The Good Faith Inquiry: What About the Worker Ants?

Introduction Charming leader, credible scientist, media darling, political icon—each of these terms could be used to describe Wang Fengyou, chief executive officer and chairman of the Yilishen Tianxi Group, which was founded in 1999.[1] Wang Fengyou and his managers advertised an inconceivable investment opportunity for impoverished farmers throughout China.[2] For the meager price of 10,000Continue reading “The Good Faith Inquiry: What About the Worker Ants?”

Combating Exclusion & Achieving Affordable Housing: The Case for Broad Adoption of Housing Appeals Statutes

Introduction The United States has a serious affordable housing problem,[1] and by nearly every measure the problem is worsening.[2] Across the country, counties and municipalities have been unable to meaningfully address the widening gap between housing prices and earned wages.[3] A meager thirty-seven affordable and available rental homes exist for every 100 extremely low-income households.[4]Continue reading “Combating Exclusion & Achieving Affordable Housing: The Case for Broad Adoption of Housing Appeals Statutes”

MDMA and Psilocybin for Mental Health: Deconstructing the Controlled Substances Act’s Usage of “Currently Accepted Medical Use”

ABSTRACT MDMA and psilocybin are drugs that exhibit almost never-before-seen relief—including complete remission—from debilitating mental health disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Treatment-resistant depression. Doctors, however, are unable to legally prescribe them outside of tightly-controlled research trial settings because of the drugs’ categorization under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA)—the Act’sContinue reading “MDMA and Psilocybin for Mental Health: Deconstructing the Controlled Substances Act’s Usage of “Currently Accepted Medical Use””

Boarding Up Vacancy with Statutory Solutions: Modifying the Partition Process for Heirs Property and Investing in Estate Planning Tools

Introduction: The Human Cost of Vacancy “Behind every vacant property there is a story,”[1] and that story represents a wickedly complex narrative. Consider the story of 900 N. Payson, a historic and tragic rowhouse located in Baltimore, Maryland.[2] This once-beautiful property was one of seventeen two-story rowhouses constructed on its street in West Baltimore inContinue reading “Boarding Up Vacancy with Statutory Solutions: Modifying the Partition Process for Heirs Property and Investing in Estate Planning Tools”

“Influencing” the Legislature: The Need for Legislation Targeting Online Sexual Harassment of Social Media Influencers

Introduction More than 4.5 billion people use the internet, and 3.8 billion of these users live comfortably on social media.[1] Social media’s quick, cost-effective flow of information and unlimited reach are ideal for individuals looking to, for example, reconnect with a childhood best friend with whom they have lost touch or instantaneously share opinions andContinue reading ““Influencing” the Legislature: The Need for Legislation Targeting Online Sexual Harassment of Social Media Influencers”

The Rise of the Data-Opoly: Consumer Harm in the Digital Economy

Introduction Our antitrust laws are a product of their time. Beginning in the 1870s, fundamental changes in transportation, communications, population growth, production technology, business organization, and finance culminated in rapid economic growth.[1] As the United States industrialized, it entered the “Gilded Age,”[2] characterized by rapid social upheaval and technological advancement. Between 1870 and 1890, theContinue reading “The Rise of the Data-Opoly: Consumer Harm in the Digital Economy”

Laws and Taxes and Big Tech, Oh My! The Case for a Federal Excise Tax on Targeted Digital Advertisements Created by Use of Personally Identifiable Data

Introduction Though there is no overt subscription fee for using “free” online platforms like Facebook, it is well established there is a hidden, continuous cost: the exchange of personally identifiable information (PII) for platform use.[1] Platforms that collect PII—the best known of which include Google and Facebook—make much of their revenue by selling digital advertisementsContinue reading “Laws and Taxes and Big Tech, Oh My! The Case for a Federal Excise Tax on Targeted Digital Advertisements Created by Use of Personally Identifiable Data”

An Anti-Conspiracy Theory: How Antitrust Law is Eroding The Constitutional Rights Protection Set Forth In § 1985(3) and § 1983

Introduction In October of 1868,[1] Benjamin F. Randolph, a Black state senator in South Carolina, was shot dead by three white men as he was stepping off the train.[2] Though the assassination occurred in broad daylight with multiple witnesses, no one ever faced charges for the murder. D. Wyatt Aiken, a former Confederate colonel, wasContinue reading “An Anti-Conspiracy Theory: How Antitrust Law is Eroding The Constitutional Rights Protection Set Forth In § 1985(3) and § 1983”