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Free the Data! The Scramble to Access Data in Light of Schrems I & II

By Charlotte Young
     Maximillian Schrems was a PhD student in Austria when he decided to participate in a study abroad program with Santa Clara University. While Schrems was at Santa Clara, Ed Palmari, Facebook’s privacy lawyer, spoke to his class. It was during this lecture that Schrems received the ammunition that he needed to challenge the legitimacy of EU–U.S. data transfers.…
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The Case for Banning Off-Label Use

By Christian Wolfgram
New uses for drugs that are already on the market could help treat hundreds of diseases and thousands of people; however, the current system of push-and-pull incentives in the modern American pharmaceutical regulatory system is not adequately inducing the expensive research needed to market these old drugs for new uses.[i] One commentator, Ben Roin, elegantly distills the issue down to…
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Pardon Me? Reconciling The Pardon Power with Traditional Notions of Checks-and-Balances

By Marriam Shah
Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution confers upon the president the “power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”[i] The pardon power is broad, allowing the president to “release[ ] the offender from any punishment for her crime.”[ii] It “vitiates moral guilt for the offense, so that in the eyes…
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Repealing the Dickey Amendment to Promote Gun Violence Research

By Liza Scott
On March 12, 2018, President Trump retreated from the position he took in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, calling for more comprehensive gun control measures.[i] Trump’s retreat was unsurprising considering Congress’s current trend of loosening, rather than tightening, gun control measures. In 2004, Congress allowed the Assault Weapons Ban to expire,[ii] and has never moved to renew…