De Novo

After Marriage Equality

AFTER MARRIAGE EQUALITY: LGBT NONDISCRIMINATION LAWS IN MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP By: Joshua Preston, Volume 102 Staff Member Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) was a watershed moment in extending the full benefits of society to members of the LGBT community.[1] Though the freedom to marry was won, Obergefell failed to address the broader issue of whether nondiscrimination protections […]

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Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center

ARMSTRONG V. EXCEPTIONAL CHILD CENTER: WHO SHOULD ENFORCE MEDICAID EQUAL ACCESS? By: Jessica Wheeler, Volume 102 Staff Member Deamonte Driver, a twelve-year-old Medicaid beneficiary, died from an untreated tooth abscess when the infection spread to his brain.[1] His death could have been prevented had his tooth been removed months earlier when it first started to […]

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What the Tax Bill Means for Students

WHAT THE “TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT” MEANS FOR STUDENTS: DO WE WANT INCENTIVES OR SIMPLIFICATION? By: Melanie Pulles Benson, Volume 102 Staff Member The new House tax reform bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (“Act”), significantly departs from the current tax code.[1] The Act alters the tax brackets, lowers the corporate tax rate […]

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Losing Bigly

LOSING BIGLY: HOW THE ACLU’S COMPLAINT FORCED THE U.S. GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE ROSA MARIA By: David Racine, Volume 102 Staff Member On October 25, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained Rosa Maria Hernandez, a ten-year-old child with cerebral palsy who was recovering from an emergency surgery she endured a day prior.[1] National and […]

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Silent and Ambiguous

SILENT AND AMBIGUOUS: THE SUPREME COURT DODGES CHEVRON AND LENITY IN ESQUIVEL-QUINTANA V. SESSIONS By: David Hahn, Volume 102 Staff Member[1] Twenty-year-old Juan Esquivel-Quintana—a lawful permanent resident from Mexico—had consensual sex with his sixteen-year-old girlfriend.[2] This violated California’s statutory rape statute,[3] and he pled no contest in state court.[4] The Immigration and Nationality Act makes […]

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Big Brother DHS

BIG BROTHER[1] DHS: IMMIGRANT SOCIAL MEDIA DATA COLLECTION AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES IT FACES By: Paul Baxter, Volume 102 Staff Member With the advent and growth of social media, more and more of us put aspects of our lives online for all to see.[2] Many do not understand the implications of this until something goes […]

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Carpenter, Your iPhone, and the Fourth Amendment

CARPENTER, YOUR iPHONE, AND THE FOURTH AMENDMENT By: Peter Estall, Volume 102 Staff Member A man robs a string of electronics stores. While investigating the robberies, the government arrests several suspects, one of whom confesses to the robberies.[1] The robber gives his cellphone number to the police; the FBI review his call records, and obtain […]

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Prison for the Innocent

PRISON FOR THE INNOCENT: THE ‘NEWLY DISCOVERED EVIDENCE’ STANDARD THROUGH THE LENS OF NASH V. RUSSELL By: Alexa Ely, Volume 102 Staff Member Since 1989, there have been over 2,120 exonerations with nearly 18,450 years lost in prison by innocent men and women in the United States criminal justice system.[1] Wrongful convictions can stem from […]

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“Transgender Need Not Apply”

‘TRANSGENDER NEED NOT APPLY’[1]: HOW THE SESSIONS MEMO THREATENS ESSENTIAL WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS By: Libby Bulinski, Volume 102 Staff Member On October 4th, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum stating that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in the workplace.[2] […]

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Scandal in the NCAA

SCANDAL IN THE NCAA: A FIDUCIARY TALE By: Andrew Escher, Volume 102 Staff Member Common wisdom holds that sports bring people together. In circumstances as varied as a Texas high school at a Friday night football game or an entire country during the Olympics, athletics gives disparate groups of people reason to find common cause. […]

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