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By Kathryn Fehrman

Strength, weakness and battle strategy

There is a new study out from Yale Law School that reports widespread mental health issues among Yale’s law students. More than 30 percent reported depression and other mental health issues, but the author suspects that well over 70 percent actually suffer from mental health problems.

Teaching music is good for business and law students

There have been more articles recently about schools cutting arts and music budgets. As though music is expendable. As though we and our children can live without it.

Facebook and the secrets of the universe

Social media. What a trip.

It started with a cat fight; a story and a call to grow out of the Arab-Israeli conflict

Call me Ishmael. My mother was a maid to the elderly lady of a wealthy home. The lady was a formidable woman, but not able to have children. My mother, on the other hand, accepted her own humble condition. She was a servant, and embraced service. She also embraced the master of the house.

How not to be jaded when the world is going to the bad place in a hand basket

My law students are going to be lawyers -- a double-edged sword for them. On the one hand, lawyers serve in the world; we serve neighbors, communities, governments, institutions. And service may be the most honorable purpose we humans can aspire to.

Luddite levity and summertime musing

I expect to see this story any time now on the nightly news, because the trustworthy Dr. Grant told me it will happen someday.

Common ground: There is no other

“The world is too small for anything but the truth, and too dangerous for anything but love.” — the Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek, Sept. 25, 2011

Is it worth 'sounding the First Amendment bugle' for cyberbullies?

Schools may discipline a child when the child speaks at home, outside of school hours, without the use of any school resources. This season, four petitioners have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to guide schools and students when it comes to kids’ speech on the Internet. Where does a school’s reach end? The court should accept these cases; schools need to know.

Juan Williams and the beiging of America

Politically correct America, listen up. We have PTSD. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. And painting the world beige is not helping. We need to stop being afraid of our truths.

The zen of New Year's goal setting; or how to set goals when there is no future

Here is a new old twist to New Year's goal setting. It's a koan of sorts. How do we set goals when there is no future?

Obama and the next generation of Americans

As a law school professor, people have asked me, "What is it that young people think Barack Obama will do for them?"

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Kathryn Fehrman

Professor Fehrman is a Legal Skills Professor at California Western School of Law in San Diego. She was Deputy Director of the State of Michigan's Department of Human Services, and served as Director ...

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