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What’s So Civil About Civil Commitment?: Balancing the State’s Interest in Treating Substance Dependence with the Protection of Individual Liberty Interests

In many ways, Natalie Ciappa’s senior year at a Long Island high school was like that of every other senior. She spent time with her brothers and with friends. She enjoyed watching horror movies with her family. She was a … Continue reading

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Your Death: The Royal Flush of Wall Street’s Gamble

The simplistic daily transactions of individual citizens to the complex management of corporate structure. Within this spectrum of securitized products lies an array of venture opportunities and strategies that are available to both novice and sophisticated investors alike. The subject … Continue reading

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Turning Away From Islam in Iraq: A Conjecture as to How the New Iraq Will Treat Muslim Apostates

Can freedom of religion be reconciled with death for apostasy? The 2006 Constitution of Iraq binds the new Iraqi state to upholding both the freedom of religion and the principles of Islam, which includes capital punishment for leaving Islam according … Continue reading

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The European Union’s Gatekeeper Initiative: The European Union Enlists Lawyers in the Fight Against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

Globalization, the rapid expansion of the Internet, and advancements in communications and transportation technologies all seem to be either the symptoms or the causes of a more interconnected and interdependent world. As these technological developments have allowed companies and individuals … Continue reading

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Old Principles, New Technology, and the Future of Notice in Newspapers

The American newspaper industry is dying. Nearly two hundred newspapers have turned their last pages in recent years due to declining advertising and subscription revenue, and the propagation of free information on the Internet. In 2008, the 100-year-old Christian Science … Continue reading

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Google Books: An Orphan Works Solution?

In 2002, Google took on one of the most epic tasks in literary history: creating and maintaining the largest and most comprehensive digital library the world has ever seen. Google aims to include every book ever printed in the endeavor … Continue reading

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Mistrial in 140 Characters or Less? How the Internet and Social Networking are Undermining the American Jury System and What Can Be Done to Fix It

In a scene from the classic American film, 12 Angry Men, Henry Fonda, as the unwavering and steadfast Juror Number Eight, is the lone member of the jury convinced that the prosecution has failed to prove its case against the … Continue reading

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Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e): Spoiling the Spoliation Doctrine

It certainly cannot be debated that technology has brought about profound change to all aspects of modern society. The legal world has not been immune to the changes brought about by technology, nor to the nuanced questions that have arisen … Continue reading

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Incentivizing Organ Donation: A Proposal to End the Organ Shortage

As of October 6, 2008, over 100,000 people in the United States were waiting for a potentially lifesaving organ transplant. Tragically, each day an average of eighteen people die waiting. A major portion of the organ shortage stems from the … Continue reading

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What the Supreme Court Can Learn from Its Eighth Amendment Jurisprudence

Justice David H. Souter announced his retirement from the Supreme Court in April 2009, handing President Barack Obama his first opportunity to shape the high court. A month later President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to fill the open seat. During … Continue reading

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