Female Soldiers’ Health at Risk Under Current Military Practices

By: Halley Taylor Though women have served in the United States military in various capacities for more than a century[1], military officials and military doctors have failed in large part to adapt their practices and attitudes, causing women to suffer serious health problems with effects impacting both their military and civilian lives for years.[2] Women Read more about Female Soldiers’ Health at Risk Under Current Military Practices[…]

Reparations Emerging as a Viable Option in Fighting the Racial Wealth Gap

By: Aishaah R. Reed With the 2020 presidential election looming a little more than a year away, many candidates are focusing on the economy. For Democratic candidates, there is a conscious effort to level the economic scales to ensure economic security for all Americans.[1] This has been witnessed in a number of areas including calls Read more about Reparations Emerging as a Viable Option in Fighting the Racial Wealth Gap[…]

Appoint Public Defenders to Federal and State Courts

By: Pete Johnson Every public defender—whether  young or seasoned—knows the story of Clarence Earl Gideon, an indigent Florida defendant who hand-wrote a note to America’s highest court declaring that he had a right to an attorney.[1] Gideon’s inspirational story led to the landmark Supreme Court decision of Gideon v. Wainwright, in which the Court ruled Read more about Appoint Public Defenders to Federal and State Courts[…]

Americans Start to Feel the Effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

PC: https://www.kiplinger.com/article/taxes/T055-C032-S014-5-ways-to-help-control-your-taxes-in-retirement.html By: Terri Morris The 2019 tax filing season had a slow start as the IRS and many other federal government agencies were forced to halt operations due to the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history.[1] The IRS closure left Americans wondering how and when they would be able to file their income tax Read more about Americans Start to Feel the Effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act[…]

Periods & Prisons: Virginia’s Recent Struggle to Improve Menstrual Equity in State Facilities

By: Gianna Fienberg In April 2018, Virginia took the important step of ensuring the incarcerated had access to menstrual products at no cost through the enactment of House Bill 83.[1] The bill directed the State Board of Corrections and the Director of the Department of Corrections to adopt and implement a standard or policy “to Read more about Periods & Prisons: Virginia’s Recent Struggle to Improve Menstrual Equity in State Facilities[…]

(Hu)man’s Best Friend: How Therapy Dogs Can Help Child Victims Testify in Court

By: Randell Scism When a child is a victim of a crime, not only must they deal with the emotional consequences of that experience, but they may have to deal with the potentially traumatizing effects of the legal involvement.[1] Child abusers are criminally sanctioned, but that requires the child victim to endure the long and Read more about (Hu)man’s Best Friend: How Therapy Dogs Can Help Child Victims Testify in Court[…]

“Making *Another* Murderer”: Possible Defenses for Jake Patterson for the Murder of Jayme Closs’s Family

PC: https://fox6now.com/2019/01/11/what-we-know-about-the-suspect-in-the-kidnapping-of-jayme-closs/ By: Jackie Cipolla The Badger State has had its share of high profile murders in the past two decades. The Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer, sparked a national debate over Steven Avery’s alleged murder of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.[1] Avery’s attorneys put forward the defense of a corrupt sheriff’s department that planted Read more about “Making *Another* Murderer”: Possible Defenses for Jake Patterson for the Murder of Jayme Closs’s Family[…]

Legal Observing: A Simple and Powerful Way for Law Students to Contribute

By: Caitlin Yuhas Over the years, law school programs have arguably become more robust with “real-world” opportunities for their students. Many now offer pro bono volunteer projects and clinical placements, for example. [1] Yet, without bar admission, a completed juris doctor, or a third-year practice certificate, it is still possible for students to feel stilted Read more about Legal Observing: A Simple and Powerful Way for Law Students to Contribute[…]

A Change in Court Collections: Virginia Looks to End Driver’s License Suspensions for Unpaid Fines

Image source:  Jake Burns, McAuliffe: Don’t Suspend Driver’s Licenses if Someone Can’t Pay Court Costs, WTVR CBS 6 (Jan. 3, 2017) https://wtvr.com/2017/01/03/mcauliffe-dont-suspend-drivers-license-if-someone-cant-pay-court-costs/. By: Edward Lebar Late in December of last year, a federal district court judge for the Western District of Virginia granted an injunction against the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to prevent them Read more about A Change in Court Collections: Virginia Looks to End Driver’s License Suspensions for Unpaid Fines[…]

How Debtors’ Prisons are Making a Resurgence

By: LeGrand Northcutt Across the country, it is perfectly legal to imprison a person simply because they have not paid a fine.[1] In some states, this practice is so commonplace that state law allows a defendant to deduct money from his fine for every day he is in jail for nonpayment.[2] The implications for putting Read more about How Debtors’ Prisons are Making a Resurgence[…]

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