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Even better than Netflix! Now online: PJ Big Picture Day personal jurisdiction review videos

The personal jurisdiction reviews from Wednesday’s classes are now online. These are the first videos I’ve done in high definition and the quality is significantly better than my earlier videos. Thanks very, very much to Juan Matos for technical help and to my ALIs Ashley Fuxa and Marlene Brito for great work handling the cameras! […]

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Letter from Law Professor Ira Steven Nathenson to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on flawed TPA bill

Below is the text of a communication I sent today to the offices of my Congressperson, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is also the chair of the Democratic National Committee. The letter concerns the deeply flawed TPA (Trade Promotion Authority) bill, which would bind Congress to an up or down vote on the secretly negotiated and secret TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). […]

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What could be better than a fuzzy baby falcon?

Since the Spring semester ended, my near-constant companion has been a baby peregrine falcon, who lives with its mom (and sometimes its dad) near the top of the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. The little bird was sick at first but is now thriving. Here’s the baby falcon cam. Turn up the sound […]

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The Four Rules of the Erie Doctrine: don’t stress, let it flow!

The Erie doctrine stressing you out? Don’t. As Fight Club‘s Tyler Durden would say, “Let it slide!” Better yet, let it flow. Here’s a Coggle flowchart for the Erie doctrine. It’s part of the Erie doctrine set in my MBE resources, as well as my JD Erie resources. The flowchart includes numerous issues arising under the Erie doctrine, […]

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