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Obama and the Good Old Days of Federal Prosecution?

By David Patton* These days as a federal public defender, I’m often asked some version of, “Aren’t federal prosecutions horribly unfair and draconian now that Jeff Sessions is heading the Department of Justice?” I usually respond with some version of “Yes, they are.”  What I often leave out is, “And they have been for as…

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Federal Hate Crime Prosecutions are Critical, but Are They Enough?

By Melissa Garlick* Three militia members from southwest Kansas were recently convicted on federal civil rights charges and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction for targeting Somali Muslim immigrants for a plan of mass murder in 2016.  On a recording made available to the jury, one of the defendants said: “The only good…

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Epistemic Humility as a Presidential Virtue

By Mark Satta* There are a lot of traits worth wanting in a political leader—relevant experience, good public speaking skills, strong critical thinking skills, a charming personality, empathy, tact, wisdom, diligence, willingness to serve those whom one leads, etc. The current President of the United States seems to lack an unsettling number of these traits,…

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The Legal Landscape of Graduate Student Assistant Unionization in the Trump Era

By Jared Odessky* In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or “the Board”) held that graduate student assistants at Columbia University were statutory employees under Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act (“the Act”) with the legally enforceable right to unionize. The ruling extended to private colleges and universities generally and spurred…

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The Risks of a Legislative Trend in Response to #MeToo

By Alamea Deedee Bitran* Since the disturbing details of the Harvey Weinstein scandal were released, an influx of harassment allegations have been brought to light. Yet arguably the parameters of the law remain unsuitable to address the root of the problem because of contractual barriers to victims litigating their claims in the public eye.  While…

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Roe v. Wade: Past, Present, and Future

By Geoffrey R. Stone* We are living in perilous times. As we contemplate the prospect of another appointment by Donald Trump to the Supreme Court of the United States, the stakes for our nation are extraordinarily high. Among the many issues at risk, perhaps the most important concerns the right of a woman to decide…

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A Creative Solution to the Stubborn Problem of Gun Law Reform

By James Sasso* It is past time that America keeps assault rifles and other military-style weapons away from public use. There are compelling reasons for American politicians to prohibit free ownership of military-style or semi-automatic weapons that reload automatically and can kill many people in rapid succession. A viable solution must respect Second Amendment rights…

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Money in Politics in the Courts, in the Trump Era and Beyond

By Allie Boldt & Adam Lioz* The Supreme Court’s flawed approach to money in politics paved the way for Trump-style politics—and must change to rescue our democracy.   In case after case over the last 40 years, the Supreme Court has struck down laws designed to protect our democracy from the influence of big money….

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Unlocking the Power of a Prison Education

Note: This article is cross-posted at the Huffington Post. By Ryan Cohen* When he wakes up in the morning, the first thing Marco does is write. To incentivize himself to stay on track with his goals, he pays a friend $25 if he hasn’t written 500 words by noon. Though he’s working on finishing his…

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