Fall 2018, Issue #3 (11/15/18)

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In this new edition of The Commentary:

Current Events Recap– CWSL panel discusses the long-term implications of Justice Kavanaugh’s appointment / Students attend environmental rally on behalf of kids who are suing the government

LeBron Speaks Up – “Why Don’t You Just SHUT UP and DRIBBLE?”

A Look Into Life After Law School – Read about the CPDO’s civil law and criminal law panels

A World Where Dinosaurs ExistThe Commentary and SBA’s JDRF Philanthropy Event 

Finding A Sense Of My People – 1L Brandon Birungi-Sengendo shares his experience attending his first-ever African-American legal community mixer

Student Award Winner – 3L Tyler Marquez won third place in a legal writing competition

Making San Diego Better – Dubai’s sustainable city may provide a blueprint for cities of the future

Student Orgs Recap – ILS, SIPLA, PILF, and APALSA 

Student writers are what make The Commentary so great! This semester we have had an amazing group of talented writers join our team and we couldn’t be more excited! That being said, 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!

To learn how to contribute to our next edition, contact us at commentary@law.cwsl.edu for submissions and questions/story ideas.

Sara Gold & Tandis Taghavi, Editors-in-Chief

Special thanks to our Webmaster, Parsa Nozzari

3L earns prize in national FDA law writing contest

By Sara Gold, Editor-in-Chief

Tyler_MarquezTyler Marquez was caught by surprise when she finally found out that her scholarly article, which she had submitted to the Food and Drug Law Institute’s annual competition months earlier, had won an award!

Marquez placed third in the Institute’s national Austern Writing Competition, which solicits articles about the legal implications of FDA-regulated industries, including food, drugs, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and medical devices. She submitted her article back in early June.

“From June to October, time passed and I assumed I was not even being considered, so the news was a shock but also a nice surprise,” Marquez said.

Her paper, titled “The Phenomenon of Financial Toxicity: Health Care’s Insatiable Disease,” discusses the negative effect that rising pharmaceutical drug costs have on overall patient health. Continue reading “3L earns prize in national FDA law writing contest”

Dubai’s Sustainable City May Provide a Blueprint for Cities of the Future

By Matthew D. Batista

I. Background

SEE Development. Faced with a changing climate, the need for smarter development is clear. Unfortunately, cities in the U.S. and across the planet have developed without social, environmental, and economic foresight. This result is some combination of inefficient design, extensive energy demand and carbon emissions, tremendous waste, negative health outcomes, etc. The solution to this problem is SEED, which stands for social sustainability, economic sustainability, environmental sustainability, and design. Adoption of these principles as a systematic approach to development is expanding across the globe. The United Nations, for instance, issued its most recent Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability Framework in January of 2015. Failing to take all these concerns into account is inherently unsustainable and leaves cities and populations across the globe vulnerable.

Dubai. Thinking about sustainable development, you would be forgiven if Dubai was not the first city to come to mind. Like many cities in the region, Dubai’s primary economic catalyst has been oil. Continue reading “Dubai’s Sustainable City May Provide a Blueprint for Cities of the Future”

Student orgs recap: ILS, SIPLA, PILF & APALSA

International Law Society panel -- Stephanie Ramos, ILS President
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Bettina Hausmann, third from left, spoke at ILS’s October meeting.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the International Law Society celebrated United Nations Day by hosting a speaker from San Diego’s United Nations Association (UNA) chapter. UNA San Diego’s executive director, Bettina Hausmann, spoke about the UNA’s 17 goals for sustainable development–specifically, climate action.

Hausmann also gave insight on what is referred to as the trial of the century, Juliana v. United States. In that case, 21 plaintiffs ages 11-22 are suing the federal government for violating the youngest generation’s constitutional rights by contributing to global warming. Continue reading “Student orgs recap: ILS, SIPLA, PILF & APALSA”

Current events recap: Kavanaugh panel & environmental rally

A Discussion of the Era of Kavanaugh -- Oday Yousif, ACS Vice President

More than 60 students attended a panel discussion Oct. 30 on the repercussions of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s recent appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Hosted by the American Constitution Society and Women’s Law Caucus, the panel discussed how Kavanaugh’s confirmation will impact the Supreme Court and women’s rights. (For background on Kavanaugh, his views, and his confirmation, see our Kavanaugh coverage.) Additionally, the panel discussed the issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

“Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court will have major implications for generations to come,” said Melissa Owens, president of the Women’s Law Caucus. “The discussion conducted through the partnership of ACS and WLC was truly invaluable for staff, students, and attorneys in the community.”

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Continue reading “Current events recap: Kavanaugh panel & environmental rally”

Finding a sense of my people — my first 1L networking event

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Brandon Birungi-Sengendo, back row, second from left

By Brandon Birungi-Sengendo

On November 10, I attended my first networking event as a law student, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation’s 42nd Annual Scholarship & Awards Gala. My main motivation for going to this event was to develop a relationship with the black legal community in San Diego. On the night of, I made sure to arrive somewhat early so I could maximize the number of people I could talk to. Plus, there was a hosted wine bar I wanted to get to before the selection thinned out — seeing as I don’t often have a choice of wine options outside of the cheapest bottle I can find, after a long week of hoping not to get cold called.

Continue reading “Finding a sense of my people — my first 1L networking event”

“Why don’t you just SHUT UP and DRIBBLE?”

 

Photo by Erik Drost

By Vincent Chiaverini

These offensive, and what most would call belittling, words are from Fox News journalist Laura Ingraham. Ingraham exclaimed, on live national television, how she felt about LeBron James and Kevin Durant expressing their negative political opinions toward the current administration. Ingraham went on to say that it is unwise to take political advice from people who get paid $100 million to bounce a ball, so they should just “shut up and dribble.”

LeBron James may be a professional basketball player, but there is one thing Mr. James and I have in common: strong feelings for doing and saying what is right. Mr. James took this opportunity to do just that. He turned Ingraham’s negative insult into a Showtime title. This three-part series, called Shut up and Dribble, is currently on its second episode.

Continue reading ““Why don’t you just SHUT UP and DRIBBLE?””

Two sides of the same coin — CPDO civil and criminal law panels

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Panelists at the Nov. 6 criminal law panel

By James A. Gilmore

The Career and Professional Development Office (CPDO) hosted a civil law panel Oct. 30 and a criminal law panel Nov. 6.

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The Business Law Society co-sponsored this panel, which featured several civil-law attorneys from a diverse array of practice areas. Continue reading “Two sides of the same coin — CPDO civil and criminal law panels”

A World where Dinosaurs and Santa Clause Exist but Type 1 Doesn’t

By Oliver Fredrickson / Tandis Taghavi, Editor-in-Chief 

The Starting Line

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, 4,000 strangers dusted off their running shoes, taped up their ankles, and lined up behind a red ribbon to fight for one cause.

But these people weren’t just strangers. They are community leaders. They are wives. They are husbands. They are brothers. They are sisters. They are aunts. They are uncles. They are co-workers. They are neighbors. They are friends. They are kids.

Some of them have direct experience with the nagging 20 finger pricks a day and emergency Skittles stash. Others now carry a tube of glucose gel in their back pocket after witnessing a friend’s blood sugar drop to 54 mg/dL.

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Continue reading “A World where Dinosaurs and Santa Clause Exist but Type 1 Doesn’t”

Fall 2018, Issue #2 (10/15/18)

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In this packed new edition of The Commentary:

CIP FREES 30 EXONEREES IN LESS THAN TWO DECADES – The two most recent exonerees are Horace Roberts and Quintin Morris, both men who had been wrongfully imprisoned since the ’90s. 

OPINION – What’s the deal with Brett Kavanaugh, our newest U.S. Supreme Court justice?

Spotting the Issue: Confessions of a “Half-Blood” 2L (Pt. 4).

Youth Sue U.S. over Climate Change – The trial against the U.S. government starts in two weeks.

Oceans Littered with Trash – A 24-year-old Dutchman invented a floating device to remove plastic.

Attorney Q&A – Gayle Blatt, a 1985 CWSL alumna, serves on the school’s Board of Trustees.

CLP Volunteer of the Year – CWSL’s Community Law Project recognized Miriam Hernandez.

Events Recap – R&B concert & Immigration Law Society panel

Student writers are what make The Commentary great, and 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, and you can easily share your academic/creative talents with the campus community!

To learn how to contribute to our next edition, contact us at commentary@law.cwsl.edu with submissions or questions/story ideas.

Sara Gold & Tandis Taghavi, Editors-in-Chief