Author Archives: Mejia Gomez, Julian

First Step (Act) in the Right Direction

BENJAMIN LONGNECKER—The recent passage of the First Step Act retroactively applies the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, addressing a politically and legally-charged topic in criminal justice reform: the disparate sentencing of nonviolent drug offenders who use powder and crack cocaine. After Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, a person had to possess 100 […]

ICYMI: Paying Public Defenders More Could Reduce Jail Costs While Avoiding a Constitutional Crisis

ALLI KATZEN—Although recognized as a crisis by the American Bar Association for over 30 years, the issue of overburdened and overworked public defenders is yet to be resolved. In fact, as budget cuts deepen, pay disparities intensify, and over-criminalization continues, the problem is worsening. Last month, the New York Times highlighted the potential constitutional violation—ineffective […]

Dual-Sovereignty Doctrine Up For Gamble

SOPHIA RUB—On December 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments for Gamble v. United States. The defendant, Gamble, called for the Court to revisit the constitutionality of the dual-sovereignty doctrine as a valid exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Embed from Getty Images The Fifth Amendment’s […]

Alumni Update

Please join us in congratulating UMLR Alumni Eva M. Spahn, JD’11 and Scott E. Byers, JD’09, for becoming shareholders of their respective firms, Greenberg Traurig and Carlton Fields.  Ms. Spahn, is a member of Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation Practice. She handles complex commercial  and class action matters in various forums, including state and federal courts in multiple U.S. jurisdictions, as well […]

UMLR Editor-in-Chief Announced as One of 2019’s Finest Law School Writers

There is nothing we enjoy more than celebrating the achievements of the members of our family. Today we are especially proud to announce that our amazing leader and EIC, Elizabeth Montano, has been named a “2019 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award” winner. This honor is given to only 10 articles from entries submitted by the nation’s […]