Jay-Z’s 99 Problems Turns 10 Years Old This Month – Comments from Caleb Mason, Author of a Law Review Essay on the Song

Caleb Mason, now of Miller Barondess, LLP, but formerly a federal prosecutor and law professor, published a wildly popular law review essay on Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” in Volume 56, No. 2 of the SLU Law Journal. In honor of the song’s 10 year anniversary (the date of first release was April 27, 2004), Caleb answered a few of the Online Editorial Board’s questions about his Essay and the depiction of the criminal justice system in pop culture in general. Continue Reading →

Glossip v. Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees’ Retirement System: A Denial of Survivor Benefits to the Decedent’s Same-Sex Partner

Staff member Lindsay Johnson criticizes the Missouri Supreme Court’s preoccupation with technical details in the Glossip v. MODOT case, arguing that in doing so it undermined the spirit of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor. Continue Reading →

In re: Lawrence Hess: Night of the Plural Terror

Acknowledging that it is not yet upon us, staff member Vincent Heitholt warns of a “Plural Apocalypse” in which the precedential value of Missouri Supreme Court decisions may become unhelpfully murky. Read his account of an early omen of the Armageddon, In re: Lawrence Joseph Hess. Continue Reading →

Chochorowski v. Home Depot U.S.A.: The Enforceability of an Accidental Damage Waiver

If you have ever rented a piece of machinery for a home or gardening project, the rental agreement may have contained an Accidental Damage Waiver. Read staff member John Moore’s case summary of Chochorowski v. Home Depot U.S.A. to find out whether the Supreme Court of Missouri considers these waivers enforceable. Continue Reading →