Author: Leigh Raper


Leigh Raper has a degree in English Literature from the University of Miami and a JD from Pepperdine University School of Law, where she concentrated on Contracts, Entertainment Law, and Labor Relations. She received her MFA at the UCR-Palm Desert program for Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

Are you a ‘phubber’? Almost certainly, yes

Our phones these days are technical marvels, mini-computers that effectively connect us with our digital lives. But that connection might be causing a disconnect with your love life. Because you—and you are not alone—can’t stop phubbing. Don’t know what phubbing is? Well, if you value your marriage/your relationship/not dying alone, you should.

Defamation in the digital age

The Internet might provide anonymity for trolls and disgruntled customers, but outright defamation isn’t and shouldn’t be tolerated. Given the fast pace and sheer volume of information on the Internet, however, the courts have their work cut out for them trying to understand an increasingly confusing state of digital affairs.

Volkswagen and the failure of corporate ethics

The VW scandal, in which Volkswagen engineers intentionally manipulated internal software to rig emissions-test results for their diesel vehicles, has taken a toll on the carmaker’s stock price and corporate value—not to mention infuriating consumers who thought they were buying an environmentally friendly automobile. How can this well-funded, well-respected multinational manufacturer have such a breakdown in basic corporate ethics? And why aren’t we more surprised?

Reality TV with a message: How to be a better boss

Some of the best mentorship and coaching on TV is with an actual coach on the docu-series Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans on HBO. Aside from being entertaining, voyeuristic television, there is a lot to be learned about how and when to give feedback, how to be a leader, how to empower your employees—basically how to be a better boss. And being a better boss translates into dollars and cents when you lower your risk of employment-related litigation.

Could Hillary Clinton’s email scandal happen to you?

As we collectively watch Clinton twist herself in knots trying to navigate the scandal, perhaps we can treat her plight as a cautionary tale for ourselves. After all, many people are using their personal devices to access work email and vice versa. If your company gets involved in litigation, would it put you at risk for having your private information subject to discovery?

Can you get fired for talking politics at work?

“No politics or religion at the dinner table,” says the old adage. How about around the water cooler at work? With the onset of presidential debates and the upcoming 2016 election, what rules apply if you want to wear your Donald Trump “Make America Great Again!” button to the next staff meeting?

The Tom Brady decision makes sense—even if you hate Tom Brady

The United States District Court opinion issued on September 3 overturning Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his involvement in the deflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game against the Colts was a bold move. The whole idea behind arbitration is to have a streamlined process that keeps people out of court. Keeping that in mind, District Courts really, really don’t want to get involved and will only fail to enforce an award when something, in the Court’s opinion, has gone terribly wrong in the process. So what went wrong with the NFL and Brady arbitration? Why did the court whistle Roger Goodell?