“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”
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: a simple, on-label statement of whether a food or food ingredient is the product of genetic engineering. A […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Labeling GM Foods: Democracy and Autonomy
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
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 […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Faithfully Executed? The Legal and Rational Imperative of Declining to Seek the Federal Death Penalty in Abolitionist States
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)
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 […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Physician Self-Referral: Back on the Agenda or Out for Good?
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 […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Prosecutorial Discretion and the Expansion of Executive Power: An Analysis of the Holder Memorandum
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. 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 […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Going Green: An Analysis of Colorado’s Amendment 64
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.Continue Reading... Comments Off on Congress is Broken. Fair Districts Could Help Fix It.
by Jonathan Klein, JD16 “Price transparency” is a buzz-phrase one tends to hear a lot in discussions over healthcare reform. Price transparency laws, which require covered health care providers to disclose to consumers cost estimates for health care services, are attractive to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, and it’s easy to see why. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Why Price Transparency Cannot Cure American Healthcare