How to Try a Serial Killer

Thursday, January 31, 2019

On January 24th, Netflix dropped a new docuseries called Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, which delves into hours of recorded interviews with Bundy while he was on death row and chronicles the back story of the serial killer and some of the women he victimized. I personally have yet to get through the whole thing because I've needed to take mental health breaks every other episode. Mercifully, Netflix has also released a new batch of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episodes which are truly the antithesis of the Bundy series.

Amidst the drama of Bundy's escapes, crimes, and trials, some basic criminal law details get left out. I've been asked to take a step back and look at the logistics behind putting someone on trial who's committed crimes in multiple states and is wanted by the FBI and multiple state law enforcement agencies. What follows is a crash course on how to try a serial killer.

Princess Nokia v. Ariana Grande: Who Would Win That Infringement Case?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Ariana Grande has been dropping banger after banger but her latest "7 Rings" has come under scrutiny after rapper Princess Nokia called her out for stealing the flow of her song "Mine." I'm not really interested in celebrity squabbles but I love music, and potential infringement cases are always fun to weigh in on since everyone has a different idea of what sounds "the same." What your ears may hear and what a federal judge has to say about it are two very different things. Let me break it down for you.

Welcome to Pro Se

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Pro se (adj.) - "Latin for 'for oneself, on one's own behalf.' When a litigant proceeds without legal counsel, they are said to be proceeding 'pro se.'” {1}

I decided to go to law school because I wanted to use whatever smarts I had to make the law more accessible for people who didn’t have the time and resources (and masochism) to take three years off and $200,000 out in loans to learn about The Law. I think the law should be accessible, but the status quo within the older established legal community is to use unnecessarily large words because that’s what everyone else is doing so that’s what you need to do to fit in and sound smart. I’ve tried to stick to my idea of making the law accessible throughout law school by not buying into that trope. I’ve of course learned the fancy language and can use latin casually in sentences now, but I’m not interested in bringing that energy into a world where, more than ever, people need access to legal remedies.

What does all this have to do with a blog? Well, while I’m not going to be solving the world’s legal woes by publishing posts that only my mom (hi mom) and future employers (sorry) are going to read, I figure a blog written by a woman in her 20s with tattoos and a potty mouth might be a nudge  in the right direction to get this profession into the 21st century. We’ve been here for almost 20 years, my dudes. Welcome.

I’m really interested in the practicality of the law, in how it works day to day and how we see it play out on a local, national, and international level. Pro Se is going to be a blog that will hopefully answer the legal ‘why’ behind what’s going on in the news. It will be written in a way that I hope people will find entertaining and easy to read and at least somewhat informative, so they can walk away with a slightly better grasp on current events and show off that knowledge the next time they need to impress someone.

Naming the blog Pro Se felt particularly apt given my interest in the law being more accessible for non-lawyers and people without representation, plus if you put Pro Se together you get Prose so it’s kind of a writing pun idk don’t overthink it.

*DISCLAIMER* Nothing I write on this blog should ever be taken as legal advice. This entire project is just me applying my limited knowledge of The Law to the news and trying my best to analyze it all. I am not an expert in anything. I don’t even have my JD yet.

With all that out of the way, let’s get started.

If you have questions about what’s happening in the news and want me to take a crack at figuring out what’s going on, you can slide into my DMs over on Instagram or Twitter.



{1} Pro se, Wex Legal Dictionary (last accessed Jan. 22, 2019),

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