The Klimczak Kronikals: Only In Portland Would There Be Food Carts…

Today I took a tour of the Juvenile Detention Center for Multnomah County. I had a blast. Besides the fact that I think the digs were better than my apartment in Eugene, I couldn’t help but compare it to what juvenile detention facilities look like where I am from. I don’t imagine that juvenile criminals […]

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The Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act: Free Speech vs National Security?

Take a second to think about how many times each day you use a computer to complete routine tasks. Now, imagine that a government-instituted “Internet blackout” blocked all access to the Internet – no broadband, no Wi-Fi – not even a dial up connection. Without the Internet, you would lose the ability to read news, […]

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Word of the Week: Moron in a Hurry

Each week we select a legal term or phrase that”s commonly misunderstood, interesting, or makes a great insult. This week”s word is the latter. As any first year law student struggling with the “reasonable person standard” can tell you, the last thing the legal world needs is more imaginative standards and tests. One novel concept, […]

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Word of the Week: Void Ab Initio

Each week we select a legal term or phrase that’s commonly misunderstood, interesting, or can be substituted for “Abracadabra!” when performing stage illusions. This week’s word is the latter. Void ab initio (literally: void from the beginning) is a latin phrase that frequently appears in certain types of legal argument. While it sounds deliciously complicated […]

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Anonymous Versus Scientology: Cyber Criminals or Vigilante Justice?

Neither Tom Cruise nor the Church of Scientology is a stranger to media attention, though lately that attention has taken a very different tone. You”ve no doubt read or seen something about Tom Cruise”s controversial video, which seems to have cropped up across the media spectrum. You”ve also likely seen the Church of Scientology”s (Scientology) […]

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Stop That Paying Customer! The Legality of Compulsory Receipt-Checking

When Michael Righi heard someone running up behind him, he thought he knew what would come next. He expected a difficult conversation, maybe even some shouting or threats. He certainly didn’t expect to get handcuffed — but that”s exactly what happened after Righi walked out of a Circuit City in Cleveland, Ohio without Handcuffed Consumer […]

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Logic Puzzle: You Can Leave Your Hat On

Every week we feature an original logic puzzle for your brain-bending pleasure. They follow a format similar to those on the LSAT, and their difficulty ranges the full gamut. Good luck! Written by: Jay D. Hall There are four people: Al, Bart, Charlie and Don. They coordinate wearing hats from Sunday through Saturday one week […]

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Executive Orders: The Power of the President’s Pen

Executive orders can be as socially important as integrating the armed forces or simply a means of calming public anxiety in the face of the “Y2K problem.” They can be White Houseeffective tools to block financing to terrorist organizations or authorize controversial (and later found to be illegal) means for treating detainees. Recent talk on […]

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