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16 04, 2019

Why are Public Defenders Viewed as Insiders of the Justice System?

April 16th, 2019|Criminal Law, Professionalism; Ethics|0 Comments

By: Jennifer Francisco, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Over the years, indigent defenders have developed a belief that public defenders (“PD’s”) do not adequately represent their clients. This raises the question of where does this distrust arise from? Why are private defense attorneys found to be more trustworthy, despite […]

11 04, 2019

The Ultra Music Festival Empire vs. the Amateur Rapture Music Festival: Who will Sink or Swim on Virginia Key Beach Park?

April 11th, 2019|Cases, Contracts, Florida|0 Comments

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

Two electronic-dance music festivals are promoting and hosting their respective events on identical weekends, at the same waterfront location in Miami. However, the venue is only suitable for one. The conflict arose after Ultra Music Festival was relocated to Virginia Key, being […]

9 04, 2019

The Choice is Yours: Medical Marijuana Card or Second Amendment Right

April 9th, 2019|Criminal Law, Fifth Amendment, Gun Rights|0 Comments

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

In April 2018, Matthew Rowan, a medical physician licensed in Pennsylvania, went to his local gun store to purchase a revolver for self-defense. Upon inquisition by the seller, Dr. Rowan stated he had a medical marijuana prescription to help treat his […]

28 03, 2019

Taking Congress by Storm: If You Do Not Know Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, You Do Now

March 28th, 2019|Trending|0 Comments

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

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; better known as “AOC”, is a twenty-nine-year-old rookie member of Congress representing the 14th congressional district, that has garnered large media attention for a variety of reasons. While some news outlets have focused on her attire as she […]

27 03, 2019

Unhealthy Silence: Why Members of the Legal Profession Need to Open Up About Mental Health

March 27th, 2019|Mental Health, Professionalism; Ethics, Social Issues|0 Comments

By: Jamie Mathis, Editor-in-Chief, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

“The legal profession is at a crossroads. Our members, our colleagues, our friends are suffering. It is our duty as lawyers and human beings to help.” These words, spoken by Bob Carlson, the 2018-2019 President of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), could […]

26 03, 2019

Grubhub Might Promote Happy Eating, But Not Happy Drivers.

March 26th, 2019|Business, Cases, Employment Law|0 Comments

By: Christina Trueba, Executive Notes and Comments Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Many of us are familiar with convenient online and app services like Postmates, Uber, Airbnb, and Grubhub, just to name a few. These companies follow a gig economy employment model. A gig economy “refers to a general workforce […]

25 03, 2019

The First Step Towards Criminal Justice Reform

March 25th, 2019|Criminal Law, Executive Branch, Federal Law|0 Comments

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 […]

22 02, 2019

Women Should Not Have to Decide Between a Career or Having Children; Women Can Do Both

February 22nd, 2019|Employment Law, Social Issues, Trending|0 Comments

By: Yesenia Alfonso, Executive Notes and Comments Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Traditionally, women are expected to become mothers and care for their children. How can a new mother care for her child if the mother has to return to work immediately because she cannot afford to have twelve (12) […]

18 02, 2019

United States Government: Closed for Business

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

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 […]

11 02, 2019

Lethal Injection or Lethal Litigation: Florida’s Amended Lethal Injection Protocol Opens the Door for Cries of Cruel and Unusual Punishment

February 11th, 2019|Abstracts, Featured Home, Florida, Issues, Latest Articles|0 Comments

By: Cynthia Ventura, Articles Solicitation Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

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Capital punishment in the United States and its tolerability as a constitutional form of punishment has long been recognized and debated over since its inception.  In Florida, lethal injection has been the primary method of execution since the 1990s. In […]