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The Law Deans: Jay Conison, Charlotte School of Law
Adam Banner - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Our law deans series of interviews began locally, spread throughout the region, and has now reached various law schools across the nation. Although today's interview takes us nearly 1,100 miles away from Oklahoma City to Charlotte, North Carolina, it certainly feels something like a reunion. Jay Conison, dean and law professor at Charlotte School of Law started his legal education career at Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he served as Associate Dean from 1994-1997 and as Interim Dean from 1997-1998. Read More

Gov. Fallin Prevents OK from Being the First State to Ban Abortion
Adam Banner - Monday, May 23, 2016

When the Oklahoma legislature passed a measure to criminalize abortion, it seemed almost certain that Governor Mary Fallin, who has been a strong supporter of right-to-life legislation, would sign the bill into law. Surprisingly, common sense prevailed when Gov. Fallin refused to sign the bill into law, saying the measure would not withstand a constitutional challenge. Read More

The Law Deans: Luke Bierman, Elon University School of Law
Adam Banner - Thursday, April 28, 2016

Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina, prides itself on providing a rigorous and experiential legal education that helps students make professional contacts and build their careers from the moment the step foot on campus. Named among "America's 20 Most Innovative Law Schools" by The National Jurist, Elon Law is recognized for excellence in legal professionalism education and as one of the top law schools for practical training. Read More

Oklahoma Budget Failure Causes Schools to Shut Down Early
Adam Banner - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Our blog typically deals with criminal defense issues, but today we are going to explore a topic that, although in a different sphere, could eventually impact criminal justice: education. Read More

The Law Deans: J. Rich Leonard, Campbell University School of Law
Adam Banner - Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University is the only law school in Raleigh, North Carolina, the state's capital city and one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Campbell Law School boasts the highest bar passage rate among North Carolina law schools and has for a quarter of a century. The school also implemented a voluntary bar success program which resulted in a 94.53 percent bar exam passage rate in July 2012 and an astounding 100 percent passage rate just six months later. Read More

Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon: Dismissed
Adam Banner - Saturday, April 02, 2016

Last week, we were able to get a change of assault and battery with a deadly weapon charge dismissed. The week before that we were able to get a jury acquittal on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. So, what is the difference between the two? Read More

The Law Deans: Austen L. Parrish, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Adam Banner - Monday, March 28, 2016

The Indiana University Maurer School of Law is the ninth oldest law school in the United States. Located at the main campus in Bloomington, Indiana, the Maurer School of Law boasts a rigorous law curriculum bolstered by experiential opportunities and the support of a distinguished law faculty.  Read More

Will Consequences Ever Catch up with the Affluenza Teen?
Adam Banner - Saturday, March 26, 2016

For most people, it was an unthinkable case of "poor little rich kid." Ethan Couch was only 16 years old when he caused a drunk driving accident that killed four people and left another teen severely injured. Facing four counts of manslaughter, Couch could have been sentenced to years in prison. However, his defense team argued that the teen was essentially too spoiled to understand that actions have consequences. He suffered from "affluenza." He was too rich, too entitled to understand the rules of life. Read More

The Law Deans: Stacy Leeds, University of Arkansas School of Law
Adam Banner - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, prides itself on being ranked by National Jurist magazine as one of the best values in legal education. The law school boasts affordable tuition and a low student-to-faculty ratio, which allows law students to work more closely with professors, receiving individual attention and instruction that prepares them for work in both the public and private sectors.  Read More

Excuses and Examples: How Cops are Prosecuted
Adam Banner - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The media has been overflowing lately with stories of police brutality, unjustified use of force, and abuse of power. There is no question that when an officer of the law abuses his or her authority, takes advantage of those he or she is sworn to protect, or inappropriately and unjustly resorts to violence, everyone suffers--the victims of police brutality, the public who loses faith in its protectors, and the good law enforcement officers who are cast under suspicion because of their less ethical counterparts. Read More


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