The Student-Debt Crisis: Financial Obstacles to Higher Education

The Student-Debt Crisis: Financial Obstacles to Higher Education

         With the costly price tag of $71,690 dollars a year, Columbia University is ranked as the second-most expensive university in the…

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Riddle v. Hickenlooper and Neil Gorsuch: The Future of Campaign Finance Law

Riddle v. Hickenlooper and Neil Gorsuch: The Future of Campaign Finance Law

        Having just been appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch presents either an opportunity or another barrier in efforts…

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Publicly Funded Religious Programs: A Clear Violation of the Establishment Clause

Publicly Funded Religious Programs: A Clear Violation of the Establishment Clause

            In 2003 within the Southern District of Iowa, Americans United sued the InnerChange Freedom Initiative run by the Prison Fellowship organization, for religious discrimination…

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Immigration Law and Reform: Looking at State and Federal Precedent

Immigration Law and Reform: Looking at State and Federal Precedent

Many have heard President Trump’s rhetoric regarding illegal immigrants, citing crime rates and immigration statistics that sound jarring at best. He looks to cases in…

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The Politicization of the Supreme Court: The Case for Originalism

The Politicization of the Supreme Court: The Case for Originalism

            It was perhaps Justice Scalia who said it best in a speech to students at the University of Virginia:…

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The Politicization of the Supreme Court: The Case against Originalism

The Politicization of the Supreme Court: The Case against Originalism

There hasn’t been a time in recent memory where the balance of the Judicial Branch of the United States has been as politicized as it…

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Civil and Sharia Law: Finding Common Legal Ground in a Polarized World

Civil and Sharia Law: Finding Common Legal Ground in a Polarized World

“We should only admit in this country those who share our values.”[1] This statement was issued by President Trump following the first Immigration Ban, barring…

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The Fundamental Necessity for Free Civil Legal Aid for Fair Trials

The Fundamental Necessity for Free Civil Legal Aid for Fair Trials

          By recognizing that legal representation is fundamental for a fair trial, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright…

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The Precedent Behind DAPL: A Look at Pending Litigation

The Precedent Behind DAPL: A Look at Pending Litigation

          When attempting to justify his Executive Order to review and expedite construction for the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines,…

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The Precedent Behind DAPL: Violations of Environmental Law and Lack of Native Agency

The Precedent Behind DAPL: Violations of Environmental Law and Lack of Native Agency

          President Donald Trump’s advancement of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), shortly after the Obama administration temporarily halted its construction,…

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Campaign Finance: Citizens United and the Conflict between Speech and Self-Government

Campaign Finance: Citizens United and the Conflict between Speech and Self-Government

            Is the First Amendment’s fundamental purpose to protect the speech of the individual or is its protection of individual speech rights a means to…

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Behind the Screens: The Future of Privacy in a Digital World

Behind the Screens: The Future of Privacy in a Digital World

            As America becomes increasingly modern, it begins to recognize a flaw in its statutes and regulations: it cannot keep up with novel technology. Perhaps…

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