Climate Change, the Environment and the Law

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

The topic of climate change has been more prevalent in the past few years as global temperatures have risen. This challenging and complex issue affects everyone, everywhere. This blog discusses the definition of climate change, the current U.S. government administration’s policies on and responses to this change, and how users can research this topic in HeinOnline.

Climate Change

Climate change is defined as a change in global or regional climate patterns over an extended period of time. This change can include a shift in average weather conditions or a variation of weather within long-term conditions…

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Time’s Up, #MeToo, and the Equal Rights Amendment

Current Events, Women and the Law
Kaylyn Zurawski

Is the Future Female?

In many ways, 2017 was a historic year for women’s empowerment in the United States. First there was the Women’s March for human rights, and then came movements such as Time’s Up and #MeToo, which began in response to a wave of allegations of sexual abuse against men in power, from Hollywood to the White House. And while these movements have dispelled silence, increased solidarity, and brought forth a call for change, many say there is still much work to be done, and that begins with passing legal protections for women.

More than 80% of Americans don’t know women are not guaranteed equal rights in the U.S…

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Do You Know How Much You’re Eating?

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

By May 7th, 2018, restaurants and food establishments in the United States will be required to comply with requirements to add calorie information labels to foods that are offered and served. In early February, the House passed legislation which would amend how restaurants would provide the calorie count. Although restaurant owners are in favor of the updated legislation, public health experts are raising concerns.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was enacted by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by former President Barack Obama on March 23…

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Citizens United and Its Impact on Campaign Financing: A Brief Overview

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline
Shannon Sabo

Money and politics have strolled hand-in-hand since the founding of the United States, when wealthy, well-connected candidates financed their own political campaigns and were essentially the only people who ran for office. In fact, George Washington spent about $8,000 in today’s currency on alcohol to “treat” voters on election day.

Andrew Jackson was the first presidential candidate who didn’t come from a wealthy background. He ran for office for the second time in 1828 and became the first organized campaigner.  While he didn’t seek financial support, he was an early practitioner of rewarding political loyalists with the only thing some find more valuable than money: power…

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Deadly Shootings and Gun Laws

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

In the first seven weeks of 2018, there have been several school shootings in the United States. The latest occurred on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida, where seventeen people were killed. With the latest school shootings, and other mass shootings, there has been on ongoing debate circling gun laws. Let’s take a look at what has been happening and what laws are currently in place.

Timeline of Deadly Shootings

Looking back at the past ten years, there have been seven particularly deadly shootings. Two of the five deadliest shootings took place within a month of each other in late 2017…

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Bitcoin Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Although bitcoin was invented in 2009 and picked up speed in 2015, its biggest growth spurt occurred in 2017, and its popularity continues to rise. Recently, bitcoin prices have dipped due to a warning from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. However, the prices have gradually increased again. So what exactly is bitcoin and how is it used?

The Ins and Outs of Bitcoin

In 2009, an unknown person using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto created bitcoin, a cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system. Cryptocurrencies are considered digital currencies. No central authority or government oversees this computer network…

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Anti-Vaccination Movement and the Flu

Current Events, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

It is officially flu season. The dominant strain this season is the H3N2 strain, known to cause more hospitalizations and deaths than other strains. Although the flu shot’s effectiveness cannot yet be calculated, experts are expecting it to be about 30% effective. The severity of this year’s flu has contributed to the ongoing vaccination debate.

Facts about the Flu

Influenza (“the flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every state in the U.S…

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The Flag, the National Anthem, and the First Amendment

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, U.S. Code
Lauren Mattiuzzo

In 2016, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, particularly the killing of black Americans by police. During a campaign-style rally in Alabama this past September, President Trump denounced the kneeling protests and proclaimed that any players who refused to stand during the anthem should be fired. After Trump’s comments, hundreds of players joined the protest and the NFL promoted the message that it was unified. Several owners released statements criticizing the president’s comments and some locked arms with their players during the anthem. While some people support the protests, others feel it is disrespectful to the flag and the anthem…

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Marriage Equality and Religious Freedom

Case Law, Current Events, Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Five years ago, two gay men were turned away by the Christian owner of a bakery in Lakewood, Colorado because of his religious beliefs. The case has been in court ever since and will be heard by the Supreme Court in its new term, which began on October 2nd. This controversial case will examine issues of both equal rights and religious liberty.

Facts of the Case

In 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins planned to legally wed in Massachusetts, because their residing state of Colorado did not recognize same-sex marriage…

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Wrongful Convictions and Innocence Projects

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

The Innocence Project celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this month. The number of exonerations in the United States has increased each year for the past three years, and recently hit a record high. There are more than three exonerations on average per week, which is double the 2011 rate. The main causes of wrongful convictions include forensic misconduct, eyewitness misidentification, and inadequate legal defense. HeinOnline is proud to support various innocence projects around the United States.

The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld…

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