In recent years, representatives from several different states have proposed legislation and policies at the national, state, and local levels of government that aim to afford increased protection to individuals who sell sex. This increase in proposed legislation suggests that politicians have begun taking seriously the harms that individuals who sell sexual services face every day, though their means to protect such individuals vary widely. Read More.
Recent events in the United States have fueled the ongoing conversation regarding the domestic terrorist threat within our nation. Multiple studies indicate that the greatest terrorist threat to the United States no longer emanates from a foreign source but comes from within. In response, many lawmakers have proposed various legislative solutions, including the creation of a domestic terrorist organization designation similar to the existing foreign terrorist organization designation. This Article analyzes constitutional issues in creating a domestic terrorist organization designation and concludes that such a designation is not constitutionally feasible. It proposes several practical alternatives to provide law enforcement and prosecutors with the necessary resources and tools to combat this growing threat within the United States while preserving its most cherished liberties, such as freedom of association and free speech. Read More.
The combination of long hours, conflict-driven work projects, and demanding work environments has helped to establish the high-stress reputation of the legal profession. In 2016, a study of almost 13,000 attorneys funded by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs found that 20.6% of the attorney participants screened at a level consistent with problem drinking, 28% were experiencing signs of depression, 19% were experiencing signs of anxiety, and 23% were experiencing signs of stress.2 For many attorneys, stress is not something new. While in law school, prospective attorneys are faced with the pressures to meet strict deadlines, keep up with large amounts of reading, and land the best internships, all while competing with their classmates for the best grades on the grading curve. Read More.