July, 2016

Moving Beyond the Quick Fix: Medical Malpractice Non-Economic Damage Caps a Poor Solution to the Growing Healthcare Crisis

There is no doubt that the United States is facing a healthcare crisis.  The United States has the most expensive healthcare system in the world, spending billions more than any industrialized nation. Despite the astronomical cost of our healthcare system, Americans continue to go without access to affordable and quality healthcare and affordable prescription medication. For example, nearly forty-two million Americans were uninsured in 2013. One in four working-age Americans did not have insurance at some point in 2013.  Over […]

Law Enforcement and White Power: An FBI Report Unraveled

Because of intensifying civil strife over the recent killings of unarmed Black men, women, and boys, many Americans are wondering, “What’s wrong with our police?” Remarkably, one of the most compelling but unexplored explanations may rest with an FBI warning of October, 2006, which reported that “[W]hite supremacist infiltration of law enforcement” represented a significant national threat.   Photo credit:www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov

Is There Such a Thing as Intervention as a Party In The ICJ Procedure?

Referring to the question as to whether there is such a thing as intervention as a party, this paper will: 1) analyze the status of the intervening state and its procedural rights under the International Court of Justice (hereinafter the “ICJ”) Statute and the Rules of Court; 2) consider the position of the ICJ with regard to the status of the intervening state elaborated in the case law; 3) discuss the conditions for intervention; and […]

Bitcoin: The Trade of Digital Signatures

Bitcoin is an online, digital ledger that securely records the transfer of digital signatures, or “Coins”, from one person to another.  Since the creation of the Bitcoin system in 2009, Coins have been traded online for money, and are increasingly becoming accepted as a means of payment for economic activity.  This new technology has created many legal issues that have not been fully addressed by our courts, regulatory bodies, or state legislatures. Photo credit: bitcoinist.net

Falling Off the Track: How Ability Tracking Leads to Intra-School Segregation

It is often assumed in our modern society that racism is an issue of the past that has long since been abandoned.  That is, however, not the case.  Racism is still a prominent feature in our society; both in the form of blatant, boldly expressed racism, and covert, sometimes unrecognizable, ingrained racism.  Racism is deeply ingrained in this country’s public education system.  Racism lives in public education through the practice of “ability tracking.”  Ability tracking […]

Putting the American Education System to the Test: Recognizing Education as a Fundamental Right and Abolishing Unequal School Funding

In the United States of America, a child’s zip code often determines the quality of the child’s education.  A myriad of social, economic, and political factors contributes to this tragic truth.  This article, however, focuses on the staggering, discriminatory effect that Unequal School Funding has on our nation’s youth. Consider the experience of Daniel Lopez, a fifth-grade student in Houston, Texas.  Daniel and his family live on the south side of Houston, near William P. […]