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Can They Do That? (Part 3): Reversing Modern-Day Redlining

By John Spangler Associate Editor, Volume 23 Production Editor, Volume 24 Detroit remains the most segregated metropolitan areas in the United States.[1]  This is in part thanks to historical practices such as “redlining” where majority African-American neighborhoods were deemed “too … Continue reading

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Forever Barred: Examining Felony Disenfranchisement in Florida

By Shanene Frederick Associate Editor, Volume 23 Executive Articles Editor, Volume 24 Desmond Meade was convicted on felony drug and firearm charges back in 2001.[1] Meade, who previously battled drug addiction and experienced homelessness, went on to earn a law … Continue reading

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Gerrymandering: Beyond the Partisan Divide

By Elliott Gluck Associate Editor, Volume 23 Pennsylvania has a long history of a fierce partisan political divisions, due in part to its extremely diverse electorate, geography, and economy.[1] This divide results in massive campaign spending each election cycle and … Continue reading

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Latina Lawyers: Underrepresented and Overqualified

By Cleo Hernandez Associate Editor, Volume 23 Editor-in-Chief, Volume 24 Gender violence, sexual harassment, and feminism have all been dancing around on the center stage of world politics lately, as displayed by the traction that the #MeToo movement has gained … Continue reading

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Attacks on Asian Americans

By Ben Cornelius Associate Editor, Volume 23   Kyle Descher was born in Korea, but adopted at a young age by an American couple. [1] Back when he was a college student he and a roommate headed out to a … Continue reading

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Introducing the MJR&L Volume 24 Executive Editorial Board

Congratulations to our Volume 24 Executive Editorial Board!   Editor-In-Chief Cleo Hernandez Managing Editor Gabriela Hybel Managing Executive Editor Morgan Birck Production Editor John Spangler Executive Articles Editor Shanene Frederick Executive Notes Editor Gloria Han Online Publications Editor  David Bergh Race & Curriculum Editor Allison Horwitz

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Undoing Past Wrongs: Chipping Away at Capital Punishment

By Hira Baig Associate Editor, Volume 23 The vast majority of countries, 140 to be exact, consider the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment.[1]  The current constitution of Germany, for example, forbids use of capital punishment.[2] Lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson … Continue reading

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Clearing the Smoke: Marijuana Reform is a Racial Justice Issue

By David Bergh Associate Editor, Volume 23 Over the past few decades there has been a sea change in the American public’s attitude towards marijuana prohibition. In 1990 only 16% of the US public supported legalization, and 81% were opposed. … Continue reading

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Without My Consent: The Eradication of Protective Consent Decrees

By Rasheed Stewart Associate Editor, Volume 23 The 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, passed following the publicly videotaped 1991 beating of African American motorist Rodney King by four LAPD officers and the catastrophic Los Angeles Riots a … Continue reading

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Can They Do That? (Part 2): End Sanctuary Cities

By John Spangler Associate Editor, Volume 23 It is not just the long election cycle that is a defining feature of Michigan politics today, but also the impact of term limits on who seeks what office.  The current incumbent is … Continue reading

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