Costume Chronicles: How to Conquer HalLAWeen in Style

By: Tori Watson

October is finally here and for PMH students this means the annual Halloween party is just around the corner. For many of us, this yearly ritual marks a turning point in the semester, our one last hurrah before finals hibernation season kicks in. Much of the excitement surrounding the Halloween party stems from the annual costume contest. With the party just weeks away, it is time to begin planning your winning costumes. In every law student there is an over-achiever just itching to break through. What better time to showcase your inner gunner than the beginning of finals season? Here are some ideas to get those creative juices flowing (more…)

Exploring the Ferguson Effect: Myth or Material Fact?

By: Jacob Longman

When Officer Darren Wilson, having just tended to a baby with breathing problems, spotted Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson on August 9, 2014, the murder statistics in New York City were on their way down to a record low: 330.[1] [2]

“Unit 21. Put me on Canfield with two.” Wilson radioed. “And send me another car.” Seconds later, Brown, hit six times, lay dying in the street and the United States faced its toughest racial litmus test in decades. In the wake of Brown’s death, a divergent effect on criminal activity has emerged. While crime in general has continued to fall, violent crime has risen. (more…)

Game of Zones

By: Kathryn Jakuback

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an LSU law student in possession of a Law Center parking tag must be in want of a place to park. We’re all familiar with the nauseating combination of rage and panic that accompanies the useless circuits around the parking lot, hunting for any open space to leave our vehicles so we don’t get another absence. We’ve all seen the cars mockingly flaunt Zone 2 tags as their owners enjoy a cup of coffee in the bookstore. We’ve engaged in arguments with parents who see our spaces as their Manifest Destiny. We’ve left notes, called the towing company, and screamed every swear word in our lexicons. (more…)

Race to the White House: A Guide to the Presidential Election of 2016

By: Robert Glueck

As a law student, you’ve undoubtedly mastered the art of sounding much more intelligent than you really are, but let’s face it: you know less than you’re willing to let on about the upcoming election. Allow The Civilian to help. While each candidate’s views largely track their party’s philosophy, below you will find a more detailed summary of both Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s platforms on several key issues for the upcoming election (more…)

LSU Law Students Band Together to Rebuild After the Floods

By: Kathryn Jakuback

For most students at LSU Law, the last few days before the start of term are reserved for relaxation and preparation. By Thursday, August 11th, many students were only just approaching the jarring realization that textbooks had to be purchased and school supplies procured. While his classmates were making final arrangements to start school on the following Monday, Travis Simmons, 3L, was watching the news. (more…)

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