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Film, Television, and Trials

Film and television can teach us about the trial process

Ava-Marie London, Pepperdine studentThe Cold hard truth is that no one really wants to be called in for jury duty.  Days can be long and the “thanks” is pretty much non-existent.  Most people don’t understand half of the legal terms being spewed during the course of a trial.  And that leads to disinterest.

When I went to the Van Nuys courthouse to sit in on a criminal trial, I heard potential jurors talking to each other about how much…

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  • Entertainment Industry , Pepperdine Student Comments
  • Jun 14, 2017

Just the Right Amount of Ridiculous

Parody Satire First Amendment

As the saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. But as satirical television shows like South Park become more popular, it is clear that sometimes comic relief takes precedence when a statement would otherwise be considered defamatory.

Though satire and parody share fundamental elements, there are minor differences between the definitions of parody and satire that affect how each is treated differently under the law. Parodies are distorted images of original works for the purpose of humor and/or commentary.…

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  • Defamation
  • May 31, 2017

Abigail Joins the Firm

Abigail Joins the FirmAbigail is the currently the Client Relation Coordinator and Assistant to the Managing Partner.  Abigail recently graduated Cum Laude at Pepperdine University where she received her B.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Writing and Rhetoric and a minor in Philosophy.  While at Pepperdine she was the Assistant Editor for the Perspectives section of the college newspaper, the Pepperdine Graphic.  She also was a member of the Alpha Phi fraternity, and she co-wrote and directed hers, and three other Greek organizations, participation…

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  • The Firm
  • May 23, 2017

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