Elephant in the Mirror: One Elephant’s Legal Journey to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

*Torra Hausmann I. From Animal Welfare to Animal Rights For more than two decades, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), a Florida-based animal rights group, has advocated for judicial recognition of legal personhood for nonhuman animals.[1] Although animal law traditionally focused on animal welfare and protection, NhRP has pushed animal law to expand and include aContinue reading “Elephant in the Mirror: One Elephant’s Legal Journey to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”

Bracing for the Storm: Maryland’s Options for Braving a Wave of Evictions and Foreclosures

*Victoria Skinner I. Introduction In March 2020, COVID-19 became a household name in the United States.[1] Due to the contagious nature of the virus, state governments took unprecedented action, issuing stay-at-home orders and mandating remote learning.[2] The federal government offered relief in the form of stimulus payments, increased unemployment benefits, eviction moratoriums, and foreclosure moratoriumsContinue reading “Bracing for the Storm: Maryland’s Options for Braving a Wave of Evictions and Foreclosures”

The U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections for Home Care Workers

The U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections for Home Care Workers Aiste Palskyte* On August 21, 2015, in Home Care Ass’n of America v. Weil, 799 F.3d 1084 (D.C. Cir. 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Department of Labor (DOL) rule extending theContinue reading “The U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections for Home Care Workers”

Rethinking Solitary Confinement in American Prisons

Behind Bars: Rethinking Solitary Confinement in American Prisons Emily Steiner* Solitary confinement is a widely used and highly controversial practice in American prisons that has been the go-to method for handling discipline and security since the mid-1980s. Inmates held in solitary confinement spend approximately twenty-three hours a day in tiny, windowless cells, receiving their foodContinue reading “Rethinking Solitary Confinement in American Prisons”

The Supreme Court’s Upcoming Decisions Regarding Class Action Lawsuits

A Well Fitted Suit: The Supreme Court’s Upcoming Decisions Regarding Class Action Lawsuits Christopher Finke* Class action lawsuits have garnered much media attention and have gathered a reputation as opportunities for greedy lawyers.  Christine Frymire, Comment, Class Actions a Thing of the Past . . . Or Are They? A Look at the Circuit Courts’Continue reading “The Supreme Court’s Upcoming Decisions Regarding Class Action Lawsuits”