The Saint Louis University Law Journal Online publishes works responding to pieces published in the print version of the Journal or summarizing recent court decisions from both the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court.
- Evolving Societal Norms and the Fourth Amendment: Government Tracking of Cellphone Locations in an Era of Commercial Tracking
04/25- In Carpenter v. United States, the Supreme Court found that a warrant was required to obtain historical location data obtained from cell-site records connected with cellphone use. In this article, Paul Tahan examines whether this holding is likely to remain good law in an era where the GPS location of a smartphone is becoming increasingly public.
- Transgender Rights and the Missouri Human Rights Act: An Overview of R.M.A. v. Blue Springs R-IV School District
04/15- In this article, Michael Scott discusses how the Missouri Supreme Court, in R.M.A. v. Blue Springs R-IV School District, held that a transgender student had pled sufficient facts that his school district had discriminated against him on the grounds of his sex to survive a motion to dismiss.
04/08- Recently the National Labor Relations Board has sought to change the joint-employer standard for the third time over the past 5 years, leaving employers, employees, and unions uncertain about the entire situation. In this article, Adrian Mehdirad discusses how to interpret the most recent NLRB standard.
04/05- In this article, Nick Luisetti summarizes the Better Together Coalition's proposal to merge the St. Louis City and County governments, and potential consequences to follow if the proposal passes a state-wide vote.
03/26- This article by Zachary Langrehr discusses the Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2019 and provides an overview of the current law governing the dischargeability of private educational debt.
03/25- In this article, Jason Kusnerick argues that President Donald Trump has the authority to build the wall on the southern border of the U.S. by using executive funds against Congressional approval.
03/12- In this article, Javairia Khan discusses how the Supreme Court has granted certiorari to hear a Wisconsin case about the constitutionality of warrantless blood draws of unconscious motorists.
03/05- Some suggest Missouri should adopt a law like California’s banning the retail sale of non-rescue dogs. Jared Jones argues that this would do little to change the state's reputation as the puppy mill capital of the world. Instead, Missouri must regulate breeders more restrictively.
03/04- State and local governments across the country are filing lawsuits against a number of companies they claim are liable for the nation's opioid crisis. One of the first major cases will play out this October in Ohio. Jack James discusses how its outcome could be determinative of what direction the fight is heading.
02/12- States have been split on whether to uphold or drop non-economic damage caps on damages for decades, hoping to lower medical malpractice lawsuits and insurance premiums for physicians. In this article, Katherine Hubbard discusses six of the many myths surrounding the debate.
02/05- In 1983, Utah led the charge in drunk-driving enforcement, lowering its legal BAC from 0.10 to 0.08. Now the Beehive State has once again lowed legal BAC limits. Ginny Hogan discusses whether this is the start of another BAC revolution.
02/04- California's law requiring a minimum number of women as board directors for the state's publicly held companies went into effect Jan. 1, 2019. The law aims for corporate equality, but it may face several legal battles before the end of the year. Jessica Gottsacker explains some of the law's shortcomings.
01/02- President Trump declared that he intends to eliminate birthright citizenship for non-citizens. Recognizing that an executive order to that effect would be challenged in the courts, this article by Lindsay Gilmore analyzes Supreme Court precedent and predicts the manner in which the courts would respond.
12/18- The American Bar Association's role in accrediting and disciplining law schools has entered a new and contentious era: litigation. In this article, Alex Gass discusses the history of law school accreditation and the recent lawsuits against the ABA by law schools disciplined for their failure to adhere to ABA standards.
11/14- Corruption in college basketball recruiting resulted in federal convictions and prison sentences for two former Adidas executives and a sports agency recruiter. With an alternate, professional basketball route now available to certain high school prospects and a pending NCAA investigation into the schools named at trial, Ben Gamble looks at where college basketball goes from here.
11/05- Aaron Freeman explains that even though anti-SLAPP laws have become an important protection for the exercise of First Amendment rights, their future in federal courts is uncertain.
10/31- This article by Maysa Daoud discusses a newly devised test under which the Seventh Circuit assigned liability to a landlord for tenant on tenant sex-based harassment.
10/16- In this article, Mike Crawford discusses how net neutrality continues to be a heated debate about who has the right and ability to create laws that will impact the way information on the Internet is viewed.
10/08- For years, bail abolition advocates have pushed for a cashless bail system. In this article, Jackie Coffman discusses how California recently passed a bill to do just that – but not without some criticism.
10/01- Onalee Chappeau discusses the ongoing case of The University of Iowa v. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, including an analysis under a past Supreme Court decision and the suit's implications for pluralism on college campuses.
09/24- Ryan Butler explores the possibility of an employee-on-employee sexual harassment circuit split, causing some employees to have a remedy under only Title VII, while others may have remedies under both Title VII and Title IX.
09/17- Dan Blair discusses the ongoing case of District of Columbia v. Trump, including the court’s definition of “emoluments” under the Constitution, and whether domestic and foreign government representatives staying at the president’s hotel violates the Domestic Emoluments Clause or the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
09/13- In this article, Kenny Bohannon discusses whether the Eighth Circuit in the case of Horton v. Midwest Geriatric Management will determine that Title VII bars discrimination based upon sexual discrimination.
11/01- In this article, Hannah Anderson gives an overview of the Obama administration's contraception mandate and a preview of new lawsuits following the Trump administration's rollback.
10/30- In this article, Megan Crowe discusses Missouri Senate Bill 43, passed by Gov. Eric Greitens on June 30, 2017, raising the burden of proof and enacting damage caps in employment discrimination cases filed under the Missouri Human Rights Act.
10/27- In this article, Maggie Hummel discusses the impact of Missouri's new expert witness statute.
10/26- In this article, Laura Jarasek discusses the Every Student Succeeds Act, its impact on music education and the importance of advocating for the arts.
10/24- Kate Main discusses the Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).
10/23- In this article, Edward Radetic discusses a change in the Missouri Constitution that allows for the presentation of propensity character evidence at trial, for those accused of child sex crimes.
10/09- In this article, Courtney A. Lindbeck examines the possibility that the entire St. Louis police force may be required to wear body cameras, as well as the potential economic costs of such a policy.
10/01- In this article, Samantha Koldenhoven analyzes the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Gill v. Whitford, and its possible effects on political redistricting and gerrymandering.
09/26- In this article, Lauren Herbig discusses the potential ramifications of the amended Missouri Human Rights Act and how its implementation could affect discrimination suits in Missouri.
09/25- In this article, Brian Stachowski discusses the potential ramifications of the amended Missouri Human Rights Act and how its implementation could affect discrimination suits in Missouri.
09/20- In this article, Jerry Thomeczek analyzes the Court’s ruling in Cooper v. Harris and examines the constitutionality of redistricting in North Carolina and the future of Fourteenth Amendment challenges to gerrymandering.
09/18- Bre Wexler discusses ways in which physical attractiveness discrimination may serve as a proxy for gender discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 based on the theory of gender stereotyping.
09/15- The purpose of this document by Professor Chad Flanders is to help explain some of the existing Missouri law that Judge Wilson used in his opinion. It does not take a side on the opinion itself.
- Johnson & Johnson Cases Specific Jurisdiction as to Non-Resident Plaintiffs on a Relatedness Standard
01/27- Benjamin Ford argues that Johnson & Johnson should lose its appeal in the Missouri case against non-residents Gloria Ristesund and Jacqueline Fox. Allowing specific jurisdiction in this context both leaves Daimler untouched and satisfies specific jurisdiction’s requirements.
01/27- The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) attempts to improve rates of school attendance, test outcomes and graduation among children who are homeless and in foster care. Maureen Hanlon examines the transportation issues involved.
11/13- Charlie Rosebrough argues that the lack of a North-South line in the St. Louis Metrolink system is a violation of the standard required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
06/07- Amanda Porter examines how the Supreme Court's ruling on Utah v. Strieff could affect policing in Ferguson, Missouri.