Category Archives: Law Review members

After a Decade of Silence, the Supreme Court Re-Enters the Gun Rights Debate

ANNE MARIE MCLAUGHLIN—In 2008, the Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep guns in the home for self-defense. Two years later, the Court extended Heller to apply to both state and local governments. For nearly a decade after, however, the Supreme Court declined to […]

A Big Mac is a Big Mac™ . . . Unless You Are in the EU

STEPHANIE MORAN—On January 11, 2019, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”) cancelled McDonald’s trademark on the “Big Mac” in the European Union. McDonald’s has held its “Big Mac” trademark in the EU since 1998. The cancellation of McDonald’s EU trademark is a result of a 2017 lawsuit filed by Irish restaurant chain “Supermac,” that […]

Why the President Can Not Rely on His Own Powers to Fund the Border Wall: A Story of Separation of Powers

ANABEL BLANCO—On Saturday, December 22, the U.S. government entered a partial shutdown after President Trump and Congress failed to reach an agreement to pass a spending bill—a proposed law that authorizes the expenditure of government funds. President Trump demanded that the bill include 5.6 billion dollars in border wall funding, something that democrats steadfastly oppose. […]

National Referendums on Federal Constitutional and Legislative Issues: Can the Public Have a Direct Say?

MATTHEW CASBARRO—On January 4th, 2019, Senator Ted Cruz proposed a constitutional amendment that would place limits on Congressional terms. The proposed amendment would limit United States Senators and House Representatives to two six-year terms and three two-year terms, respectively. There are currently no term limits for either of the chambers of our Federal Legislature, though […]

Trump’s Border Wall: Waive Goodbye to Environmental Protection

JACOB HENSCH—Since Trump issued Executive Order 13767, “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has waived dozens of environmental laws for border wall construction projects in California, Texas, and New Mexico. The waivers were issued pursuant to section 102(c) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 […]