Edwards v. M’Connel: Hiding Behind Legal Principles

Edwards v. M’Connel[i] is cited by a Tennessee state law treatise on res judicata, the legal principle stating that a prior court’s decision is conclusive on another if it was “between the same parties or their privies.”[ii] Edwards’ importance to legal studies and slavery studies is far-reaching. Edwards is an example of how judges reinforced slavery by presenting their decisions…

Quality Health Care and the Indian Health Service: Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. United States

The ongoing relationship between the United States Government and Native American tribes is one fraught with tension. This tension is readily apparent within the Indian Health Service (IHS), a Government provided health services operation within the Department of Health and Human Services.[i] Access and quality issues plague the IHS and IHS patients. For example, patients can only get free IHS…

Are Tweets Official Presidential Speech?

By Andrea Butler
President Trump’s presidential candidacy and now presidency has famously, or perhaps infamously, been defined by his use of Twitter to communicate with the American public. As detailed by Katherine Shaw,[i] there is little analysis or consensus on how courts do and should characterize presidential speech directly related to litigation. President Trump’s use of Twitter as a platform to set policy…

Kohner Properties v. Johnson: My Landlord Won’t Fix the Hole in my Roof. Should I Pay Rent?

By Caitlin Lawrence
Would you pay rent if there was potentially hazardous mold on the ceiling of your bathroom? What if there was a large hole in the ceiling, along with mold, and the floor tiles kept popping off? What if you needed what money you had to find other accommodations or attempt to fix the apartment yourself? Latasha Johnson faced this dilemma,…