By: Sophia Pappalardo & Kenya Parrish United States v. James Michael Farrell In this criminal case, Appellant was convicted after a jury trial for ten offenses of money laundering conspiracy, substantive money laundering, and obstruction of justice. Appellant was prosecuted for his role in an elaborate multi-state marijuana trafficking organization. On appeal, Appellant contested several […]

R.F. v. Cecil County Public Schools This case is a civil case where the parents of a child with disabilities challenged an administrative law judge’s determination that Cecil County Public Schools (“CCPS”) had fulfilled its obligation to provide the child with a free appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). There […]

By Matthew Hooker Spencer v. Virginia State Univ.             In this civil case, the Fourth Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment in favor of Virginia State University concerning the plaintiff’s claim that she was sexually discriminated against with respect to her salary. The plaintiff, a sociology professor, earned a median salary when compared to men […]

By Ryan C Dibilio and Robert M. Padget III Hannah P. v. Daniel Coats In this case, Appellant Hannah P. (“Hannah”) asserted that her former employer, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (“Appellee”), discriminated against her pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Rehabilitation Act”), 29 U.S.C. § 701, et seq., and violated […]

By Thomas Cain and Noah Hock Wood v. Arnold In this civil case, Appellant Wood claimed teaching and assessment materials from a high school world history class violated her First Amendment rights under either the Establishment Clause or the Free Speech Clause.  At issue were a statement comparing Islamic and Christian faiths and a worksheet […]

By Cole Tipton SummitBridge National v. Faison In this bankruptcy action, SummitBridge National (“National”) appeals the district court’s holding that it is barred from claiming attorney’s fees incurred after a bankruptcy petition was filed.  The contract between National and Ollie Faison (“Faison”) stated that Faison would pay “all costs of collection, including but not limited to […]

By Kayla West and Jim Twiddy Mark Lawlor v. David Zook In this criminal case, the Appellant sought a review of his death sentence. A Virginia state court sentenced the Appellant to death after his conviction for capital murder. During his sentencing, the sentencing jury found that the Appellant would likely continue to commit criminal […]

By Jim Twiddy and Kayla West United States v. Miguel Zelaya In this criminal case, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s convictions of Miguel Zelaya, Luis Ordonez-Vega, Jorge Sosa, and William Gavidia. Each were convicted of participating in a racketeering conspiracy under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”). Some of the defendants were […]

By Tristan Meagher and Nick McCauslin United States v. Thomas  In this criminal case, LaMarcus Thomas was charged with producing child pornography based on evidence obtained from his cellular phone. Thomas sought to suppress this evidence, arguing that the affidavit submitted by the arresting officer in the warrant application did not establish the probable cause […]

By Sophia Pappalardo & Kenya Parrish In re: Murphy-Brown, LLC In this civil case, the Petitioner requested mandamus relief from a gag order issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The gag order imposed strict requirements on participants and potential participants of interrelated nuisance suits brought against hog […]

By Melissa McKinney and Sarah Orwig Electrical Welfare Trust Fund v. United States In this civil case, the Electrical Welfare Trust Fund (“Fund”) sought to recover money paid to the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”).  The Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.  Because the Fund’s claim […]

By: Nick McCauslin & Tristan Meagher Sierra Club v. United States Army Corps of Engineers In this civil case, the Sierra Club asked the Court to set aside the Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) verification which allowed for construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline through West Virginia using the “dry cut” method for the construction […]