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UMLR and UMBLSA Special Issue of Caveat

 

 

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, our nation has reckoned with protests, demonstrations, and civic unrest. We have witnessed a model for change on the local level in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reformers have called for state and federal legislators to pass a police reform bill that adequately addresses the issue of police brutality. However, we […]

 

 

Are Some Cryptocurrencies a Type of Security? Congress Seems to Think So

 

 

ROSANA B. FERNANDEZ—Since its inception in 2009, governments all over the world have been struggling with how to regulate cryptocurrencies. Congress seems to have come up with a solution: calling it a security. As Congress prepared for their holiday recess, the House of Representatives introduced the “Cryptocurrency Act of 2020.” The bill’s stated purpose is […]

 

 

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COVID-19: Uncertainty Surrounding Coronavirus Impacts on the United States’ Prison System

 

 

MACY NIX—With the rapid increase of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) and the uncertainty surrounding its containment, measures suggested to combat Coronavirus have had a rippling effect on both everyday life and the United States’ legal system. On Tuesday, March 17th, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady set forth an administrative order, ordering the […]

 

 

Eleventh Circuit Applies Equal Protection Clause to Florida’s Amendment Four

 

 

GABRIELLE ENGEL—Florida is no stranger to election controversy. Beyond Bush v. Gore, today there are several pending issues in Florida involving early voting sites, Spanish-language ballots, and the location of Trump’s name on the ballot.  However, one issue appears to have been decided, at least for now. Florida Senate Bill 7066, a law intended to […]

 

 

Wash Your Hands, and Keep an Eye on Congress

 

 

JACOB STEMER—The Covid-19 pandemic has led to over two million infected people and over 150,000 deaths world-wide (as of April 19, 2020). In the United States, there are over 750,000 confirmed cases and over 40,000 confirmed deaths related to the novel coronavirus. Additionally, the pandemic has caused a near-complete shutdown of the “non-essential” aspects of […]

 

 

Are Some Cryptocurrencies a Type of Security? Congress Seems to Think So

 

 

ROSANA B. FERNANDEZ—Since its inception in 2009, governments all over the world have been struggling with how to regulate cryptocurrencies. Congress seems to have come up with a solution: calling it a security. As Congress prepared for their holiday recess, the House of Representatives introduced the “Cryptocurrency Act of 2020.” The bill’s stated purpose is […]

 

 

Combatting Unsolicited Text Messages: When Will Courts Draw a Line?

 

 

LAUREN THRONSON—Almost everyone understands the headache of spam callers dialing your cellphone, as well as the similar annoyance of receiving an unsolicited advertisement through a text message.  While Congress has tried to curb unsolicited calls to your home phone through the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the TCPA seems wildly underprepared for the modern era: […]

 

 

The U.S. and the International Criminal Court: failing to lead by example

 

 

BRITTANY FINNEGAN—In March, the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) authorized Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to open an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. Bensouda, in her request for an investigation, attributed acts of war crimes and crimes against humanity to United States forces and intelligence personnel, in addition to Taliban and Afghan forces. The ICC, established 15 […]

 

 

Fee Splitting: The Ethical Implications of Non-Lawyer Involvement

 

 

EVAN ROBINSON—Fee-splitting is a common phenomenon in the legal profession. Typically, fee-splitting occurs between law firms in two ways. The first occurs when two or more law firms work together on a case and split the hourly fees which they have billed the client. The second way occurs, most commonly among plaintiff’s law firms, when […]

 

 

 

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