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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Cy Pres-ing for Funding

Cy Pres-ing for Funding: How Frank v. Gaos May Affect the Funding of Minnesota’s Legal Services By: Lucas Curtis, Volume 103 Staff Member Legal Aid organizations provide free, essential legal services to low-income clients;[1] however, free services come at a price. Due to diminished resources and a high demand for their services, Legal Aid organizations frequently have to…

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Scoot Back

SCOOT BACK: ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES POSED BY THE SUDDEN EMERGENCE OF THE E-SCOOTER INDUSTRY By: Alec Minea, Volume 103 Staff Member The scooter, the trendiest[1] and least efficient[2] transportation method of the early 2000s, experienced a glorious, evolutionary resurgence in 2018. Seemingly overnight, cities across the United States became inundated with souped-up, electric versions of their turn-of-the-century…

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Another ACA Lawsuit

ANOTHER ACA LAWSUIT: PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, THE DOJ, AND SEVERABILITY IN TEXAS V. U.S. By: Noah Steimel, Volume 103 Staff Member I. INTRODUCTION On June 7, 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief arguing that the courts should strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions.[1]The underlying lawsuit, Texas v. U.S.,…

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Sticks And Stones And Permanent Muzzles

STICKS AND STONES AND PERMANENT MUZZLES: THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PERMANENT INJUNCTIONS ON FUTURE SPEECH AFTER DEFAMATION TRIALS By: Connor Shaull, Volume 103 Staff Member A second chance is vital, especially regarding what we say. Indeed, an apology has followed some of the most notorious words humans have ever spoken.[1] Consequently, some…

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Matchmaking Mishaps

MATCHMAKING MISHAPS: NCAA AMATEURISM AND COLLEGIATE ESPORTS By: Michael Arin,† Volume 103 Staff Member On August 15, 2017, ESPN announced that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) is formally investigating its role in the collegiate esports[1] domain.[2]  By late November 2017, the NCAA contracted with a Chicago-based marketing and consulting firm to “further its exploration…

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To Have and To Hold Regardless of Consent?

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD REGARDLESS OF CONSENT?: WHY THE MODEL PENAL CODE’S SEXUAL ASSAULT PROVISIONS SHOULD NOT INCLUDE AN AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE FOR SPOUSES AND INTIMATE PARTNERS By: Grace Quintana, Volume 102 Staff Member The fight for the right to control the terms of marital intercourse can be traced as far back as the first…

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