Private prisons: a judicial hole in the ADA

By: Ben Smart Despite the Supreme Court ruling that section II of the American with Disabilities Act applies in state prisons, circuit courts have ruled that the ADA will not apply in private prisons. This hole in protection could be patched either judicially, where the exception was created, or legislatively. Section II of the ADA … Continue reading Private prisons: a judicial hole in the ADA

Should the Character and Fitness Application Include Questions Pertaining to Mental Health?

By: Rachel Carroll In the last 10 years, the United States has slowly, but surely, started the process of destigmatizing topics surrounding mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred this topic of conversation even more, as many Americans face the consequences of prolonged burnout and stress. As the World Health Organization notes, people across the … Continue reading Should the Character and Fitness Application Include Questions Pertaining to Mental Health?

Congress Must Act in Response to the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller, P.L.L.C.

By: M. Emily Mahana Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller, P.L.L.C.,[1] decided on April 28, 2022, denies victims of disability discrimination compensatory damages for emotional suffering. Jane Cummings is a blind and deaf woman who communicates using American Sign Language (ASL).[2] Cummings sought physical therapy treatment at Premier Rehab Keller, P.L.L.C. and requested that the facility … Continue reading Congress Must Act in Response to the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Cummings v. Premier Rehab Keller, P.L.L.C.

#FreeBritney: Britney Spears Sheds Light on Conservatorship Issues

By: Madeline Louis For over a decade, pop artist Britney Spears was under the conservatorship of her father, James Spears, as a result of her struggles with mental health. The conservatorship, which went into effect in 2008, made Britney’s father solely responsible for—and gave him full legal control over—all of Britney’s personal and financial affairs. … Continue reading #FreeBritney: Britney Spears Sheds Light on Conservatorship Issues

Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System

By: Jaidyn Rumpca The United States carceral system is a place that many regard as out of sight and out of mind. In reality, people of all backgrounds are affected by the injustices of our so-called justice system. Racial minorities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, people from low-income communities, people with disabilities, and individuals at … Continue reading Cognitive Disability in the Criminal Justice System