presidential primaries of both political …Read the Rest

The CIA, Interrogations, etc.

On Dec. 9, 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 525-page summary of its classified, 6682-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s enhanced interrogation techniques and possible torture of suspected terrorists after 9/11 until Dec., 2007. (The “torture report” in most of the reporting.) The Committee had voted 14-1 to make the summary public after it was completed. …Read the Rest

Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture and the Power (or Lack Thereof) of Bankruptcy Judges

On March 27, 2014, The Law School hosted “A Conversation with Judge Marilyn Shea-Stonum.” It was an “exit interview” of observations and some constructive criticisms acquired from her tenure as the bankruptcy judge for Akron, Ohio, for nearly two decades. Judge Shea-Stonum’s docket featured about 90,000 cases, mostly of individuals from Medina, Portage, and Summit …Read the Rest

Fair Use

Note: This is a re-post of (most of) my fair use blog entry from last March. It may be of interest to some of Prof. Carney’s students. The “scholarly book” titles are new (and arguably) improved. Effective legal research takes into consideration the amount of time and money you expend, as well as your access …Read the Rest