Personal Jurisdiction in Light of Ford Motor Co.: Revolution or Evolution?

*Joseph Canner I. Personal Jurisdiction: A Brief Review As every first-year civil procedure student knows, defendants can only be sued in states where the courts have jurisdiction over that defendant.[1] This concept is known as personal jurisdiction. In most garden-variety product liability or breach of contract cases there are two requirements for a court toContinue reading “Personal Jurisdiction in Light of Ford Motor Co.: Revolution or Evolution?”

Tolling the Statute of Limitations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Did Former Chief Judge Barbera Overstep Her Authority or Soundly Act to Preserve the Courts’ Function?

*Sara Braniecki I. Introduction With COVID-19 uncertainty and safety concerns looming overhead, all Maryland courts closed their doors on March 17, 2020, and were limited to emergency operations.[1] On April 3, 2020, former Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera signed an emergency administrative order: the “Administrative Order on Tolling or Suspension ofContinue reading “Tolling the Statute of Limitations During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Did Former Chief Judge Barbera Overstep Her Authority or Soundly Act to Preserve the Courts’ Function?”

Gross Income and Land Reparations: The Tax Implications for Bruce’s Beach

*Rebecca Odelius I. Introduction While the rest of America debated if and how reparations should be given for the injustices of slavery and segregation,[1] the state of California took legislative action to atone for the mistreatment of one Black couple whose land the state wrongfully took through eminent domain[2] in 1924.[3] In an unprecedented move,Continue reading “Gross Income and Land Reparations: The Tax Implications for Bruce’s Beach”

Silence or Discrimination: Is the Ban on Critical Race Theory a Violation of Teachers’ Free Speech or Does it Discriminate Against Students?

*Meriam Mossad I. Introduction Critical Race Theory (CRT) is an academic movement that emerged in the mid-1970s. It was founded by civil-rights scholars and activists who sought to critically examine the intersection of race and the law, and to advocate for more radical approaches to the pursuit of racial justice.[1] The late Derrick Bell, aContinue reading “Silence or Discrimination: Is the Ban on Critical Race Theory a Violation of Teachers’ Free Speech or Does it Discriminate Against Students?”

Eroding Atkins v. Virginia: How the Courts Are Allowing Persons with Intellectual Disabilities to Be Sentenced to Death

*Alexandra K. Becnel I. The Decision in Atkins Has Spared the Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities As of October 2021, there are 132 people on death row in Ohio alone.[1] Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Atkins v. Virginia,[2] more than 130 people awaiting execution have been spared because of their intellectual disability diagnoses.[3]Continue reading “Eroding Atkins v. Virginia: How the Courts Are Allowing Persons with Intellectual Disabilities to Be Sentenced to Death”