HAZARDS OF DECORATIVE PARTY POOLS

Robert Manley, Manley Burke A 20-year-old University of Texas student is suing a fraternity Chapter for $25,000,000.  Leslie Holloway claims his fraternity Chapter, Alpha Tau Omega, recently operated and built an unlicensed pool.  He claims it was improperly designed, had...
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CHAPTER HOUSES AND FRATERNITY CULTURE

Robert Manley, Manley Burke With an attention-grabbing title, “The War on Frat Culture And Why Maybe That’s Not So Totally Great, Dude,” the New York Times magazine did a multi-page spread on dry fraternity houses.  It was written by Phi...
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THOUGHTLESS PRANK CLOSES FRATERNITY

Tim Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com What apparently began as someone’s ill-conceived idea of a prank has led to the banning of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of New Hampshire and the criminal conviction of two of its...
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ANTITRUST IMPLICATIONS OF FRATERNITY MISTREATMENT BY COLLEGES

Robert Manley, Manley Burke That colleges can be illegal monopolists is well-settled law.1  Based upon this well-established principle of law, four fraternities sued Hamilton College when the College demanded that they sell their houses to the College so that the...
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ALCOHOL, DROWNING — A FRATERNITY BANNED

Tim Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com In the early morning hours of Sunday, April 4, 2004, Brent E. Johnson drowned in Cedar Lake.  The lake, not very far from the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) campus, was the site of...
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ADVISOR LIABILITY — THE UNIVERSITY PERSPECTIVE

Nancy E. Tribbensee Students who were stabbed while performing in college plays that used real knives instead of props have sued their institutions.  Students and their families have sued for injuries and deaths when a bonfire being built as a...
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PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR FRATERNITIES CAUGHT IN THE BATTLE FOR FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS

Greg Lukianoff* & Matthew Vasconcellos I. Introduction While there is no shortage of free speech battles on college campuses, fraternities have the dubious honor of being at the center of many of the least sympathetic controversies.  From Halloween parties where...
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2004 FRATERNAL LAW CONFERENCE November 19-20, 2004

Periodically, the publishers of Fraternal Law have hosted a National Fraternal Law Conference.  This November 19-20 will be the eleventh of these national sessions.  Past conferences have drawn participants from all across the United States with attendees well mixed between...
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NEW YORK SUIT SEEKS TO PROTECT FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION RIGHTS

Tim Burke, Manley Burke, tburke@manleyburke.com In December, a local fraternity in Alfred, New York, and several students of Alfred University, brought suit against Alfred University and the State University of New York (SUNY).  The suit challenges the actions of Alfred...
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NATIONAL RESOLUTION SUPPORTS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

On March 22nd, the Association of Student Judicial Affairs (ASJA) will complete voting on a resolution designed to encourage a recognition of the First Amendment Freedom of Association Right of America’s college students.  The resolution, already approved by the Association’s...
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