AuthorReid, Michelle A.

Dear Reader:

On behalf of the Suffolk University Law School Moot Court Honor Board, I am proud to present the first Issue in Volume XXIV of the Suffolk Journal of Trial & Appellate Advocacy. This Issue contains one lead article and eight student-written pieces, each designed to be of practical use to lawyers and judges at the trial and appellate levels.

The Lead Article, Reexamining the Admissibility of the Defendant's Non-inculpatory Statements at Trial, was written by Wes Porter, a practicing attorney, consultant, and former Professor of Law at the Golden Gate University School of Law and former Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, where he taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and trial skills courses. Attorney Porter explores the trial courts' treatment of a defendant's use of pretrial statements, addressing the constitutional considerations relating to the accused's ability to present a theory of defense, and offering discrete limitations on the defendant's use at trial of his non-inculpatory, pretrial statements. We are honored to have published a piece by an experienced litigator, who understands the intricacies of criminal law and can help influence the criminal justice system in a positive way.

The student-written pieces address topics that are of interest to members of the bar in Massachusetts and nationwide. The topics covered involve:

* an analysis of certain constitutional challenges brought by charter school opponents and the viability of future challenges to Massachusetts charter school law (Perry Gans);

* an analysis of contractual disputes between student-athletes and their universities, and the precedent created for future contractual claims of the same nature (Tyler Jordan);

* an empirical look at the terms of service of five of the largest U.S. internet-based companies, and a discussion of the disparity between the E.U.'s explicit prohibition on unfairness in offending terms of service clauses (Christopher LeBlanc);

* a discussion of the history of compulsory education laws and the role of the justice system in relation to truancy (Amanda McNelly);

* a discussion of sentencing statutes, and the deviation from federal sentencing guidelines and variation among states' sentencing laws (Ashley Walsh);

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