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 […]

Protecting the Amazon Means Protecting Indigenous Rights

By: Andrew Johnson Fires still threaten large expanses of the Amazon rainforest, and the policies of President Bolsonaro and the Brazilian government encourage the Amazon’s continued destruction.[1] The pattern occurs in a similar manner in several Brazilian states, where plots of land are illegally seized, cleared, and then set on fire to make room for […]

“Keeping Up with Bar Admissions”

By: Katherine Wahl[1] If you have read the news recently, you will have heard about the ongoing tariff war between President Trump and China, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had a son named Archie, and that Kim Kardashian West is studying to be a lawyer.[2]  Kim Kardashian West is a reality television star and entrepreneur.[3] […]

Disregarding the First Amendment or Protecting People from Threats of Violence?

By Britteny Leyva “You never thought that hip-hop would take it this far[.]”[1] On August 21, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed Jamal Knox’s two count conviction—one for terroristic threats and the other for witness intimidation—for his creation and participation in a song titled “F—k the Police.”[2] Looking to Supreme Court First Amendment precedent, Pennsylvania’s highest […]

How Current Immigration Trends are Undermining Students’ Constitutional Rights

By Pamela Duran Uncertainty and fear are two feelings that are prevalent in the immigrant community.[1]  President Donald J. Trump’s administration has emphasized that one of its primary objectives is to reduce illegal immigration, which has consequently brought increasing changes (1) to policy and more notably (2) in how agencies enforce said policies.[2]  These polices have a […]