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America's Electoral Problem: The Shortcomings Of The Electoral College In Contemporary American Democracy, Alex Kaplan 2019 Trinity College

America's Electoral Problem: The Shortcomings Of The Electoral College In Contemporary American Democracy, Alex Kaplan

Senior Theses and Projects

Our Constitution mandates the president of the United States be elected through the electoral college, a mechanism originally engineered to be a compromise between a popular vote by qualified citizens and a vote by Congress. The electoral college existed without controversy up until the 21st century because it consistently produced a winning candidate which mirrored the popular vote, our contemporary perception of a democratic voting method. The legitimacy of the electoral college in the 21st century, however, has been called into question after two of the last five presidents have failed to win the popular vote. Critics of the institution ...


Recognition Of Validity And Incidents Of Marriages Between Blacks And Whites, Lewis F. Powell Jr. 2019 Washington and Lee University School of Law

Recognition Of Validity And Incidents Of Marriages Between Blacks And Whites, Lewis F. Powell Jr.

Powell Writings

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Shelby County And Local Governments: A Case Study Of Local Texas Governments Diluting Minority Votes, Sydnee Fielkow 2019 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Shelby County And Local Governments: A Case Study Of Local Texas Governments Diluting Minority Votes, Sydnee Fielkow

Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy

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Traditional Public Utility Law And The Demise Of A Merchant Transmission Developer, Meredith Hurley 2019 Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Traditional Public Utility Law And The Demise Of A Merchant Transmission Developer, Meredith Hurley

Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy

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Religious Freedom And The Federal Executive Branch: Suggestions For Future Administrations, Melissa Rogers 2019 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Religious Freedom And The Federal Executive Branch: Suggestions For Future Administrations, Melissa Rogers

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

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The Paradox Of The Black Church And Religious Freedom, Jacqueline C. Rivers 2019 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

The Paradox Of The Black Church And Religious Freedom, Jacqueline C. Rivers

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

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Ten Reasons We Need Rigorous Research On Effective Compassion, Byron R. Johnson 2019 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Ten Reasons We Need Rigorous Research On Effective Compassion, Byron R. Johnson

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

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America's Founders, Religious Liberty, And The Common Good, Mark David Hall 2019 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

America's Founders, Religious Liberty, And The Common Good, Mark David Hall

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

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The Earthly Good Of Being Heavenly Minded: The Economic Value Of Us Religion, Brian J. Grim 2019 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

The Earthly Good Of Being Heavenly Minded: The Economic Value Of Us Religion, Brian J. Grim

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

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Promises, Practices, And Consequences Of Religious Freedom: A Global Overview, Roger Finke, Dane R. Mataic 2019 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Promises, Practices, And Consequences Of Religious Freedom: A Global Overview, Roger Finke, Dane R. Mataic

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

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Catholic Thought On The Common Good: A Place For Establishment Clause Limits To Religious Exercise, Angela C. Carmella 2019 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Catholic Thought On The Common Good: A Place For Establishment Clause Limits To Religious Exercise, Angela C. Carmella

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

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The Common Good Requires Robust Institutional Religious Freedom, Stanley Carlson-Thies 2019 University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

The Common Good Requires Robust Institutional Religious Freedom, Stanley Carlson-Thies

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

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Religious Freedom And The Common Good: A Summary Of Arguments And Issues, Thomas C. Berg 2019 University of St. Thomas School of Law

Religious Freedom And The Common Good: A Summary Of Arguments And Issues, Thomas C. Berg

University of St. Thomas Law Journal

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U.S. Policymaking To Address Menstruation: Advancing An Equity Agenda, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf 2019 College of William & Mary Law School

U.S. Policymaking To Address Menstruation: Advancing An Equity Agenda, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

William & Mary Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice

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The Lancet Commission On Global Health Law: The Transformative Power Of Law To Advance The Right To Health, Lawrence O. Gostin 2019 Georgetown University

The Lancet Commission On Global Health Law: The Transformative Power Of Law To Advance The Right To Health, Lawrence O. Gostin

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

A new report by The Lancet-O’Neill-Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law shows how law can fulfill the global pledge of the human right to health, while “leaving no one behind.” I call this “global health with justice.” We need both health and justice. By global health, I mean ever increasing indicators of good health and increased longevity in all countries around the world. By justice I mean that the global “good” of health must be fairly distributed both within and among countries. The Lancet Commission report offers a comprehensive roadmap towards realizing the law’s power ...


Holmes, Humility, And How Not To Kill Each Other, John Inazu 2019 Washington University in St. Louis

Holmes, Humility, And How Not To Kill Each Other, John Inazu

Notre Dame Law Review

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’s dissent in Abrams v. United States is one of the intellectual anchors of modern First Amendment doctrine. In that opinion, Holmes sets out two core aspects of his free speech jurisprudence: his pragmatic concern about majoritarian control and his quasi-libertarian preference for the “competition of the market.” In the century since Abrams, we have witnessed changes in society, technology, and politics that have shaped and reshaped the contours of our First Amendment landscape. But not everything has changed—some aspects of our human experience remain remarkably similar to the context in which Holmes wrote.

One ...


Costs And Challenges Of The Hostile Audience, Frederick Schauer 2019 University of Virginia

Costs And Challenges Of The Hostile Audience, Frederick Schauer

Notre Dame Law Review

In my own newly famous city of Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as in Berkeley, Boston, Gainesville, Middlebury, and an increasing number of other locations, individuals and groups engaging in constitutionally protected acts of speaking, marching, parading, protesting, rallying, and demonstrating have become targets for often-large groups of often-disruptive counterprotesters. And although most of the contemporary events have involved neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan, and other white supremacist speakers who are met with opposition from audiences on the political left, it has not always been so. Indeed, what we now identify as the problem of the hostile audience has often involved more ...


Texas Indian Holocaust And Survival: Mcallen Grace Brethren Church V. Salazar, Milo Colton 2019 St. Mary's University

Texas Indian Holocaust And Survival: Mcallen Grace Brethren Church V. Salazar, Milo Colton

The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice

When the first Europeans entered the land that would one day be called Texas, they found a place that contained more Indian tribes than any other would-be American state at the time. At the turn of the twentieth century, the federal government documented that American Indians in Texas were nearly extinct, decreasing in number from 708 people in 1890 to 470 in 1900. A century later, the U.S. census recorded an explosion in the American Indian population living in Texas at 215,599 people. By 2010, that population jumped to 315,264 people.

Part One of this Article chronicles ...


Reforming Recidivism: Making Prison Practical Through Help, Katelyn Copperud 2019 St. Mary's University School of Law

Reforming Recidivism: Making Prison Practical Through Help, Katelyn Copperud

The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice

While Texas has long been recognized as “Tough Texas” when it comes to crime, recent efforts have been made to combat that reputation. Efforts such as offering “good time” credit and more liberal parole standards are used to reduce the Texas prison populations. Although effective in reducing prison populations, do these incentives truly reduce a larger issue of prison overpopulation: recidivism?

In both state and federal prison systems, inmate education is proven to reduce recidivism. Texas’s own, Windham School District, provides a broad spectrum of education to Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates; from General Education Development (GED) classes ...


Skinning The Cat: How Mandatory Psychiatric Evaluations For Animal Cruelty Offenders Can Prevent Future Violence, Ashley Kunz 2019 St. Mary's University School of Law

Skinning The Cat: How Mandatory Psychiatric Evaluations For Animal Cruelty Offenders Can Prevent Future Violence, Ashley Kunz

The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice

In 2017, the Texas legislature amended Texas Penal Code § 42.092, which governs acts of cruelty against non-livestock animals. The statute in its current form makes torturing, killing, or seriously injuring a non-livestock animal a third degree felony, while less serious offenses carry either a state jail felony or a Class A misdemeanor charge.

While a step in the right direction, Texas law is not comprehensive in that it fails to address a significant aspect of animal cruelty offenses: mental illness. For over fifteen years, Texas Family Code § 54.0407 has required psychiatric counseling for juveniles convicted of cruelty to ...


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