By Christine Harbster Pandemic birthdays trudge up images of virtual hugs and kisses, drive bys with signs, and video chats with loved ones saying next birthday will be better. Yet one of the top oil lobbyists, Jason Kinney, spent his pandemic birthday with Governor Gavin Newsom at the world renown restaurant The French Laundry at the beginning of November.  Governor Newsom continually preaches being … Continue reading Oily, Dirty Laundry
By Anya Witmer Because exams are quickly approaching the Commentary put together these tips to help you survive and thrive during exam week. Do what works for you and listen to what your professors tell you about their exams—they’re the author of the exam and therefore, the expert! 1: Know the format of your exams. Are your exams open book or closed book? Multiple choice, … Continue reading Seven Tips to Survive Law School Exams
In this new edition of The Commentary: Derrick Harris exonerated after seven years in prison by California Western clinical program Demystifying Amy Coney Barrett’s Judicial Philosophy Why Learn Latin? PASS THE TIME: TV SHOWS AND VIDEO GAMES TO BINGE YOUR WAY THROUGH QUARANTINE Election 2020 & Sports: The NBA and its Players Determined Effort to Impact the Upcoming Mysterious ICE Hysterectomies Best Comments from Volume … Continue reading Fall 2020, Issue #2 (10/31/2020)
By Anya Witmer On October 6, 2020, Derrick Harris was exonerated in a joint effort between the California Innocence Project and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Conviction Review Unit (CRU). In 2013, Harris was arrested and convicted for an armed robbery, for which he served seven years in prison. The victim identified Harris in a lineup, which ultimately led to his conviction – faulty eyewitness … Continue reading Derrick Harris exonerated after seven years in prison by California Western clinical program
by Joseph Kennedy The Latin language may be “dead” to many, but it still lives on in many important fields and studies. Not only is Latin heavily used in legal terminology, which many students have already figured out, hopefully, but it’s also used in medicine. In addition, Latin is the official language of the Roman Catholic Church and thus an important religious language for many … Continue reading Why Learn Latin?
By Krista Haraway In the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming presidential election, many of us turned to Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings to assess the implications of a third Supreme Court vacancy filled by President Trump. SCOTUS is set to hear several cases starting this November that a conservative leaning Court could unravel, like the constitutionality of the … Continue reading Demystifying Amy Coney Barrett’s Judicial Philosophy
By Matthew Sullivan and John Coffey We’re all stuck at home because of Covid-19, and it’s no fun. So we at the Commentary decided to recommend some binge-worthy TV shows and video games to help you get through these tough times. Two contributing writers, Matthew Sullivan and John Coffey, have banded together to bring you a list that we think you’ll love! [KEY]Recommendations by … Continue reading PASS THE TIME: TV SHOWS AND VIDEO GAMES TO BINGE YOUR WAY THROUGH QUARANTINE
By Brandon Tynes What do you do if you found out that your aunt, who came to America illegally 20 years ago and ended up staying, was stripped of her ovaries and thrown into a dungeon-like room never to be heard from again? Does anyone know what they would do? It sounds like a bad science fiction movie plot when you say it out loud. … Continue reading Mysterious ICE Hysterectomies
by Poras Siganporia As the month of October draws closer to an end, election fever is surging, as millions of Americans anxiously look on in earnest to one of the most pivotal and anticipated elections in modern US history. Looking back in review of the past couple months in this country, there has been a laundry list of chaotic events which are clearly hanging over … Continue reading Election 2020 & Sports: The NBA and its Players Determined Effort to Impact the Upcoming Election
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”