Civil Rights Law

Come, Stay, and Enjoy Your Day: Sex Trafficking and Franchisor Liability Under Section 1595 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act

Alexa Goldstein

Abstract Commercial sex trafficking continues to be a major national and international issue. In 2000, Congress enacted the Trafficking Victims Protection Act to combat sex trafficking, protect victims, and punish violators through developing international minimum standards and a complex, national legal scheme for bringing human trafficking claims. In 2003, Congress added § 1595, a civil […]

Algorithmic Inclusion

Eldar Haber

Abstract Response to Peter Yu, The Algorithmic Divide and Equality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Artificial Intelligence (AI) is expected to dramatically change humanity. From the automation of daily tasks and labor, to curing diseases and handling disasters, many forecast that human beings will soon begin enjoying the benefits of AI technology within many […]

Affording The Franchise: Amendment 4 & The Senate Bill 7066 Litigation

Dalia Figueredo

Abstract Felon re-enfranchisement statutes that condition the restoration ofvoting rights on the payment of legal financial obligations have beenchallenged under the Fourteenth and Twenty-Fourth Amendments to theU.S. Constitution. To date, these challenges have been unsuccessfulbecause felons are not a protected class, disenfranchised felons do nothave a fundamental right to vote under existing case law, and […]

Oh What a Truism the Tenth Amendment Is: State Sovereignty, Sovereign Immunity, and Individual Liberties

Sharon E. Rush

Abstract The United States Supreme Court takes the Tenth Amendment and state sovereignty seriously. It also takes the Eleventh Amendment and state sovereign immunity seriously. Moreover, the contemporary Court’s interpretations of Congress’s Article I powers are based on its concomitant interpretations of the Tenth and Eleventh Amendments. The Court has infused these interpretations with the […]

Sweet Child O’ Mine: Adult Adoption & Same-Sex Marriage in the Post-Obergefell Era

Written by: Robert Keefe

Abstract Gay and lesbian partners used adult adoption to create family relationships and to ensure inheritance and property rights in the decades before the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Same-sex partners who chose adult adoption as an alternative to marriage before the Obergefell decision must now dissolve the adoption […]

Assessing the Viability of Implicit Bias Evidence in Discrimination Cases: An Analysis of the Most Significant Federal Cases

Written by: Anthony Kakoyannis

Abstract The theory of implicit bias occupies a rapidly growing field of scientific research and legal scholarship. With the advent of tools measuring individuals’ subconscious biases toward people of other races, genders, ages, national origins, religions, and sexual orientations, scholars have rushed to explore the ways in which these biases might affect decision-making and produce […]