STLR Forum


Shouldn’t Criminal Justice Live Up to Its Name? A Call to Forego Felony Murder and Consider Felony Manslaughter.

By: Jikky Thankachan, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

At just sixteen years old, A’Donte Washington was shot four times and killed by an anonymous police officer. The officer will face no consequence for this murder, but another person will. Washington’s friend Lakeith Smith, who was only 15 at the time […]

Leaving “Home”: TPS for Venezuela?

By: Kemil A. Saab, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

It is no secret that Venezuela is living in chaos and experiencing one of the worst crises in the world.  Since 2001, Venezuela’s socio-economic and political situation has declined, resulting in the world highest inflation of 254.9%.  The uncontrolled inflation has […]

April 7th, 2018|Blog, Human Rights, Immigration, International|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 […]

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

The End to Preferential Immigration Treatment for Cubans

By: Camilo Valencia, J.D. Candidate, May 2017, St. Thomas University School of Law.

The Obama administration made it an objective to restore diplomatic relationships with the Island of Cuba. During Presidents Obama’s last few years in office, we witnessed his cabinet ease restrictions on the island in an attempt to create more economic opportunities between the US […]

March 28th, 2017|Blog, Immigration, International, Issues|0 Comments

Are Laws Allowing Terrorists and Criminals to Slip Through Intelligence Agencies’ Fingertips?

By: Idelys Martinez, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

United States intelligence agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) often find themselves under high scrutiny and criticism by our nation. However, is the blame and criticism warranted? Following what seems to be almost every terrorist […]

March 13th, 2017|Blog, International, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The People of Cuba and their Future

By: Maria Asencion, May 2017, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Since Fidel Castro’s reign in 1959, the people of Cuba have felt and experienced communism for as long as they can recall. Dictator, Fidel Castro, ruled Cuba from 1959 up to 2008. However, in 2008, Fidel Castro handed his power to his brother, Raul Castro, […]

February 23rd, 2017|Blog, Immigration, International|0 Comments

Are your Assets Safe Abroad? The Importance of Perfecting Security Interests

 By: Martha Ferral, J.D. Candidate, May 2017, St. Thomas University School of Law.

The United States has a close alliance relationship with the Commonwealth of Australia and the two nations have been treaty allies since the signing of the Australia–New Zealand–United States (ANZUS) Treaty in 1951. More recently, the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which went into […]

September 22nd, 2016|Blog, International|0 Comments