Exceptions Expected: My First Year of Law School

I have never been known to do things the normal way. Ever since I was born 7 weeks premature, I have been defying what people expect from me. In my Boy Scout troop I took on some of the most senior leadership positions while I was in middle school and I helped transform how the …

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The REAL Reason Why the Boy Scouts is Now Scout BSA: In My Opinion

Disclaimer: The views presented here are my own and in no way reflect any official stance of the Boy Scouts of America.   You may have noticed that the Boy Scouts of America has undergone a lot of high-profile changes recently. I want to address some of the concerns I have seen being thrown around …

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Homicide, Sexual Assault, and Guilty Pleas: My First Jury Duty Experience

Approximately 94 percent of state criminal cases end in a plea bargain. Until last week I had no idea how frustrating this can be for potential jurors. Read to the end to see why... Last week I got summoned for jury duty for the first time. I was partly surprised to be called because I …

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Teacher Strikes: A Quick Response

There seem to be a lot of teacher strikes in the news lately. In the last month, we’ve seen news about the strikes/walkouts in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma (some are labelled as walkouts because teachers technically aren’t allowed to strike in those areas). It made me ask myself if these strikes were negatively affecting …

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Perspective is Different than Privilege

I have never been one to back away from a political discussion, especially when I feel well informed on the topic. I enjoy hearing many sides of an issue, to improve my general knowledge of different topics. However, there is a tactic that people use against me that I find incredibly inappropriate: telling me I …

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In Defense of ‘Thoughts and Prayers’

For a long time the typical social media response to a tragedy was “thoughts and prayers to the victims of _____” and people accepted that as an appropriate response. Though it was not something I often posted about, it was the typical thing people across the board would say. Now, however, “thoughts and prayers” is …

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Trying Something New

Welcome, My name is Kevin Ellis and this is Generally Speaking. Generally Speaking is a new project of mine about recognizing the importance of the experience of the average, ordinary person. Our newsfeeds are inundated with opinions and critiques of issues that affect us, but they often fail to consider points of view outside the …

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