Recent SCOTUS decision may open-or close- the door for State Tort Climate Claims

By Pablo Grijalva On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans protested for environmental reforms[1]. About eight months later, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established, a new era of protecting land and waterways that the public can benefit from and enjoy.  Now in 2021, Greenhouse Gas Emissions are at their highest recorded levels[2], and we Read more about Recent SCOTUS decision may open-or close- the door for State Tort Climate Claims[…]

Governance on Zoom: Electronic Meetings and Public Participation during COVID-19

By: Callie Keen For many years, meetings of local and state public bodies – from school boards to city councils to state legislatures – have been hallmarked by engagement with interested citizens.[1] At these meetings, members of the public can closely watch the proceedings and offer their perspectives on proposals and community problems.[2] However, as Read more about Governance on Zoom: Electronic Meetings and Public Participation during COVID-19[…]

The Future of the New Safe Harbor Statute in Virginia

By: Jenny HernandezAustria You look outside your window and see your neighbor acting strange. He is out on the street walking erratically and is taking his shirt off. You look closely and realize his eyes are glassy and he appears unaware of his surroundings. You are concerned for him, but do not want to approach Read more about The Future of the New Safe Harbor Statute in Virginia[…]

The importance of the tender years hearsay exception in cases of sexual abuse

By: Carley Ruival Testifying in court as a victim of a crime can be traumatic. The propensity for trauma arguably increases when the victim is a young child and the alleged crime involves sexual abuse. The tender years hearsay exception is an effective mechanism in reducing trauma to child victims of sexual abuse because it Read more about The importance of the tender years hearsay exception in cases of sexual abuse[…]

COVID-19 and the Historic Failure of the Virginia Employment Commission

By: Tiffany Ngo The Virginia Employment Commission (“VEC”) was established to provide compensation and benefits to unemployed Virginians in their time of need. Since its establishment, the VEC had been a saving grace to many Virginians, until 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Not only did COVID-19 affect Americans hard, the Virginia-governed VEC was the Read more about COVID-19 and the Historic Failure of the Virginia Employment Commission[…]

Breaking the Habit: Analyzing the Effectiveness of Drug Court in Virginia

By: Owen Giordano In Virginia, drug courts are defined by the court system as “specialized court dockets within the existing structure of Virginia’s court system offering judicial monitoring of intensive treatment and strict supervision of addicts in drug and drug-related cases.”[1] Given the below-described statistics and the nature of drug usage in Virginia, it is Read more about Breaking the Habit: Analyzing the Effectiveness of Drug Court in Virginia[…]

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