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, […]

Smashing the Glass Ceiling in Cleats

By: Danielle Adams Four World Cup titles[1], four Olympic gold medals[2], eight CONCACAF championships[3], two SheBelieves Cup trophies[4], and 10 Algarve Cup titles[5]. Somehow, all the accolades in the world do not amount to receiving a level playing field for the U.S. Women’s National Team (“WNT”). Following the money and the news to the source […]

Split Circuits Make More Trouble for the Disabled Community During COVID-19

By: Carly Malamud The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990 intending to provide legislated protection to individuals with disabilities.[1] Title III of the ADA protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in “places of public accommodation,” which includes facilities that are privately operated and affecting commerce in enumerated categories.[2] Due to […]

The 1965 Immigration Act and the Gaslighting of East Asians

By: Mary Marston A. Introduction From the mid-20th Century through the present, Eastern Asians have been used as a racial wedge between white Americans and other people of color.  Pundits have used Eastern Asian’s perceived monetary and professional success as a means of telling other communities of color to simply pull themselves up by their […]