ALEC’s Turnaround and Hope for Reducing Criminal Punishments in Maryland.

*Andrew J. Loewen I. Everyone Agrees the Criminal Justice System Needs Reform. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)  wants to reform the criminal justice system.[1]  On the heels of numerous high-profile police killings and resultant uprisings in the past eight years,[2] prison abolitionists are also demanding changes to the criminal justice system.[3]  In Maryland, theirContinue reading “ALEC’s Turnaround and Hope for Reducing Criminal Punishments in Maryland.”

Her Crown and Glory: CROWN Act Takes Effect in Maryland

*John Chase Among the new laws that took effect in Maryland on October 1, 2020, the CROWN Act intends to end employer discrimination arising from traditionally African-American hairstyles.[1]  California was the first state to pass similar legislation in 2019, and Maryland is the latest in joining five others that have followed suit.[2]  At the federalContinue reading “Her Crown and Glory: CROWN Act Takes Effect in Maryland”

The Student Athlete Level Playing Field Act: Time for College Athletes to Cash in?

*Arriana Sajjad I. Introduction Newly proposed federal legislation could change the landscape of college sports as we know it.[1]  Starting as early as next year, athletes around the country may be able to start profiting from their name, image, and likeness (NIL).[2]  On September 24, 2020, Congressman Anthony Gonzales (R-Ohio) and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, IIContinue reading “The Student Athlete Level Playing Field Act: Time for College Athletes to Cash in?”

A Circuit Split Remains Regarding the Standard Applied to Claims for Trademark Infringement by Commercial Products that Express Humor.

 *Claudia Wozniak Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc. (Jack Daniel’s), a whiskey seller, submitted a petition for a writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States.[1]  Jack Daniel’s sought review of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that works of artistic expression do not violate the Lanham Act unless the trademark holder can establish that theContinue reading “A Circuit Split Remains Regarding the Standard Applied to Claims for Trademark Infringement by Commercial Products that Express Humor.”

The Bumpy Road to Justice: Why the ICC’s Rejection of Uighur Activists’ Petition May Not Be the End

*Ellen Pruitt I. The Developing Situation in Xinjiang and the ICC’s Involvement The northwesternmost region of Xinjiang, China is home to a distinct Turkish-speaking ethnic Muslim group, the Uighurs.[1]  In April 2017, reports detailing the systematic state-sponsored persecution of Uighurs became public.[2]  While it is unclear when the persecution first began, some experts and governmentContinue reading “The Bumpy Road to Justice: Why the ICC’s Rejection of Uighur Activists’ Petition May Not Be the End”