Justin Bieber to Fans: I Own Your Snapshots

Can Bieber get away with such a thing? It’s possible, according to Heidi Anderson, a contracts law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, who wrote about Bieber’s ploy in a recent blog post.

“It’s not what the signs say that matters most,” Anderson tells Lawyers.com. “Instead, it’s what is given in exchange for the promise(s) in the signs, if anything.”

Read the entire piece at Lawyers.com.

The Unbearable Invisibility of White Masculinity: Innocence In the Age of White Male Mass Shootings

“Do you also think it’s odd that white men commit the overwhelming majority of mass murders,” wondered Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Senior Director of Advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation, “but that people don’t identify that as a causal factor? Instead we talk about mental illness and gun control. If it were Asian women or Jewish men or elderly African-American, it would be topic number one. But not white men.” In fact, the media response to mass shootings often reimagines white men as victims.”

Read the entire story at Gawker.

New bill could allow goverment access to your email

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –  You know the saying ‘Big Brother is watching?’  He may soon be reading too.

A new bill working its way through Congress could give the government unwarranted access to your email.

“I have to admit I’m not very careful about what I put in my emails,” said Rod Sullivan.

He emails constantly for business and pleasure.  And he knows the legal ins and outs.  He is a professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law.

… read the entire article at Action News Jax.

Breaking down Amendment 1

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It is one of the most controversial Supreme Court rulings made this year. In June the Affordable Care Act, also referred to by others as “ObamaCare,” became law.

It requires every American to have health care by 2014, and it’s a decision that disappointed voters like Rachel Eddy. “I like that everybody can choose for themselves what they like instead of being told what they need,” said Eddy.

But this November, Florida voters will have their chance to vote against it. “This amendment, in essence, would be Florida’s statement that we do not want to be under the Affordable Care Act,” said law professor, Alan Williams.

Read the entire story at ActionNewsJax.com.

Public state-sponsored prayer has created fault lines

The whole discussion pivots, John Knechtle says, on the Bill of Rights’ First Amendment establishment clause, which says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

It was drafted in 1789. People have been arguing about it since.

“It wasn’t that [the founding fathers] were all liberal-minded and didn’t want any religion,” Knechtle said. “They didn’t want a particular religion established.”

Knechtle teaches constitutional law at Florida Coastal School of Law. He’s also co-author of a couple of textbooks, including “The First Amendment: Cases, Problems and Materials.”

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2012-10-27/story/public-state-sponsored-prayer-has-created-fault-lines#ixzz2AhNUqTDl

First Coast homeowner regrets reverse mortgage

Florida Coastal School of Law professor Laura Boeckman specialize in consumer law and reverse mortgages.

Boeckman says the concept can work with the right advice.

“Some people call it your ATM you can take out a mortgage where you get monthly payment that is a portion of your equity every month,” said Boeckman.

- Read the entire article, or view the piece, on FirstCoastNews.com.

Free speech vs. hate speech: Where is the line drawn?

“We know today for a virtual certainty that if you burn a Quran and you put it on YouTube, somewhere somebody in the world is going to die as a result of violence caused by that YouTube video,” said Rod Sullivan, a constitutional law professor at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. “Therefore it’s sort of an emerging question as to whether or not the courts can prohibit that kind of speech because it does incite violence someplace else.”

Read more, and watch the video, at News4Jax.com.