The American Dream: New Public Charge Regulation Information

By: Brianne Donovan, Staff Editor.   Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.[1]   Since 1903, this poem by Emma Lazarus has been engraved in the interior Read more about The American Dream: New Public Charge Regulation Information[…]

Virginia Practitioners Stepping Away from the Cash Bail System

By: Julia Ziegler, Staff Editor A defendant sat in a courtroom in Richmond, Virginia last month at his bail hearing while counsel for both the government and the defendant argued to the Judge he should be released to his home rather than remaining in custody or paying for his freedom while he waited for his case Read more about Virginia Practitioners Stepping Away from the Cash Bail System[…]

Dissecting Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District: Should Heightened Scrutiny Apply to Monetary Exactions?

By: Lizzy Ritchie, Editor-In-Chief The Fifth Amendment Takings Clause of the United States Constitution prohibits the government from taking private property for public use, without paying the property owner just compensation.[1] So long as the government provides just compensation, it is authorized to exercise its eminent domain power pursuant to the public health, safety, morals, Read more about Dissecting Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District: Should Heightened Scrutiny Apply to Monetary Exactions?[…]

Virginia’s Response to Teens’ Juuling Addiction

By: M. Randell Scism We all know somebody who has a Juul, or some other type of alternative nicotine product. Sometimes, this person is trying to quit smoking traditional cigarettes. The goal of e-cigarettes is to get people who are addicted to cigarettes to switch to e-cigarettes without enticing non-smokers to try them.[1]This is a Read more about Virginia’s Response to Teens’ Juuling Addiction[…]

The “Right” Side of Justice: A Personal Reflection Upon the Differences Between Practicing Criminal Law in Virginia and Massachusetts

  By: Erica Rebussini, Notes and Comments Editor Over the past two summers I’ve had criminal law internships in Virginia and Massachusetts, respectively. After these experiences, I can’t help but question some of the disparities I witnessed in those systems. Broadly speaking, the differences between these criminal court cultures are palpable in both the substantive Read more about The “Right” Side of Justice: A Personal Reflection Upon the Differences Between Practicing Criminal Law in Virginia and Massachusetts[…]

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