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1L of a Ride — The popular law school prep book assigned as recommended or required reading at law schools throughout the country. Newly revamped and expanded second edition!
The “Companion Text” to Law School — The only book devoted to preparing the loved ones of law students for the wild and crazy vortex of law school into which they have been or are about to be propelled.
Under traditional tort law, drug manufacturers do not have a duty to warn consumers of the risks of their products. Rather, a doctrine called the “learned intermediary rule” holds that a drug maker fulfills its duty to warn by informing the physician of the risks associated with the drug. The idea is that the physician–the learned intermediary–is in the best position to weigh the risks and benefits of a particular drug for a particular patient. Physicians also have a duty to pass on the material risks to the patient.
But in recent decades, pharmaceutical makers began what is
Franklin, TN Lawyer Drew Justice, aka Captain Justice
This story has made the rounds but is worth repeating here if for no reason other than many of my current and former law students at the University of Memphis claim an association with Franklin, Tennessee lawyer Drew Justice, aka Captain Justice.
In a criminal case in which Mr. Justice represents the defendant, the government filed a motion in limine to prohibit the defense from referring to the prosecution as “the government,” asserting it was prejudicial. Justice replied that such a ban would violate the first amendment, but went
Randy Maniloff explores Halloween tort cases.
Insurance expert, stand-up comic, and friend of Lawhaha.com, Randy Maniloff, penned an interesting article in his latest issue of Coverage Opinions about whether people who get frightened at Halloween haunted houses, with resulting injury, can sue.
On any other evening, presenting a frightening or threatening visage might be a violation of a general duty not to scare others. But on Halloween at trick-or-treat time, that duty is modified. Our society encourages children to transform themselves into witches, demons, and ghosts, and play a game of threatening
A student from my very first Torts course a million years ago sent me this brilliant flow chart for the tort of nuisance, which comprises substantial and unreasonable interferences with the use and enjoyment of one’s property. The most interesting thing about it is that it actually summarizes the law pretty well, assuming one has dropped acid before studying it. Credit on the chart attributes this work of art to one Margaret Hagen. Well done!
A 1L sent me this “Torts Illustrated” image, sort of a grown-up version of Garrett v. Daily, a famous case that all law students study in which a five-year-old was sued for pulling a chair out from under an elderly woman. If anyone knows the original source, please send it along so we can give proper credit.
So maybe someone can explain this warning sign at the Beale Street Landing on the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis, which says:
“Caution grass slopes may exceed 8%”
The sign almost looks like it was photoshopped in but it wasn’t because I was there for a law school social event and took the picture. Is “8%” meaningful information to people? Why not just say, “Caution: Steep Hill”?
Also, this is a multi-million dollar new development. Couldn’t they use proper punctuation and capitalization? Maybe someone texted the sign to the sign maker: “btw, we need some signage for the slope,
The newly revamped, revised and expanded second edition of 1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professsor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School is out.
1L of a Ride is assigned as recommended or required reading at law schools across the country and has 94 Amazon Customer Reviews with an average 5-Star rating.
The book is available on Amazon or directly from the publisher.
Andrew Jay McClurg, Preying on the Graying: A Statutory Presumption to Prosecute Elder Financial Exploitation, 65 Hastings Law Journal ___ (forthcoming 2014).
Already widespread and with seventy-eight million baby boomers in or nearing retirement, elder financial exploitation has been labeled “The Crime of the 21st Century,” yet little is being done to address the problem. While states and the federal government have passed hundreds of laws protecting children based on the assumption they are vulnerable and unable to protect themselves, older at-risk adults have been comparatively ignored despite extensive research showing they too are vulnerable.
A substantial roadblock
Here’s a trivia question for lawyers and law students.
Question: What was the very first opinion issued in the U.S. Reports case reporter; that is, the opinion claiming that coveted number one slot of ”1 U.S. 1″ as a citation?
Answer: Well, it’s a bit of a letdown. You’d think they’d want to start with a bang, something Marbury-esque. But no, here’s the first case in the U.S. Reports:
The Lessee of Hyam and others v. Edwards
April Term, 1759.
1 U.S. 1, 1 Dall. 1, 1759 WL 20 (Pa.), 1 L.Ed. 11
A recent graduate sent me this warning from a bar: “USE CAUTION! SPILLS HAPPEN … DON’T BLAME US … keep yours [your phone] CLEAR OF THE BEER.”
Nice! Makes nuclear power plant warnings pale in comparison. But then, those only involve radiation poisoning. We’re talking phone deprivation here.
–Thanks to Sarah Atkinson.
The National Jurist interviewed me and a couple of other law school prep book authors in its September 2013 issue regarding happiness tips for new law students. Here’s the article:
The National Jurist – Sept 2013 McClurg Interview