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The First Step Towards Criminal Justice Reform

By: Wadad Barakat, Senior Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

In December 2018, the Senate finally passed and President Trump signed “The First Step Act.”  This a major win in order to end mass incarceration, making it the first major reduction to federal drug sentences.  The First Step Act includes […]

United States Government: Closed for Business

By: Akia Espioza, Senior Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

A Government Shutdown occurs when Congress and the President
fail to sign a budget for the next fiscal year. During a shutdown, federal
agencies that are considered ‘nonessential’ are forced to close, until new
funding legislation is passed. However, these ‘nonessential’ agencies become […]

February 18th, 2019|Executive Branch, Governments, Trending|0 Comments

Sixth United States Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds First Amendment by its Ruling on President Trump’s Alleged Incitement of a Riot

By: John Jordan, Staff Editor, J.D. Candidate, December 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court ofAppeals, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, ruled on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 that President of the United States of America Donald J. Trump’s public statements as a presidential candidate at a March 1, 2016 rally in Louisville, Kentucky […]

Education Reform: One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

By: Jeremy Skinner, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Since Donald Trump has taken office, the news has had trouble keeping up with some of the swift changes made by the Trump Administration. The news has had to report on policy reforms surrounding immigration, health care, and military spending. They have also had […]

April 23rd, 2018|Blog, Education, Executive Branch, Governments|3 Comments

“If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix it” … New Title IX Approach to Sexual Misconduct in Universities

By: Ashley-Ann Bryan, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. More specifically, Title IX aims to protect both men and women form sexual harassment and violence in educational institutions that receive federal funding. The law provides that “once a school […]

DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Keeps Getting Deferred

By: Becky Saka, Executive Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been the hot topic in the news ever since the Trump administration rescinded the program that granted legal protection to roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. Alleging that the […]

March 17th, 2018|Blog, Cases, Executive Branch, Immigration|0 Comments

Sovereignty: The Future Legal Battle Over State’s Rights in Requiring a Presidential Candidate to Release Their Tax Returns

By: Jeremy Skinner, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Recently, the California State Assembly passed a bill that will require future presidential candidates to submit their taxes from the previous five years. The presidential candidate would have to submit their taxes from the previous five years to California’s Secretary of State in order […]

October 10th, 2017|Blog, Executive Branch, Governments|0 Comments

Can the President make Conditional Threats Against Another Country?

By: Christina Trueba, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

On September 19, 2017, President Trump gave his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly. At the 72nd Session, the President’s speech gained recognition for saying that, “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself […]

“Whoever Wants to Fight for the United States, Should Not be Discriminated Against”

By: Yesenia Alfonso, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

On July 26, 2017 President Donald J. Trump (“President”), tweeted, “United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened […]

No Healthy Branch of Government Absent Checks and Balances: Congress Sparring with the White House

By: John Jordan, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

The Framers of the United States Constitution intended for Article I powers to check and balance some Article II powers. When national security and international diplomacy are unstable, the White House needs as much congressional oversight as the Constitution allows.

On Wed., Aug. 2, […]

October 1st, 2017|Blog, Executive Branch, Governments, International|0 Comments