Tag Archives: First Amendment

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 […]

Death Penalty Debate: The Role of Spiritual Advisors During Execution

ISABELLE CARBAJALES—The constitutionality of capital punishment has long been debated. The rights of those on death row and aspects of the death-penalty system have been similarly subject to wide-spread debate. One of the more recent death penalty debates arises in Ramirez v. Collier and questions the role of spiritual advisors during the execution of death […]

Miami’s New Restrictions on Food Sharing and How They Might Be Unconstitutional

“We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast VICTORIA KLINE―Chapter 25 section 25 of the City of Miami Code of Ordinances, passed in June of 2020, is called Regulations for large group feedings. It sounds like it […]

B.L. v. Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist.: School Speech in the Era of Social Media and Virtual Learning

BRIDGET DYE—The Supreme Court will soon consider the role social media plays in a student’s right to free speech in public schools. The Court has agreed to take up a Pennsylvania school district case, B.L. v. Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist., where a high school cheerleader was disciplined and suspended from the team after posting obscenities […]

Tanzin v. Tanvir: Rethinking Relief under RFRA

MIRA HAQQANI—In October, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Tanzin v. Tanvir, a case involving statutory interpretation that could have a colossal impact on law enforcement accountability and religious liberty. The plaintiffs in the case, including Muhammad Tanvir, are either citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, and each is a […]