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 […]

Maroney, Gag Orders, and Silencing Survivors

By: Marissa Ditkowsky Content Warning: Sexual assault In December 2016, McKayla Maroney signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) as a stipulation to receive a monetary settlement from USA Gymnastics regarding abuse she experienced at the hands of team doctor Larry Nassar.[1] The agreement allegedly stated that she would have to remain quiet about the abuse, which […]

The Opioid Crisis and The Effects of Racism During the Crack Epidemic

By: Taylor Sweet This past summer, a West Virginian judge presided over defendant, Charles York Walker, Jr., in US District Court.[1] Judge Goodwin had seen it all too many times, another defendant entering a guilty plea under a plea deal for using a synthetic drug.[2] But this time, Judge Goodwin decided a plea deal was […]

Toys R Us: Following in the Footsteps of its Bankruptcy Predecessors

By: Jillian McMillan   In 1948, Toys R Us was founded by Charles Lazarus as a furniture store for babies. As years passed, Lazarus shifted his company to the toy business.[1]  Because there were no brick and mortar stores or online stores that could compete, Toys R Us thrived until 1998.[2]  In 1998, Toys R […]

In Continuing Defense of the Efficiency Gap: How a Recent Decision in North Carolina Further Supports the Argument that the Efficiency Gap is a Viable Measure to Determine Partisan Gerrymandering

By: Elvin Perez   On January 9, 2018, a federal district court in North Carolina ruled that a 2016 congressional district map drawn by that state’s legislature was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.[1]  The ruling in this case, Common Cause v. Rucho, marked the first time that a federal court […]

The Future of Gender Designation in U.S. Legal Documents

By: Fae Patton* *The author is an employee of the U.S. Department of State. She contributed to this article in her personal capacity. The views expressed in the article are her own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Department of State, or the U.S. government. Recently, California became the […]

“And What Was Your Previous Salary?”: How One Question Can Perpetuate the Wage Gap

By: Yasmin Pajouhesh When interviewing prospective employees, employers commonly ask applicants about their prior salary.  While this practice may seem harmless and common, it actually allows for the wage gap between men and women to persist.[1]  The question about prior salary allows for anchoring to take place.  Anchoring is when women are perpetually paid lower salaries […]

A Pesky Law Might Allow the President to Waive Environmental Review to Replace a Part of the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall

By: Alison Shlom   The Trump campaign promised to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico border walls.[1] The House of Representatives recently approved the administration’s request for $1.6 billion, part of which will replace fourteen miles of the border wall in Calexico, CA, where nearly 32,000 arrests occurred in 2016.[2] There are currently three lawsuits regarding the waiver […]

The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017: When Businesses are Prioritized Over Civil Rights

By: Marissa Ditkowsky A bill introduced in the House of Representatives that would alter the Americans with Disabilities Act enforcement policies for public accommodations owned by private entities is gaining traction.[1] The bill has been marked up in committee, and is already receiving considerable support.[2] The bill currently has 58 bipartisan co-sponsors.[3] The trajectory for […]