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Wage Theft: to Help Struggling Americans, We Must End the Heist Authored By: Greg Mills, staff editor The largest form of theft in the United States is never featured in television crime shows, the thieves are almost never arrested, and it’s likely you or someone you know has been a victim without even realizing it. Read more about Wage Theft: to Help Struggling Americans, We Must End the Heist[…]
by Enzo Chiariello, Staff Editor In 2020, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (“ALDF”) released footage from the Dick Van Dam Dairy, a California dairy farm which supplies milk to corporations producing well known products such as the DairyPure and TruMoo brands. The video contained images of “newborn calves . . . left to die or Read more about The Unconstitutionality of Ag-gag Laws[…]
by Harry Cohen, Staff Editor In April of 2019 New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed sweeping bail reform into law, the law was set to take effect January 1, 2019. Just three months after taking effect, in April of 2020, that law was gutted after a campaign by multiple State officials against the legislation they Read more about Lessons Learned: A Reflection on No-Cash Bail in New York[…]
by John Dickinson, Staff Editor The 2020 regular session of the General Assembly dramatically expanded the role of absentee voting in Virginia. Absentee voting transitioned from a back-up for those who were unable to make it to their in-person polling place on Election Day to a general expansion of the voting period, enabling any registered Read more about Virginia Absentee Voting Reform[…]
Authored by: Andrew Mullen; Staff Editor As the United States struggles to get control over the COVID-19 outbreak and a consequential presidential election in three weeks, local government is a vital, often overlooked function of American society. While many people may be tempted to focus on national politics and national policy, most of the decisions relating to Read more about A Global Pandemic Highlights the Need for Robust Local Government[…]
Authored by: Kelley Flint; Staff Editor As America faces a racial reckoning, renewed interest in tackling systemic inequality is pressuring courts and legislatures alike. Environmental Justice is one such movement gaining popularity both with lawmakers and challengers in court. The concept sits at the intersection of civil rights and environmentalism. It is a bridge between Read more about From the Streets to the Court: Virginia’s Fight for Environmental Justice Has Just Begun[…]
Reprint from the International Enforcement Law Reporter (24 Sep. 2020). Authored by Mitchell Beebe; Staff Editor In an unusual rebuke by one of America’s closest allies, the Canadian Federal Court decided that the Safe Third Country Agreement (“STCA”) between the United States and Canada was unconstitutional. The Court determined that in light of recent U.S. Read more about Opinion in Canadian Council for Refugees v. Canada Spotlights U.S. Immigration Policies[…]
Authored by: Chris Davis, Staff Editor President Trump celebrates his appointments to the Supreme Court as political victories. At a rally he boasted to his supporters that “Justice Kavanaugh now sits alongside Justice Gorsuch to defend your rights, your Constitution, and your God-given freedom.” Trump recently released a list of people he is considering appointing Read more about How Political Parties Divided the Supreme Court[…]
Authored by: Emily Siron; Staff Editor Central to the conversation in favor of reproductive justice advocacy is the issue of safe, accessible reproductive healthcare, including access to abortion care. Abortion care is particularly difficult to access safely for pregnant teenagers, largely due to the prevalence of parental consent laws in the United Read more about Judicial Bypass for Pregnant Teenagers Seeking Abortions in Virginia[…]
New Weapon of Choice? Foreign Tax Authority Armed with Letters Rogatory Goes After U.S. Tax Fraud Scheme
Reprint from the International Enforcement Law Reporter (Aug. 2020). By Mitchell Beebe (Staff Editor) and Bruce Zagaris (Attorney) In the past it has been notoriously difficult for foreign tax authorities to go directly after U.S. persons who are or were involved in fraudulent tax schemes. These lawsuits often fail on jurisdictional grounds as the Read more about New Weapon of Choice? Foreign Tax Authority Armed with Letters Rogatory Goes After U.S. Tax Fraud Scheme[…]