The Psychology of Secret Settlements

Gilat Juli Bachar Volume 73, Issue 1, 1-48 The #MeToo movement called attention to the use of non-disclosure clauses in settlement agreements as a tool to silence victims of sexual wrongdoing by repeat offenders such as movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Olympic gymnast...

The Federal Response to COVID-19: Lessons from the Pandemic

Nancy J. Knauer Volume 73, Issue 1, 49-104 When the first suspected human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus was reported in January 2020, the United States had in place an elaborate set of pandemic disaster and response plans that spanned hundreds of...

What Got Us Here, Won’t Get Us There: Why U.S. Commercial Space Policy Must Lie in an Independent Regulatory Agency

Gerardo Inzunza Higuera Volume 73, Issue 1, 105-158 This Note addresses the need for a comprehensive, centralized independent agency designated solely for the management of commercial space activities. The current commercial “space rush” promises unimaginable...

How Can I Ever Repay You? The Borrower’s Dilemma and a Tax-Based Solution to the Student Debt Problem

Kate Souza Volume 73, Issue 1, 129-160 The growing cost of higher education relative to wage growth means that college is no longer the sure path to financial security it once was. While the cost of tuition ballooned over the past several decades, government funding...

The United States’ Ineffective Response Towards Hong Kong’s National Security Law

Justine Yu Volume 73, Issue 1, 161-190 The city of Hong Kong has undergone a dramatic political shift in recent years. Once known as a safe haven for freedom of speech and expression,[1] HK is now a place where anti-Communist Party views are suppressed under the...

Expanding Accountability: Using the Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Claim to Compensate Black American Families Who Remained Unheard in Medical Crisis

Nia Johnson Volume 72, Issue 6, 1637-1663 Black Americans have constantly been victims of health disparities and unequal treatment in healthcare facilities. This is not new. However, more attention has been paid to accounts from Black Americans alleging that their...

Secrets, Lies, and Lessons from the Theranos Scandal

Lauren Rogal Volume 72, Issue 6, 1663-1702 Theranos, Inc., the unicorn startup blood-testing corporation, was ultimately laid low by a former employee whistleblower. The experience of that whistleblower during and after her employment illuminates detrimental secrecy...

The Intersectional Race and Gender Effects of the Pandemic in Legal Academia

Angela Onwuachi-Willig Volume 72, Issue 6, 1703-1716 Just as the COVID-19 pandemic helped to expose the inequities that already existed between students at every level of education based on race and socioeconomic class status, it has exposed existing inequities among...
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