“[Speech] concerning public affairs is more than self-expression; it is the essence of self-government.” The recently proposed “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” in Congress reflects a legal trend in the United States that threatens activists by suppressing activism. As of November, twenty-six states, including Florida, Texas, and Arizona, already adopted legislation opposing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (“BDS”) movement. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act takes the opposition a step further. The Act’s initial proposal made participation in the international boycott of Israel a felony. The act has since been amended to remove potential jail time as a possible penalty, but still allows for criminal penalties of up to $1 million.
FIU Law third year student and FIU Law Review Member, Amirah Mohammad, authored “Israel Anti-Boycott Act: A Threat to One Movement is a Threat to all Movements” on February 13, 2019, for the FIU Law Review legal scholarly blog
FIU Law third year student and FIU Law Review Member, George Zeckler, authored “The State of Frye in Florida” on January 7, 2019, for the FIU Law Review legal scholarly blog.
Frye v. United States, and Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharms. Inc., established the two primary standards used by federal and state courts in determining the admissibility of expert testimony. Daubert is the standard selected by the United States Supreme Court for federal courts, and the overwhelming majority of states. Historically, Florida Courts have employed the Frye standard.
FIU Law third year student and FIU Law Review Member, Roberto Lopez, authored “Preferred Pronoun Laws and the First Amendment: When Transgender Activism Clashes with the Prohibition on Compelled Speech” on January 3, 2019, for the FIU Law Review legal scholarly blog.
Ultimately, the Courts will have to decide at what point laws concerning “preferred pronouns” can be understood to be protecting the rights of citizens rather than impermissibly “prescrib[ing] what shall be orthodox.”
FIU Law third year student and FIU Law Review Member, Thomas Campbell, authored “Revolutionizing Music Law: A Brief Look at the Music Modernization Act” on November 20, 2018, for the FIU Law Review legal scholarly blog.
by Thomas Campbell* In the last decade, the music industry has gone digital. Gone are the days of dusty records, bulky cassette tapes, and physical CDs. Music listeners today rely on digital streaming services to listen to their favorite songs. Digital music streaming is a booming industry, accounting for approximately three-quarters of all music industry […]
FIU Law third year student and FIU Law Review Member, Jason Anon, authored “The Legal Landscape Surrounding Workplace Sexual Harassment and Offsite, Nonwork-Sponsored Employee Interactions” on November 4, 2018, for the FIU Law Review legal scholarly blog.
Jason Anon* In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and the recent sexual assault allegations made during Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate Confirmation Hearings, there can be little doubt that sexual harassment has a profound impact on workplaces, careers, and employment. However, in addition to the lessons that can be gleaned from […]