The Unheard Tenant, the Unlicensed Landlord, and the Unmoved Judge: The Court of Appeals of Maryland Provides Some Relief to Renters in Habitability Disputes

Zachary Babo* I. Introduction Often, landlords are not held “accountable when they don’t ensure minimum standards of habitability” are met.[1]  As a result, disputes over substandard living conditions may lead to tenants withholding rent as they wait for repairs that often never come.[2]  Instead, landlords respond by initiating summary ejectment proceedings to evict tenants dueContinue reading “The Unheard Tenant, the Unlicensed Landlord, and the Unmoved Judge: The Court of Appeals of Maryland Provides Some Relief to Renters in Habitability Disputes”

“Every Move You Make, Every Step You Take…”: New Legal Concerns Over Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology

*Lisa Blitstein In 2020, uncovered faces and public outings are a rarity as Americans wear face masks and stay home to prevent COVID-19.[1]  But while people see each other less than ever before, Congress is assessing how government entities collect data on our faces, specifically through federal use of facial recognition and biometric identification technology.[2]

Last Stand: The Battle Over High-Capacity Magazines Heats Up in the 9th Circuit

*John Chase I. Setting the Procedural Stage The struggle over California’s efforts to prohibit high-capacity magazines came to a head on August 14, 2020, when a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion effectively striking down a 2016 statute.[1]  This ruling was the culmination of what hasContinue reading “Last Stand: The Battle Over High-Capacity Magazines Heats Up in the 9th Circuit”

Is “Objective Reasonableness” Really Objective? Examining the Shortcomings of Police Use of Force Evaluations

*Celia Feldman Recent instances of police violence against black Americans have revived the debate about when police may use force.[1]  Despite the ongoing nature of police brutality, courts have continuously deferred to officers’ judgment in evaluating whether or not the force used was “excessive.”[2]  Courts continue to evaluate excessive force claims based on the standardContinue reading “Is “Objective Reasonableness” Really Objective? Examining the Shortcomings of Police Use of Force Evaluations”

Tik Tok: Viral Video App or National Security Threat?

*Sabrina Marquez I. Introduction The U.S. is following the lead of many countries in its attempt to ban the social media app, TikTok.[1]  TikTok is a short-form media application which allows users to create up to sixty second videos on virtually any topic.[2]  TikTok Inc., a U.S. based corporation, is owned by the Chinese tech companyContinue reading “Tik Tok: Viral Video App or National Security Threat?”