The articles posted on this blog are authored by high-school-student-members of the Law and Leadership Institute. Nothing on this blog should be interpreted as legal advice. The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the student-authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Law and Leadership Institute.

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The Data Turnover Question: Is the data on your device really for your eyes only? Should it be? Under what circumstances should the law intervene? Is personal privacy more important than public safety? 

Nowadays, our phones are used for everything - quite literally a computer, camera, and filing cabinet in our pockets. But have privacy protections for data in our phones and other electronic devices caught up with the change?

Are there circumstances where, despite our right to privacy, that the government should be able to force the turnover of our data? What if doing so could save a life? A family? A city?


GPS Tracking: Love Where's my iPhone, but not where's Wanda? We know that our location information is being tracked and used for various purposes, but should those uses have to be consensual? 

Most of us use GPS everyday to get from one place to another, so we know that our phones can be used to determine where we are going. But has it ever crossed your mind that your phone itself IS a GPS tracker that stores your location data?

Unlike a traditional search, where the government is required to have a search warrant or meet specified exceptions, is gathering your location data a “search” that requires constitutional protection?

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Liability of Driverless Cars: Who's to blame when technology fails? Should the responsibility automatically trace back to the manufacturer? The dealership? Does the passenger bear any responsibility? 

The trouble with technology is that it often evolves more quickly than the laws and regulations that will be needed to govern it. This is certainly true when it comes to how to govern cars without drivers. What was once a pipe dream of the future is now a reality.

But when a car can drive itself, and technology is able to detect movement, direction, and potential hazards, are drivers at fault when something goes wrong? Should they be?


Women, Sports & Equality:  Examining pay practices and standards for equality in women's professional athletics through the lens of Title IX and the Equal Pay Act. 

Are the pay practices in women's professional sports justified? Are they a result of gender-based discrimination or of legitimate business interests?

What factors should we consider when determining pay for professional athletes? Should the standards be the same for both men's and women's sports? Should pay considerations for sports differ than the considerations made for other industries? 

Do the positive effects of Title IX for women justify the alleged damage to men's sports programs at the college level? What would you propose to make men's and women's sports more equitable? Is Title IX the best answer? 


Student Expression as Art: Exploring the limits to online, off-campus speech when speech is art - or is it? 

What if this weekend you wrote a rap song, performed it, and posted it online - only to be suspended when your returned for school on Monday?

Was your freedom of speech violated? Should your school be able to discipline you for your off-campus speech - your rap lyrics?

What if it were a painting instead? Would that affect your freedom of speech rights more? Less? Is rap truly an art form worthy of protection?

Does art, or should art, get additional freedom of speech protections in a school or school-related setting? 


Should College Athletes Be Paid?         Is amateurism a thing worth protecting? What benefits and losses come from restricting payment for athletes at the college level? 

What arguments can be made for or against paying college athletes? 

Do you agree that by paying student athletes from one sport you would be forced to pay athletes from other sports as well? Why?

If you keep gender equality in mind with Title IX, could you come up with a system where only certain sports were paid that was still fair to both genders?

What is the biggest potential drawback from paying college athletes? Biggest benefit?



Student Expression as Bullying:  Exploring the limits to online, off-campus speech when it is hurtful to others. Is protecting freedom of speech more important than ensuring decency among students? 

Generally, the government should not be policing the message of the speaker. But despite that schools act as arms of the government, shouldn't they step in to regulate student speech when it hurts other students? But what if the speech technically occurs off-campus online? 

Where is the line? If schools can discipline based on some off-campus student speech it deems harmful, what else could a school deem harmful and forbid? What is the most important interest to protect? 

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Are Daily Fantasy Sports Legal? Should they be? Should they be regulated the same way that casinos and other gambling operations are? 

Is the daily fantasy sports industry one that should be regulated? Do you think it is the same as gambling in a casino?

Is it the same as daily stock trading, a heavily regulated industry? How is it different?

Why is it okay, or not, to regulate gambling generally anyways? What justifications would you offer as a lawmaker either for or against being able to regulate one's ability to gamble? 

Do you think FanDuel, Draft Kings, and other similar sites should be legal in Ohio?


Student Expression as "Liking" Social Media Posts:  Is a "like" speech? If so, can you be disciplined for what you "like" online, off-campus?

Social media connects us with others, but for what purpose if not to support, monitor, and respond to the thoughts of others online. We "like" we "heart" we "re-tweet" - is this "speech" that qualifies for protection under the First Amendment? Should it be? If it is speech, should schools be able to discipline students for clicking a heart of thumbs up alone?

Or, are these "likes" something different? Are "likes" truly the equivalent of writing "yes, I agree" or "I support this" or is their meaning ambiguous? Does it simply indicate interest?  Should schools be able to discipline students for their interests or things they support online off school grounds?