By A.T. Jordan Associate Editor, Vol. 21 Contributing Editor, Vol. 22 In this Comment I hope to articulate how and why the line of cases culminating in Obergefell v. Hodges[1] can be helpful in challenging racial profiling.  What Obergefell provides is a third way of thinking about discrimination, rooted neither in discriminatory intent or purpose, nor in […]

By Brittany Chiang, Associate Editor, Vol. 21 Asian American exonerees, like the formerly incarcerated, often lack resources, receiving little assistance from the government to facilitate reentry.  In the case of Asian Americans, this is partially due to their classification as a “model minority.”[1]  They encounter unique challenges because “the portrayal of Asian Americans as successful permits […]

By Rebeca Ontiveros-Chavez Associate Editor, Vol. 21 Executive Articles Editor, Vol. 22 Latin Americans are the largest immigrant group in the United States.[1] Many have fled from persecution in their country and seek asylum.[2] Others are involuntarily brought as infants or children by their parents or other family members. In some cases, these immigrants had […]

By Jackie Pilcowitz Associate Editor, Vol. 21 The City of Detroit is denying water to thousands of its residents. In the spring of 2014, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) announced its plan to disconnect water service to Detroit residents with delinquent accounts — those who owed $150 or more.[1] The median income in […]

  Last term the Supreme Court was indirectly confronted with the specter of juror racial bias and its threat to the constitutional right to an impartial jury.[1] Warger v. Shauers, 135 S. Ct. 521 (2014). While the Court ultimately sidestepped the issue, the Warger decision implied constitutional concerns about exercises of judicial discretion that limit […]

By Alanna Farber Associate Editor, Vol. 20 Executive Editor, Vol. 21 The school district in Cleveland, Mississippi has been subject to federal jurisdiction since 1965 due to continued struggles in desegregating its schools.[1] Fifty years ago, citizens of Cleveland sued the county’s board of education, alleging that the defendants had not made any efforts to […]

By Reid Murdoch Associate Editor, Vol. 20 Online Publications Editor, Vol. 21 Last fall, U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller held a rarely granted evidentiary hearing on the constitutionality of designating cannabis as a Schedule I Controlled Substance.[1] Defendant Brian Pickard, through his attorneys, has moved to dismiss charges of cannabis cultivation in the […]