Teen Court

by Rob 29. September 2010 11:30

Real cases and crimes are adjudicated by the Teen Court system. Phoenix School of Law recently hosted a Teen Court Summit.

Teen Court is a diversion program for young people to avoid Juvenile Court by volunteering to go to a court of their peers for the purpose of not building up a criminal record, and steering clear of prison. Teens serve as advocates, bailiffs, as well as juries for the teen accused. Some teens achieve Advanced Attorney Training certification. Sometimes an adult judge is involved.

Teen Courts are closed to the public but parents and victims usually may attend. A guilty plea is often required.  The teen jury renders punishment that is enforceable.  Teen juries are often tougher than adults on the accused. The consequence of failure in Teen Court for the accused is being sent back to the juvenile justice system for proceedings.  Currently there are 81 Teen Courts in the state of Arizona.

The Arizona Teen Court Association has more information.

Future of the Book

by Sarah Prosory 22. September 2010 13:33

Could this be the future of the book? An interactive enviroment with touch screen computers? Would these be helpful with studying or writing scholarly articles? Would these be helpful with sharing ideas and networking? What are the copyright/intellectual property implications? Oh the pondering... Happy Wednesday!

The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

Celebrity Justice

by PSL Law Library 22. September 2010 11:54

Picture source: MorgueFile

If you’re anything like me you take a look at TMZ once an hour... oh I mean day. Wink It’s a great way to take your mind off your next class and decompress.  Also, if you find that you still need your law fix you can find it there too.  Mixed among the stories of celebrity hookups and wardrobe malfunctions are the celebrity arrests.

A recent arrest involved heiress Paris Hilton.  Ms. Hilton was arrested on Friday, August 27 for possession of cocaine.  Take a look at the story that TMZ posted, with a link to criminal complaint.  There’s a popular belief that celebrities get softer sentences than your average citizen, I know you’re shocked to hear this.  With this in mind I was curious as to the sentencing guidelines for this charge and unfortunately my friends at TMZ didn’t do their due diligence (at least in this posting) so I had to do the research myself. 

I decided to look up Nevada Revised Statute 453.336 using Westlaw (Directory > U.S. State materials > Statutes & Legislative Services > Statutes Annotated - Individual States & U.S. Jurisdictions > Nevada Revised Statutes (State Version) - Annotated.)  I placed “NRS 453.336” in the natural language search box and selected the first result.  I would tell you my discovery but what would be the fun in that?  Wouldn’t you rather practice your research skills and conduct the search yourself?

On Monday, September 20, 2010 Ms. Hilton plead guilty to two misdemeanors in the cocaine possession case.  You may be asking yourself, how long will Ms. Hilton be behind bars?  The answer: she won’t spend a minute in jail, and instead she will pay $2,000 in fines, perform 200 hours of community service and complete an intensive substance abuse program.  So did Ms. Hilton get off easy? You be the judge.

Civil Procedure Current Awareness- Keep Up with the Latest!

by Ted McClure 15. September 2010 17:43

Trying to keep up with Civil Procedure? Puzzled by Twombly and Iqbal? Take a look at these great blawgs:

And for the best on Twombly and Iqbal,

Yes, this blog is about products liability. But it has the clearest discussions of the “new pleading”.

Here are two ejournals that you can get through SSRN - the Social Science Research Network:

  • Federal Courts & Jurisdiction eJournal
  • Litigation & Procedure eJournal (found under “Litigation, Procedure & Dispute Resolution eJournals”)

Lots of brand-new articles on civil procedure. To access these ejournals on SSRN, register for an account at http://ssrn.com. Use your @phoenixlaw.edu email address. For help, see the video at http://ssrn.com/update/general/ssrn_faq.html#subscrDemo. Once your account is set up, you will get an email with instructions for registration and subscribing to journals. The first time you go to your SSRN start page, it will ask you to enter your email address. Hit the "Submit" button, and your User ID and Password will be emailed to you in seconds. Input your ID and Password, and you are on your way.

You can also set up alerts on bepress (use “Courts”, “Jurisdiction”, and “Practice and Procedure”), Westlaw, and Lexis.

With all these goodies, you should be well out in front.

Ted McClure, Faculty Services Law Librarian

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