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Spring 2020, Issue #1 (2/9/20)

Arbitration, Contracts, and Quirks in America's Pastime
By Matthew D. Batista
Mark Your Calendar, Barrister's Ball is Around the Corner!
By Vincent Chiaverini
The Sovereign Nation of Hip Hop
By Jonathan Gonzalez
More Than an Athlete: A Kobe Bryant Tribute
By Parsa Nozzari
Top 5 Legal Movies You Should See Before You Graduate
By Daniel Inacio
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In this new edition of The Commentary:

Arbitration, Contracts, and Quirks in America’s Pastime

Mark Your Calendar, Barrister’s Ball is Around the Corner!

The Sovereign Nation of Hip-Hop

More Than an Athlete: A Kobe Bryant Tribute

Top 5 Legal Movies You Should See Before You Graduate

To learn how to contribute to The Commentary this trimester, contact us at commentary@law.cwsl.edu for submissions and questions/story ideas.

Tandis Taghavi & Parsa Nozzari, Editors-in-Chief

ARBITRATION, CONTRACTS, AND QUIRKS IN AMERICA’S PASTIME

By Matthew D. Batista

It has been about three months since the Major League Baseball (MLB) baseball season ended. Only about 2 months of darkness remain until the next MLB season officially begins. There is no law school offseason to find revitalization. However, hope springs eternal during the MLB offseason. So, as a brief break from the reality that we are all back in the swing of legal education, here are some interesting legal notes from the world of baseball for law students, baseball nerds, casual fans, and anyone that needs some baseball knowledge to drop on a client while attending a game.

Leading off, this article will detail MLB’s unique arbitration process. On deck, the article will look at the small contracts in baseball. In the hole, the article will look at the big contracts in baseball. Hitting clean-up is Bobby Bonilla’s legendary MLB contract (with a Bernie Madoff cameo).

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Mark Your Calendar, Barrister’s Ball is Around the Corner!

By Vincent Chiaverini

Pick out an outfit, grab a ticket, and snag a date for Barrister’s Ball! Barrister’s Ball is an annual, school-wide, formal gathering that CWSL puts on in style. With previous events at night clubs and yachts with open bars, this is an event no student should miss.

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Top 5 Legal Movies You Should See Before You Graduate

By Daniel Inacio

In honor of the 92nd Annual Academy awards, I felt it pertinent to share some of the best Hollywood depictions of the legal world. And while studying law may not always be the most exciting way to occupy your time, watching it in films certainly is. Unfortunately, many law students have not seen any legal movies beyond Legally Blonde. I have included a list below of legal movies that take you to all over, from jury deliberation rooms and English Inns of Court, to military tribunals and toxic tort battles against big chemical companies.

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The Sovereign Nation of Hip-Hop

By Jonathan A. Gonzalez

The late and great Notorious B.I.G. once rapped: “Remember ‘Rappin’ Duke’? Duh-ha, duh-ha/ You Never thought that hip would take it this far.”  Hip-hop that started in New York’s boroughs has evolved into one of the most influential cultures in the United States and around the world. Hip hop is no longer just a genre, it is a full-on global phenomenon; “Rap music has long been considered a form of resistance against authority. Boosted by the commercialization of the music industry, that message has proven its appeal to youth all around the world. Now, from Shanghai to Nairobi to São Paulo, hip-hop is evolving into a truly global art of communication.”[1]

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More Than an Athlete: A Kobe Bryant Tribute

By Parsa Nozzari, Editor-in-Chief

This edition of The Commentary comes not just after the end of a decade, but on the heels of a tragic loss that shook the world.

On January 26, 2020, the world mourned the passing of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who were among the nine people boarded on the helicopter that tragically fell from the skies on a foggy Sunday morning in Calabasas, California.

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Fall 2019, Issue #2 (11/10/19)

First Time in a DECADE
By Professor A.W. Campbell
California’s Inmate Firefighters Explore the Challenges and Victories of being on the Front Lines of Inferno
By The Commentary and Ryan Stygar
Equal Justice Works Conference
By Stephanie Ramos
Gill Trial Competition
By Claudia Salinas
INTRAMURAL SPORTS—LEAGUE EXPANSION
By Breanna Hayes
ABA Representative—Dimple Chauhan
By Dimple Chauhan
3L Ryan Stygar Publishes First NonFiction Book: Understanding Trial Objections
By The Commentary
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In this new edition of The Commentary:

First Time in a DECADE

California’s Inmate Firefighters Explore the Challenges and Victories of being on the Front Lines of Inferno

Equal Justice Works Conference

Gill Trial Competition

INTRAMURAL SPORTS–LEAGUE EXPANSION

ABA Representative–Dimple Chauhan

3L Ryan Stygar Publishes First NonFiction Book: Understanding Trial Objections

11/11, make a wish. Issue numba 2?? Your wish came true!! (Sorry, we wanted finals to be canceled too)

Students, we’re looking to add an active and ongoing “Life Hacks” page to The Commentary. If you have any life hacks, please send them to us by email at commentary@law.cwsl.edu!

Student writers are what make The Commentary so great! We are always looking for students to submit articles on topics of their choice—including, but not limited to: campus news, legal news, sports, entertainment, etc. No long-term commitment is required, so feel free to submit a draft and share your academic/creative talents with the campus community when you’re not out fighting crimes, going to class, or studying in the library! We also have meetings with free food! 🙂

To learn how to contribute to The Commentary this trimester, contact us at commentary@law.cwsl.edu for submissions and questions/story ideas.

Tandis Taghavi & Parsa Nozzari, Editors-in-Chief

First Time in a DECADE

By Professor A.W. Campbell

It’s been over a decade since my horse and I did what we did today.

Three years ago, out of frustration, I quit polo. I could no longer hit the ball straight. That resulted from three mallet-arm issues. First, my right shoulder was anchored to a healed-but-overlapped broken collar bone. Second, only tendons connected that arm to my shoulder-blade; the nerves had been severed by a near-fatal fall. Third, I’d ripped two right-arm tendons out of my skeleton.

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California’s Inmate Firefighters Explore the Challenges and Victories of being on the Front Lines of Inferno

By The Commentary and Ryan Stygar

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As fires scorch across the state, Californians are once again reminded of the extreme threat posed by wildfire. News broadcasts show hundreds of firefighters working day and night to contain the blaze. While most firefighters wear yellow jackets to protect themselves from heat and embers, a substantial group wears bright orange jackets. 

Why? They are California’s front line.

California’s Inmate Firefighters

On September 28, 2019, Cal Western students heard first-hand accounts of the inmate firefighter experience! Two veterans of the inmate firefighter program, Brooke Carrasco and Brandon Smith, shared their stories as the keynote panelists. Among the many topics covered was the controversy around the program. Prisoner rights advocates have raised questions about placing inmates in harms way, especially since inmate firefighters earn only $2.00 per day, plus $1.00 per hour while fighting fire.

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