Is Arizona’s Use of the Death Penalty Constitutional?

By Zach Stern In order to comply with Supreme Court precedent since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976[1], states are required to implement procedures that narrow the group of people eligible for death.[2] The reason for this is obvious: the death penalty should be reserved for the worst offenses and the worst offenders.... Continue Reading →


By: Nicolas Jesús Monarrez Human trafficking victims are afforded many protections from both state and federal government. While on paper, these protections seem to provide the results desired, many fall short, leaving victims of human trafficking to make difficult decisions which may risk their safety. This is true in Arizona and is a large civil... Continue Reading →

Social Justice, Law, and STEM: Bridging Traditional, Legal Pursuits with Science and Technology

By: Earvin Poon Traditionally, law students who wish to pursue a career focused on social justice would restrict their legal specialization in areas such as criminal or constitutional law. Areas such as science and technology are viewed as too business-focused, but these traditionally overlooked areas are the forefront of today’s social justice issues. No one... Continue Reading →

Language Minority Citizens and Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act

By:  Noah Gabrielsen Five years after Congress amended the Voting Rights Act to protect illiterate English speakers from literacy tests, it amended the law again, this time to protect language minority citizens with limited English proficiency (LEP).[1] Explicitly recognizing that “citizens of language minorities have been effectively excluded from participation in the electoral process,” section... Continue Reading →

Kids will be Kids: The Changing State of Juvenile Sentencing & Some Implications

By: Nicolas Jesús Monarrez The phrase “kids will be kids” is thrown around colloquially without much thought. A teen gets in trouble at school for passing notes. Two toddlers fight over blocks until someone cries. That cliché applies to most children, but what do we say about a child who commits a crime? Is a... Continue Reading →

Her Body, Their Choice

By: Annabelle Abel Abortion Rights in the Age of Kavanaugh, Gorsuch, and June Medical Services, LLC v. Gee On October 4, 2019, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear June Medical Services, L.L.C. v. Gee, a Louisiana case asking the court to decide the legitimacy and legality of state mandated burdens on the professionals and... Continue Reading →

The Non-Indian Problem

By: Jens Camp Note: When I use the term Tribes, I mean the indigenous nations which are currently considered federally-recognized Indian Tribes by the United States.  These Tribes are incredibly diverse—currently there are 573 federally recognized Tribes, each with their own unique cultures and systems of governance—so anything I express about them is intended to... Continue Reading →

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