First Amendment Challenges Threaten Funding Schemes For Public Sector Unions Could Shape The Upcoming National Election

First Amendment Challenges Threaten Funding Schemes For Public Sector Unions Could  Shape The Upcoming National Election Christian Piatt* As politics returns to center stage with each party trying to find its next presidential candidate, the issue of public sector unions is coming before the Supreme Court.  Recently, the Supreme Court heard Harris where a smallContinue reading “First Amendment Challenges Threaten Funding Schemes For Public Sector Unions Could Shape The Upcoming National Election”

The Voting Rights Act Turns 50

The Voting Rights Act Turns 50 Laura E. Cress August 2015 marked the golden anniversary of a piece of civil rights legislation that is largely considered the most successful ever adopted by the United States Congress—the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA).  Introduction to Federal Voting Rights Laws, U.S. Dep’t of Justice, http://www.justice.gov/crt/introduction-federal-voting-rights-laws-1 (last visitedContinue reading “The Voting Rights Act Turns 50”

Maryland Court of Appeals Holds That Sustained Complaints Against Police Shielded From Public Disclosure

Access to Governmental Records – Maryland Court of Appeals Holds That Sustained Complaints Against Police Shielded From Public Disclosure – State Police v. Dashiell, 117 A.3d 1 (Md. 2015) Ben Weathers* Following a spate of highly publicized killings of unarmed African American men at the hands of police officers over the past year, relationships amongContinue reading “Maryland Court of Appeals Holds That Sustained Complaints Against Police Shielded From Public Disclosure”

FIFA Gets the Mafia Treatment

FIFA Gets the Mafia Treatment Christopher Burns* Members of the Hells Angels, Latin Kings, and the Gambino crime family were all prosecuted in Federal Court under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).  RICO, enacted in 1970, was drafted with the intention to take down various mafia organizations and crime syndicates located domestically byContinue reading “FIFA Gets the Mafia Treatment”

States Taking Stance Against The Use Of Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy On Minors

Growing Trend of States Taking Legal Stance Against the Use of Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy on Minors Elizabeth Danquah-Brobby* On August 20, 2015, in a trend gaining momentum across the United States, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Youth Mental Health Protection Act (YMHPA).  H.B. 217, 99th Gen. Assemb., Reg. Sess. (Ill. 2015). Continue reading “States Taking Stance Against The Use Of Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy On Minors”