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 […]

Trading Places: Students Accused of Sexual Violence Invoke Title IX in Pursuit of Redress

By: Meaghan Mixon In 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was enacted to prevent sex-based discriminatory practices from occurring in education programs or activities that benefited from federal funding.[1]  With the advent of Title IX, equality in education, athletics, and other extra-curricular programs became a more common reality in America.[2]  Schools were, […]

A Glimmer of Hope: 1.5 Million Disenfranchised Felons in Florida Might Finally Receive Their Voting Rights Back

  By: Amy Heath Currently in the United States, 6.1 million people are disenfranchised because of a prior felony conviction.[1]  Of those 6.1 million ex-felons disenfranchised, nearly 1.5 million of those disenfranchised live in Florida.[2]  Florida’s implementation of laws that prevent felons from voting goes back to its 1839 Constitution.[3]  Currently, a felon may petition […]

The Proper Place? Using the Workplace to Punish for Family Violence

By: Katelyn Davis Jose Reyes, Ardolis Chapman, and Hector Olivera all have something unique in common besides being Major League Baseball players: all three received sanctions for committing acts of domestic violence following the implementation of Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy.[1] The policy aims to address instances of domestic violence between players and their […]