Tag Archives: Florida

Evening the Playing Field between Insurance Companies and the Insured

by: Alex Ponce Insurance companies, such as Allstate, AIG, and State Farm, have earned reputations as aggressive claims fighters and will always attempt to find ways to deny payment of claims.[1] For example, Farmers Insurance, the nation’s third largest insurance group, had an incentive program called “Quest for Gold,” which offered incentives to adjusters who […]

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: What’s Left of Florida’s Capital Punishment and How Death Is Still (Sort of) on the Table

by: Alexandra Hoffman The Quandary of a Little Context… More than ten years ago, Justice Souter in Kansas v. Marsh reaffirmed that “the death penalty must be reserved for the ‘worst of the worst.’” [1] However, as the American Civil Liberties Union aptly states, “[t]he death penalty is like a lottery, in which fairness always […]

Acknowledging Sanism

BY: MARLON BAQUEDANO, Editor-in-Chief Elect There’s a stigma associated with it. We have to remove it. Mental health is no different than any other disease. You didn’t do anything wrong. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It happens. And people at any age who have it deserve access to treatment, quality treatment, quickly. And we, as […]

Ending the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records

BY: MARLON BAQUEDANO The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section has catalogued more than 38,000 statutes nationwide that impose collateral consequences on people convicted of crimes; these statutes create barriers to jobs, housing, welfare benefits, and voting.[1] The majority of these statutes (80%) work as denial of employment opportunities.[2] This means that statutes that make […]