False Protection: Why Some Neglect Statutes Jeopardize the Best Interests of the Child

By Courtney Squires Pursuant to § 63.2-100 of the Virginia Code, “physical neglect” is defined as “the failure to provide food, clothing, shelter, necessary medical treatment, or supervision for a child to the extent that the child’s health or safety is endangered.”[1]  The child protective services (CPS) manual, authored by the Virginia Department of Social Read more about False Protection: Why Some Neglect Statutes Jeopardize the Best Interests of the Child[…]

Looming Risk of Healthcare Crisis Amid the Nearing End of the Pandemic Health Emergency

By: Albert Gutierrez Filing for bankruptcy can be beneficial for many debtors who do not have the ability to pay off their debts and struggle to keep up with their financial obligations.[1] Some advantages of filing for bankruptcy include the automatic stoppage of debt collection activities, the cancellation of some acquired debts, the ability to Read more about Looming Risk of Healthcare Crisis Amid the Nearing End of the Pandemic Health Emergency[…]

Domestic Violence effects on African-Americans

By: Kiana Gilcrist Research shows that black women are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence.[1] 58 percent of black females who knew their offender were killed by a current or former intimate partner.[2] Further, for women of color and their families experiencing higher rates of poverty and lower rates of financial stability, fewer options for safety Read more about Domestic Violence effects on African-Americans[…]

Looming Risk of Healthcare Crisis Amid the Nearing End of the Pandemic Health Emergency

By: Bushra Haque The pandemic is finally seeming to come to an end. The majority of the nation is vaccinated and have received their booster, and increased vaccine access will continue to keep people protected against COVID-19.[1] However, we cannot celebrate too much just yet, because there is another health crisis on the horizon— millions Read more about Looming Risk of Healthcare Crisis Amid the Nearing End of the Pandemic Health Emergency[…]

“Don’t say Race:” Why is Biden Taking a Colorblind Approach to Environmental Justice?

By: Haley Edmonds Last year, President Biden debuted the “Justice40” initiative, which sets out to advance environmental justice (“EJ”) by funneling 40% of all federal environment- and climate-related funds to “disadvantaged” communities.[1] This initiative has drawn recent attention due to the contentious methodology used in the proposed EJ screening tool, which designates a given census Read more about “Don’t say Race:” Why is Biden Taking a Colorblind Approach to Environmental Justice?[…]

Domestic Violence on Tribal Land: Increasing Access to Legal Recourse for Native American and Alaska Native Women

By: Callie Keen On March 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2022 into law.[1] The reauthorization of this Act extends protections and resources to victims of domestic violence across the nation.[2] In particular, the Act seeks to address an issue wherein the United States justice system has consistently failed Read more about Domestic Violence on Tribal Land: Increasing Access to Legal Recourse for Native American and Alaska Native Women[…]

State and Local Courts Should Fully Embrace Online Dispute Resolution

By: Amanuel Mekonnen With the difficulties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing need to fashion systems to increase access to justice, there has been renewed engagement with the concept of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). ODR is the use of information technology and online communication services to facilitate non-litigative means of settling disputes.[1] It Read more about State and Local Courts Should Fully Embrace Online Dispute Resolution[…]

The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis: How Lawyers and Law Students Can Help

By: Caleb Thompson In times of political turmoil, be it domestically or abroad, lawyers can always be of immense use. Lawyers have the tools to help with refugee resettlement, citizenship logistics, and managing the political aspects of the crisis. The current crisis in Ukraine is no exception. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 Read more about The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis: How Lawyers and Law Students Can Help[…]

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