By: Robert Bryson The Beginning Gerrymandering is a political process in which electoral districts are drawn with convoluted or meandering boundaries. The term was coined in 1812 when Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts signed into law a Boston-area electoral district that resembled a mythological salamander, however, the process of drawing abstract districts was an American … Continue reading Gerrymandering Series: the Beginning, its Development, and the Contemporary Application
By: Bria Burgamy In July 2016, San Diego Unified School District (“the District”) began discussions with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) to create an anti-Islamophobia initiative (“the Initiative”) in its schools. According to a presentation given at a District board meeting, the Initiative intended to “provide resources and strategies to support students during…Ramadan”; “review … Continue reading San Diego Unified School District Settles Case Following Backlash Against Anti-Islamophobia Initiative
By: Maryam Karimi In April 2017, there were 7 million people in the United States who used injectable drugs. Meanwhile, as of April 2017, there were only about 265 Syringe Services programs (SSPs) in the United States. 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
By: Ridgeway Woulfe Thus far in our Gun Control Series, we have discussed why there is a need for gun control solutions and we have discussed who can provide these solutions. Now we address what gun control legislation could actually look like. These methods are not guaranteed to withstand Constitutional challenges. Banned Gun Types One … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: Possible Legislative Actions
By: Ridgeway Woulfe We’ve addressed the need for a change in how America approaches gun violence. We’ve addressed some options for reducing gun violence. Now, we address WHO can take these steps. America has placed the most attention upon the federal government. Indeed, the federal government has the best ability to take the needed steps … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: Who can Create Gun Control Regulations
By: Ken Jensen “[A]s matter of law the answer is clear. In the Federal Arbitration Act, Congress has instructed federal courts to enforce arbitration agreements according to their terms—including terms providing for individualized proceedings.” Epic Sys. Corp. v. Lewis, 138 S. Ct. 1612, 1619 (2018) The Supreme Court thus continued to enforce arbitration agreements consistent … Continue reading PIAC’s Supreme Court Review: Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis
By: PIAC Editorial Board Within this series, PIAC discussed the impact of guns on American life. We have analyzed the variety of types of shooting victims, and the research still needed. We have busted the myths around gun control. Now, we explore the legitimate reasons for gun ownership. Obviously, gun ownership is a divisive topic. … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: Reasons for Owning a Gun
By: Robert Bryson and Ridgeway Woulfe This is Rob and Ridgeway. We’ll be spearheading PIAC’s Gun Control Series, with contributions from others along the way. This series will provide a thorough data and legal-based analysis for the issues that arise in the gun debate. Before we begin the series, however, we wanted to take the … Continue reading PIAC’s Gun Control Series: How to Stop Gun Violence (or at least have less)?
By: Robert Bryson Don’t Misrepresent Facts to Assert Controversial Positions On August 9, 2017, Professors Amy Waxer of the University of the Pennsylvania, School of Law, and Larry Alexander, of the University of San Diego, School of Law (my alma mater), published a controversial article in the Philadelphia Inquirer “Paying the Price for Breakdown of … Continue reading An Open Letter to Professors Amy Waxer and Larry Alexander: Don’t Misrepresent Facts, Assert Controversial Positions, and Act Surprised When You Receive Aggressive Responses
By: Robert Bryson This post will be the fourth in a five-part series examining “voter fraud,” its impact on elections, steps taken to curb it, and it will end with an analysis of Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute which is the Supreme Court case scheduled for arguments January 10, 2018 that will determine if … Continue reading Curbing Fraud vs. Encouraging the Vote: What is more important?