Re-evaluating the Dodd-Frank Act

By Anna Yu (PO ’19) Since the Great Recession in 2008, the Dodd-Frank Act has been a name widely known among the finance world and the public. As a key piece of legislation intended to regulate the financial industry, what exactly does it consist of and what role does it play today? Sponsored by Senator…

Interview with Dr. Bernhard Schwartländer, WHO Chef de Cabinet (Part II)

Interview[1] by April Xiaoyi Xu (PO ‘18), Editor-in-Chief Transcribed by Lathan Liou (PO ‘19), Kaela Cote-Stemmermann (SCR ‘18), and Annie Wan (PO ‘20), Staff Writers Dr. Bernhard Schwartländer took up his position as WHO Representative in China in September 2013 and recently became Chef de Cabinet of the World Health Organization. Before joining WHO in…

Breathalyzers and Blood Tests: A Review of Birchfield v. North Dakota

Allie Carter (CMC ’19) Birchfield v. North Dakota (2016) raised the question of the constitutionality of police testing of the blood alcohol concentration of drivers. The Court focused on whether states can criminalize an individual’s refusal to submit to a blood alcohol or breathalyzer test. Ultimately, the Supreme Court came to the conclusion that, under…

The Rohingya Crisis: Ethnic Cleansing or Genocide?

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explicitly and officially labeled the Myanmar government’s actions against the Rohingya, a minority Muslim population, as ethnic cleansing this month. In accompaniment, U.S. lawmakers are proposing targeted sanctions and travel restrictions on individual military officials involved in the infractions committed against the Rohingya.…

AI and Legal Personhood

Blake Plante (PO ‘18) In March 2016, an artificial intelligence named Sophia—now a citizen of Saudi Arabia—was jokingly asked “do you want to destroy humans?” She responded, “Ok. I will destroy humans.” This does not mean that Sophia has an agenda to exterminate humanity; rather, it is indicative that Sophia is not aware of what…

Fixing Education in Arizona

By James Dail (CMC ’20) As it stands, Arizona has one of the worst education systems in the United States: it consistently ranks as one of the lowest performing states in the country. For its performance to improve, an increase in teacher pay and per pupil funding is needed. The solution to this issue may…