RUNNING ON EMPTY: CALIFORNIA IMPOSES FIRST EVER MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15[1], the first action to mandate mandatory water restrictions in California’s history[2]. The order directs the State Water Resources Control Board to “impose a 25 percent reduction on the…

GIBSON V. AMERICAN CYANAMID: HOW WISCONSIN'S RISK CONTRIBUTION RULE OPENS THE DOOR TO LIMITLESS RETROACTIVE LIABILITY FOR LEAD PAINT MANUFACTURERS

In 1997, Ernest Gibson and his family moved into a rental home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1] The home, built in 1919, contained deteriorated paint comprised of white lead carbonate pigment[2]—a toxic chemical compound that can impair a child’s mental and physical…

THE BAR EXAM DEBATE

Every aspiring lawyer knows that in order to become a licensed and practicing attorney (in every state but Wisconsin), they must endure three long and tedious years of law school, and then face their greatest, most daunting challenge yet- to…

MEDIATION: FINDING A BETTER WAY OUT

The phrase “I’m going to take you to court” means one thing in our culture: there is going to be a fight. The court system is a battleground for civil actions and divorce proceedings. Litigants come to battle with their…

SOCIAL HOST LIABILITY: CA'S RESURGENCE OF HOLDING SOCIAL HOSTS LIABLE FOR PROVIDING TO MINORS

The statistics of underage drinking are staggering. Alcohol is the number one abused substance by teenagers in the United States and three-fourths of kids have tried alcohol by the time they are high school seniors.[1] Though this may not be…

ONE CALIFORNIAN’S MOVE REVITALIZED THE AID IN DYING MOVEMENT

“Brittany was a Californian. We lived in this state and she would have preferred to have been able to pass away peacefully in this state.”[1] Shortly after turning twenty-nine years old, Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive…

SHOULD "DOPING" IN SPORTS BE CRIMINALIZED?

Use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in sports is a problem that has been receiving heightened attention in recent years. Alex Rodriguez was one of countless baseball players who admitted to, or was accused of, using PEDs.[1] Olympic sprinter Marion…

END OF LIFE OPTIONS FOR CALIFORNIANS: BRITTANY MAYNARD'S LEGACY

It would not be a stretch to say that over the past year Brittany Maynard has become a household name. This is especially true in California. But in case you are not familiar with Brittany’s story, she was a 29-year-old…

24 STATES SUE TO ENJOIN OBAMA'S DAPA PROGRAM

On November 20, 2014 President Obama issued a series of executive actions regarding illegal immigration in the United States.[1] The executive action would protect up to five million undocumented persons from deportation. He instructed the Department of Homeland Security Secretary…

EVEN INSENSITIVE SPEECH SHOULD BE PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT

The now-infamous video of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon members at the University of Oklahoma performing a racist chant while on a bus with other members has led to the University’s president expelling two students involved. [1] President David Boren released…