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UMLR and UMBLSA Special Issue of Caveat

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, our nation has reckoned with protests, demonstrations, and civic unrest. We have witnessed a model for change on the local level in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reformers have called for state and federal legislators to pass a police reform bill that adequately addresses the issue of police brutality. However, we […]

Storm of the Decade: The Aftermath of Hurst v. Florida & Why the Storm Is Likely to Continue

MELANIE KALMANSON* 74 U. Miami L. Rev. Caveat 37 (2020). PDF Version The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Hurst v. Florida was a “hurricanic constitutional event” for capital sentencing, especially in Florida. After the storm made landfall—invalidating Florida’s capital sentencing scheme based on the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of a trial by jury—the Supreme Court of […]

The Criminalization of Homelessness in a Post-Pottinger World

AMELIA DAYNES—In February of this year, Judge Moreno of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida dissolved the Pottinger Agreement, a landmark consent decree that led the nation in establishing protection for people experiencing homelessness. The original Pottinger Agreement was reached in 1998, after ten years of litigation and negotiation between the […]

Wealthy Families Don’t Need Bribes

KEIGAN VANNOY—On Tuesday March, 12, 2019, the FBI announced that 33 individual parents from some of the wealthiest families in the United States would be indicted and criminally prosecuted for various acts of bribery and fraud. Those parents collectively paid $25 million to buy admission slots for their children at prestigious and selective universities across […]