Category Archives: UMLR Posts

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 […]

Are Some Cryptocurrencies a Type of Security? Congress Seems to Think So

ROSANA B. FERNANDEZ—Since its inception in 2009, governments all over the world have been struggling with how to regulate cryptocurrencies. Congress seems to have come up with a solution: calling it a security. As Congress prepared for their holiday recess, the House of Representatives introduced the “Cryptocurrency Act of 2020.” The bill’s stated purpose is […]

Combatting Unsolicited Text Messages: When Will Courts Draw a Line?

LAUREN THRONSON—Almost everyone understands the headache of spam callers dialing your cellphone, as well as the similar annoyance of receiving an unsolicited advertisement through a text message.  While Congress has tried to curb unsolicited calls to your home phone through the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the TCPA seems wildly underprepared for the modern era: […]