Rap Lyrics and the Evolution of First Amendment Protections

By Rafael Santa Maria (PO ’20) Most petitions to the Supreme Court never receive a writ of certiorari, and thus are never adjudicated by the nation’s highest legal authority. With thousands of cases to consider, the Court must exercise extreme selectivity. However, when a petition is backed by amicus briefs from critically-acclaimed rappers and think…

Future of the Draft: Could men’s rights and feminists groups score a shared victory?

By Rafael Santa Maria (PO ’20) A Texas court ruling might end the Military Selective System’s male-only draft policy. In a potentially groundbreaking decision, Judge Gray H. Miller of the federal court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that the military draft’s exclusive targeting of men is unconstitutional. In his opinion, Judge Miller notes…

Philippines or Maharlika? The Legal Implementation and Implications of Changing a Country’s Name

By Rafael Santa Maria (PO ’20) Rodrigo Duterte, the current President of the Philippines, regularly garners controversy for his profane speech and uncompromising policies. From instigating a violent war on drugs to spurning the U.S. in favor of closer diplomatic ties with China, Duterte challenges the legal and political status quo of the Philippines with…