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Unequal Protection: The Pragmatic Approach to Interpreting the Fourteenth Amendment

May 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Adam J. Ondo, Comment Editor. I. INTRODUCTION: A MOST RANDOM EXCEPTION The thesis of this article is not that affirmative action in higher education is an immoral or unwise policy, but that it is unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment if any formal theory of constitutional interpretation is applied. Worded differently, it is a criticism of the Supreme Court’s recent interpretations of the Equal Protection Clause as applied to the use of race in college admissions. Affirmative [...]

Rescuing Agricultural Water Rights

March 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Jake Rutherford, Editor-in-Chief. I. INTRODUCTION: THE HEADWATERS On February 19, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court quietly preserved over one hundred years of surface water administration procedure.[1] Assuming the Court agreed with the Thirteenth Court of Appeals’ analysis, it disposed of the case based on statutory interpretation issues and the breadth of administrative authority. But this case is an exemplar of a far more prevalent and ominous problem. Industries and special interest [...]

Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

February 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Adam J. Ondo, Staff Member. I. Introduction Natasha Velez worked at a New York City Chipotle restaurant, preparing burritos and working the register.[1] On January 1, 2013, Natasha was beaten and choked by her then‑boyfriend. The assault left her with a broken left index finger that required a splint. On her first day back, she informed her manager that she had been assaulted in a domestic violence incident. She then explained to her manager that her doctors told her that she could not [...]