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. Although Attorney General Maura Healey some time ago slipped “houses of worship” onto her website’s list of places of public […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Churches are not Places of Public Accommodation
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, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Making Cities Work
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 […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on A Beginner’s Guide to Legislative Drafting
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 […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Social Insecurity: The Case for Totalization With India
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 […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on What’s the Matter with Kansas and the National Voter Registration Form?
“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. In fact, by most independent analysis, the island’s $117 billion in […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on “The Debt is Not Payable”
For-Profit, Anti-Student by Nino C. Monea, JD ’17 The legal job market is notoriously rocky. Virtually all law schools have trouble securing full-time jobs for their students. However, not all schools are equal in this regard, and many use deceptive techniques. Some of the worst cases involve private, for-profit law schools. One particularly troubling example […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on For-Profit, Anti-Student
The Apprentice(ship) by Nino C. Monea, JD ’17 When the Great Recession hit, the economy was devastated. In early 2008, unemployment, previously hovering at around 5%, shot up to 10.0% by October 2009. The number of job openings plummeted from 4.5 million in December 2007 to fewer than 2.5 million in July 2009. Average consumer spending […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The Apprentice(ship)