Protecting Residents of Unpermitted Housing: How the Exigent Circumstances Standard Applies to Code Enforcement

By Chelsea Lalancette Following a deadly fire at the Ghost Ship live-work warehouse in Oakland, California in December 2016, the local government has been tasked with balancing an affordable housing crisis with a need for safe residences.  Ghost Ship was an arts collective that also served as an unofficial residence and event space, providing affordable, albeit […]

#MeToo Comes to Tech and Raises Questions About Mandatory Arbitration

  By Stephanie Tait On November 1, 2018, Google workers across the globe coordinated a massive walkout to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment claims.[1]  Frustrated with the executive leadership’s perceived support for abusers and lack of meaningful action to address claims of harassment, Google employees and contract workers walked out of their offices […]

Dear Canada, Enter at Your Own Risk: Legally Smoking Weed in Your Country Can Bar You from Entry into the United States

  By Matthew Itzkowitz Just last month, our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada, officially legalized recreational use of cannabis.[1] While Canadian citizens were celebrating this momentous occasion, President Donald Trump’s administration internally discussed its policy regarding Canadian citizens who try to enter the United States and admit to having legally ingested cannabis or invested in […]

Although Moving Forward for Now, Juliana Still Has a Long Way to Go  

By Hunter Grolman In 2015, several young plaintiffs filed a unique suit against the United States government in federal district court.[1]  The complaint in Juliana v. United States alleges that the United States’ policies toward climate change have led to violations of the plaintiffs’ rights to life, liberty, and property under the Constitution.[2]  Because the […]

How does payday lending exist in a post Williams world?

By Rebecca Coy On its face, lending money to people in need seems to be an honorable pursuit.  The law, however, must look beyond the false pretense of a practice and look at the its effects.  Payday loans trap people in need in a perpetual cycle of debt.[1]  However, the decision in Williams v. Walker-Thomas […]

Paved With Good Intentions: The Harm of Mandatory Reporting on College Campuses

By Jessica Ochoa Content Warning: Discussion of sexual assault Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing brought the topic of sexual assault to the national stage.[1]  In protest to his confirmation, many women began to speak up about their own sexual assaults or negative interactions with Kavanaugh; however, many still questioned why Dr. Christine Blasey Ford had […]

Increasing Racial and Gender Diversity in the Federal Government’s Senior Executive Service

By Alicia Martinez DISCLAIMER: The author is an employee of the U.S. General Services Administration. The content and views expressed in the article are the author’s alone and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. General Services Administration or the U.S. government. The Senior Executive Service (“SES”) is the executive management […]

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 […]