Could “Minimum Contacts” Be Too Much for Personal Jurisdiction?

Written by: Victoria Burnett Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy It appears International Shoe Co.’s precedent regarding the minimum contacts requirement for personal jurisdiction is shifting shape yet again.[1] There are two types of personal jurisdiction: general and specific.[2]  The forum court obtains general jurisdiction if the court is within the…





No Judgment in the Judgment Free Zone

Written By: Emma Sloan Associate Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy Rights and policy decisions surrounding the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (“LGBTQ”) community have been hotly contested in recent news. From influencing the presidential election, to influencing individuals joining a gym, there is clearly a need to define…


302 Pages of Hope

Written By: Amanda L. B. Wineman Senior Research and Writing Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”[1] 302 pages. 302 pages is what it took District Court Judge Myron Thompson to fully explain his ruling…



The Text Message Manslaughter

Written by: Sarah Meigs Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy Michelle Carter, a twenty-year-old young woman from Massachusetts, found herself at the center of an involuntary manslaughter case that has made national headlines.1 The actions she took to get there were not done face to face, but, rather, over the…


An Unbiased Jury for Bergdahl?

By: Megan Seaton Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy The recent surge in podcast popularity has familiarized many Americans with titles such as Serial[1] and S-Town[2]. Season Two of one fan-favorite podcast, Serial, reintroduced an already notorious name to American mainstream media: Bowe Bergdahl. The podcast depicts Bergdahl as a…


Criminal-funded Courts: Ethical or Not?

By: Laura Yetter Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy Throughout the United States, many State and local governments struggle with limited budgets. As a result, some localities turn to their criminal courts as a key source of revenue; funding various State and local operations with fines and fees collected from criminal…