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The Fight for Climate Reform in the Courts: The Public Trust Doctrine and Climate Change

By: Natalie Kilker The clock is ticking on meaningful climate change action. Earth’s land has already reached a critical warming of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, and should fossil fuel burning continue business-as-usual, the IPCC warns of the future consequences—and the ones that are already here.[1] From the increased frequency and intensity of heat-related events,... Continue Reading →

The Rohingya Situation: Seventy-One Years After the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By: Lexi Tartaglio December of 2018 marked the seventieth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.[1] And yet, over seventy years after this monumental agreement, we continue to live in a world where genocide, ethnic cleansing, and general provisions and actions that undermine human rights as a whole take place. Further,... Continue Reading →

Can Democrat Presidential Hopefuls Spark a Criminal Justice Revolution?

By: Miles DeCoster It’s no secret that the U.S. criminal justice system has problems. For starters, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world, outperforming even largely authoritarian governments like Rwanda, Turkmenistan, and Iran.  The situation looks even worse when compared to other democratic nations like the U.K., Canada, and... Continue Reading →

The Student Debt Crisis

By: Taylor M. L. Rivich Student debt relief is a major topic of conversation going into the 2020 election. Our collective student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion, which is second only to mortgage debt. [1] The average debt burden of the graduating class of 2018 was nearly $30,000. [2] Furthermore, unlike outstanding debt on... Continue Reading →

Gang Injunctions and The Attack on Civil Rights

By: Kelsey Whalen Crime has been a major concern in cities throughout the United States. The high rate of crime in some of these cities has been primarily attributed to gangs.[1] Cities have implemented extreme preventative measures to combat gang violence. One more recent strategy being utilized is known as a “gang injunction.”[2] Gang injunctions... Continue Reading →


By: Maria Hodge As the upcoming 2020 election cycle approached, one issue in particular that is being addressed by democratic primary candidates is environmental justice.  According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 84 percent of democratic voters believe that climate change is an international emergency.  Furthermore, failures in mitigating environmental hazards, such as the contamination of... Continue Reading →

The Fight Against the School-to-Prison Pipeline

By: Cecilia Nieto When most children arrive for school, they don’t consider the possibility of being handcuffed and arrested on campus for a minor indiscretion—traditionally disciplined by detention or a trip to the principal’s office. However, the school-to-prison pipeline, a phenomenon creating a gateway between the classroom and incarceration, has been compromising the futures of... Continue Reading →

The Fallacy of Fairness

By: Paul Davis This Fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a challenge to certain provisions of Delaware’s Constitution. The challenged portions had set a limit on the number of justices affiliated with any one political party on the state’s three highest courts. [1] That party could form only “a bare majority,”... Continue Reading →

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