Category Archives: UMLR Posts

SPACs: An Increasingly Popular Alternative to Traditional IPOs

ZACH TAYLER—If provided a blank check, what might you spend it on? This is effectively the question facing managers of Special Purpose Acquisition Corporations ( “SPAC” or “SPACs”). SPACs raise money through public offerings for the special purpose of purchasing private companies, thus providing the service of bringing these companies public in the process. Although […]

Bostock and the Threat of Judicial Overreach

CHASE WATHEN—With everything that has been going on this year, some recent controversial decisions out of the Supreme Court have flown under the radar. One such case is Bostock v. Clayton County, which held that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination in employment based on someone’s gender identity and sexual orientation. Justice Gorsuch, […]

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 […]