Past JLTP Abstracts - Volume 2004 Issue 2


Will Video Kill the Radio Star? Visual Learning and the Use of Display Technology in the Law School Classroom

Fred Galves


This Article examines the advantages and disadvantages of using display technology to teach law. Display technology is computer-generated images and text used to supplement visually what the professor is saying verbally in class. Modern law students come from an age dominated by visual images—computers, the Internet, television, blockbuster films, pervasive advertising, etc.—but law school is taught largely the same way it has been for over one hundred years, with a professor standing at a podium and asking only verbal questions to a large class of students. Many law schools are adapting their physical classrooms to accommodate the use of display technology, but law professors in general lag behind society and other education professionals in using display technology to teach. Also, legal educators are generally falling behind the legal profession itself. Modern trial lawyers regularly use display technology, such as computer animations, videotaped depositions, and PowerPoint presentations, to “teach” and persuade juries, judges, and colleagues in a very effective way.

The Coming Technology of Knowledge Discovery: A Final Blow to Privacy Protection?

Charles Weiss


Expected advances in information technology for pattern recognition (“connecting the dots”) are likely to greatly increase the scope and sophistication of already powerful techniques for zeroing in on individual citizens and generating a detailed profile of their lives. These techniques may well prove to be valuable tools for the fight against terrorism. At the same time, they are likely to sweep away what little is left of U.S. privacy law, which has already been weakened by the dramatic advances in technology for surveillance and data mining, by the elimination of barriers between data acquisition by government and the much less regulated private sector, and by the whittling away of Fourth Amendment protections by the courts.


Someone's Watching: Protecting Privilege on Both Sides of the Table During Electronic Discovery

Christopher N. George


This Essay discusses the similarities and differences between traditional and electronic discovery, and also reviews the privileges protecting attorney–client communication and attorney work product. The Essay then provides some suggestions for both practitioners and courts designed to protect the privileges and rights of both parties involved in discovery, particularly in document production and inspection. For example, diligent use of protective orders and highly confidential “attorneys’ eyes only” exchanges of electronic discovery can protect the confidentiality of the producing party and preserve the discovering party’s freedom to conduct discovery and develop a strategy for the litigation. Hopefully a discussion of the possibilities and ramifications will raise awareness of potential pitfalls and obligations introduced by electronic discovery practice.


Dollars and Sense: Why the International Space Station is a Better Investment than Deep Space Exploration for Nasa in a Post-Columbia World

Ashley A. Hutcheson


Digital Slaves of the Render Farms?: Virtual Actors and Intellectual Property Rights

Adam Faier


Limits on Media Ownership: Should the FCC Curb Its Reliance on Deregulation?

David S. Miller