Shots Fired: Lack of Funding for Gun Violence Research

By: Nicole Nazari “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. “For nearly 200 years of our nation’s history, the Second Amendment was understood to provide a right to bear arms if it was for a legitimate … Continue reading Shots Fired: Lack of Funding for Gun Violence Research

The Opioid Epidemic: “Legal Genocide”

By: Bria Burgamy Over the past two decades, prescription opioids have wreaked havoc in the United States – despite evidence that the drugs’ manufacturers knew the drugs had potential to do just that. The opioid crisis has claimed more than 200,000 American lives since becoming commonly prescribed in the late 1990s. At the center of … Continue reading The Opioid Epidemic: “Legal Genocide”

The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

By: Nicole Nazari There is something disturbingly wrong with the American health care system. Before 2014, when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, individual market insurers could conduct a litany of unethical practices. Insurers could deny coverage to applicants with preexisting conditions, charge sicker people higher premiums, and not cover specific … Continue reading The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act

The Orange County Needle Exchange Program: A Public Health Victory in Unconventional Form

By:  Maryam Karimi In April 2017, there were 7 million people in the United States who used injectable drugs.[1] Meanwhile, as of April 2017, there were only about 265 Syringe Services programs (SSPs) in the United States.[2] Yes, you read that right, 265 needle exchanges for an estimated 7 million users. According to the Centers for … Continue reading The Orange County Needle Exchange Program: A Public Health Victory in Unconventional Form

California Ends Cash Money Bail System: Ends a Pay-to-Play System of Justice

By: Robert Bryson In the United States, bail refers to a system wherein a suspect is conditionally released from custody upon the surrender of payment of money or pledge of property to the court. The funds are then refunded when the suspect returns to court for their trial. If the suspect fails to return, the … Continue reading California Ends Cash Money Bail System: Ends a Pay-to-Play System of Justice

Corporate Personhood: Can a corporation really hold religious views? How did we get here?

By:  Robert Bryson Corporate personhood is the legal notion that a corporation is a distinct entity that exists separately from the human being associated with it (like owners, managers, and employees). Corporations got their first breath of life in the Justinian Digest (the latest iteration of the Roman Code). Pope Innocent IV (pontificate from 1243-54) … Continue reading Corporate Personhood: Can a corporation really hold religious views? How did we get here?

Promoting Innovation in Technology: The Fundamentals of Open Source Software

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe Open source software is a trending avenue for developers to continue the innovation and evolution of the industry, but the law surrounding open source software is deeply nuanced and complicated.  This article will provide a basic understanding of the core concepts of open source software, which is opening up the technological market … Continue reading Promoting Innovation in Technology: The Fundamentals of Open Source Software