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2L Note Blog: Equality Made Real: Justice Kennedy’s Blueprint For a Just America

12.25.2013  |  Comments Off

The debate over gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (hereinafter GLBT) rights is controversial in society and in the courts. GLBT advocates are poised to change the way courts in the United States and ... Continue Reading »


2L Note Blog: The Portland Pipeline Corporation and Act 250: Can State Self-regulation of Pipelines Occur Outside of the Federal Pipeline Safety Act?

12.25.2013  |  Comments Off

 In July 2010, a section of a pipeline located in Marshall, Michigan burst.[1]  Approximately one million gallons of diluted bitumen spilled into the Talmadge Creek, a tributary of the Kalamazoo River.[2]  Diluted bitumen, ... Continue Reading »

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2L Note Blog: If Not Celebration, Recognition: Windsor’s Push toward Universal Interstate Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

12.25.2013  |  Comments Off

The summer of 2013 was momentous for Ohio residents John Arthur and James Obergefell. In early July, after more than 20 years together, the couple flew to Maryland to be married. Because a ... Continue Reading »

From the film Minority Report

2L Note Blog: Predictive Policing: the Constitutional Implications of Forecasting Crime

11.27.2013  |  Comments Off

[caption id="attachment_1720" align="alignleft" width="272"] From the film Minority Report[/caption] This Note examines the implications of predictive policing and seeks ways to avoid legal snares. Predictive policing is the practice of using computer algorithms that ... Continue Reading »


2L Note Blog: Making Space for a Spectrum of Community Residences: Building Sustainable and Inclusive Communities Through New York’s Padavan Law

11.27.2013  |  Comments Off

Regulating group homes for marginalized groups, including developmentally disabled people, has social justice implications that extend beyond the traditional environmental, economic, and technical considerations that generally underlay land use decisions.  Group homes are ... Continue Reading »

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2L Note Blog: No Gaiety Here: Undocumented LGBT Youth in America

11.23.2013  |  Comments Off

At least 267,000 undocumented Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) adults are presently living in the United States.[1] This figure, however, does not include those undocumented LGBT immigrants under the age of eighteen.[2] LGBT-identified youth ... Continue Reading »

2L Note Blog: Ag-Gag Challenged: The Likelihood of Success of Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Herbert‘s First Amendment Claims

11.21.2013  |  Comments Off

A series of undercover videos exposing inhumane conditions on factory farms has sprung up in recent years.[1] In 2011, an activist working for Mercy for Animals filmed undercover at Sparboe Egg Farms, McDonald’s ... Continue Reading »

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2L Note Blog: China and the FDA’s Proposed Rule on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals: A Barrier to International Trade?

11.21.2013  |  Comments Off

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently introduced numerous regulations in accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) enacted in 2011. The FDA’s most recent proposed regulation aims to regulate Foreign ... Continue Reading »


2L Note Blog: Ticonderoga’s 21st Century Battleground: Taking Private Property in Vermont to Supply Natural Gas to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga, New York

11.14.2013  |  Comments Off

This note revisits eminent domain jurisprudence as applied to a novel situation in Vermont: the taking of private property in Cornwall and Shoreham for the primary purpose of supplying natural gas to a ... Continue Reading »