Voter Suppression: Voter ID Laws Are Not the Solution

By Patrick Roche On October 14, 2018, the Associated Press outlined the plight of 53,000 citizens of Georgia, seventy percent of whom are African-American, who may fall prey to voter suppression for failing to properly register for the upcoming gubernatorial election.[1] Georgia law requires a voter’s driver license information to exactly match the information provided in […]

Revocation of U.S. Citizens Passports along the Border: Legal, but Problematic

By Sarah Rosenberg The federal government has denied or revoked passports of hundreds, if not thousands, of citizens who were born near the Texas-Mexico border in the 1980s.[1] These individuals have United States birth certificates, but their citizenship is now being questioned due to the revocation of their passports.[2] While, so far, federal courts have […]

Does Justice Kavanaugh Have an Ethical Obligation to Recuse Himself from Certain Cases?

By Olivia Firmand On Saturday, October 6, 2018, the United States Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.[1] The confirmation came days after a contentious eight-hour hearing during which Justice Kavanaugh denied Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault from an incident thirty-six years ago.[2]  During Kavanaugh’s opening statement to […]

Are We Returning to a New Lochner Era?

By Britteny Leyva On July 9, 2018, President Donald Trump nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh of the United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems Corporation v. Lewis, this appointment could quite possibly launch a […]

The First Amendment does protect your right to be an ass on social media

By Alexis Martinez Anecdotes about people losing their jobs because of social media use continue to increase.[1] A common scenario is when an employee is fired for expressing a viewpoint that her employer finds controversial or offensive.[2] When an offensive or controversial social media post goes viral, the immediate reaction for some viewers is to […]

Warning Labels: Balancing Cities and State’s Power to Regulate Health Policy and the First Amendment

  By: G. Iñaki Liñero Guarda Obesity is a major problem affecting millions of people in the United States of America.[1]  Several national and international organizations have correlated obesity with diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses.[2]  To fight obesity, different states and countries have implemented various policies.  For example in the United States, several states […]

Key Victory in the Fight for Transgender Health Rights: Private Run Medicare Plan Must Cover Gender Confirmation Surgery

  By: Luz Beato    Transgender advocates secured another important win in the fight for equal access to healthcare when, for the first time, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) panel held that a private insurer providing coverage through Medicare must cover gender confirmation surgery.[1] Gender confirmation surgery refers to genital reconstruction or […]