Tutor profile: Serena M.
Subject: Study Skills
How has the advancement in technology and cultural revolution effected the means of how students learn and study?
Recitation, essays, and traditional tests no longer fit our society. Study skills have evolved to avoid memorizing simple facts but encourage collaboration, autonomy for creativity, and fostering the skills of problem-solving rather than memorization.
What evidentiary role does the introduction of social media have on the precedent of the long-standing case law regarding evidence admissibility?
Social media’s first prominent role in litigation was used in criminal cases as evidence to convict for crimes like online child pornography. However, with the development of these websites and their injection into our everyday lives, the role has spread beyond criminal cases. Today there are grounds for all kinds of disputes. Courts face several roadblocks when parties turn to evidence from someone’s Facebook page or a Twitter account. Websites that were once considered private by their owners are now being published for all to see during litigation proceedings. Courts are struggling to balance their discovery purpose versus the constitutional privacy rights of their users.
Subject: Criminal Justice
Does our current criminal justice system and jury's instructions uphold the Constitution regarding the issue of capital punishment or is it guided by emotions, revenge, and retribution?
At the end of the day, despite the jury’s inability to control all their feelings and instincts, the interviews clearly showed that jurors do take their task seriously and make every effort to fulfill their obligation with honesty and diligence. Therefore, the problem does not lie with the individual juror, but with a system that fails to guide the jury’s ability perform their task in accordance with the Constitution.
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