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.






Debt Forever



BRANDON SIMON—Our parents instructed us to go to school and get a job. They said it was a wise investment that would pay off at the end of the day. They told us we need a college degree to get a job. An even heavier proposition is what our parents failed to tell us: our […]



“More Bark than Bite”? A.G. Sessions’ Promise to Return to Marijuana Enforcement



FILIP GRZELAK—As of January 2018, use of marijuana—either medical or recreational—is legal in 29 states and in the District of Columbia. However, under the federal law, possession of marijuana remains illegal and punishable by jail and monetary fines. In 2009, the Obama Administration decided it would not interfere with state marijuana laws, thereby limiting the […]



Lowering Your Academic Standards is Your Problem, Not the NCAA’s



BRYAN WALSH—After a long, drawn out investigation that left the Tar Heels wallowing in purgatory for over three years, the NCAA made its decision on the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Basketball scandal on October 13, 2017. In the proceedings leading up to the final judgment, the University admitted that it had administered […]



Firing Employees for Union Activity Isn’t Always Against the Law



SHAWN WRIGHT—Imagine showing up to work one morning at your satellite office and the doors being locked. Whether you are a lawyer, doctor, professor, or salesman, you would likely be shocked at the letter posted on the door from your boss to employees and customers that reads, “[Company Name] has closed. I have decided to […]



Equal Access in the Digital Age: Does the ADA Apply in Cyberspace?



MAYA FRUCHT—The internet is an integral part of society. With the assistance of screen reader software, the legally blind or visually impaired can use websites to the same degree as everyone else. However, many websites are inaccessible with this software. Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), “[n]o individual shall […]



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 […]




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