Category Archives: JOL Online Notes

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • For-Profit, Anti-Student

    Posted on January 26, 2016 by ldavis in JOL Commentary, JOL Online Notes.

    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 […]

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  • Faithfully Executed? The Legal and Rational Imperative of Declining to Seek the Federal Death Penalty in Abolitionist States

    Posted on January 6, 2016 by ldavis in JOL Online Notes.

    Faithfully Executed? The Legal and Rational Imperative of Declining to Seek the Federal Death Penalty in Abolitionist States by Francesca Procaccini, JD ’15 I. Introduction Prosecutorial discretion bestows both a power and a duty—it confers control, and demands restraint. In the federal system, this discretion derives from the prosecutor’s role as an Executive officer, charged […]

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  • The Apprentice(ship)

    Posted on November 18, 2015 by ldavis in JOL Commentary, JOL Online Notes.

    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.[1] The number of job openings plummeted from 4.5 million in December 2007 to fewer than 2.5 million in July 2009.[2] Average consumer spending […]

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  • Physician Self-Referral: Back on the Agenda or Out for Good?

    Posted on November 9, 2015 by ldavis in JOL Online Notes.

    Physician Self-Referral: Back on the Agenda or Out for Good? by Amanda Bakowski JD ’17 I. Introduction On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court decided King v. Burwell, holding that the tax credits established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) are available to individuals purchasing health insurance on exchanges created by the federal […]

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  • Prosecutorial Discretion and the Expansion of Executive Power: An Analysis of the Holder Memorandum

    Posted on October 15, 2015 by ldavis in JOL Online Notes.

    Prosecutorial Discretion and the Expansion of Executive Power: An Analysis of the Holder Memorandum by Erin Cady, JD ’16    I. Introduction President Obama has used executive power to advance policymaking on issues from immigration to national security throughout his Administration, particularly since the Republican Party won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives […]

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  • Going Green: An Analysis of Colorado’s Amendment 64

    Posted on August 5, 2015 by ldavis in JOL Online Notes.

    by Sara Murphy, JD ’16 On January 1, 2014, Colorado became the first place in the world to legitimize the sale of marijuana and marijuana-based products.[1] This historic moment was quickly eclipsed by uncertainty as to whether Colorado could actually regulate cannabis without running afoul of the federal Controlled Substances Act’s ban on the manufacture or […]

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  • Congress is Broken. Fair Districts Could Help Fix It.

    Posted on April 23, 2015 by ldavis in JOL Online Notes.

    The Capitol Building. The bedrock of the first branch of government; home to the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body and the People’s House. Like no other structure, it stands as the very symbol of our system of self-governance.

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