The Social Policy on Private Prisons: An Incentive to Incarcerate?

By Noma Ndlovu   On February 23, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would rescind an Obama Administration policy that instructed the Bureau of Prisons to phase out the use of private prison contract agreements due to overall concerns for inmate safety and security.[1] In a one-paragraph memorandum, Sessions […]

An Uber Bad “Employer”

By: Samantha Fournier Uber Technology (“Uber”) is no stranger to lawsuits. In 2015, fifty federal lawsuits were filed against Uber, which is more than three-times as much as Lyft, Uber’s closest competitor.[1] The contents of these lawsuits vary from the five-star rating system, whether the drivers are employees, and insurance disputes.[2] Uber repeatedly settles the […]

Trump’s Chinese Trademark Registration: The Brand-New Ethics Concerns of Trading International Favors

By: Melanie Singer On February 15, 2017, the Trump Organization was granted a great leap forward in its zeal to conduct business dealings in China.[1] The Chinese Trademark Office announced that it granted a trademark registration to a Trump construction services business after nearly a decade stalemate.[2] The timing of this registration is very curious, […]

Reframing Roe: Legislating Restrictions in the Current Political Climate

By: Allison Houser Norma McCorvey, famously known as plaintiff “Jane Roe”, passed away on February 18, 2017.[1]  Her case, Roe v. Wade, made it all the way to the Supreme Court in 1973 and effectively legalized abortion in all 50 states.[2]  At the time of her death, McCorvey was a converted pro-life activist, dedicated to […]

Will the Supreme Court Protect Transgender Bathroom Rights?

By: Lisa Clark “I’m not looking for a compromise. I’m not looking for separate but equal. I am looking for the same opportunities that my peers enjoy every single day, and that includes using the same restroom as any other student”.[1] Gavin Grimm, a high school senior from southern Virginia, began his transition from female […]

President Trump’s Mexico City Policy Executive Order Compounds an Already Restrictive U.S. Policy on Abortion Access Worldwide

By: Teresa Gilbert On January 23rd, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order re-instating the Mexico City Policy, which restricts international organizations that receive U.S. funding from performing abortions, or referring to or promoting abortion services.[1] This reinstated Mexico City Policy adds on further restrictions to U.S. funding abroad for abortions: the existing Helms Amendment […]

Fear Does Not (President) Trump the Constitution

By: Kris Vicencio President Trump enacted a number of executive orders that have spawned protests across the country.[1]  Two in particular received heavy media coverage: (1) Executive Order No. 13768, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior, and (2) Executive Order No. 13769, PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY.[2]   There are at least two major […]

Forced Memorials: Texas and its Forced Cremation Law

By: Rebecca Levine In December of 2016, the state of Texas attempted to enact a set of health laws; hidden within them is a law stating that all aborted fetuses, no matter the length of gestation, would be required to be cremated or buried.[1]  The rule is quietly placed between a law regarding discarding pathological […]