Maryland Governor’s Involvement in the Parole Process Prevents Juvenile Lifers from Parole Approval

By Sandy Arce Do juveniles sentenced to life in prison have a realistic opportunity for parole consideration in Maryland? Currently, more than three hundred juvenile lifers await their “meaningful opportunity” for consideration through the parole process but instead juvenile lives have been used as political pawns since 1995.[1] A juvenile lifer is a juvenile who […]

How The First Amendment is Failing to Protect Minors from Conversion Therapy

By: Khatia Mikadze I. Yes, Conversion Therapy is Still Happening! You might have heard from a friend, a family member, or even in the news, that someone went through a gay conversion therapy. So-called “Conversion Therapy,” sometimes referred to as “sexual orientation change efforts” or “reparative therapy” is a range of practices that seek to […]


Naturalization ceremonies, the rare court event where everyone can walk out a winner, are a time-worn tradition of our system older than most of the courthouses where they may occur. This past spring, as part of an internship with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (DOJ Civil Rights), I had the opportunity to play a small role assisting two ceremonies and I would like to take this chance now, with social distancing all but quashing normal gatherings, to reflect on this incredibly public feature of an immigrant’s journey.

Balance, Politics, or Legacies: Which is the Deciding Factor for the Court?

By Katherine Wahl There is a misconception that the Supreme Court is supposed to be politically “balanced,” made up of even numbers of liberals and conservatives.[1] Several 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls proposed increasing the size of the Court or imposing judicial term limits to balance the bench.[2] Despite these general impressions and proposals to change […]

SCOTUS Opinion Reaction: Kahler v. Kansas

By: David Russell After hearing oral arguments on October 7th, 2019 the Supreme Court released its opinion in Kahler v. Kansas on March 23, 2020. The case asked whether a state legislature may eliminate the insanity defense without violating the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. In an opinion written by Justice Kagan and joined by Justices […]

Sounds about White: Constitutional Issues Surrounding the Advent of Facial Recognition Technology Used in Modern Data Policing

By: Phoebe Varunok             The essence of George Orwell’s 1984 is felt throughout the streets of the Southwestern Chinese city of Guiyang.  The Guiyang authorities have a vast network of high-tech cameras blanketing the city that can identify anyone who steps out in public.[1]  Almost instantly, these cameras can match the face of a Guiyang […]

How to Solve a Murder: Submit your DNA

By: Mary Kate O’Connell When the Golden State Killer was apprehended in 2018 after decades of killing, raping, and burglarizing Californians, genetic genealogy was heralded as the best new forensic method for solving cold cases.[1]  The identification of the Golden State Killer was in part due to the work of genealogist Barbara Rae-Venter, who uploaded […]

Notes from a Member of Generation Ratify: The Power of Youth in Social Movements

By: Emilia Couture Almost half of the world’s population is under thirty years old.[1] In the United States, approximately twenty-four percent of the population is under eighteen.[2] The 18-year-old voting age can make it difficult for the political interests of virtually a quarter of the population to be voiced. However, an increase in availability of information […]

All of Phyllis Schlafly’s Nightmares Came True: Why Schlafly’s Anti-ERA Arguments are Out-Dated and Illogical

By: Kate Miceli The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has been getting major political buzz lately as we are one state away from ratification. The renaissance of the ERA has reignited one of its largest opponents, Phyllis Schlafly. Schlafly was a constitutional lawyer, conservative, and famously anti-feminist advocate. So, it’s no surprise Schlafly was in extreme […]