Utah Originalism Debated in the Utah Law Review: OnLaw

A recent alum of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Jeremy Christiansen, published an article responding to Professor Troy Booher’s article published in the Utah Bar Journal on the Utah Supreme Court’s methods of interpreting the Utah State Constitution. Professor Booher’s article can be found here: http://www.utahappellateblog.com/2012/05/05/utah-originalism/. Professor Booher argues that “the Utah Supreme Court has…

Are Racial Minorities Expelled Too Often in Utah Schools? (Follow Up)

This is a follow up to an earlier post: https://highresolve.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/are-racial-minorities-expelled-too-often-in-utah-schools/. Any race-based study is complicated by the possible existence of other factors that might better explain any observed disparity. For instance, one might argue that, in reality, the disparity between disciplinary actions among the races might be better explained by socioeconomic status. To evaluate this possibility, we used…

Are Racial Minorities Expelled Too Often in Utah Schools?

Race is always a touchy subject, but one worth confronting, especially in schools.  This much is clear, the 2011 OCR survey shows that there is significant statistical bias in the way children of racial minorities are impacted by suspension and expulsion nationally and even in Utah schools. Let me be clear, this does not prove…

A Workout for your Lungs

I hate getting winded. I hate when I feel like I could run faster if only I could get enough air. Back in high school, I played trumpet. As you might imagine, the best trumpet players also have the best lungs. My instructor once taught me a breathing exercise attributed to trumpet greats like Bobby…

As you strive to better yourself, remember sometimes those things we think of as our weaknesses turn out to be our strengths or make us strong in other ways. So when you can’t understand why God won’t fix you no matter how hard you pray, please consider the possibility that you’re not broken.

Should Police be able to Search an Arrestee’s Cell Phone?

The Fourth Amendment guarantees the right to be secure in our persons and possessions by protecting citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. As even a casual moviegoer knows, when you are arrested you have certain rights. However, these constitutional rights must now be balanced against legitimate law enforcement interests of protecting officers and seizing destructible…

Prepaid Cards and Overdraft

In the last few years, store gift certificates have matured into a diverse set of financial products including “open loop” prepaid cards capable of providing services traditionally reserved to banks. At the same time, tighter regulations on banks have raised the cost of bank accounts and driven many out of the banking market. Prepaid card…