By Ivey Fidelibus A few times within each generation, an invention is so novel and powerful that it changes not only a certain profession or specific task, but society itself.[1]  For example, consider the debut of Facebook in 2004 and the ensuing rise of social media[2] or Apple’s launch of the first iPhone in 2007.[3] […]

Amanda Hull The federal omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Biden in late December 2022 included breastfeeding protections for working parents.[1] These protections were initially introduced as the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers (“PUMP”) Act in 2021.[2] The PUMP Act expands existing hourly employee protections to salaried employees, requiring […]

By Gabby Korb President Biden signed Executive Order 14006 banning the renewal of private prison contracts, stating that “[t]his is the first step to stop corporations from profiting off of the incarcerated—incarceration that is less humane and less safe, as the studies show.”[1]  Although this can be seen as a positive step in the fight […]

By Caroline Willcox The cost of housing has risen to such an extent in the past few years that, for some, it has become prohibitive to home ownership or housing generally.[1]  This problem is especially prevalent in Idaho, where houses in Boise are almost 70 percent overvalued.[2]  A woman in Idaho, Chasidy Decker, found a […]

Julia Guarneri In 2018, Alyssa Rodriguez was brought to Rikers Island (“Rikers”), New York City’s main jail complex, to be “held for pretrial detention”.[1] Although a transgender woman, she was placed in the all-male Anna M. Kross Center and housed in an open sleeping area with male detainees.[2] Corrections employees expressed confusion as to why […]

By Kendall Carter Florida has executed more people than just about any other state.[1]  However, Florida also gets it wrong more than anyone else.  Florida has had thirty exonerations from death row, more than any other state, and it’s not even close.[2] On October 13, 2022, after months of proceedings, a Broward County jury recommended […]

By Alexander Van Zijl The Origins of NOAA’s North Atlantic Right Whale Regulatory Scheme On August 1, 2022, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) sent shockwaves through the boating community when the agency decided to further protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale by proposing an amendment to 50 C.F.R. § 224.105.[1] In 2008, […]

Luke Shapiro Wake Forest University students who take a short drive North of campus might notice a familiar logo on the side of an otherwise nondescript brick building.  The red, lassoing cowboy of “Texas Pete” hot sauce greets visitors to the T.W.  Garner Foods (“Garner Foods”) facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Locals are proud to […]

By Ben Woessner  The last few decades have seen significant debate surrounding the generous compensation of the top executives of publicly-held corporations.  While some view the current system of pay as functional and driven by market forces like scarce executive talent,[1] many watch the upward trajectory of an increasingly disproportionate gap between executive pay and […]

By Dylan Ellis The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been one of the most divisive government agencies since its inception in 2010. The CFPB was installed with far greater protections than most government agencies are afforded, including protections against both presidential[1] and congressional[2] influences on the agency’s decision making. As a result, the CFPB […]

By Max Anthony On September 26, 2022, thousands of prisoners across the state of Alabama launched a labor strike in response to the “deteriorating conditions” and “pervasive violence” inside state prisons.[1]  In fact, conditions have deteriorated to the point that multiple homicides and drug overdoses occur on a weekly basis resulting in a “new normal.”[2] […]

Clare Magee Qatar was awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup in 2010 amid allegations of corruption that eventually led to several indictments in United States courts.[1] Immediately after the announcement, World Cup fans and human rights activists alike raised concerns about the impact of Qatari law on the tournament. Qatar is the latest in a […]