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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Elections 2016-2017 -

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Why the ERA Failed: Comfort Over Content in the Fight for Women’s Rights -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Extent to Which Parents Should Regulate Their Children’s Abortions -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Human Rights in a Reclusive Context: North Korea -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Separation without Justification: Parental Rights of Pregnant Juveniles in Correctional Facilities -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

U.S. Asylum after September 11: Failures of the PATRIOT and ID Acts -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Genomicare: The Affordable Care Act of 2023 -

Thursday, May 5, 2016

“Social Worker with a Gun:” The Role of Policing in Harm Reduction Among Addicts -

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pulling Principles Out of Thick Air: The Incorporation of Customary International Law Under the Alien Tort Claims Act of 1789 After Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain -

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Schuette v. BAMN: Moving Toward a Colorblind Constitution -

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

American Women in Combat: What Israel and Canada Can Teach the United States About Integration -

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Intersection of Lawlessness and Justice: Police Misconduct -

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Recommendation for Eliminating Lifetime Tenure for Federal Judges -

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Admissions Panel A Great Success! -

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Law School Admissions Panel -

Monday, November 3, 2014

VICTORY OF THE MINORITY: The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Fight for Constitutional Rights -

Monday, June 30, 2014

VACATING CONVICTIONS: The Efficacy of One Form of Relief from the Consequences of Conviction -

Monday, June 30, 2014

VICTORY OF THE MINORITY: The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Fight for Constitutional Rights

Spring 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 3 Author: Jong In Yoon, Columbia University The Jehovah’s Witnesses, despite their unpopularity with the public, were able to defend their beliefs and the right to act on them due to their willingness to go against mainstream ideals and opinions. While the most famous Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Supreme Court case might be the Minersville School District vs. Gobitis case regarding flag saluting in public schools, this paper instead takes a closer look at a different set of cases regarding religious solicitation, the most important one being Murdock v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In Murdock, the…

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VACATING CONVICTIONS: The Efficacy of One Form of Relief from the Consequences of Conviction

Spring 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 3 *Author: Emily Tenenbom, University of Washington This piece is an in-depth exploration of the implications of Washington State’s vacate statute, which allows ex-offenders to retroactively state that they were not convicted of that crime should they meet particular conditions. Despite exhaustive sociological work and legal scholarship investigating the various “collateral consequences” of criminal convictions, few in academia have pursued an in-depth analysis of the efficacy of existing legal modes of relief. This study is significant in that it closely examines a specific and widely-utilized legal remedy; it seeks to answer whether, and…

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INTEGRATION AND INTERESTS: The Forgotten Role of Judge Walter Hoffman in Ending Massive Resistance in Virginia

Spring 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 3 *Author: Michael Payne, College of William & Mary In the aftermath of Brown v. Board, the Supreme Court left it to school authorities to solve the logistical problems of integrating schools. Virginia subverted the aims of the Supreme Court and instead used local school authorities to delay integration, ultimately resulting in the closure of Norfolk’s public schools. As such, the burden of desegregating schools fell onto lower federal courts and local citizens’ groups. Norfolk serves as an instructive case study. District Judge Walter E. Hoffman and local business, student, and church groups…

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LEGAL HYPOCRISY AND EXTRAVAGANT POLITICAL THEATRE: Sovereign Immunity and its Effects on Contemporary American Politics

Spring 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 3 *Author: Habib Olapade, Stanford University When the founders revised their states’ legal codes, in the midst of the revolution, several of them were content to retain the English common law tradition as the foundation of their new republic’s historically novel “empire of laws.” As conservative revolutionaries, who for the most part did not want to upset the prevailing socio-economic order of their provinces this cross-application was not unexpected. However, if one believes that a society’s legal code should be a reflection of its beliefs or social mores, then this move is problematic….

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THROWING STONES AT GLASS HOUSES: A Consideration of Methamphetamine Addiction, Psychosis, and Treatment in Criminal Contexts

 Spring 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 3 *Author: Amanda Bakowski, University of Pennsylvania Advances in neurological and psychological research as well as in brain imaging techniques allow for groundbreaking analysis into the brain and its connection to behavior. For example, researchers are able to identify complex structural changes brought about by psychological disorders, including substance abuse and addiction. However, this greater insight into a person’s neurobiological conditions at the time a crime is committed has created debate in the legal community. Deciding how to properly incorporate such information into legal proceedings, determining responsibility and competency when substances are involved,…

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ARRESTED FOR EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS: The Criminalization of Homelessness in the United States and the Revolution of the Rhode Island Homeless Bill of Rights

Winter 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 2 *Author: Cristina Semi, Hamline University *Public order laws that criminalize life-sustaining behaviors when performed in public systematically disadvantage unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness because they are compelled by their situation to necessarily perform such conduct in public. Historically, vagrancy laws were used to legally eliminate the presence of individuals experiencing homelessness from the public streets. Since courts have largely overturned these unconstitutional laws, many cities have resorted to criminalizing basic, life-sustaining behaviors, such as sleeping, sitting, lying, and camping. Though these laws utilize neutral language that applies to all citizens, the punitive value of…

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INSTITUTIONALIZED SILENCE: The Problem of Child Voicelessness in Divorce Proceedings

Winter 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 2 *Author: Brandon Sadowsky, The Ohio State University *By and large, children are not represented in divorce proceedings. Moreover, when children do receive a representative, this person tends to be bound by that child’s best interests rather than being bound by that child’s expressed wishes. The question is, why are we so hesitant to give children a meaningful voice in the legal proceedings that so greatly affect their lives? This paper argues that issues concerning child representation are fundamentally underpinned by two conflicting intuitions: our paternalistic impulses and our value, or respect for…

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JUDGMENT WITHOUT JUSTICE: The Evolution of Civilian Trials Under Military Commissions

Winter 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 2 *Author: John Moreland, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign *Military commissions were first used in American history during the American Revolution by the Continental Army. They were again used in the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. Perhaps the most expansive use of military commissions was during the Civil War, including the famous trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. This article examines the use and change of trials of civilians by military commissions from the American Revolution to the post-9/11 United States. It does so by canvasing three landmark military commissions: the trial…

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A CHECK ON PRESIDENTIAL POWER AND A FLAWED RULING

Winter 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 2 *Author: Nathan Brickman, University of Michigan *This paper will examine presidential power in the context of President Harry Truman’s steel mill seizure in 1952. The purpose is to show the key factors surrounding this incident and explore the various reasons for the Supreme Court’s decision to rule the seizure unconstitutional. This case is a critical lesson in understanding the importance of presidential authority, and this article disagrees with the Court’s ruling and will explain what went wrong during the President’s defense. Additionally, this paper will analyze and redevelop Justice Jackson’s three-tiered system…

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RECESS APPOINTMENTS AND RATIONAL CHOICE IN THE AGE OF PARTISANSHIP

Fall 2013 : Volume VII : Issue 1 *Author: Elliot J. Mamet, Colorado College Under Presidents William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, the recess appointment has dramatically emerged as a powerful and frequently used tool. These Presidentshave used various end goals to justify recess appointments: diversifying the federal judiciary, overcoming Senate gridlock, and regulating the financial industry. This paper argues that even if these end goals are normatively valid, modern recess appointment undermine the separation of power inherent in our separation of powers.This paper examines two case studies: President Obama’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray as director…

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