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SCOTUS Gambles with Pardon Power

By Eric Allen Kauk*   On November 20, 2015, around 11:00 p.m. Terance Gamble was pulled over in Mobile, Alabama by a local police officer for having a busted light on his car.  As the officer walked up to the car, he smelled marijuana, so he removed Mr. Gamble from the car while he searched the…


The Data Care Act: Viewing Businesses as Information Fiduciaries

By Siddharth Sonkar*   CONTEXT Last month, in an unprecedented cyber attack on J.W Marriott Hotel’s guest database, data relating to more than five-hundred million guests spanning over four years was stolen. Not only were the hackers able to obtain the personal information of these guests but were also able to obtain sensitive personal information…


Masterpiece Left Me Optimistic; Kavanaugh Leaves Me Unsure

By Mark Satta* Last month, Aaron and Melissa Klein, a couple who owned a bakery in Oregon, asked the Supreme Court to review a ruling from the Court of Appeals of the State of Oregon, which held that the Kleins had violated Oregon state law by discriminating based on sexual orientation when they refused to…


Justice in Higher Education: Why We Must Move Beyond Admissions Policy

By Gina Schouten*   I want to argue for a shift in focus in conversations about justice in higher education. Because meritocratic admissions cannot meaningfully promote egalitarian justice, I argue that we should consider using weighted lotteries in admissions decisions, and that we should reform the culture of colleges and universities to make it likelier…


Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty Education in Washington State

Alexandra Rawlings* Since European settlers arrived on Turtle Island (North America), they have attempted to assimilate and exterminate the Indigenous peoples of this land. The United States government policy of “kill the Indian, save the man” aimed to eradicate Native languages, sacred knowledge, and family (and thereby governmental) structure, and replace them with those of…


Who Will Gain From Florida’s 1,000,000 Restored-Felon Voters?

By Eric Allen Kauk* Last week voters in Florida passed a state constitutional amendment that automatically restored the right to vote to more than 1,000,000 people who were previously convicted of felonies, and who have successfully served their sentences.  The amendment was widely-supported by many groups including the ACLU, the Koch brothers-backed Freedom Partners, and…

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