Volume 41, Issue 2

Turning the Water to Blood: How Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Drove Religious Freedom and Restoration Act out of Touch with Society

Since the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. modified the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the heat has been cranked up on religious extremists to exert one’s own belief onto that of another. In allowing closely-held businesses to opt out of Obamacare’s mandate to provide contraceptive coverage to employees, what we see is not only a rebirth of the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (“RFRA”), but a fallout as a direct consequence. […]

You Can’t Squeeze Water From a Stone, But Soon, We May Have to Try: A Scratch at the Surface of Texas Groundwater Law and How Antiquated Common Law Could Leave us all High and Dry

The story of Texas water law is also the story of its droughts. Texas’s application of the rule of capture and landowners’ absolute ownership of groundwater is outdated and unsustainable. As Texas’s population expands, so will its thirst, and groundwater is not an inexhaustible natural resource. If drought conditions and population increases continue—as they are predicted to do —the non-sustainable means in which groundwater is regulated will have dire consequences in the years to come. […]

Law Enforcement: The Cognitive Ability Required to Protect and Serve, and the Appropriate Use of Force During Conflict

Police officers are charged with the duty to protect and serve the communities they live in. When a police officer is called on a job, they have procedures that they must follow in order to remedy the problem. There are many factors that go into the decisions made by law enforcement officers. Most of the time the decisions made are correct and have positive outcomes. However, sometimes the decisions made by law enforcement officers are […]

Broken: The Social, Political, and Legal Implications of America’s Immigration Dilemma

This paper focuses on the social, legal, and political impact of America’s growing immigration problem. Additionally, it is an effort to expand awareness of the overall impact of the inconsistency and inability of the federal government to compromise on an issue that has led to disparaging consequences; i.e. the enactment of the draconian policies of some state legislatures such as Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070 (“S.B. 1070”). The enactment of such laws among various states is […]