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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 […]

Blackballed: A Colin Kaepernick Story

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

Was Colin Kaepernick blackballed from joining a National Football League “NFL” team? That is what one Court will find out. Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers starting QB, initially filed a grievance against the NFL claiming that the owners “conspired […]

Are Your Private Social Media Photos, in Fact… Private?

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

Kelly Forman (“Forman”) sued Mark Henkin (“Henkin”) alleging that his negligence caused her to fall off one of the horses he owns when Henkin provided her a with defective stirrup. Following the fall, Forman suffered permanent physical, mental, and psychological injuries. She was […]

April 29th, 2018|Blog, Cases, First Amendment, Free Speech, Media Law|0 Comments

Social Media: An Unregulated Platform for Questionable Content

By: Brian Saenz, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

We all know the feeling. Scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Google Plus. Just kidding about Google Plus, I don’t know anyone who actually uses that. Anyway, we all know the feeling when scrolling through social media and we see a post or video […]

I Know What You Did Last Weekend: Social Media And How It Affects The Lives Of Student-Athletes

By: Rosie Gil, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Homecoming week just ended and you helped your team beat your district rivals in your home field. The team’s captain decided to throw a huge party after you scored the winning touchdown. Most of the city shows up, it gets out of hand, alcohol […]

Did President Donald Trump Cross the Line of Freedom of Speech?

By: Nathacha Bien-Aime, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives individuals the right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression. However, there is a thin line between the freedom of speech and breaking a federal law when you are a member of Congress or […]

Can NFL Players be Forced to Stand for the National Anthem?

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

On Friday, September 22, President Donald Trump attended an Alabama rally in which he criticized NFL players for taking a knee during the National Anthem and suggested that NFL owners respond by firing those football players. However, in an unprecedented move, every NFL […]

Second Grade Math: Does New York’s Requirement of a “Discounted” Pastrami Sandwich Violate Free Speech?

By: Agnieszka Chiapperini, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Figuring out what to eat for lunch on a busy day can be a headache. Luckily your favorite café has a great pastrami sandwich that you can’t wait to enjoy, even if only for a moment, as you rush back to the office to finish […]

March 1st, 2017|Blog, First Amendment, State|0 Comments

Is President Trump’s Ban on Muslims Constitutional? Maybe.

By: Victor Gabuardi, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

On January 28, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (“Order”) temporarily banning entry of nationals from seven Muslim countries. Though the Order is set for ninety days while better immigration protocols are to take effect, many consider the Order not only to be controversial but […]

February 22nd, 2017|Blog, First Amendment, Immigration, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Rainbow Gatherings and the First Amendment

By: Jessica Biedron, May 2017, St. Thomas University School of Law.

It is the outer limits of the First Amendment that defines the fundamental right.  Rainbow Gatherings are unorthodox and far removed from our common experience; however, it is this type of departure from orthodoxy that the First Amendment seeks to protect. Rainbow Gatherings serve as an […]

February 17th, 2017|Blog, First Amendment|0 Comments