Voting While on Probation, a Five-Year Mistake

By: Andy Ball   In 2017, Texas indicted Crystal Mason, a 43-year-old mother of two, on an illegal voting charge in Tarrant County for voting in the 2016 presidential election despite her protestations that she was unaware she was unable to do so and never would have voted had she known.[1] Last Thursday, March 29th, […]

5 Pointz and the Protection of Temporary Art

By: Erik Bartley On February 12, the district court for the Eastern District of New York ruled in favor of twenty-one graffiti artists, stating that the destruction of their art was a violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA).[1] From 2002 to 2013, Jonathan Cohen headed a group of graffiti artists painting murals on […]

Does the AUMF Cover ISIS?: Addressing the Merits of Doe v. Mattis

By: Carly Nuttall In September 2017, a dual United States and Saudi Arabian citizen (“John Doe”) was captured in Syria by the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces and turned over to U.S. military custody.[1] Since then, Doe has been detained in Iraq under the allegation that he is an ISIS fighter and therefore an unlawful enemy […]

Biosimilars & “Pay-for-delay” Settlements

By: Samantha Schram   Competition in the pharmaceutical industry is fostered by the regulatory frameworks enacted to achieve a balance between innovation and consumer interests. In 1984, Congress enacted the Hatch-Waxman Act in an effort to address the growing cost of health care, as well as the necessity of continued medical innovation.[2]  The Hatch-Waxman Act […]

Legal Barriers For Victims Coming Forward in the Wake of #MeToo 

By: Hunter Grolman   In October of 2017, news broke that over the past three decades, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had been accused multiple times of sexually harassing actresses who worked on his movies.[1]  As the story unfolded and more details emerged, it became clear that the common element linking the allegations together was an […]

A Change of the Guard: A Look at Where the CFPB is Today

By: David McGee   In November 2017, Richard Cordray stepped down as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.[1] Before leaving the bureau, Cordray appointed Leandra English as the Deputy Director attempting to keep the directorship outside of Trump’s hands.[2] However, after Cordray stepped down, Trump appointed Mick Mulvaney to temporarily run the bureau […]

A Match Made in Washington: Cryptocurrencies and Regulation

By: Antonio Andrés Franco   Congress enacted the federal securities laws in the 1930s to address information asymmetry issues in the nation’s capital markets.[1]  However, since passing the Securities Act and Exchange Act, Congress has discovered new patterns of securities fraud and responded by enacting legislation broadly enhancing the enforcement authority of the Securities and […]

The H-2A Agricultural Temporary Workers’ Visa Program Violates the First Amendment Right to Peaceable Assembly

By: Alice Browning   H-2A[1] workers do not have the ability to peaceable assembly as protected by the First Amendment because of their vulnerability to employer retaliation, lack of protection against deportation, and general lack of protection against labor exploitation.[2]  Nonimmigrant agricultural workers have First Amendment Rights because they are in the United States and […]