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14 01, 2020

Drive Sober, or Your Car Won’t Start: Alcohol Detection Systems and The Fight to End Drunk Driving By 2024

January 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Manufacturers build in safety technologies like seat belts and airbags to protect people from injuries and death. Imagine a person steps into his car, and before he or she can drive the car, he or she must pass an alcohol test through a touch-based or breath-based system built into the car. The Reduce Impaired Driving for […]

16 12, 2019


December 16th, 2019|Issues, LGBT Rights, Social Issues, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can inclusion ever reach a point of abuse? This has been the big debate concerning transgender females competing in women sports. Where identity and biology get into a clash, does identity trump biology? Should there be separate competitions? How does this affect biological women and the future of sports?

Biological men that identify as females and […]

19 11, 2019

Is Ten Days in Jail for Missing Jury Duty an Excessive Punishment?

November 19th, 2019|Florida, Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Jury service is one of the most important civic duties you can perform. The protection of rights and liberties in federal courts largely is achieved through the teamwork of a judge and jury.”  There are certain qualifications that need to be satisfied in order for an individual to be randomly selected for jury duty.

On August 20, […]

12 11, 2019

The Child-Parent Security Act: The Battle for Surrogacy

November 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Paying a woman to carry a child that is not hers is currently legal in every state except New York, Louisiana and Michigan. Those who support this practice, called commercial gestational surrogacy, say that it is an essential way of aiding infertile couples and same sex couples in beginning families of their own. Those who […]

7 11, 2019

More Votes? More Restrictions

November 7th, 2019|Civil Rights, Florida, Voting|0 Comments

Over the years, there have been concerns with the voting turnout in Florida. Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights of felons who have served time, restoring “voting rights to more than 1 million felons.” However, the law also has several restrictions on voting. Some of these requirements include that voting rights […]

4 11, 2019

Planet of the Vapes: Combating the Juul Epidemic in the Courtroom

November 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Everywhere you turn, people are vaping.  People are moving away from cigarettes and using e-cigarettes at an increasingly alarming rate.  Originally created to help avid nicotine addicts break the habit, electronic cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among new smokers, including young teens.  A recent class action filed against JUUL in Florida is strongly deriving much […]

29 10, 2019

Marsy’s Law: Good for Crime Victims, Potentially Prejudicial to Criminal Defendants

October 29th, 2019|Criminal Procedure, Florida, Voting|0 Comments

On November 6, 2018, Florida citizens voted on several amendments to add into the Florida Constitution. Amendment 6 on the ballot proposed several changes, one of which deals with the rights of crime victims, also known as Marsy’s Law. A version of this law has been passed in several states including, but not limited to, California, […]

29 10, 2019

Florida’s Love Affair with Snowbirds

October 29th, 2019|Elder Law, Florida, Governments, Immigration, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A snowbird is someone who travels to warm climates during the wintertime. Most international snowbirds come from Canada; they even have a Canadian Snowbird Association with over 80,000 members. For the most part, snowbirds range between 50 and 69 years old, are relatively active, and are wealthy. Florida is one of their favorite destinations, but you […]

28 10, 2019

Taxing the Wealthy: The “Death Tax” Is the Wealth Tax

October 28th, 2019|Financial, Tax, Uncategorized|0 Comments

One of the hot-button issues of the 2020 presidential election is the prospect of a wealth tax.  This controversial policy proposal is a central talking point of White House hopefuls, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who advocate levying a tax on America’s highest-income households.  For example, Senator Warren proposes a 2% tax on households with assets […]

27 04, 2019

A Blind Spot In Miranda Rights: Juveniles’ Lack Of Understanding Regarding Miranda Language

April 27th, 2019|Abstracts, Issues, Latest Articles|0 Comments

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


Currently, police officers are required to inform suspects in custody of their Miranda rights.  These rights include the right to remain silent, the right to legal counsel, and that anything they say can be used against them.  Because the language of Miranda can be complex for minors, individuals under […]