Volume 72, Issue 1 Released



UMLR is proud to announce that Volume 72, Issue 1 is now available on our website here.  Feel free to browse the collection of articles and notes. UMLR dedicated countless hours and significant effort to bring Issue 1 to fruition and we are proud of the final product. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making Volume […]



Giving Credit to Ervin Gonzalez



UMLR is proud to have dedicated our final issue of Volume 71 to the late Ervin Gonzalez. He will be missed. Please see the following write-up in the Daily Business Review.






Digging Coal, Burying Regulations?: Legal Barriers to Proposed Energy Market Reform



KATRINA TOMAS—President Trump’s promise to end the “war on coal” has, in the past month, resulted in agency actions that endeavor to instigate a war on carbon regulation. On October 10th, U.S. Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, announced a proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s fully finalized […]



Bitcoin: Legal Tender or Monopoly Money?



JOSEPHINE JORGENSEN—2017 is a big year for Bitcoin: its value continues to rise and reach new records. Bitcoin reached a record high of more than $7,400 on November 3, bringing the market capitalization above $124 billion. Those that bought into Bitcoin early on have made an impressive return on their investment. An original investment of […]



The Weinstein Company: A Board with no “Silver Lining”



KARINA LEITER—On October 5, 2017, The New York Times published a story that unveiled several sexual harassment accusations against well-known American film producer and co-founder of The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein (“Weinstein”). Since that story broke, over forty women have come forward alleging that they too were victims of Weinstein’s inappropriate conduct. Many of these […]



HHS Regs Vastly Expand Contraceptive Coverage Exemptions



EMILY WASSERMANN—On October 6th, new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations went into effect broadening the scope of exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. The requirement that for-profit entities be closely held in order to claim exemption has been eliminated, meaning large publically traded companies can now choose not to follow […]



Yes, #BlackLivesMatter. No, #YouCantSueAHashtag.



KRISTEN TAYLOR—On Thursday, September 28, 2017, a federal judge in the Middle District of Louisiana ruled that neither Black Lives Matter nor its hashtag could be sued. The decision came after an officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department, who was injured during a Black Lives Matter demonstration on July 9, 2016, filed suit against […]



O Say Can You … Kneel? The legality behind firing NFL players for taking a knee during the National Anthem



TATIANA WASERSTEIN—On August 26, 2016, former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick became the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Kaepernick explained that he is not going to “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people.” Since then, several NFL players have […]



Faithful Execution of Florida Law, or of Florida Citizens?



SYDNEY FELDMAN—As State Attorney for Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit, Aramis Ayala is “the prosecuting officer of all trial courts in the [Ninth Circuit].” Fla. Const. art. V, § 17. In this capacity, Ayala is charged daily with making “tough choices as to which crimes to prosecute and which penalties to pursue in consideration of [her] […]




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