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For violators of criminal law, the process of stigmatization begins with arrest and conviction. Arrest and conviction create “a panoply of economic, social, and political post-conviction penalties . . . intended to assure that the shame of incarceration is not forgotten or avoided.” A felony conviction, in particular, carries collateral civil consequences that condemn Read more about Felony Convictions: The Disenfranchisement and Disempowerment of Black Communities[…]
By: Albert Gutierrez Filing for bankruptcy can be beneficial for many debtors who do not have the ability to pay off their debts and struggle to keep up with their financial obligations. Some advantages of filing for bankruptcy include the automatic stoppage of debt collection activities, the cancellation of some acquired debts, the ability to Read more about Looming Risk of Healthcare Crisis Amid the Nearing End of the Pandemic Health Emergency[…]
By: Kiana Gilcrist Research shows that black women are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence. 58 percent of black females who knew their offender were killed by a current or former intimate partner. Further, for women of color and their families experiencing higher rates of poverty and lower rates of financial stability, fewer options for safety Read more about Domestic Violence effects on African-Americans[…]
By: Bushra Haque The pandemic is finally seeming to come to an end. The majority of the nation is vaccinated and have received their booster, and increased vaccine access will continue to keep people protected against COVID-19. However, we cannot celebrate too much just yet, because there is another health crisis on the horizon— millions Read more about Looming Risk of Healthcare Crisis Amid the Nearing End of the Pandemic Health Emergency[…]
By: Katie Rose Should we, as a society, be allocating funds into safe drug use or put those funds toward rehabilitation, education, and prevention? In a sense, the logic behind providing and promoting safe drug use is to prevent harm and minimize the risk of drug related death, but the real harm is in enabling Read more about Safe Drug Use Is Not the Answer[…]
By: Haley Edmonds Last year, President Biden debuted the “Justice40” initiative, which sets out to advance environmental justice (“EJ”) by funneling 40% of all federal environment- and climate-related funds to “disadvantaged” communities. This initiative has drawn recent attention due to the contentious methodology used in the proposed EJ screening tool, which designates a given census Read more about “Don’t say Race:” Why is Biden Taking a Colorblind Approach to Environmental Justice?[…]
Domestic Violence on Tribal Land: Increasing Access to Legal Recourse for Native American and Alaska Native Women
By: Callie Keen On March 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2022 into law. The reauthorization of this Act extends protections and resources to victims of domestic violence across the nation. In particular, the Act seeks to address an issue wherein the United States justice system has consistently failed Read more about Domestic Violence on Tribal Land: Increasing Access to Legal Recourse for Native American and Alaska Native Women[…]
By: Amanuel Mekonnen With the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing need to fashion systems to increase access to justice, there has been renewed engagement with the concept of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). ODR is the use of information technology and online communication services to facilitate non-litigative means of settling disputes. It Read more about State and Local Courts Should Fully Embrace Online Dispute Resolution[…]
By: Caleb Thompson In times of political turmoil, be it domestically or abroad, lawyers can always be of immense use. Lawyers have the tools to help with refugee resettlement, citizenship logistics, and managing the political aspects of the crisis. The current crisis in Ukraine is no exception. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 Read more about The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis: How Lawyers and Law Students Can Help[…]
By: Kira Davis Have you ever had a conversation with someone that you wish you could have recorded? Maybe it was a funny joke a friend told you that you wanted to play back when you missed them. Maybe it was a crude comment your boss made about how you could get that promotion you Read more about Can I Record This Conversation? Well, It Depends[…]