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Hazing

The world is changing-  perhaps the best indication of this is what was acceptable 10-20 years ago no longer is.  When I first started practicing law in a large law firm, my suits would literally stink from the second-hand cigarette smoke which permeated through the firm-  thankfully, that is history.

Another example of that is what is acceptable on college campuses.  Since 2004, more than 30 students have died after hazing, pledging or initiation activities, often caused by physical exertion, drowning, falls, auto accidents, alcohol poisoning and suicide.  Now, lawsuits are being filed against the fraternity organization, and even the college itself, alleging negligence and asserting that the supervising organization knew, or should have known, of the hazing activity.  This may include an adult who oversees the pledge process;  the coach who knows that hazing on his sports team is occurring but does not take affirmative steps to prevent same;  and the owner of the property where the hazing takes place.

This is a good example where the legal process has provided a service to society by litigating claims in activities which are potentially dangerous or even deadly, i.e., hazing.

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