Spotlight

Founded in 1927, Temple Law Review is a student-edited, quarterly journal dedicated to providing a forum for the expression of new legal thought and scholarly commentary on important developments, trends, and issues in the law. 

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Dawn M. Hunter

The Symposium was a deep dive into one pathway to assuring the conditions for optimal health and wellbeing by addressing the health-harming impact of the criminal legal system. Panelists described historical laws and policies that have resulted in inequitable outcomes for people of color and other economically and socially marginalized populations. Panelists also discussed re-envisioning […]

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Taleed El-Sabawi & Jennifer Oliva

This punitive U.S. drug policy approach and its attendant symbolic moral crusade are commonly referred to as the “War on Drugs.” While frequently attributed to President Nixon, the inception of the War on Drugs can be traced back to the nation’s first opiate crisis in the late 1800s. Because the War on Drugs has been […]

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Rick Su, Marissa Roy & Nestor Davidson

Local governments heard their residents. In 2020, nearly half of the largest U.S. cities reoriented municipal spending priorities by directing money from their police budgets to social services;4 for many cities, these budgetary changes reversed decades of increases. Cities began implementing additional police reforms as well: New York City became the first municipality to end qualified […]

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Michal Buchhandler-Raphael

Scholars have recently cast doubt on the justifications for the criminalization of domestic violence, arguing that the criminal legal system proves inadequate in preventing future battering. Domestic violence, the argument continues, is largely a public health problem, which requires implementing noncarceral measures to effectively address it. Decriminalizing domestic violence aligns with broader reforms to defund […]

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Puja Upadhyay

Across the country, millions of people are subject to onerous fines and fees stemming from minor infractions, most of which target low-income people and people of color. These fines and fees result in severe consequences for not only the individuals fined but also their families, communities, and other taxpayers. For those who cannot pay immediately, fines and […]

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Virginia Pilgrim

The root of this disparate treatment can be found in the Internal Revenue Code and U.S. Treasury regulations, which allow a taxpayer to exclude damages from gross income only if they are awarded for “personal physical injury.” Therefore, taxpayers who suffer from and recover damages for mental and emotional distress are required to include those […]

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Jason Hirsch

In the United States, data privacy protections are largely regulated at the state level. While only California, Nevada, and Maine have passed data privacy laws, a majority of states have introduced data privacy legislation. A state-by-state regulatory system would be extremely costly for multistate corporations forced to comply with potentially fifty unique data privacy laws. […]

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Todd A. Berger

Notably, mock trial problems used in other relatively recent competitions have likewise featured bigoted characters using derogatory speech regarding sensitive issues of personal identification, including race. Whether it is appropriate for trial competition problems to address controversial societal issues has emerged as an important topic of discussion within the national trial advocacy community. Students will […]

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Christopher P. Guzelian & Jeff Todd

Despite its laudable goals, sustainable development has been criticized for its discursive aspects. These include that the vagueness of the term combined with the lack of embodiment in law allow numerous private governance standards to support almost any company or project as “sustainable”; that the positive of bringing numerous stakeholders with divergent interests together becomes […]

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Esteban Rodriguez

Renting an apartment can, in some ways, be like buying a gallon of milk. Imagine you are in a supermarket dairy aisle. Being a prudent consumer, you might check the expiration date on the container. Even the savviest shopper, however, would not think to chemically analyze the product to ensure that what they are purchasing […]