The Teacher Followed Me Home: Bell and a School’s Control of Student Speech Outside the Classroom

By Kirstin Vinal; Staff Member (Vol. 15) Where does a student’s speech stop being under control of their school? Could it be when they are 500 feet away from school property? Or when they are home? In 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Bell v. Itawamba County School Board that speech outside of … Continue reading The Teacher Followed Me Home: Bell and a School’s Control of Student Speech Outside the Classroom

Elonis: Confusing Both the Educated Judge and the Everyday Facebook User

By Garrett Rider; Staff Member (Vol. 15) Over the past decade, racial tension has continued to intensify in response to serious issues involving the mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of our police force. The media has seemingly been overwhelmed with stories similar to the incidents involving Michael Brown, Alton Sterling, and Philando Castile, … Continue reading Elonis: Confusing Both the Educated Judge and the Everyday Facebook User

Cecil the Lion’s Roar: Libel in an Internet Age

By Elizabeth (Beth) A. Kapapoulos; Staff Member (Vol. 14), Chief Staff Editor (Vol. 15) With the advent of the Internet, an entirely new realm of libel law has emerged in the courts, forcing judges to examine entirely new questions of Internet vigilantism and how to deal with crimes in a digital world.  Defamation, 20 N.C. … Continue reading Cecil the Lion’s Roar: Libel in an Internet Age

Coping With Unprecedented Connectivity: Citizens and Police

By Alexander (Alex) M. French, Staff Member (Vol. 14) On April 4, 2015, a North Charleston Police Officer shot and killed Walter Scott. Michael Shlager, the responding officer, reported that he pulled Scott over for a broken tail light. Scott fled on foot and Shlager pursued. Shlager claimed that Scott grabbed Shlager’s Taser and that … Continue reading Coping With Unprecedented Connectivity: Citizens and Police

Protecting Domestic Violence Victims or Depriving the World of the Next Eminem?: A Brief Examination of Elonis v. United States

By Jenica D. Hughes; Staff Member (Vol. 14), Executive Editor (Vol. 15) Picture this, you marry someone you love and start creating a life together. Eventually, you have two children together, whom you adore, but eventually, your marital relationship begins to suffer and the two of you are arguing more often and decide to divorce. … Continue reading Protecting Domestic Violence Victims or Depriving the World of the Next Eminem?: A Brief Examination of Elonis v. United States