Category Archives: Notes

Grooming Dogs for the Educational Setting: The “IDEIA” Behind Service Dogs in the Public Schools

Service dogs traditionally have been used to guide people with visual impairments, acting as their “eyes” and helping them to independently perform daily functions. However, service dogs are also valuable for people with other types of disabilities, including hearing impairments, … Continue reading

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Courts Mistakenly Cross-Out Memorials: Why the Establishment Clause Is Not Violated By Roadside Crosses

Mollie Mishoe lost her husband in a fatal car accident on August 3, 2007, a few months before their fiftieth wedding anniversary. For Mollie and her children, the grieving process included erecting two roadside crosses at the site of the … Continue reading

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Balancing Policy Tensions of the Vaccine Act in Light of the Omnibus Austim Proceeding: Are Petitioners Getting a Fair Shot at Compensation?

Her life has been marked with sadness and suffering, but when Michelle Cedillo was born in 1994 she was a happy, healthy baby. She shifted into her toddler years meeting all key developmental milestones. Then at fifteen months of age … Continue reading

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Look Over Your Figurative Shoulder: How to Save Individual Dignity and Privacy on the Internet

Pervasive image capture via modern handheld technologies, combined with the universal and excessive use of the Internet, has caused a breakdown of privacy norms. Erin Andrews, a sports news journalist, has provided a face to the victimization of the masses … Continue reading

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Modifying the Filibuster: A Means to Foster Bipartisanship While Reigning in its Most Egregious Abuses

Over the past few years, a parliamentary maneuver in the U.S. Senate known as the filibuster has been the subject of considerable debate. Defined as a “deliberate use of prolonged debate and procedural delaying tactics to block action supported by … Continue reading

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Executing Equity: The Broad Judicial Discretion to Stay the Execution of Death Sentences

Stays of executions of sentences are equitable remedies provided to defendants to allow them full and fair consideration of their sentences. The courts’ exercise of their power to stay executions is often crucial for the proper administration of justice. However, … Continue reading

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Retain the Brains: Using a Conditional Residence Requirement to Keep the Best and Brightest Foreign Students in the United States

In the growing global competition for talent and human capital, the United States is losing the race.  After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks (“9/11”), where some of the hijackers were granted F-1 visas,  the government has made it increasingly … Continue reading

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Resolving the Modern Day Esau Problem Amongst Structured Settement Recipients

In 1990, a New York City subway train hit Raymond White. As a result of the accident, White lost his leg.  White, who was homeless, brought a civil suit against New York City and won.  New York City rewarded White … Continue reading

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Who is Poking Around Your Facebook Profile?: The Need to Reform the Stored Communications Act to Reflect a Lack of of Privacy on Social Networking Websites

Although the social networking phenomenon has helped individuals communicate more efficiently, it has also presented ―a new set of challenges.  Since social networking websites have become a popular method of communication, attorneys and law enforcement officials now review these websites … Continue reading

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Those Lost But Not Forgotten: Applicants with Severe Disabilities, Title I of the ADA, and Retail Corporations

Throughout American history, individuals with severe disabilities have been seen as “inauthentic workers,” thereby automatically denied consideration in employment opportunities.  With the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) Congress sought to eliminate the misconceptions prevalent among employers. … Continue reading

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