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Fall 2020, Issue #1 (9/27/2020)

In this new edition of The Commentary:

Law Students, Mental Health, and COVID-19

Challenging the Old Ways of Music Royalties in the Digital Age: Good or Bad?

Loss of an Icon: The Notorious RBG

Epic is Trying to Take a Bite Out of Apple

Lionel Messi’s Contract Dispute with FC Barcelona

From the Bright Lights of the NBA to the Law School Classroom: One NBA Player’s Dreams & Aspirations of Becoming a Lawyer

 

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Parsa Nozzari & Matthew J. Sullivan, Editors-in-Chief

Law Students, Mental Health, and COVID-19

By Parsa Nozzari

            The year 2020 has brought an onslaught of global distress not limited to catastrophic natural disasters, the loss of significant icons, and, of course, a worldwide pandemic in the form of COVID-19.

            As law students, some of us probably find some kind of masochistic release in the daily rigors, anxiety, and general not-so-good-feeling that we experience. Also, because of this transition from an in-person to an online/socially-distanced environment that practically everybody—not just law students—is facing, global stress levels are through the roof and undoubtedly impact mental health. Continue reading “Law Students, Mental Health, and COVID-19”

Challenging the Old Ways of Music Royalties in the Digital Age: Good or Bad?

By Matthew J. Sullivan

The rise of the internet and the digital age have drastically changed many industries.

One of the best examples of this is the music industry, where almost every aspect of the business has had to adapt to new digital market trends. Recently, there was a case that was settled between the estate of Rick Nelson and Sony Music Entertainment. The claim arose from a challenge to how royalties are handled with regards to digital international distribution, resulting in a settlement that is being regarded as favorable to artists.

The question is: are these digital-era changes good for the music business? 

Continue reading “Challenging the Old Ways of Music Royalties in the Digital Age: Good or Bad?”

Loss of an Icon: The Notorious RBG

By Anya Witmer

2020 has been both an unprecedented year, and a modern tragedy: from new, deadly global pandemics and an amazing resurgence in social revolution, to the loss of an icon, warrior, and a pop culture hero.

On September 18, 2020, after decades as a prominent protagonist for women’s rights, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lost her battle with cancer.[1] The world will never be the same. Continue reading “Loss of an Icon: The Notorious RBG”

Epic is Trying to Take a Bite Out of Apple

By John Coffey

            Over the summer COVID 19 prevented many people from heading out on vacations.  For the video game industry having a literal captive audience saw new heights both in sales and finding new audiences, desperate for some entertainment with theaters, bars, restaurants, and amusement parks still closed.  Nintendo’s quarterly sales tripled over the same period last year[1] and Animal Crossing: New Horizons which released at the same time most states were implementing stay at home orders has sold over 22 million copies in the 6 months since it’s release, becoming the 2nd highest selling game on the three-year-old system.[2]  With a public willing to spend millions on electronic entertainment other tech companies have wanted to secure a larger portion of the pie for themselves. Continue reading “Epic is Trying to Take a Bite Out of Apple”

From the Bright Lights of the NBA to the Law School Classroom: One NBA Player’s Dreams and Aspirations of Becoming a Lawyer

By Poras Siganporia

March 11, 2020.  It was on this somber day that one of biggest professional sports leagues in all of America came to a dramatic standstill. This was a day that, unfortunately, will be etched in the memories of all basketball-loving fans for many years to come. Continue reading “From the Bright Lights of the NBA to the Law School Classroom: One NBA Player’s Dreams and Aspirations of Becoming a Lawyer”

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

By The Commentary

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Evidence. The single most important concept that makes or breaks your case.  

You don’t fear the guy that stays seated when he objects and mumbles:

Abel Michelson : “uhh your honor, I think…well, maybe…that is character evidence.”

Judge Old Chief : “Overruled.”

Abel Michelson: “…I mean, under rule 601….oops…I meant 803, this should not be allowed because it is a past crime.”

Judge Old Chief : “Wrong. Overruled.”

At this point Abel Michelson gives up…and boom, you win the case. Why? Because the evidence that just came into trial demolished your entire case. It ate away your theory. And it quenched its thirst with your theme. A lawyer who knows how to make the rules of evidence work in their favor, simply, wins the game.

Continue reading “3L Ryan Stygar Publishes First NonFiction Book: Understanding Trial Objections”

From California Western to California Congress

By Nicolas Ahadzadeh

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Election time for the 52nd district of California is coming up quickly. According to BallotPedia, the candidate filing deadline is December 6, 2019 and the primary election is March 3, 2020. Katie Pope, a current 2L at California Western School of Law, is taking advantage of these deadlines. Katie will be submitting her candidacy for Congress in the 52nd district this week.

Continue reading “From California Western to California Congress”