Free to Drink Local?

Free to Drink Local? Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Liquor Retailer Durational Residency Requirements Are Valid By: Gina Tonn, Volume 103 Staff Member The maxim “Drink Local” is achievable for many beer and liquor connoisseurs these days.[1] But can state law require that consumers’ only option is to “drink local”? At least twenty-one states restrict out-of-state…

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Proportional Representation

Proportional Representation: Ending Partisan Gerrymandering Without the Courts By: Aaron Stenz, Volume 103 Staff Member Representative democracy is as American as apple pie. It is enshrined in the foundational texts of our nation.[1] It is an abstract ideal and the functional foundation of our government, and it is imperative that we address any issues jeopardizing the…

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Losing My Religion (and My Money)

Losing My Religion (and My Money): How the Church of Scientology Contractually Limits Its Ex-Members’ Ability to Fight the Church in Court By: Paige Papandrea, Volume 103 Staff Member The Church of Scientology enjoys an unsavory reputation with the general public, in part due to recent investigative efforts spurred by ex-members and non-members alike.[1]While deaths…

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JUDICIAL RECUSAL IN THE POST-CITIZENS UNITED WORLD

JUDICIAL RECUSAL IN THE POST-CITIZENS UNITED WORLD By: Bryan Mette, Volume 103 Staff Member I. CITIZENS UNITED AND CAPERTON In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal limits on independent expenditures by corporations holding that it was unconstitutional under the First Amendment to prohibit political speech based on a speaker’s corporate identity.[1] In doing so, the Court reiterated…

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ARE ALL DEFENDANTS “DEFENDANTS”? 

ARE ALL DEFENDANTS “DEFENDANTS”? HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC. V. JACKSON AND THE QUESTION OF THIRD-PARTY COUNTERCLAIM DEFENDANTS’ REMOVAL POWERS By: Travis Panneck, Volume 103 Staff Member The Supreme Court has granted certiorari to hear arguments in Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. v. Jackson.[1] The case has been described as “an esoteric battle that only a lexicographer or civil procedure nerd…

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Fourplex City

Fourplex City: Local Politics and Neighborhood Values By: Sarah Trautman, Volume 103 Staff Member In 2017, a super-liberal field of mayoral candidates split the Democratic-Farmer-Laborer party endorsement with vying platforms that each addressed affordable housing as a top issue.[1] Jacob Frey ultimately leveraged his track record of civil rights advocacy and championing economic development to win…

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Democratizing Democracy

Democratizing Democracy: A Private Right of Action Under the Help America Vote Act Would Improve Election Accuracy and Restore Voter Confidence By: Jack Davis, Volume 103 Staff Member Confidence that a person’s vote will be accurately and honestly recorded is confidence in democracy itself. The recount litigation in Bush v. Gore thrust the potential for inaccurate recording of…

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Hi, Fidelity

‘Hi, Fidelity’: States’ Rights to Control Faithless Electors By: Tim Lovett, Volume 103 Staff Member Introduction The 2016 election had the most faithless electors of any presidential election in modern American history, with seven electors casting votes for individuals different from the candidates who won the electors’ respective state’s popular votes.[1] While previous elections have featured…

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Creating the Final Frontier

CREATING THE FINAL FRONTIER: NAVIGATING PROPERTY RIGHTS AMONG THE STARS By: Karthik Raman, Volume 103 Staff Member Introduction It has been more than fifty years since the beginning of the Space Race. The Soviet Union was fresh from victoriously launching the first person into space, and President John F. Kennedy famously declared that America would…

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