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Attrition Among NFL Players

By Wilson Huhn Published: October 30, 2011

The NFL owners and players association differ about how long the "average" career of an NFL player is.  But statistics released by both the NFL and the NFLPA clearly show the high rate of attrition among NFL players.

Owners and players differ about how to measure the average length of a player's career.  The owners say that players average six years in the league while the players association says that the average player stays in the league for only three and a half years. 

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Elizabeth Pollman to Guest Blog on BLPB

By Stefan Published: October 30, 2011

Gay Student Beaten at Union-Scioto High School, Chillicothe, Ohio

By Wilson Huhn Published: October 29, 2011

This post includes news reports of the vicious beating of a gay high school student in Chillicothe, Ohio, and data showing the extent of this problem in Ohio. 

Susan Donaldson James of ABC News filed this report yesterday: Boy Assaults Gay Student as Cellphone Captures Attack.  The report includes a video showing the attacker pummeling the victim while other students watched and did nothing.  James reports that the attacker was suspended from school for three days.  James notes that Union-Scioto does not have a gay-straight alliance.  James also references information from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, described in more detail below.

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Wall Street Responds

By Stefan Published: October 27, 2011

Two Reports from CBO: Discretionary Spending and the Income of the Top 1%

By Wilson Huhn Published: October 27, 2011

Two recent reports from the Congressional Budget Office provide insight into what we must do to balance the budget.

The CBO has evolved into the principal voice of reason in the public forum.  Because it is supposed to be neutral and objective, its reports are shorn of political posturing, partisan name-calling, or ideological cant.  In light of such limitations, how can the agency possibly make any positive contributions to public debate over the budget?  Oh well, let's see what the bean counters have to say about the discretionary spending and the distribution of wealth in the United States.

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Professional Responsibililty Expert to Speak at Akron Law on Oct. 28

By Diana Published: October 24, 2011

Thomas D. Morgan, Oppenheim Professor of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law at The George Washington University Law School will speak at Akron Law this Friday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. as part of the Joseph G. Miller and Willliam C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility Distinguished Lecturer Series. Morgan's lecture, titled 'The Changing Face of Legal Education: Its Impact on What it Means to Be a Lawyer,' will focus on the changes the ABA has proposed in accreditation rules, what difference can be predicted in the kind of graduates produced, and what those differences may make to potential clients and to others who became lawyers under different standards. One hour of free CLE credit will be offered. A reception will immediately follow the lecture. This lecture is free and open to the public, however registration is required. To register, call ext. 6363, e-mail or visit online at here . This event is offered with support from the Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Foundation, Jones Day Foundation and Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust.

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Critiquing Capitalism

By Stefan Published: October 23, 2011

New Evidence from Climate Change Skeptic Robert Muller Confirms Global Warming

By Wilson Huhn Published: October 22, 2011

The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study led by (former) global warming skeptic Robert Muller has been completed and posted online.  The study confirms prior findings that the Earth is rapidly warming.  As a consequence those who oppose government regulation of greenhouse gases necessarily contend that these emissions are not the cause of global warming. 

Robert Muller, perhaps the leading scientist who had expressed doubts about global warming, has completed a comprehensive study with the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature group that unequivocally demonstrates the fact that the Earth is warming at an alarming rate - more than nine-tenths of a degree Celsius (one and half degree Fahrenheit) since 1950.   In this study Muller does not reach any conclusions about the cause of global warming, but the evidence tends to rule out changes in ocean currents as being the principal cause.

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Health Care Financing Reform (136): The Constitutional Issues

By Wilson Huhn Published: October 19, 2011

This post summarizes the constitutional issues that the Supreme Court will have to determine in addressing the constitutionality of the individual mandate contained in the 2010 federal health care law.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.  One provision of that law, the "individual mandate," is politically unpopular and has been challenged in the courts on the ground that Congress lacks the power under the Constitution to enact it.

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Health Care Financing Reform (135): The Status of Constitutional Litigation on the Affordable Care Act

By Wilson Huhn Published: October 18, 2011

Six district courts and three circuit courts of appeal have ruled on the constituitonality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  So far, the results are evenly divided.

The only portion of the Affordable Care Act that has been found unconstitutional by some courts is the "individual mandate" - the requirement that citizens must either maintain health insurance or pay a tax penalty.  Three district courts have ruled that the individual mandate is constitutional and three have ruled that it is unconstitutional.  On appeal, one Court of Appeals ruled that the law is unconstitutional, one ruled that the law is constitutional, and one held that the federal courts do not have jurisdiction to decide the issue until the law goes into effect in 2014.

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Affordability of Public Higher Education (1): Intercollegiate Athletics

By Wilson Huhn Published: October 17, 2011

The cost of public higher education in America has been rising much faster than people's incomes.  One factor fueling this increase is the cost of intercollegiate athletic programs, particularly at lesser-known public schools and colleges whose students come from low-income families.

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) released a study early this year, Funding the Arms Race: A Case Study of Student Athletic Fees (January, 2011) in which it stated:

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The Financial Protests and the Distribution of Wealth in the United States

By Wilson Huhn Published: October 16, 2011

The mass protests on Wall Street and around the world are occuring for one simple reason.  Neither income nor wealth - especially wealth - is fairly distributed in the United States.  The following graphs are copied from  William Domhoff, Income, Wealth, and Power (July 2011).  The chart on the left illustrates the distribution of "net worth" (that is, all wealth including home equity) among Americans while the chart on the right tracks the distribution of financial net worth - essentially the value of investments and businesses.  The second chart illustrates the fact that the top 1% of Americans own more than 43% of the financial wealth of the nation; the bottom 80% of Americans own but 7% of the financial wealth.  In the text of his article Domhoff cites an even more surprising statistic: the bottom 40% of Americans own but 0.3% of the financial wealth.


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How We Got Where We Are; Summary of Changes in Law

By Akron Law IP Center Published: October 14, 2011

How We Got Where We Are; Summary of Changes in Law
Marla Grossman, American Continental Group


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Please Vote for BLPB As Top-25 Blog

By Stefan Published: October 13, 2011

Jobs for Patent Attorneys!

By Ryan Published: October 10, 2011

The New York Times ran a story today claiming that because of the new patent reform law, patent lawyers are in high demand.  Read the article here.

To learn more about how you can specialize in patent law (or intellectual property in general), visit the University of Akron School of Law's Center for Intellectual Property & Technology.

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Setting Up the SEC to Fail [to Regulate]

By Stefan Published: October 9, 2011

What do "occupiers" and capitalists have in common?

By Stefan Published: October 8, 2011

A possible answer here.

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The Mets, Madoff & Fraudulent Conveyance Law

By Stefan Published: October 6, 2011

"Katz purportedly seeks to reconcile important provisions of the Bankruptcy Code with the federal securities laws, foremost from the latter body the Securities Investor Protection Act, called 'SIPA.'  Having extensively litigated and written about the intersection of bankruptcy law with the federal securities statutes, I agree this is no small task.  But Katz does not provide an intersection; it gives us a train wreck."

Dr. Anthony Michael Sabino, Professor of Law, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John's University.

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Steve Jobs and IP

By Ryan Published: October 6, 2011

The world lost a great technological leader yesterday with the passing of Steve Jobs.  A quick patent search lists Jobs as a co-inventor on a multitude of both utility and design patents, including some of the following:

A design patent for the iPhone:

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Family Values, Economics, and the Red State / Blue State Divide on Constitutional Interpretation

By Wilson Huhn Published: October 2, 2011

Differences over the interpretation of the Constitution often reflect underlying economic differences.  In particular, differences in income and education affect attitudes about marriage, divorce, contraception, abortion, women's rights, and same-sex marriage.

In their groundbreaking book Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture, Naomi Cahn and Julie Carbone explain the country's divide over social issues by reference to economics - that entire sets of values emerge from and are reinforced by different economic models of family life.

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