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The Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season

“…one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season…”–Edgar Allan Poe “The Cask of Amontillado” Although Americans do not have a monopoly on Carnival, when we think of Mardi Gras, New Orleans inevitably comes to mind. Given the volume of visitors and events that take place in the city during this season, it is no surprise […]

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Author

“Each of us has a crouching tiger deep in the heart.” This is what internationally-acclaimed Taiwanese director Ang Lee told a Chinese journalist, Chai Jing, in a recent interview about his latest film, Life of Pi.  The crouching tiger is Lee’s metaphor for the inner power driving him in his continuous efforts to try “thrilling” […]

On Despising English Liberties and Other Wisdom from the Founders

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the first written constitution in American history, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, which took place on January 14, 1639. The Fundamental Orders outlined the form of government that would be established over the Connecticut River Towns, enumerating its powers and describing the duties of citizens active in government. A fascinating document […]

Global Legal Monitor: November Highlights

The ten most viewed Global Legal Monitor (GLM) articles in November addressed a wide range of legal subjects: Communications and Electronic information; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law and Procedure; Foreign investment; Immigration; Labor; Nationality and citizenship.  Below is a list of the articles in the order of their popularity: France: Law on Immigration, Integration and Nationality […]

Another Lame Duck Congress: the Last Days of the 112th Congress

Congress is once again in a lame duck session.  The Senate’s Virtual Reference Desk Glossary website defines a lame duck session as: When Congress (or either chamber) reconvenes in an even-numbered year following the November general elections to consider various items of business. Some lawmakers who return for this session will not be in the next […]