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The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same: Why Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Will Not Fundamentally Alter the Affirmative Action Landscape

 

 

Adam Lamparello – In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (“Fisher II”), the United States Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of the University of Texas’s (“University”) affirmative action policy, and the potential impact of the Court’s decision on affirmative action programs nationwide is being widely debated. Some commentators fear that the Court is […]

 

 

Getting Real About Race and Class: An Evaluation of the Constitutionality of Class-based, Socioeconomic Affirmative Action Without Grutter

 

 

Junis L Baldon – The concept of “racial neutrality” remains omnipresent in our political and judicial discourse about the use of race in college and university admissions.  Proponents of “race neutrality” have advocated for the use of class-based, socioeconomic affirmative action as a possible alternative to the explicit use of race in college and university admissions. Indeed, […]

 

 

It’s Not About Race: The True Purpose of the University of Texas’ Holistic Admissions System is to Give Preferences to Well-Connected White Applicants, Not to Disadvantaged Minorities

 

 

Jonathan R. Zell – Most elite colleges and universities employ a so-called “holistic”-admissions system to select all of their incoming students.  In contrast, the University of Texas at Austin (“UT”)—one of the parties in the Supreme Court’s Fisher cases—uses holistic admissions to admit only 20% to 25% of its undergraduate students.  The remaining 75% to 80% […]

 

 

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Legislative Efforts Aim to Prevent Terrorists from Recruiting through Social Media

 

 

Brittany Gunter – In the wake of the San Bernardino and Paris massacres, new legislative efforts have emerged that aim to prevent terrorists from using social media and other forms of technology to recruit supporters and plot attacks. Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas) previously introduced a bill on September 30, 2015, titled “Combat Terrorist Use of […]

 

 

Is an Artificial Intelligence Takeover on the Horizon?

 

 

Deepti Orekondy – With the rapid growth of technology there is growing concern over the possibility that jobs may be replaced by artificial intelligence (“AI”). However, we may be too quick to jump the gun. Although the benefits of technology are vast and the range of its capability is astounding, professionals need not be concerned […]

 

 

The Use of Social Data Raises Issues for Consumer Lending

 

 

Jonathan Zim – With over 1.54 billion monthly active users, Facebook continues to be the leader among social media platforms, but what do they do with the wealth of personal data gathered? The knowledge of users’ “likes,” preferences, political views, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues is used to create a digital identity—a collection of data in […]

 

 

The Legal Chaos Surrounding Daily Fantasy Sports Giants DraftKings and FanDuel Will Soon Be Put to Rest

 

 

Amanda Kapur – After a multitude of lawsuits and class actions have been filed across the country against daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) leaders DraftKings and FanDuel, clarity will finally arrive for all involved.  On February 4, 2016, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) decided to centralize and consolidate over 80 lawsuits in the […]

 

 

Fantasy Sports Face State and Federal Regulatory Pressure

 

 

Nick Catrakilis – Lately, television and the Internet have become inundated with advertisements for the daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies- FanDuel and DraftKings. The two DFS behemoths have spent $150 million on television and web ads in the third quarter of 2015 alone, and plan on spending significantly more in the future. This fast growing […]

 

 

The Pending Decision to Legalize Sports Betting in New Jersey

 

 

Brett Silverberg – Since 1992, there has been a nationwide mandate prohibiting sports betting outside of Nevada. However, the forthcoming decision in NCAA, et al v. Governor of New Jersey, et al seems likely to reinstate sports gambling in Atlantic City. The implications of this New Jersey decision are enormous because the revenue derived from sports […]

 

 

2015 Bar Exam Scores Reveal Worst Performance in Decades: What Does This Mean for Law Firms?

 

 

Gabriela Lazaro – Has the bar exam become too difficult or are current law students just not as smart as their predecessors? Nationwide, the underwhelming results of the July 2014 administration of the bar exam was blamed on a technical glitch involving ExamSoft. ExamSoft is a program available to test-takers who wish to use their […]

 

 

 

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