A Well-Deserved (Tax) Break: A Short Explanation and Argument for the 2021 Changes to the Child Tax Credit

By: Owen Giordano The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a wide swath of changes to the public since its onset in late 2019. While the most apparent legal implication concern questions of vaccine mandates[1] and agency actions citing public health concerns,[2] the pandemic has also ushered major changes to the US tax code. Concerning this, the Read more about A Well-Deserved (Tax) Break: A Short Explanation and Argument for the 2021 Changes to the Child Tax Credit[…]

COVID-19 and the ongoing housing crisis

By: Tiffany Ngo COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the nation since 2020, and the nation is still slowly recovering. Landlords and tenants in Virginia were not immune to the effects of COVID-19. In Fall of 2020, the unemployment rate in Virginia was 5.8%[1] and as a result, many Virginians found themselves unable to afford their Read more about COVID-19 and the ongoing housing crisis[…]

The Supreme Court Ruled States Cannot Execute the Mentally Disabled- How are they Doing it, Anyway?

By: Abbey Lahnston Intellectual Disability is characterized by “significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 22.”[1] In 2002, the Supreme Court of the United States abolished the execution of the intellectually disabled in Atkins v. Virginia.[2] But in Read more about The Supreme Court Ruled States Cannot Execute the Mentally Disabled- How are they Doing it, Anyway?[…]

Free, Prior, and Informed Consent: A Potential Last Line of Environmental Defense

By: Haley Edmonds The Indigenous right of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent should be implemented in U.S. environmental decision-making substituting the current, lesser standard, of tribal consultation. By empowering Native Americans with actual leveraging power, and not merely a forum to air their grievances, Indigenous peoples can effectively serve as the last line of defense Read more about Free, Prior, and Informed Consent: A Potential Last Line of Environmental Defense[…]

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