Author Archive for Lisa A. Mazzie

Making a Murderer: Oh-So-Many Talking Points

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
Category: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Process, Evidence, Judges & Judicial Process, Legal Ethics, Legal Practice, Legal Profession, Popular Culture & Law, Public, Wisconsin Law & Legal System | No Comments »

As the winter break winds down, it’s definitely worth your time to start binge-watching Making a Murderer, a recent Netflix documentary on a real-life criminal case. A very close-to-home criminal ... Read more »

Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degrees Rescinded & Sexual Assault Charges Filed

Thursday, December 31st, 2015
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Feminism, Public | 1 Comment »

In May 2013, comedian Bill Cosby received an honorary doctorate of letters from Marquette University. In his address to the students, he told them “to go into the world remembering ... Read more »

Professor Phoebe Williams Receives MBA Lifetime Achievement Award

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Category: Legal Profession, Marquette Law School, Milwaukee, Public | 1 Comment »

This past summer, Professor Phoebe Williams received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Milwaukee Bar Association (MBA). Professor Williams was honored at the MBA’s annual luncheon in June. Professor Williams ... Read more »

Ashley Heard Wins Legal Writing Society Writing Contest

Sunday, November 8th, 2015
Category: Legal Writing, Marquette Law School, Public | No Comments »

At the end of October, Marquette University Law School’s Legal Writing Society sponsored a fun writing contest, looking for poetry submissions that combined law and Halloween themes. Ashley Heard’s poem ... Read more »

Congratulations to AWL Scholarship Winners Kapila and Van Gompel

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Category: Legal Practice, Marquette Law School, Public | 1 Comment »

Today, September 24, 2015, the Milwaukee Association for Women Lawyers (AWL) Foundation honored two Marquette University Law School students with scholarships. Saiba Kapila, 2L (pictured at left), received the AWL Foundation ... Read more »

Constitution Day Trivia Tidbits

Friday, September 18th, 2015
Category: Constitutional Interpretation, Constitutional Law, Public | 1 Comment »

September 17 marks Constitution Day, the day in 1787 on which delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution. Yesterday, the ABA Journal posted an interesting article to ... Read more »

Gender-Neutral Pronoun on the Rise?

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Category: Legal Writing, Public | 4 Comments »

In English, there are three main singular pronouns: he, she, and it. When we’re talking or writing about people, we eschew it; after all, it suggests a non-human subject. This ... Read more »

Wisconsin’s State Motto: Forward or Backward? The Potential Demise of Open Records Law

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
Category: Political Processes & Rhetoric, Public, Wisconsin Law & Legal System | 2 Comments »

In 1851, the state of Wisconsin adopted the simple word Forward as its state motto. It’s a powerful word that has symbolized the State’s progressive history. Lately, though, it seems ... Read more »

The Initial Appeal of Chief Justice John Roberts’ Dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
Category: Civil Rights, Constitutional Interpretation, Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Judges & Judicial Process, Legal History, Political Processes & Rhetoric, Public | 1 Comment »

Rainbows abounded on the morning of Friday, June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court held 5-4 that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and a right ... Read more »

Who Needs Words Anymore?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
Category: Legal Writing, Public | No Comments »

My worst fear has been realized: we can now stop writing in words. Last week, Chevy issued a press release written entirely in emoji (except for its hashtag line #ChevyGoesEmoji). Emoji ... Read more »

Persuading People Who Don’t Want to Be Persuaded

Friday, June 26th, 2015
Category: Legal Writing, Public | 1 Comment »

I just finished a recent book by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. If the names Levitt and Dubner sound familiar, it’s because you may have heard of their ... Read more »

The Necessity of Revising

Friday, June 12th, 2015
Category: Legal Writing, Public | 1 Comment »

I had a student a couple of years ago who described herself as a “one-sit wonder.” That is, in all of her previous schooling, she was quite adept at pounding ... Read more »