Category Archives: JOL Online

  • The Mathematics of Constitutional Failure

    Posted on June 23, 2017 by Justin Kenney in JOL Online, JOL Online Notes.

    The Mathematics of Constitutional Failure By Carrie Leonetti [*] The federal courts were intended as anti-democratic structures.[1] Their interpretations of the federal constitution were supposed to be a counterweight to the excesses of the other two “democratic” branches.[2] The problem with this system is that the other two branches of government are not democratic. No one […]

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  • What is “Disabled?”: Ménière’s Disease & the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    Posted on February 22, 2017 by P K in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    What is “Disabled?”: Ménière’s Disease & the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) By Thomas Tobin, JD ’16, Harvard Kennedy School MPP ’16[*] The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits American employers from discriminating against individuals due to disability.[1] As a threshold matter, individuals bringing suit under the ADA’s anti-discrimination provisions must demonstrate that they are […]

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  • Churches are not Places of Public Accommodation

    Posted on November 28, 2016 by P K in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Churches are not Places of Public Accommodation [*] By Caleb C. Wolanek, JD ’17 [**] On September 1, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination stated that churches would be subject to the Commonwealth’s “public accommodation” statute.[1] Although Attorney General Maura Healey some time ago slipped “houses of worship” onto her website’s list of places of public […]

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  • Making Cities Work

    Posted on November 2, 2016 by P K in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Making Cities Work By Nino Monea JD ‘17 National elections dominate the news. But precious little policy is actually coming out of Washington these days. And officials there are often disconnected from our daily lives. At the local level, the challenges of how to run an effective city may appear more mundane on the surface, […]

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  • A Beginner’s Guide to Legislative Drafting

    Posted on October 24, 2016 by P K in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    A Beginner’s Guide to Legislative Drafting By Deborah Beth Medows, Senior Attorney, Division of Legal Affairs, New York State Department of Health[*] The ability to impact society through well-written legislation is unparalleled. As President Barack Obama stated, “A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence. Or a good piece of […]

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  • Social Insecurity: The Case for Totalization With India

    Posted on August 26, 2016 by P K in JOL Commentary, JOL Online.

    Social Insecurity: The Case for Totalization With India By Josh Craddock, JD ‘18 Death and taxes are inevitable, but at least death does not repeat itself. This maxim bites especially hard under current U.S.-India policy: expat workers pay into both countries’ Social Security systems, but are ineligible for benefits from their nation of employment. As […]

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  • G.I. Jane and the Selective Service: Equal Protection Challenges to Male-Only Selective Service in the Modern Military

    Posted on August 5, 2016 by P K in JOL Online, JOL Online Notes.

    G.I. Jane and the Selective Service: Equal Protection Challenges to Male-Only Selective Service in the Modern Military[*] By Russell Spivak, JD ‘17 & Lieutenant Adam Aliano, USN, JD ‘17 [*] This article in no way reflects the views of the Department of Defense. In 1981, the Supreme Court approved a requirement that men alone register with the […]

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  • What’s the Matter with Kansas and the National Voter Registration Form?

    Posted on July 26, 2016 by P K in JOL Commentary.

    What’s the Matter with Kansas and the National Voter Registration Form? by Carmen Hicks, TurboVote Research Lead, Democracy Works Federalism allows states to have agency in many aspects of policy creation, implementation, and regulation separate from that created by the federal government. It is this constitutionally managed balance that allows individual states to establish their […]

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  • “The Debt is Not Payable”

    Posted on July 19, 2016 by P K in JOL Commentary.

    “The Debt Is Not Payable” by James L. Tatum III, MPA ’17, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University “The debt is not payable,” said Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla of Puerto Rico to the New York Times on June 28th, 2015.[1] In fact, by most independent analysis, the island’s $117 billion in […]

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  • Labeling GM Foods: Democracy and Autonomy

    Posted on February 21, 2016 by ldavis in JOL Online Notes.

    Labeling GM Foods: Democracy and Autonomy by Alex G. Leone, JD ’16  I. Introduction A bipartisan majority of Americans asserts a right to know what it is eating and wants mandatory labeling of genetically modified (“GM”) foods:[1] a simple, on-label statement of whether a food or food ingredient is the product of genetic engineering.[2] A […]

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