Category Archives: Notes

Vulnerable and Inadequately Protected: Solitary Confinement, Individuals with Mental Illness, and the Laws That Fail to Protect

“About seven hundred, eight hundred”—that is the number of days Kalief Browder remembered being in solitary confinement. For three years, Browder was incarcerated at New York City’s Rikers Island jail (“Rikers Island”) before the Bronx District Attorney’s Office informed the … Continue reading

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He Who Comes into Court Must Not Come with Green Hands: The Marijuana Industry’s Ongoing Struggle with The Illegality and Unclean Hands Doctrines

Imagine a hardworking marijuana dispensary owner, Mary Jane. Mary operates her marijuana business legally under the laws of her state. Mary contracts with James Chong for ten pounds of marijuana and pays the amount due, $45,000, in full and up … Continue reading

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Go Fund Me, Please: Crowdsourcing for Bail as an Insufficient Surety

A “modern day bake sale with . . . fewer brownies.” This was an analogy used to describe the newfound use of crowdsourcing websites like GoFundMe.com (“Go Fund Me”) to obtain money for bail. While a bake sale or its … Continue reading

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Lending Loot: The Cost of Cultural Exchange Under the Immunity from Seizure Act

[I]f you believe in art, you like art, you think people should see art, and you like your museums, you ought to be for this bill. – Representative Steve Cohen The Nazis stole roughly 600,000 pieces of art from 1933 … Continue reading

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The Lost Ones of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

Nine-year-old Samantha and her younger brother were removed from their parents’ home by child welfare officials of the State of Washington. Already having gone through the trauma of being torn from their home, the children’s experience would soon worsen.2 That … Continue reading

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I Got 99 Problems and a Warrant is One: How Current Interpretations of the Stored Communications Act Offend International Comity

As of 2012, there were 3.3 billion email accounts in the world and that number is expected to increase by six percent each year, amounting to approximately 4.3 billion accounts in 2016. In 2013, there were approximately 7.137 billion people … Continue reading

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Expunging Statelessness From Terrorist Expatriation Statutes

Concerns over national security and terrorism are escalating as the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as other nations, face the growing threat in the Middle East from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”), among others. … Continue reading

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Fair Users or Content Abusers? The Automatic Flagging of Non-Infringing Videos by Content ID on YouTube

When was the last time you watched a video on YouTube? How about the last time you uploaded one onto the site? Now, when was the last time you thought about the copyright implications of any of those videos? Most … Continue reading

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“Can I Take the Normal One?” Unregulated Commercial Surrogacy and Child Abandonment

In the United States, one out of every twelve heterosexual couples is involuntarily infertile, causing devastating emotional and physical impacts on their personal and familial goals. One woman described the inability to have a child as leaving her “barren, decrepit, … Continue reading

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KNOWLEDGE IS SALVATION: INFORMING INVESTORS BY REGULATING DISCLOSURES TO SAFEGUARD BEST EXECUTION

Command and control of information—knowledge—sustain the powerful over the ill informed.  In the securities industry, informational disparities and advantages translate into massive gains and catastrophic losses. Today, the world of high-frequency trading has emerged from the shadows and sparked a … Continue reading

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