Category Archives: JOL Online

  • Participation in Name Only: How Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act Can Present a Meaningful Challenge to Big Money in Politics

    Posted on September 28, 2017 by Justin Kenney in JOL Online Notes, Uncategorized.

    Participation in Name Only: How Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act Can Present a Meaningful Challenge to Big Money in Politics By Jonathan Topaz, JD ’18[*] “No, Jim Crow is not dead. It’s not quite dead. It now focuses its energy in different areas. Instead of literacy tests or poll taxes, the new way […]

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  • The Coming Collapse of the Paris Climate Agreement

    Posted on August 16, 2017 by Justin Kenney in JOL Online, JOL Online Notes.

    The Coming Collapse of the Paris Climate Agreement By Bryan H. Druzin [*] I. Introduction Now that the Trump administration has abandoned the Paris Climate Agreement, the question is whether the agreement will collapse. A strong case can be made that it will indeed unravel—perhaps not immediately, but eventually. Although the world’s leaders have been […]

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  • 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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