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Why are Public Defenders Viewed as Insiders of the Justice System?

By: Jennifer Francisco, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Over the years, indigent defenders have developed a belief that public defenders (“PD’s”) do not adequately represent their clients. This raises the question of where does this distrust arise from? Why are private defense attorneys found to be more trustworthy, despite […]

April 16th, 2019|Criminal Law, Professionalism; Ethics|0 Comments

Unhealthy Silence: Why Members of the Legal Profession Need to Open Up About Mental Health

By: Jamie Mathis, Editor-in-Chief, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

“The legal profession is at a crossroads. Our members, our colleagues, our friends are suffering. It is our duty as lawyers and human beings to help.” These words, spoken by Bob Carlson, the 2018-2019 President of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), could […]

Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Profession: No Longer a Sci-Fi Fantasy

By: Andrew Bratslavsky, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Imagine the following scenario: Mr. C is a repeat offender, having committed several non-violent petty crimes over his criminal career. One day, Mr. C is arrested yet again, arraigned, and eventually sentenced to 20 years in prison for violating the newly enacted […]

Legal Efficiency or Legal Scam? The Problem with the Unauthorized Practice of Law Done Online

By: Diana Alcala, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Picture this: two people meet, marry and live together happily for many years. Each person has appointed their spouse sole beneficiary and health care surrogate in the case that tragedy should strike.  Then, due to some irreconcilable differences, the two separate. Divorce is on […]

Texas Supreme Court Allows Lawyers In To Help Harvey Victims

By: Frank Samitier, Executive Notes and Comments Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

On August 29th the Texas Supreme Court issued an order allowing out of state licensed attorneys to practice temporarily within Texas. This order comes after Hurricane Harvey flooded cities in southeast Texas. The flooding in the area has proven […]

September 6th, 2017|Blog, Professionalism; Ethics|0 Comments

Divorce: Men Only?

By: Danielle Capitini, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

“Divorce: Men Only.” We have all seen these billboards on the Florida Turnpike or Intersate-95; it has become popular for law firms to outright discriminate against an entire group of people, which in these cases, happen to be women. To be fair, these law […]

March 3rd, 2017|Blog, Professionalism; Ethics|0 Comments