Constitutional Scholars Discuss the Election, Gender Bias, and the Supreme Court

By Eleanor Spencer

Today, November 8, 2016, Americans will elect the 45th President of the United States. The lead up to this election has been long and full of twists and turns. Some of these twists and turns were discussed at the Impact Center for Public Interest Law’s well-attended fifth Impact Thursday event, “The Election, The Supreme Court, The Constitution and The Rule of Law.” This event was held on September 29, 2016, and featured panelists Professor Richard Epstein of NYU <Read More>

3.5 Million People With No Vote: Puerto Rico’s Legal Status

By Halah Elchorbagy

As Election Day approaches, many Americans are heading to the polls to cast their ballots for the candidates that best represent their interests. However, although all individuals born in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens, the adult citizens living in Puerto Rico do not have the right to vote for the President of the United States. They are limited to voting for one non-voting member of the House of Representatives and are only allowed to vote in the presidential <Read More>

Election 2016: Why Felony Disenfranchisement Matters

By Jane Rosales

The Right to Vote is an important right and civic duty. However, most states have laws that prevent individuals with felony convictions from voting, even after they have left prison and live in the community. These laws should be changed as they infringe on the rights of community members, have discriminatory origins, and have a disproportionate impact on people of color. The laws can also impact the outcomes of elections.

What is Felony Disenfranchisement?

Felony disenfranchisement laws have had a <Read More>

Reproductive Rights: The Supreme Court and The Presidential Election

By Eleanor Spencer

On June 27, 2016, in a 5-3 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law that restricted women’s access to a safe abortion. This was one of the most significant cases dealing with reproductive rights the Court has heard since the Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA v. Casey decision in 1992. Whole Women’s Health concerned two Texas legal requirements that, if allowed, would have closed all but approximately nine or ten abortion <Read More>

Racial Bias in the Jury Room: Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado and the No Impeachment Rule

By Veronica Rose

Jury deliberations are sometimes considered a source of intrigue. As seen from the dramatization of the deliberations in movies like Twelve Angry Men or the countless scenes from TV shows about the drama of waiting for a verdict, what happens behind the closed doors of a jury deliberation room is often a mystery. Usually, in a criminal case, the only indication of what was said is the verdict itself – guilty or not guilty. However, the verdict does <Read More>