Public Housing and the Pandemic: Ensuring the Safety of Vulnerable Tenants

By: Evan Chiarelli Before the COVID-19 pandemic, public housing provided a lifeline to low-income and extremely cost burdened families. Public housing is a federally funded, locally operated rental housing assistance program that has provided access to safe, decent, and affordable housing since for impoverished individuals since 1937.[1] Compared to other rental assistance programs like the […]

Will Giving the FDA Increased Authority to Regulate Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Give Public Health Policy the Makeover It Needs?

By: Hira Javed The global beauty industry, encompassing cosmetics, personal care products, and fragrances is an economic beast, increasing from $483 billion in 2020 to $511 billion in 2021.[1]  The industry is expected to see continual growth, thanks in large part to ecommerce and the internet.[2]  Beauty products from the other side of the globe […]

“High like Planes, or Low like Inadmissibility:” How Racialized Weed Law Intersects with Immigration

By: Khatia Mikadze Consumption of medical and recreational marijuana has grown so much during the last decade that there has been an unprecedented surge in jobs in the marijuana industry (“weed industry”). However, such growth has intersected with immigration law in various ways. Although use and sale of recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states, […]

Best Interest of the Child Standard as a Means to Discriminate Against Non-Citizen Parents in Family Court

By: Maya Martin Tsukazaki There are many ways that family law and immigration law overlap and intertwine. However, there are some circumstances where the two should remain distinct. Noncitizen[1] parents, particularly undocumented parents and parents with temporary status, experience unique barriers to obtaining custody of their children in custody disputes.[2] The “best interest of the […]

Baby Steps: How the Pandemic Shows Us That America is Failing Its Parents

By: Amanda Grau Trying to work full-time at home with a new baby during a pandemic is not easy, but it might be an improvement to choosing between paying rent and time for postpartum recovery and child bonding.[3] Being forced to decide between those things should never be normal, yet the United States is the […]

COVID and the Courts: Access to Justice During a Pandemic

By: Samira Elhosary A year into the coronavirus pandemic in the US, both state and federal courts are struggling to deal with health protocols. Social distancing and crowd guidelines mean that some courthouses are unable to operate as they used to, while concern for their employees’ health have had others making huge changes. Some actions […]

From Zoom to Jail: Covid-19’s Effects on the School-to-Prison Pipeline

By: Violet Soliz COVID-19 is the unwelcome student in our nation’s classrooms. In Spring 2020, schools across the United States shut down and transitioned to remote virtual learning as a direct result of the pandemic. Nearly a year later in March 2021, many schools are still completely remote for the school year as COVID-19 continues […]

Calculating Compensatory Education: Will Kids Ever Catch Up?

By: Ana Saragoza On March 16, 2020, the United States Department of Education (“ED”) issued boilerplate policy guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, stating briefly that the Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) Team, in addition to the personnel responsible for providing a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) to a student under Section 504, would be […]

Juvenile Offenders’ Fates Under the New Supreme Court

By: Leanna Samson             Within the Supreme Court’s recent history, it has notably bended its jurisprudence towards juvenile-friendly decisions, such as finding that capital punishment for crimes committed while defendants were under 18 was unconstitutional and ruling a mandatory life sentence without parole should not apply to persons convicted of murder committed as juveniles.[1] However, […]