Costly Consequences: The Implications of the Ninth Circuit’s Interpretation of the Clean Water Act

By: Elizabeth Platt Congress enacted the Clean Water Act (CWA) to restore and maintain the nation’s waters.[1] The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is the primary system for issuing permits and controlling point sources.[2] NPDES permits are issued one of two ways. Either, the EPA administrator may issue permits,[3] or EPA may authorize a […]

The UCCJEA and Shari’ah Law

By: Samuel Jay It would be absurd to declare that a religion violates fundamental principles of human rights, but that’s where section 105(C) of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (“UCCJEA”) puts courts in the United States of America.[1] Under this section of the UCCJEA, a court can refuse to recognize a foreign country’s jurisdiction […]

Justice Gorsuch and Natural Law

By: Katherine Holcombe Before taking office, Supreme Court justices take an oath in support of the Constitution, stating in part to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same… without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”[1]  Nevertheless, on some occasions, the Supreme Court has engaged in analysis that references natural law, a notion that […]

Decriminalization of Child Prostitution in California: Should Other States Follow?

By: Sara Medina Recently, California passed S.B. 1322 that prevents law enforcement officials from arresting sex workers under the age of eighteen for soliciting or engaging in prostitution.[1]  Decriminalizing commercial sex was designed to protect children of human trafficking from suffering the stigma of prostitution by providing counseling services.[2]  However, decriminalizing these sexual acts actually […]

The Social Policy on Private Prisons: An Incentive to Incarcerate?

By Noma Ndlovu   On February 23, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would rescind an Obama Administration policy that instructed the Bureau of Prisons to phase out the use of private prison contract agreements due to overall concerns for inmate safety and security.[1] In a one-paragraph memorandum, Sessions […]

An Uber Bad “Employer”

By: Samantha Fournier Uber Technology (“Uber”) is no stranger to lawsuits. In 2015, fifty federal lawsuits were filed against Uber, which is more than three-times as much as Lyft, Uber’s closest competitor.[1] The contents of these lawsuits vary from the five-star rating system, whether the drivers are employees, and insurance disputes.[2] Uber repeatedly settles the […]

Trump’s Chinese Trademark Registration: The Brand-New Ethics Concerns of Trading International Favors

By: Melanie Singer On February 15, 2017, the Trump Organization was granted a great leap forward in its zeal to conduct business dealings in China.[1] The Chinese Trademark Office announced that it granted a trademark registration to a Trump construction services business after nearly a decade stalemate.[2] The timing of this registration is very curious, […]