March 2017

Will Alabama’s Second Grandparent Visitation Law Survive a Constitutional Attack?

Written by: Brittany Mercer Member, The American Journal of Trial Advocacy Grandparents. For most, the noun brings fond childhood memories of time well spent filled with laughter and love. This loving relationship between grandparent and grandchild generally stems from a healthy relationship between the parent and grandparent. What happens when this…


One-Way Loop Hole in Class Action Certification Appeal

Written by: Charlie Hearn Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Microsoft Corporation v. Baker[1] regarding “[w]hether a federal court of appeals has jurisdiction to review an order denying class certification after the named plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss their claims with prejudice.”[2] By statute, “[t]he…



Drones: An Aerial View of the Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Written By: Victoria Burnett Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy History Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as “drones,” are increasingly prevalent throughout the world.  Although drones are subject to a few basic regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration, the law on drones is largely undeveloped.  With few civilian or commercial…



Judges Seek Stability in the World of Social Media and Evolving Expectations Surrounding Today’s Preferred Medium

Written by: Brooke Boucek Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy With social media in the headlines concerning President Donald Trump, people are talking about the standard to which we hold our president and his public opinions. Many people, including President Trump, believe that his active twitter account and tremendous following contributed…