Waiving Goodbye To The Freedom Of Information: Government Confidentiality Waivers In FOIA Exemption 4

Patrick Henry once said, “The liberties of the people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”[2] Presumably embracing a sentiment similar to Henry’s, Congress enacted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).[3]  The FOIA’s purpose was to “ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of… continue reading

Diprospero v. Penn (2005): Justifying the Curent Interpretation of the “Verbal Threshold.”

A. Introduction Over the past 40 years, insurance premiums in New Jersey have on average been among the highest in the nation, leading to tense debate over cost-containment strategies within the State’s Legislature and Judiciary.  Although various auto insurance statutes have been enacted since this time, the Court’s interpretation of the statutory language has been inconsistent… continue reading

Professor Robert F. Williams Explores Pennsylvania’s Controversial Voter Identification Law

On October 24th, 2012, the Rutgers Association for Public Interest Law [2] and Rutgers Democratic Law Students Association [3] co-hosted Voter Identification, an exploration of Pennsylvania’s voter photo identification law (“voter ID law”) by state constitutional scholar Robert F. Williams [4].  Voter ID laws generally require voters to provide photo identification to vote in elections. Such is the… continue reading

Autism and the Permissible Underachieving Education System

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong condition, and the lifetime costs associated with treating it are as high as $3.2 million for each individual.[2] The high costs of treatment and educational services, along with the growing incident rate, are placing enormous burdens on service providers and families throughout the United States. Effective autism treatment programs often… continue reading

A Survey of Red Light Cameras: Countering Faulty Premises with Popular Sentiment

While red light cameras (hereinafter “RLC’s”) are not exactly among the ranks of profound philosophical issues, these devices, which have metastasized throughout this nation’s intersections, warrant the close attention of taxpayers of the twenty-five states where they are in use.[1]  Once thought to be a life-saving revolution in traffic safety, the consensus has begun shifting out… continue reading

Non, Merci! Nein, Danke! No, Grazie!, Na, Engraziel! – Lessons from the 2009 Swiss Referendum to Ban the Construction of Minarets

Introduction In a referendum held in Switzerland in 2009, Swiss voters amended the Constitution of Switzerland to ban the construction of new minarets, the distinctive spires typically found on top of Islamic mosques throughout the country.[ii]  Switzerland is not the only country in Europe to enact public policies targeting the Muslim community.  Far-right and anti-Muslim parties… continue reading

The Rutgers-Rowan (Non-)Merger: An Avoidable Legal Debacle

A. Trying to Walk Before You Crawl           It will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst policy rollouts in recent Garden State history, likely eclipsing former Gov. Jon Corzine’s announcement that he wanted to privatize the Turnpike.[2] Rutgers – Camden, particularly its School of Law, has suffered considerable damage as… continue reading

Rutgers Responds to an Evolving Legal Market

On February 28, 2013, Rutgers took a key step towards change in recognition of a fundamentally altered legal field.  At a meeting of the Rutgers Board of Governors, President Robert L. Barchi introduced a proposal to strengthen legal education at Rutgers by merging Rutgers’ two schools of law in Camden and Newark into a single,… continue reading

Rutgers Professors Weigh In On Healthcare, Reproductive Rights, Taxing, and Unemployment

Editor’s Note: Last November the Health Law Society held a panel event on issues of importance in the 2012 election. Prof. Phillip Harvey spoke on unemployment and job creation. Prof. Michael Livingston discussed the differing tax policies of President Obama and Governor Romney.  Prof. Sally Goldfarb considered the role that a President plays in steering… continue reading

Land of the Free and Museums of the Stolen

The United States is a country rich in history and diverse in backgrounds as a result of the many different individuals who come to call America “home.”  In addition to this unique culture within the United States, Americans crave an understanding of society outside its borders.  To satisfy this desire for experiencing art and civilization,… continue reading