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JHTL is student-run by an Editorial Board of past JHTL staff members. Students who become JHTL staff members are able to receive academic credit for working on a piece for publication, cite-checking, and writing a book review. The Editorial Board coordinates and supervises the research and writing development for all JHTL staff members. Staff members are selected through the summer write-on competition, and membership is open to all students who qualify, not just those concentrating in Intellectual Property.

A unique feature of JHTL as a Suffolk Law Honor Board is its ability to publish all articles online, which allows members to publish their materials while still at Suffolk. Making articles available on Westlaw, Lexis, and the JHTL Web site allows members of the legal community direct access to our timely articles, notes, and case comments.

For more information about the JHTL, please contact us at jhtl@jhtl.org.

If you are interested in submitting an Article for publication, please review our policy on Article Submissions.

Welcome to JHTL

Social Media: Once A Seclusion Device To A Tool For Social and Legislative Change

This blog is about the use of social media platforms to spread information and
invoke change. Knowledge is power, and when people have the correct information, they
feel a part of something bigger than themselves, and often will want to become actively
involved. I address the power of Snap Chat among our youth; specifically the recent
Stoneman school shooting, where students were videoing the horrific event and posting it
to Snap Chat. I also address the power of Facebook videos, again staying with the
Stoneman school shooting, to highlight the influential videos from the students and
faculty after the event and their call for legislative change. It seems as if the news has lost
its prestige in the last few years, and a message from real human beings who were there
has become more powerful and moving than reports from newscasters. Which is why I
believe we’re seeing more social change, because people are being touched with real
human experience through a digital screen.

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Amazon & The Battle For the Buy Box

By Lauren Riddle According to Amazon.com, the “Buy Box” is the box on a product detail page where customers can add items to their shopping carts immediately. A key feature of Amazon.com is that multiple sellers can offer the same product. If more than one eligible...

Am I Being Replaced by a Robot?

With technological advances come some repercussions. The fact that technological advances makes most people’s lives easier is a proven fact, however, not everyone’s lives are getting easier after technological breakthroughs. People whose jobs are being automatized are not pleased with the outcome of the technological advances. Cashiers at supermarkets, automotive factory workers and the like have families too. Their lives have become much harder after the implementation of new technology in the workplace.

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Smoking Stigma: How E-Cigarettes Perpetuate Stigma About Smoking in the Law

Electronic-Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Hookah Pens, Vaporizers, “Vapes” – whatever you choose to call it – are the devices that are taking the smoking industry by storm, and are estimated to have topped $10 billion in sales in 2017. Vapes are devices that heat liquid to a boiling temperature where the liquid becomes a vapor, and the vapor is then inhaled by the smoker. Vapes are excessively poplar in the younger generation, but they have also exploded (no pun intended) in the marijuana industry. Regulations thus far have been implemented among the fifty states, but the effects that these products have on the country in general are still yet to come to complete fruition.

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Book review

2015 – 2016

Anticipating Child Exploitation due to Blurred Boundary Lines by Media and Society

Written by Holly A. Smith and reviewed by Angelica Diaz

e-Discovery: The Untold Story of my Quest for Justice

Written by Laura A. Zubulake and reviewed by Caroline Murphy

Podcasts

In conjunction with Suffolk Law’s Intellectual Property Concentration, and under the guidance of Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, JHTL produces a series of podcasts on topical issues of law, technology, and IP:

Introduction Podcast

Welcome to the JHTL Podcast 2015-2016 series! In this episode we introduce the creators and interviewers Jerry Chapin, Andrew Glenny, and Olivia Vaché, all students at Suffolk University Law School interested and/or studying technology in law.

JHTL Blog
  • Social Media: Once A Seclusion Device To A Tool For Social and Legislative Change
    This blog is about the use of social media platforms to spread information and invoke change. Knowledge is power, and when people have the correct information, they feel a part of something bigger than themselves, and often will want to become actively involved. I address the power of Snap Chat among our youth; specifically the recent Stoneman school shooting, where students were videoing the horrific event and posting it to Snap Chat. I also address the power of Facebook videos, again staying with the Stoneman school shooting, to highlight the influential videos from the students and faculty after the event and their call for legislative change. It seems as if the news has lost its prestige in the last few years, and a message from real human beings who were there has become more powerful and moving than reports from newscasters. Which is why I believe we’re seeing more social change, because people are being touched with real human experience through a digital screen.
  • Amazon & The Battle For the Buy Box
    By Lauren Riddle According to Amazon.com, the “Buy Box” is the box on a product detail page where customers can add items to their shopping carts immediately. A key feature of Amazon.com is that multiple sellers can offer the same product. If more than one eligible seller offers a product, they may compete for the…
  • Am I Being Replaced by a Robot?
    With technological advances come some repercussions. The fact that technological advances makes most people’s lives easier is a proven fact, however, not everyone’s lives are getting easier after technological breakthroughs. People whose jobs are being automatized are not pleased with the outcome of the technological advances. Cashiers at supermarkets, automotive factory workers and the like have families too. Their lives have become much harder after the implementation of new technology in the workplace.
  • Smoking Stigma: How E-Cigarettes Perpetuate Stigma About Smoking in the Law
    Electronic-Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Hookah Pens, Vaporizers, “Vapes” – whatever you choose to call it – are the devices that are taking the smoking industry by storm, and are estimated to have topped $10 billion in sales in 2017. Vapes are devices that heat liquid to a boiling temperature where the liquid becomes a vapor, and the vapor is then inhaled by the smoker. Vapes are excessively poplar in the younger generation, but they have also exploded (no pun intended) in the marijuana industry. Regulations thus far have been implemented among the fifty states, but the effects that these products have on the country in general are still yet to come to complete fruition.
  • Taylor Swift “Shakes It Off” When It Comes to Copyright Infringement
    Taylor Swift’s 2014 hit song “Shake It Off” is the subject of recent intellectual property copyright infringement litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Two songwriters of 3LW’s 2001 song, “Playas Gon’ Play,” filed suit against Taylor Swift over lyrics in her “Shake It Off” hit claiming the lyrics used by Swift include phrases from their 3LW track that are entitled to copyright protection. The district court judge has dismissed the case against Swift ruling 3LW’s lyrics are not entitled to copyright protection, and counsel representing the 3LW songwriters intend to appeal to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • America’s Pioneer Spirit: Asteroid Mining
    Asteroids contain valuable resources such as rare earth minerals, metals, elements, and frozen water. The exploitation of space resources by private companies may be in contravention of international law, but the passing of recent national legislation along with a number of companies developing the technology to mine asteroids, may have successfully set the stage for the development of a new trillion dollar industry.
  • Assessing the Legality of Facebook’s Advertising Analytics
    As the need for innovative advertising increases with user saviness, companies begin searching for new ways to reach out to users through their social media accounts. Some of these methods include targeting individuals of a specific ethnicity, gender, or religion.
  • @realDonaldTrump Blocked You
    President Trump has blocked users from following his personal Twitter account. These blocked users are challenging the legality of this action by arguing for the application of an established first amendment doctrine to a new digital context: social media, specifically Twitter. The outcome of this litigation could have an impact on how public officials use social media in the future.
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