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Posts from January 2015

Prison Reform: An Insider’s Story

Ralph Spinelli takes prison reform personally.

The Goldman School doctoral student served two terms in state penitentiaries for armed robbery, first in Oregon and then in California. His experience fuels his doctoral research and propelled him to write Prison as Punishment, which combines firsthand accounts of life inside prison with policy analysis and recomm… More

The Hague Domestic Violence Project

By Sudha Shetty, Assistant Dean for Global Alliances

The Hague Domestic Violence Project is delighted to announce the release of the Practice Guide “Representing Battered Respondents under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.” The guide will be made available nationally and will also be used by attorneys in Japan to… More

The Constitutionality of a Net Worth Tax

By Roy Ulrich

MEMORANDUM OF LAW Question Presented: Would a federal net worth tax violate Article I, Section 9, Clause 4 of the United States Constitution? Answer: Yes Broad powers of taxation are granted to Congress by express provisions of the Constitution. Article I, Section 8, declares that “Congress shal… More

How to Help College Students Graduate

by David L. Kirp

American students are enrolling in college in record numbers, but they’re also dropping out in droves. Barely half of those who start four-year colleges, and only a third of community college students, graduate. That’s one of the worst records among developed nations, and it’s a substantial drain… More