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Life of the Law’s Nancy Mullane Wins An Award! Listen Listen

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Our own Nancy Mullane is in London right now. Penal Reform International, an NGO that develops and promotes fair, effective and proportionate responses to criminal justice problems worldwide, has named her the United States winner of its competition for the best journalism investigating the death penalty and life (or...

Who Owns the Soccer Field? A Parable of Gentrification, Law and Economics Listen Listen

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This past week, the following fascinating video made the rounds on social networks: Here’s what happens. The Mission soccer field in San Francisco is run by a long tradition of pick-up soccer, by which teams of seven play each other in turn. But recently, the San Francisco...

Law Reviews: How to Get Away With Murder Listen Listen

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In Shonda Rhimes’ universe, law students skip class, defend the accused in high-profile trials, and seduce unwitting investigators—all in the name of learning criminal law under a brilliant — if mysterious — professor. This is the premise of Rhimes’ new endeavor, How to Get Away with...

Smart Stuff: What Nonmonogamous Relationship Activists Can Learn from Same-Sex Marriage Success Listen Listen

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On October 6, the Supreme Court denied review, without comment, of all seven petitions addressing state court decisions to overturn same-sex marriage bans. The practical implication of these decisions is that same-sex marriage will become law, piecemeal, through state court decisions. This outcome was not unpredictable;...

Vanguard or Vandalism? Graffiti Writers and Street Artists Speak Listen Listen

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In Los Angeles earlier this month, graffiti taggers destroyed a street artist’s freshly painted mural. The incident raised a number of legal questions, but the most basic one was: What is the difference between street art and graffiti, anyway? Solus, a Dublin-based street artist who also...