2015-2016 MLJ Comment Program Publications (Class of 2017)

External Publications

Autumn T. Breeden – Raisins Are Not Oysters: Horne and the Improper Synthesis of the Public and Wildlife Trusts, Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy   Link

Alexandra Bruce – Stevens, R.A.V., and Animal Cruelty Speech: Why Congress’s New Statute Remains Constitutionally Problematic, Gonzaga Law Review   Link

Adolyn Brooke Clark – ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty: Shifting the Burden of Proving Causation to the Defendant, Defense Counsel Journal (peer edited) Link

Madison Elizabeth Coburn – The Supreme Court’s Mistake on Law Enforcement Mistake of Law: Why States Should Not Adopt Heien v. North Carolina, Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy Link

Sean Doran – Bringing Bankruptcy Back: Reconciling the Bankruptcy Code and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (peer edited)

Morgan Eason – A Bone to Pick: Applying a Best Interest of the Family Standard in Pet Custody Disputes, South Dakota Law Review (lead article) Link

Darian Rae Etienne – Victims, Not Criminals: Exempting and Immunizing Children Subjected to Sex Trafficking from Prosecution for Prostitution, Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy Link

Shayna A. Giles – Trade Dress: An Unsuitable Fit for Product Design in the Fashion Industry, Journal for the Patent and Trademark Office Society (peer edited) Link

Taylor Hardenstein – In Space, No One Can Hear You Contest Jurisdiction: Establishing Criminal Jurisdiction on the Outer Space Colonies of Tomorrow, Southern Methodist University Journal of Air Law and Commerce

Rodgrick Hickman – Will Love Win Again? When Religious Organizations, Government Subsidies, Adoption and the Establishment Clause Collide, Southern Journal of Policy and Justice Link

Will Holley – Starting From Scratch: Reasserting “Indian Country” in Alaska by Placing Alaska Native Land into Trust, Florida A&M Law Review

Peter H. Liddell – Marooning by Gridlock: Armstrongand and the Continuous Strain between Medicaid Costs and Healthcare Access, Dartmouth Law Journal Link

Daniel McDonald – Reputation Will Teach the Sharing Economy to Share, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy

Rob Noland – Civil Resurrection: A statutory and Punitive Approach to Felony Disenfranchisement, The Southern Journal of Policy and Justice

Cate Rodgers – The Impact of Walker’s Government Speech Extension on Public Transit Advertising, Transportation Law Journal (University of Denver) Link

Rachel Marie Smith – Why Can’t My Waiter Sing Happy Birthday: The Chilling Effect of Corporate Copyright Control, IDEA: The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property Link

Mississippi Law Journal, Volume 85

Abby Abide – An Inquiry Reasonable Under the Circumstances: Applying Rule 11 to Local Counsel Link

John George Archer – This Sox: Combating Public Charity Fraud with Sarbanes-Oxley Link

Jake Arther Bradley – Antemortem Probate Is A Bad Idea: Why Antemortem Probate Will Not Work and Should Not Work Link

Kathryn Fowler – The Russian Rocket Problem: Why the Quick Phase-Out of the RD-180 Rocket Engine Harms the United States Space Program

Reginald R. Lewis – A Common Sense Understanding of Inevitable Discovery: Why Nix v. Williams Does Not Require Active Pursuit in the Application of the Inevitable Discovery   Doctrine Link

Mississippi Law Journal, Volume 86

Alexander Ash – It’s Your Money and We Want It Now: Regulation of the Structured Settlement Factoring Industry in the Era of Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Link

Wes Bulgarella – A Better Forum for All: Addressing the Value of Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Contracts

Katherine Mayo Portner – Tinker’s Timeless Teaching: Why the Heckler’s Veto Should Not Be Allowed in Public High Schools Link

Paul Wallace – Simplifying the Muddled Doctrine of Debt Recharacterization

Mississippi Law Journal Supra, Volume 86

Nash Gilmore – A Bridge Over Troubled Water: The Second Amendment Guarantee for the Previously Mentally Institutionalized Link

Andrew Lintner – Subsidizing Large Civil Aircraft: Airbus and Boeing’s Newest Dispute Before the World Trade Organization

Cody Samples – Law Enforcement Lightning: North Dakota Police Departments and Weaponized Drones


2014-2015 MLJ Comment Program Publications (Class of 2016)

External Publication

Brennan Black, Closing the Open Door: Using ‘True Economic Realities’ to Determine the Tax Deductibility of False Claims Act Settlements, 50 Gonz. L. Rev. 2 (2015).

Derek Goff, New Life in the First Amendment: Funeral Protest Statutes After McCullen v.         Coakley, __ Dartmouth L.J. __ (2015).

John Juricich, Freeing Buskers’ Free Speech Rights: Impact of Regulations on Buskers’ Right to Free Speech and Expression, __ Harv. J. Sports & Ent. L. __ (2016).

Brandon Riches, Codifying Commonsense: Religious Viewpoint Antidiscrimination Acts and the Free Speech Rights They Protect, 2016 BYU Educ. & L.J. (forthcoming).

Jennie Vee Silk, Calling out Maryland v. King: DNA, Cell Phones, and the Fourth Amendment, 51(5) Crim. L. Bull. 1212 (Thomson Reuters/West 2016) (peer reviewed and edited).

Justin Sumrall, Miranda and the Requirement of Rewarning: Analogizing Mosley and Edwards To Protect Post-Waiver Defendants, 13 Dartmouth L.J.  __ (2015).

Marie Wicks, Prayer Is Prologue: The Impact of Town of Greece on the Constitutionality of Deliberative Public Body Prayer at the Start of School Board Meetings, 31 J.L. & Pol. 1 (2015).

Garrett Wilkerson, Rigging Rights of Passage: Analyzing Subsurface Easements in Horizontal Drilling, Ctr. for Am. & Int’l L. Sixty-Sixth Ann. Inst. on Oil & Gas L., § 18 (LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2015). (also publishing in the Mississippi Law Journal).

Margaret Wright, A Caring Definition of ‘Care’: Why Courts Should Interpret the FMLA to Cover Unconventional Treatment of Seriously Ill Family Members, __ T.M. Cooley L. Rev. __ (2015).

Mississippi Law Journal, Volume 84

Kristine Simpson, Mississippi’s Guardians Ad Litem Need Clarification of Their Role and Responsibilities, 84 Miss. L.J. 1065 (2015).

R. Michael Shoptaw, M’Naghten Is a Fundamental Right: Why Abolishing the Traditional Insanity Defense Violates Due Process, 84 Miss. L.J. 1101 (2015).

Christian J. Robison, Not Up in the Air: A Federal Air Marshal’s Administrative Search Privileges in Flight, 84 Miss. L.J. 1375 (2015).

Jordan B. Redmon, Alien Torts in Foreign Courts: Responsible Restrictions on Extraterritorial Application of the Alien Tort Statute, 84 Miss. L.J. 1329 (2015).

Christian J. Robison, Constitutional Law – Criminal Forfeiture – Asset Restraints Supported by a Jury’s Probable Cause Determination Are Not Judicially Reviewable Regardless of the Defendant’s Inability to Retain Chosen Counsel, 84 Miss. L.J. 885 (2015).

Mississippi Law Journal, Volume 85

Merry Johnson, Discovering Arrest Warrants During Illegal Traffic Stops: The Lower Courts’ Wrong Turn in the Exclusionary Rule Attenuation Analysis, 85 Miss. L.J. __ (2016).

Austin Emmons, I Need a License to Cut Your Hair but Not to Prepare Your Taxes: A Call for Paid Tax Return Preparer Regulations, 85 Miss. L.J. __ (2016).

Jess Waltman, Prosecuting ISIS, 85 Miss. L.J. __ (2016).

Lindsey Emerson, An Artifact or a Memorial: The Latin Cross and the Establishment Clause, 85 Miss. L.J. __ (2016).

Lacey Sipsey, Inducing Congress to Create Separate Patent Infringement Categories: A Solution to Multiple Actor Liability Evasion, 85 Miss. L.J. __ (2016).

Mississippi Law Journal Supra, Volume 84

Clayton Adams, Personal Foul, Roughing the Speaker: The Illusory War Between the Establishment Clause and College Football, 84 Miss. L.J. Supra 167 (2015).

Derek Cantrell, Improper Implementation: Mississippi House Bill 585’s Missed Opportunity for Fundamental Fairness and Open Door for Litigation, 84 Miss. L.J. Supra 205 (2015).

Jonathan Gosnell, Keeping the Internet Free: Why the DMCA’s Safe Harbor Provisions Should Be Expanded to Help Curb Overregulation of Content by Removing the Financial Benefit   with Right and Ability to Control Exclusion, 84 Miss. L.J. Supra 233 (2015).

Garrett Wilkerson, Rigging Rights of Passage: Analyzing Subsurface Easements in Horizontal Drilling, 84 Miss. L.J. Supra 135 (2015) (also publishing externally).

Mississippi Law Journal Supra, Volume 85

Jordan Mathews, State RFRAs: Trust Judges to Strike the Proper Balance Between Religious Freedom and Anti-Discrimination Law, 85 Miss. L.J. Supra __ (2016).

Valerie Moss, The Community Caretaking Doctrine: The Necessary Expansion of the New Fourth Amendment Exception, 84 Miss. L.J. Supra __ (2016).

Taylor Yetter, Governing the Governor: How the States Should Indict a Sitting State Executive, 85 Miss. L.J. Supra __ (2016).

John Guice, Keeping Faith with Ferber: Why States May Criminalize Sexual Imaging of Minors Above the Age of Consent for Sexual Activity, 85 Miss. L.J. Supra __ (2016).

Sean Boers, The Shirt Hits the Fan: Addressing Viewpoint Discrimination in Student Organization Benefit Access Cases, 85 Miss. L.J. Supra __ (2016).

Scarlett Jones, Changing the Legacy of Horne v. Flores: Why Underfunding of Bilingual Education Is De Facto Segregation and a Threat to Language Minorities’ Civil Rights, 85 Miss. L.J. Supra __ (2016).

Jessica Dilmore, The Road to Diversity: A New, Precise Guideline for the Future of Student Assignment Plans, 85 Miss. L.J. Supra __ (2016).