By Siena Richardson Published On: September 15, 2022             In 2012, a Texas court sentenced Willie James Smalls to forty-five years in prison.[1] This extraordinary sentence was imposed, not for a homicide or another severe violent crime, but for stealing a purse off the arm of an elderly woman.[2] Because Mr. Smalls had prior convictions,…

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By: Rolonda Donelson Published on: September 15, 2022 On June 24, 2022, at around 10:30 am, the United States Supreme Court released an opinion in one of the most controversial cases of the term: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.[1] The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the sole licensed abortion clinic in Mississippi, initiated the claim,…

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By: Margaret Rice Published on September 15, 2022 The burdens of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted and exacerbated global shortcomings such as continued gender inequities, as women worldwide have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.[1] Women make up the majority of the health care workforce worldwide,[2] and at the onset of the pandemic the majority…

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By: Adriana E. Morquecho On March 9, 2021, Representative Hakeem Jeffries introduced the Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law Act of 2021 (“EQUAL Act”).[1] The EQUAL Act would eliminate the sentence disparities between cocaine offenses by repealing the amount of cocaine that triggers mandatory minimum sentencing.[2] While the House of Representatives passed the EQUAL…

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By: Margaret Arabpour The late 2000’s saw the introduction of the ‘mommy blogger,’ the first iteration of a parent using their experience as a parent and sharing the stories of their children’s lives to generate an income online.[1] As the internet shifted towards YouTube, and eventually Instagram, family vloggers emerged, creating a new industry worth…

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By: Kaylette Clark As of December 2021, there are over 1.5 million cases pending in immigration court; meaning noncitizens’ will be waiting several months, if not years before having a bond hearing.[1] The Supreme Court is revisiting noncitizens’ rights to bond hearings for immigration cases in the pending case Garland v. Gonzalez.[2] In Gonzalez, Esteban…

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By: Maya Martin Tsukazaki The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case Brackeen v. Haaland[1] this term.[2] This case challenges the legality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”).[3] Congress passed ICWA in 1978, which was drafted to respond to  the United States government’s historical practice of separating Native[4] children from their tribes and families,…

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By: Megan Yang On November 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued an emergency temporary standard that requires businesses with more than 100 employees to implement a mandatory Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)[1] vaccination policy requiring “employees to either get vaccinated or elect to undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering…

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