Modernization for Equal Education

By: Rachel Lugay, L’19 “We cannot expect our children to raise themselves up in schools that are literally falling down.”[1] In 1997, former President Bill Clinton addressed the overwhelming number of school buildings in disrepair calling it “a serious national concern.”[2] The unhealthy and unsafe conditions of American public schools have been a mostly unresolved Read more about Modernization for Equal Education[…]

Juvenile Sentencing: Approaches After Miller

By: Kristin Godsey, L’18 In Miller v. Alabama, the Supreme Court held that mandatory life without parole sentences are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders because they violate the 8th Amendment.[1] Miller involved two cases where a fourteen-year-old was sentenced to a mandatory term of life without parole.[2] Both sentencing schemes at issue did not allow judges Read more about Juvenile Sentencing: Approaches After Miller[…]

From Preponderance of the Evidence to Clear and Convincing: DeVos’ Rollback of Obama-era Sexual Assault Guidelines

By: Tori Zicker, L’18   In 2011, the Department of Education released a Dear Colleague Letter, outlining the requirements and obligations of universities with respect to Title IX and its implementing regulations regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment.[1] This letter, implemented during the Obama Administration, lowered the standard of proof for sexual assault cases to Read more about From Preponderance of the Evidence to Clear and Convincing: DeVos’ Rollback of Obama-era Sexual Assault Guidelines[…]

The Role of State Governments in Enforcing Immigration Policy in Federal Court

By: Creighton Boggs, L’19 On September 5th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.[1] The deferred deportation program granted temporary relief to approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children.[2] Conservatives have long criticized the program, established by President Obama Read more about The Role of State Governments in Enforcing Immigration Policy in Federal Court[…]

Harvey Hits Superfund Sites

By: Lisa Allen, L’18 Hurricane season brings some predictable images to the nightly news: stern state governors requesting compliance with evacuation orders, empty grocery shelves, wind-blown, water-soaked meteorologists, and after the storm, always shocked victims surveying the wreckage of their homes. We see perhaps one or two more days of cleanup reported, piles of debris, Read more about Harvey Hits Superfund Sites[…]

Legal Scholars Challenge Constitutionality of Arpaio Pardon in Racial Profiling Case

By: Joe Katz, L ’17 The activist group Protect Democracy is laying the groundwork for a legal challenge to President Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who was convicted in July of criminal contempt of court for his refusal to obey a court order to stop racially profiling Latinos[1]. In a Read more about Legal Scholars Challenge Constitutionality of Arpaio Pardon in Racial Profiling Case[…]

A Monumental Dilemma

By: Alexandra Ellmauer, L ’18 It is no surprise that the former capital of the Confederacy memorializes Confederate Heroes.In the wake of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, monuments in Richmond are in the spotlight now more than ever. At the center of this discussion is Monument Avenue, a National Historic Landmark District. Robert E. Lee, Read more about A Monumental Dilemma[…]

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