Posts By: Josh Jones

LGBT Bullying Legislation Re-introduced

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D. Minnesota), along with 28 cosponsors, has once again submitted a bill to Congress that would provide protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students from bullying.  Representative Jared Polis (D. Colorado) has submitted a similar bill to the U.S. House of Representatives, supported by 87 cosponsors.  Meanwhile, Senators Robert Casey… Read more »

Law Student 101: Bar Review Materials

As graduation approaches, those 3L law students not already committed to a bar review service should start shopping around.  The typical BarBri and PMBR combination are hardly the only options, and graduates should not feel trapped by the peer pressure and marketing of these traditional review courses.  Just because these, and maybe Kaplan or MicroMash,… Read more »

Law Student 101: Understanding the Moral Character and Fitness Application

Understanding the Moral Character and Fitness Application requirements in order to be admitted to your state bar. If you’re a 3L, make sure you’ve completed your Moral Character and Fitness Application. DO NOT WAIT TO THE LAST MINUTE!  Some states require that it be submitted simultaneously with the bar exam application, while others, such as California,… Read more »

Understanding the Landlord Tenant Relationship—Part 3: Evictions

In this third and final installment of The Law Inisder’s series, Understanding the Landlord Tenant Relationship, we will take a look at the eviction process.  Though eviction sounds frightening to a tenant, a better understanding of the process and its limitations can help a renter rest easier. Eviction is the legal process by which a… Read more »

Marital Discontent and the No-Fly List

The Law Insider - No Fly List - Immigration

A British Officer of the Home Office of Border and Immigration Agency was dismissed last week after it was discovered that he had maliciously placed his own wife’s name on the UK’s no-fly list to prevent her from coming home.  She had been visiting family in Pakistan, and when she attempted to return, she was… Read more »

Understanding the Landlord Tenant Relationship: Part 2—Habitability

Continuing with our three part series, Understanding the Landlord Tenant Relationship, The Law Insider takes a look at the issue of habitability.  Habitability concerns the physical conditions of a leased property.  Though there may be some issues concerning ability to use the property in commercial leases, generally, habitability concerns residential property.  If the landlord fails… Read more »

Fountain Lady Sues the Mall

This week, the world was amused by the misfortune of Reading, Pennsylvania resident Cathy Marrero.  Mrs. Marrero took a tumble into a fountain at the shopping mall where she works.  Was there an obstacle over which she stumbled?  Did someone push her?  No.  She was too busy texting to realize she was walking right into… Read more »

What is Jury Nullification?

Traditionally in the United States, we think of government as having three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial.  Through a system of checks and balances, each of the three branches can override the actions of another branch, all in the hope of preventing tyrannical rule.  However, citizens should be aware that they are also a branch… Read more »

Understanding Landlord Tenant Relationships: Part 1—Leases

Perhaps the most common of all business relationship is that of the landlord and tenant.  The rights and obligations of landlords and tenants to each other and the properties can vary significantly between residential and commercial properties and from state-to-state.  Understanding landlord tenant law requires a careful look at leases, state statutes, and case law.  In this three… Read more »

Law School Accreditation: Why It Matters

The law school admissions process can be daunting.  In addition to taking the LSAT, perfecting personal statements, and wrangling letters of recommendation, selecting the right school among the 200 can be tricky.  The cost of applying to each school is costly enough that it’s worthwile to narrow down your wish-list of target schools to those you have… Read more »