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Where is Florida’s High Court Going? (And Who Will Take Them There?)

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

Article 5, section 8 of the Florida Constitution states, “No justice or judge shall serve after attaining the age of seventy years except upon temporary assignment or to complete a term, one-half of which has been served.” What this means in practical […]

December 30th, 2018|Blog, Florida, Governments, State|0 Comments

Airbnb’s Fight with Miami Over Short-Term Rentals Continues

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

In today’s society, Airbnb makes it possible for people to stay virtually everywhere, including right next door in your neighbor’s apartment. However, short-term rentals (less than 28 nights) are causing some problems for Airbnb. Recently, Miami Beach had made it illegal to […]

December 28th, 2018|Blog, Cases, Florida, State, Third DCA|0 Comments

Stand Your Ground: Florida Is Your Castle

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

Florida statute § 776.012(2) has been a subject of controversy since its enactment in 2005. The statute commonly referred to as the “Stand Your Ground” law, states that “ person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if he […]

December 27th, 2018|Blog, Criminal Law, Florida, State, Web Exclusives|0 Comments

Fixing Chicago’s Public School Crisis Could Fix Chicago’s Gun Violence Crisis

By: Chanae Wood, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

There is no secret that the city of Chicago has received ample attention for its gun violence.  However, there is another issue that the city is facing.  One that, arguably, is the root of its high crime rate –its public school funding crisis. […]

March 31st, 2017|Blog, Governments, Issues, State|0 Comments

Tobacco and Alcohol Purchases on the Same Playing Field

By: Kristin Nay, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

A proposed bill by the Florida Senate is seeking to increase the age to purchase tobacco products. The present statute prevents any person under the age of eighteen years of age from purchasing such products. The increase to twenty-one years old has been approved in […]

March 15th, 2017|Blog, Issues, State|0 Comments

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

Sovereign Immunity after Franchise Tax Board v. Hyatt

By: Ansell Fernandez, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

State sovereign immunity prevents suits against an unconsenting state or its agencies for money damages. This doctrine evolved from an old English law that held “the King can do no wrong.” In Kawananakoa v. Polyblank, Justice Holmes reasoned that sovereign immunity is based “on the logical […]

February 16th, 2017|Blog, Issues, State|0 Comments