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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…


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…


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…


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…


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….


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…


The Save Local Businesses Act Will Cost Workers

By Edward Nasser* On Tuesday, November 7th, the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that would narrow the definition of a joint-employer and reduce liability for companies that work with subcontractors or staffing agencies. The bill, misleadingly titled the “Save Local Businesses Act,” would effectively reverse the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 decision…


Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Corporate Personhood

By Taylor Holden* The Trump administration recently rolled back federal requirements that employers include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans, significantly expanding exemptions for corporations that cite moral or religious objections at the expense of the health of hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of women. This new policy is the latest in a long…


For Some Older Veterans the Wounds of War Have Yet to Heal

By Ruth Stein* Older Americans may remember when November 11th wasn’t known as Veterans Day. The day reserved to recognize, reflect upon, and revere the achievements of our American heroes was originally named Armistice Day to honor the cessation of major World War I hostilities (at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the…

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