• Constitution Lecture Extra: Coining Money and Legal Tender
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    Constitution Lecture Extra: Coining Money and Legal Tender

    I think it’s worthwhile occasionally to look around at claims that are being made and to try and apply what we’ve learned so far in this series to try to reach conclusions. This is a response to a video made by Dr. Tom Woods called, “Is Ron Paul Wrong on Money and the Constitution?” He made this video as a response to critics who claim that Ron Paul is wrong when he says that the Constitution requires gold and silver money, not fiat money. I invite you to watch this video, and you may wish to do so before playing the rest of this lecture. Dr. Woods does a good…

  • Kim Taylor-Thompson on Trump and the Constitution
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    Kim Taylor-Thompson on Trump and the Constitution

    So when Adam asked me to join the panel to discuss the effect of a Trump presidency on criminal justice policy, I have to admit that I hesitated, largely because his request actually forced me to face the reality that this was not just a bad nightmare on 11/9, but actually was a reality. So, even if I refused to watch the inauguration on Friday it’s going to happen and even if I refuse to acknowledge Trump’s toxic tweets, they will continue and even if I refuse to believe that someone so divisive will actually be our president he will on Friday. So, that means that I and the rest…

  • Roe v. Wade: A Legal History | Part One: To the Court
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    Roe v. Wade: A Legal History | Part One: To the Court

    Without question, Roe v. Wade is one of the most controversial decisions. It’s a case, but it’s also a symbol. It’s the only Supreme Court case that most Americans can cite by name. In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court today legalized abortions. Roe was interesting because it did articulate the right to abortion as a fundamental right. What the Court was saying there was this is on par with other sorts of fundamental rights: the right to marry, the right to procreate, the right to take care of one’s children. The Court split 7-2, with Justices Byron White and William Rehnquist dissenting, as the nine justices made abortion largely…

  • Real Lawyer Reacts to The Simpsons (Itchy & Scratchy Trial)
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    Real Lawyer Reacts to The Simpsons (Itchy & Scratchy Trial)

    – [Narrator] Thanks to Dashlane for keeping Legal Eagle in the air. – So you don’t work on a contingency basis? – No, money down. Oops shouldn’t have this Bar Association logo here either. (tearing) (chewing) – Yeah, he’s just the best worst lawyer of all time. (playful music) Hey Legal Eagles, it’s time to think like a lawyer, and today we are covering one of my favorite episodes of one of my favorite series of all time, it’s The Simpsons and it’s episode where Itchy and Scratchy get taken to court for copyright infringement. It’s called The Day the Violence Died, and while I will be reacting to it,…

  • Federal Labor Relations Authority Update
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    Federal Labor Relations Authority Update

    ALL RIGHT, GOOD AFTERNOON. GOOD AFTERNOON. GOOD AFTERNOON. AND WELCOME TO OUR PRESENTATION TODAY. THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY, OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL UPDATE. THIS IS A REPORT ON THE TRAINING, CASE PROCESSING AND LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS. MY NAME IS TOM WACHTER AND I’M THE ACTING DEPUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR PARTNERSHIP AND LABOR RELATIONS HERE AT OPM. AND THIS EVENT’S PART OF OUR ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RELATIONS COMMUNITY, EMPLOYEE LABOR RELATIONS COMMUNITY. WE ARE DELIGHTED TODAY TO WELCOME TO OPM FOLKS FROM THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY, OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL. WE HAVE THE GENERAL COUNSEL, THE ASSISTANT, THE DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL AND THE ASSISTANT…

  • Prompt Payment – Construction Lien Act Amendments
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    Prompt Payment – Construction Lien Act Amendments

    Prompt Payment Ted: Okay, so moving on. We’ve got a few more things on the modernization piece then we’ll talk about prompt payment. Just so everybody’s aware the slides will be distributed to everybody who’s given us your information. There’s a lot of information and a lot of detail in these slides highlighting sections and language of the statute so you’ll get that. We’re just trying to highlight the key points, key changes, for you. Anybody a landlord or due work on leasehold improvements here? There are some new rules that are coming applying to leasehold interest. Right now the Act does not automatically give a lien right on the…

  • The Code of Hammurabi & the Rule of Law: Why Written Law Matters [No. 86]
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    The Code of Hammurabi & the Rule of Law: Why Written Law Matters [No. 86]

    The Code of Hammurabi tells us an immense amount about Babylonian society. Much of what we have is contract law. Much of what we have is liability law. We have a lot of family law having to do with divorces, custody of children, and so forth. There’s a certain amount of criminal law that survives in it, and there are even laws about the responsibility of public officials. So it gives you a picture of the details of common life on a scale that exceeds what we know about, say, ancient Athens in the fifth century B.C. There are 282 laws in what survives of this diorite stela, they call…

  • The Code of Hammurabi & the Rule of Law: Why Written Law Matters [No. 86]
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    The Code of Hammurabi & the Rule of Law: Why Written Law Matters [No. 86]

    The Code of Hammurabi tells us an immense amount about Babylonian society. Much of what we have is contract law. Much of what we have is liability law. We have a lot of family law having to do with divorces, custody of children, and so forth. There’s a certain amount of criminal law that survives in it, and there are even laws about the responsibility of public officials. So it gives you a picture of the details of common life on a scale that exceeds what we know about, say, ancient Athens in the fifth century B.C. There are 282 laws in what survives of this diorite stela, they call…

  • “How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable” – 2018 McCormick Lecture – Erwin Chemerinsky
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    “How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable” – 2018 McCormick Lecture – Erwin Chemerinsky

    PRESENTER: Welcome. It’s wonderful to see so many friends and supporters and colleagues here at tonight’s [INAUDIBLE].. I have a brief and welcome job, but a difficult one, because it is very hard to introduce a close friend. At least it’s hard for me, because I want to do my friend– and you will excuse me– justice. I want to tell you everything about his career as a reformer, teacher, scholar, a leader so prominent that just last year, he was named the most influential person in legal education, which not a single person in legal education needed the poll to know. I want you to know what I know.…