Category: Past Issues

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”

SBA Monthly Article – September 2020

Hi California Western,

For many law students across the country, 2020 has been anything but smooth. From the spread of COVID-19, to the ongoing fight for racial justice, and now the passing of our beloved Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are living in challenging, uncertain times. The SBA recognizes these are trying times and is dedicated to improving your law school experience while navigating difficult circumstances. Here are a few updates. Continue reading “SBA Monthly Article – September 2020”

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).

Continue reading “ARBITRATION, CONTRACTS, AND QUIRKS IN AMERICA’S PASTIME”

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.

Continue reading “Mark Your Calendar, Barrister’s Ball is Around the Corner!”

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.

Continue reading “Top 5 Legal Movies You Should See Before You Graduate”

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]

Continue reading “The Sovereign Nation of Hip-Hop”