Tag Archives: Constitutional Law

A Change to College Admissions as We Know It

STEPHANIE SANCHEZ—Amidst a contentious term for the Supreme Court, the Court has already heard oral argument on subjects ranging from abortion to gun control and has issued numerous rulings on “shadow docket” cases ranging from gerrymandering to immigration. Based on a recent grant of certiorari, the Court is positioning itself for yet another momentous term […]

The Tension Between Free Speech and State Politics on Public University Campuses

PRISCILLA RUIZ—In 2021, the University of Florida (“UF”) caused a controversy over an issue that affects public universities nationally: Can public universities bar professors from testifying against the state that funds them, or does such an act violate the First Amendment and principles of academic freedom? UF entered the new year continuing to make headlines […]

Federal Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate: A Constitutional Issue or Proper Exercise of Emergency Powers?

ALLY CHAMBERLIN—Earlier this month, President Joe Biden announced new Covid-19 policies regarding vaccinations. The President’s “action plan” consists of the following key components: an executive order mandating vaccinations for all federal employees; vaccine requirements for all healthcare workers employed at facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding; and a requirement that all private employers with 100 […]

Re-Contextualizing Medical Marijuana Reimbursements in Anticipation of Its Legalization

SEAN HUGHES—Currently, there is strong bipartisan support at the federal level for the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act is bipartisan legislation that removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), thus decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level and enabling states to define their own laws regarding […]

Fulton v. City of Philadelphia: LGBTQ Rights and Religious Freedom in the Wake of Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation

TORI SIMKOVIC—The battle between LGBTQ rights and religious freedom continues in the United States Supreme Court. On November 4, the Court will hear oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case that will determine whether private agencies that receive tax-payer funding can claim religious freedom justifies discrimination against same-sex couples. For years, the […]