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By Deborah Cupples (based on  version printed in South Florida Sun-Sentinel) Don’t take your voting rights for granted because errors could stop any of us from successfully voting in November, even if we voted in the primaries. Below are five ways to help protect your voting rights, along with some how’s and why’s: (1) ...

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Seeking data about how to make law-school graduates more practice-ready, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System conducted its "Foundations for Practice" survey in 2014-15.  More than 24,000 lawyers in the U.S. participated. The lawyers rated the importance of 147 skills, competencies, and traits (called "foundations") in one of four ways: (1)  “Necessary immediately for ...

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A recent Illinois Supreme Court opinion added fuel to the long debate over "shall," a word historically used to convey a mandatory or prohibited action in contracts and legislation. (Thanks to Legal Writing Prof for posting about it.) In People v. Geiler, the defendant argued that a traffic citation should be ...

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Originally posted on Education Law Prof Blog where Professor Nance was a guest blogger. Read the original post here. In re Expulsion of A.D. describes the expulsion of a student in southern Minnesota for accidentally bringing a small pocketknife to school. A school liaison officer found the knife while conducting a random ...

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Originally posted on Education Law Prof Blog where Professor Nance was a guest blogger. Read the original post here. On May 19, 2011, F.M., a thirteen-year-old seventh grade student at Cleveland Middle School of Albuquerque Public Schools, generated several fake burps during class, causing several students to laugh. The teacher ordered F.M. ...

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