Diversity Week Highlights the Benefits of Inclusivity

This past March John Marshall hosted Diversity Week, a collaborative effort of the Office of Diversity Affairs and the Stu- dent Bar Association. From March 7th to the 9th a variety of exciting and enlightening panel discussions and film showings took place. On the 7th, Michelle Silverthorn, Director of Diversity & Education with the Illinois […]

Scribes Bestow Lifetime Achievement Award on Judges Easterbrook and Posner

On Friday, April 15 The John Marshall Law School co-sponsored the American Society of Legal Writers (Scribes) for a CLE and awards ceremony.  The Scribes is an organization of professional writers who focus on legal subjects and matters of cultural and professional significance. The topics of the panels included; Ethics and Writing, Storytelling for Lawyers, […]

When You Are $111 Billion in the Hole, Is It Better to Dig or Climb? A Critical Look at Illinois’ State Pension Obligations

That’s right, billion with a ‘b.’ That’s how much Illinois’s unfunded public pension debt has grown to according to a state legislative report from the General Assembly’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. That includes five pension systems the state is responsible for (state university employees, public school teachers, judges, state lawmakers and state workers). […]

Give Me Back my NCAA Football Video Games

Since 1993, the NCAA released a video game based on college football and basketball games every year. This tradition has come to an end in 2014 due to the mounting pressure placed on the organization from former college athletes. They are complaining that their image and likeness has been used by EA Sports without their […]

Infringing on Criticism: Abusing Copyright Protection to Silence Game Journalists

Video game reviewer, James Stanton, better known by his alias, Jim Sterling, has a distinctively brash, but artful style of utterly ripping apart games via his channel on YouTube. Sterling’s foul-mouthed and brutal criticism of video games did not go unnoticed by one target in particular: independent game studio, Digital Homicide. In Digital Homicide’s attempts […]

Let Them Play: A Look at Sony’s Failed Attempt to Trademark “Let’s Play”

On October 28, 2015 Sony filed an intention to use application for the mark “Let’s Play.” When news of Sony’s application broke on January 8, 2016 the public’s reaction was overwhelmingly negative. Sony’s application was refused for Likelihood of confusion in a non-final office action on December 29, 2015. A Georgia company, Let’z Play of […]

Tax Hikes Raise Tensions Over Budget Shortfalls

$754 million. That was the projected short- fall for the City of Chicago’s budget this year. That shortfall comes as Mayor Rahm Emanuel has already been borrowing at high interest rates to keep the city afloat. There’s no dispute that rising public pension costs are responsible for most of the city’s spending deficit as they […]

United Nations v Rock ‘n Roll

The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization which aims to promote cooperation between all the nations of the world. Since the UN aims to promote harmony and fair dealings between its members, it is generally not thought of to be controversial. United Nations is also the name of a band formed in 2005 by […]

Legacy and Leverage: How Scalia’s Sudden Passing is being Handled on Capitol Hill

A first-time guest to the Cibolo Creek Ranch hunting resort in West Texas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was animated and engaged during dinner on the night of February 12, according to the 30,000-acre ranch owner John Poindexter. “He was seated near me and I had a chance to observe him,” re- called the […]