The Uncertain Future of Acquitted Conduct Sentencing

(Source)   Daytona McClinton was seventeen years old when he robbed a CVS pharmacy with five of his friends, while brandishing a firearm. After fleeing the scene, a fight ensued and one of the other robbers was shot and killed. For this crime, McClinton was charged as an adult, and convicted of robbery and brandishing

Burning Issues: Exploring the EPA’s New Rule for Trash Incineration

(Source)   On Jan 11, 20024, the EPA proposed a new rule with a more stringent air pollution standard for large waste plants that burn municipal solid waste. The newly proposed standard by the EPA would apply to the 57 facilities across the nation that can burn more than 250 tons of waste per day.

Education Savings Accounts: The Poison Pill for Public Education?

(Source)   The current state of public education has been a hotly debated topic since the COVID shutdown in 2020. Reading and math scores have dropped in the United States, further widening the gap between high-income and low-income students. This change has added fuel to the school choice movement. During her tenure in the Trump

Ozempic: A Miracle Drug or the Start of a Public Health Crisis?

(Source)   Ozempic, an injectable diabetes drug manufactured by Novo Nordisk, has recently increased in popularity and has caught the attention of celebrities and the general public alike. Known for its significant weight loss effects, Ozempic and similar products are changing how Americans approach nutrition, exercise, and body image. In addition to these potentially dangerous

Minor’s Disaffirmance of Digital Application Contracts: Having Their Cake and Eating It Too?

(Source)   In the United States, there is generally a broad freedom to contract. By default, the courts will hold two parties that have entered into a contract accountable for the conditions of the contract and will enforce the terms of the deal above the objections of either party. However, there are some exceptions to

Let’s Change the “Opt-In” Policy and Save Lives

(Source)   In the United States, over 100,000 people are currently in need of a lifesaving organ transplant. Unfortunately, 17 people die every day in the United States waiting for an organ. The United States currently has a patchwork of laws on organ donation, though there is a model legislation called the Uniform Anatomical Gift

Tort Creditors in Bankruptcy

(Source)   On December 15th, 2023, a federal jury awarded $148 million in damages  to two Georgia election workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, in a defamation suit  against former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who had repeatedly accused the plaintiffs of manipulating ballots during the 2020 presidential election.  Unfortunately for Freeman and Moss,

From Actors to Social Media Influencers: Where do Children’s Rights Fit in?

(Source)   Macaulay Culkin, Drew Barrymore, the Olsen twins – these are just a few of the myriad of child actors who have starred in iconic films and shows. The most successful actors have gained international fame and millions of dollars through television shows, movie deals, and advertising contracts. Their legal rights are well-established and

Incentivizing Pharmaceutical Pediatric Data with Patent Extensions

(Source)   Patent exclusivity provides lucrative market incentives for companies in the biopharma space to innovate. Companies that receive a patent for their drug from the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) have a limited monopoly for 20 years from the date of filing the patent. The economic incentives are so lucrative that Amgen built

Is an Executive Order on AI Enough?

(Source)   President Biden’s Executive Order 14110 President Biden signed an executive order on October 30, 2023 about the safe development of AI. However, this is not the first AI-related guidance this administration has published. They previously issued a Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and an AI Risk Management Framework. But both the

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