Political Perspective

Volume 5, 2019-20

Jesus and the Second Amendment by Fred Galves

The US Supreme Court recently addressed a gun carry law,in New York State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. City of New York (argued on Dec.2,2019). The case should have been considered entirely moot because the law at issue, which limited carrying personal arms in public,had long since been repealed by the NY legislature. Remember the “actual case or controversy” constitutional requirement, making moot case non-justiciable?
Oh yeah, that.
View Article

Courtroom Graphics: Why to Use Them and How Not to Abuse Them

The Bottom Line, Volume 30, No.5, October 2009

Attorneys have long used visual aids, such as charts and photographs, to help juries understand key facts and issues during trial. That tradition continues, but many of today’s trial attorneys have upgraded to sophisticated computer graphics and automated display systems to improve their connection and communication with modern jurors. No matter how high or low tech the visual aids, enhancing an attorney’s arguments and persuasive presentation of evidence remains the goal.
View Article

Ensuring the Admissibility of Electronic Forensic Evidence and Enhancing its Probative Value at Trial

ABA Journal (Spring Symposium on Criminal & Evidence & Law, 2004)

Discussing investigatory and legal requirements for proper searches and seizures of electronic data and evidentiary authentication foundation requirements for admissibility of electronic data at trial.
View Article

Seeking Tech Savvy Associates – Which Prospective Employee is Right for Your Firm?

Legal Employers generally have had a fairly easy time identifying good law student candidates to hire for Summer clerkships or ats first-year associates. The task of identifying a good candidate simply meant looking for a law student who had decent grades, some legal writing experience or some practical legal experience in a clinic or clerkship. Once identified, the candidate was interviewed. If he or she was not insufferably arrogant,immature or naive, the candidate was offered the position.
View Article

Seeking Tech – Asked & Answered

A powerful yet user-friendly and inexpensive trial presentation program is Sanction by Verdiccct Systems. Sanction allows an attorney to quickly assemble and immediately access all case exhibits (documents, photos, charts – anything that can be digitized) for on-the-spot display in court…
View Article

Congressional Testimony, June 14, 1995 – Capitol Hill

As I was finishing my Minnesota law Review article on the federal government’s power in failed bank litigation, I was asked to testify before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee in Washington D.C. on the unfair powers of the federal government. Congressional Senate Testimony; Professor Fred Galves, June 14, 1995 (Testimony presented before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee). 
View Article

From Left to Right – The Conservative Ideological Influence of Legal Education

There are many academic and even emotional changes that occur in the life of a first year law student. With respect to politically liberal first year law students fresh out of college, however, perhaps the most powerful and yet most subtle change is the way in which they slowly seem to be converted ideologically to conservatism…
View Article

From Dictatorship to Democracy

In the summer of 1985, I was 23 years old and poised to enter my last year of law school. Instead of working for a law firm that summer, I decided to explore law and justice in a completely different context. I applied for a summer fellowship with the newly created Harvard Human Rights Program and was given funding to do legal human rights work with “La Vicaria de Soledaridad,” a legal/social agency of the Catholic Church located in Santiago, Chile. Enthusiastic but naive, I had no idea what I was about to encounter under Chile’s military dictatorship, nor how that experience would be so meaningful to me years later.
View Article

Hide picture