Author Archive for Lisa A. Mazzie

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 »

Michael Sam and the NFL Locker Room: How Masculinities Theory Explains How We View Gay Athletes

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
Category: Legal Scholarship, Public, Sports & Law | No Comments »

Last year, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player in the National Football League. Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh and final round of ... Read more »

Want to Be a Better Writer? Then Read

Monday, March 30th, 2015
Category: Legal Writing, Public | 1 Comment »

Good writers are good readers. And they’re readers of more than just internet posts; good writers read a variety of books, from fiction to nonfiction and from classics to contemporaries. It ... Read more »

The Notorious R.B.G.

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Category: Feminism, Judges & Judicial Process, Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

Those of us who teach in gender and feminist studies have long been familiar with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; we regularly deal with her work as both a lawyer and ... Read more »

Revisiting the Subjunctive Mood: Great for Persuasion

Friday, March 6th, 2015
Category: Legal Writing, Public | No Comments »

A perhaps often overlooked technique that can help your writing gain some persuasiveness is the subjunctive mood. It’s possible that you remember the subjunctive less from your English classes than ... Read more »

The Other “F” Word: Feminist

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Category: Feminism, Public | 3 Comments »

When you ask young people today whether they are feminists, for most, even the young women, the answer is a forceful, assertive, “No!” In the last several decades, that word ... Read more »

SCOTUS Arguments Can Become “Must-See Television”

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Category: Public, U.S. Supreme Court | No Comments »

The United States Supreme Court prohibits cameras during its oral arguments, although each argument is audio-recorded. But, as Last Week Tonight host John Oliver points out, audio recording makes television ... Read more »

Law’s Love of Adverbs

Monday, October 20th, 2014
Category: Legal Writing, Public | No Comments »

Ah—the maligned adverb. Many writers eschew them. Stephen King, for example, seems to hate them. In his book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, he writes, “I believe the ... Read more »