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Symposium on “Texas Gun Law and The Future”: The Fatal Flaws in Texas’s Campus Carry Law

It is the first day of law school at Thurgood Marshall School of Law after the State of Texas has mandated that anyone with a concealed handgun license recognized by the State may carry a firearm inside public higher educational buildings, including classrooms.  In addition to the normal stresses that faculty and students experience at the beginning of the academic year, everyone is looking around and pondering how many of their peers are secretly carrying […]

2014-2015 Oil & Gas Case Law Update

This paper covers selected oil and gas related case law from across America, released between September 1, 2014, and November 1, 2015.  These briefs are not exhaustive as to all issues; generally, only relevant points of oil and gas common law are discussed.    Cases in the “Oil & Gas Case Law from Outside Texas” portion appear in alphabetical order as to the state of origin.

Applying Anti-Slapp Laws in Diversity Cases: How To Protect The Substantive Public Interest in State Procedural Rules

Many states have enacted statutes designed to prevent the use of lawsuits as instruments for discouraging free speech about contentious public issues. Those statutes “try to decrease the `chilling effect’ of certain kinds of libel litigation and other speech-restrictive litigation.”  Such speech-restrictive litigation has been identified by the acronym “SLAPP,” which stands for “Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.”  The state statues designed to discourage such suits are commonly known as anti-SLAPP laws.

Volume 42, Issue 2

Legalization of Marijuana: The Benefits of Federal Legalization

Legalization of marijuana has been a hot topic of debate since the beginning of the 21st century. Many states have passed legislation to legalize marijuana for medicinal use, recreational use, or both. After the 2016 election, the total number of states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal use grew to 28 along with eight states and Washington D.C. that have legalized it in a recreational capacity. This trend has come after a change in the […]

Concerted Activity Standards: Employee Rights at the Employer’s Detriment

Going to work on a daily basis can become a mundane task that employees continually repeat. However, employees rarely stop to think about all of the laws that protect them and give them rights at work. If an employee is injured on their job, they can more than likely rely on workers’ compensation to cover their medical expenses.  Although unable to work, the employee would still be able to receive livable wages. Minimum wage law […]

Merrick Garland and the Stalemate Senate: Does the Senate Owe Nominees A Vote?

On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Immediately after the passing of the iconic justice, there were frenzied media stories regarding who President Obama might pick to replace him, what the Republican-controlled Congress would do, and what the vacancy and subsequent nomination would mean for the cases left on the SCOTUS docket. It didn’t take long for the […]