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The Law Deans: Douglas Sylvester, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Adam Banner - Friday, January 29, 2016

Arizona State University's law school is the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, an institution that prides itself on giving law students the comprehensive legal education they need to secure employment in the legal profession. It boasts a higher than average rate of graduates finding full-time employment in the legal field, with 87 percent finding jobs full-time jobs requiring bar passage or a JD degree within 10 months of graduation. Nationally, the employment average for all ABA-accredited schools is 71 percent. Read More

Supreme Court Gives Teens Sentenced to Life a Second Chance
Adam Banner - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Figuring out how to punish juveniles accused of serious crimes has been difficult for the American justice system. Science has proven that brain development is not complete until adulthood, and teens and young adults struggle with impulse control and a full understanding of consequence, cause, and effect until their brains are fully developed. However, the inability to fully understand one's actions and control one's impulses does not completely mitigate violent crime and eliminate a necessity for harsh penalties. Read More

The Law Deans: Paul McGreal, Creighton University School of Law
Adam Banner - Thursday, January 21, 2016

Our conversations with law school deans around the region and the nation takes us to Dean Paul McGreal of the Creighton University School of Law. 
Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the Creighton School of Law's mission stems from a dedication to educating "the whole person," a belief rooted in its Jesuit traditions. Its mission includes providing "intellectual challenge, academic rigor and an opportunity to develop a foundation of moral values for lifelong service in the law." Read More

Uber: Innovators or Outlaws?
Adam Banner - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft filled a niche in a big way. Instead of the traditional method of calling a cab or hailing a taxi on the street, riders get virtually instant gratification by using their smartphones to be connected with a driver nearby. Because the process is cash-free, it is convenient and safe for both riders and drivers. And it allows independent drivers to pick up a few extra bucks just by giving people rides in their own cars. Read More

The Law Deans: David A. Brennen, University of Kentucky College of Law
Adam Banner - Sunday, December 13, 2015

The University of Kentucky College of Law, founded in 1908 from a program initiated more than 100 years prior at Transylvania University, is one of the oldest law schools in the nation. It is home to the Kentucky Law Journal, the nation's 10th oldest student-led law review, and it was ranked fourth among National Jurist's list of the Top 20 Best Value Law Schools 2015Read More

New York Shuts Down Daily Fantasy Sports Giants DraftKings and FanDuel
Adam Banner - Friday, December 11, 2015

A lot of law is a matter of semantics, and that seems to be the case with multi-billion dollar companies DraftKings and FanDuel, two daily fantasy sports websites that are able to operate through a loophole that allows the exchange of money in fantasy sports leagues. The fine line here is whether participants are paying for participation in skill-based games or whether they are gambling on fantasy leagues. Read More

The Law Deans: Marc Miller, University of Arizona James Rogers College of Law
Adam Banner - Wednesday, December 09, 2015

A common thread as we speak with law school deans around the nation is the continually evolving legal profession and how it impacts legal education. As we spoke with Marc Miller, Dean and Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, he discussed the need for law students to learn how to think critically to adapt to changes in both the educational and professional sectors. Read More

Drone Regulation: Too Little, Too Late, or Too Much?
Adam Banner - Thursday, November 26, 2015

New technology is often a problem for legislators who operate a step behind the innovations. With our laws founded in a constitution written centuries before the advent of computers, internet, GPS capability, and drones, it can be difficult to ensure that these advances are utilized in a manner that does not erode those rights.  Read More

The Law Deans: Thomas Romig, Washburn University School of Law
Adam Banner - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, was founded in 1903, with Harvard Law graduate Ernest B. Conant serving as the law school's first dean. Since its early days, the School of Law has grown to include three academic programs (Juris Doctor, LL.M. in Global Legal Studies, and Master of Studies in Law) as well as six Centers for Excellence and nine certificate programs: Advocacy, Business and Transactional Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, International and Comparative Law, Law and Government, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law, and Tax Law. Read More

Obama agrees to 'Ban the Box' but will it be enough to end hiring discrimination?
Adam Banner - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

For someone with a criminal record, filling out a job application can feel like an exercise in futility. Every time the question about past convictions appears, there is a hesitation, a reminder that admitting the prior conviction could exclude the applicant from the job, regardless of qualifications, relevance of the offense, or a complete lifestyle change that reflects no chance of repeating the offense. Read More


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