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Upcoming Practices

DATE AND TIME TEAM ROOM JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE JUDGE
Fri. October 30
8:00AM - 9:30AM Veterans Law Viridiana Ordonez Kristin Lahaszow Stuart Seaborn
10:00AM - 12:00PM USD Criminal Procedure zoom Hannah Diamond John Paul Kara Flageollet Michael Lenett
1:00PM - 2:30PM Veterans Law Michelle Dong Matt Balich (MIT) Sara Zeimer Nikayla Johnson
1:00PM - 3:00PM Appellate Lawyers Association CLOSED
2:00PM - 5:00PM Health Law (Petitioner) Remote CJ Connolly

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Teams

Hayden Soria and John Paul

1. Does the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) comply with the "fair process" standard when it removes a veteran's permanent and total disability status without advance notice, thereby leaving the overall rate of compensation unchanged, but reducing or eliminating ancillary benefits previously available to the veteran?
2. Does VA's removal of a veteran's permanent and total disability status amount to a taking of property for purposes of Chapter 35 Dependents Educational Assistance?

Last practice November 12.

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Kara Flageollet, Nicole Aston and Brandon Hupka

  1. Is Executive Order 2020-16 an invalid exercise of state police powers under Jacobson v. Massachusetts and a violation of Ms. Smith’s Fourteenth Amendment rights through its disparate application to nursing home employees?
  2. Are Respondents required to accommodate Ms. Smith’s inability to wear a mask by engaging in the ADA mandated accommodation process and are they required to prove a direct threat defense justifying the termination of Ms. Smith?

Last practice November 5.

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Mattie Hasset, Erin Livinghouse and Michael Lenett

Does Executive Order 2020-16, which requires the wearing of masks due to COVID-19, validly exercise state police powers and not unreasonably restrict Petitioner’s Fourteenth Amendment rights? Is Petitioner a qualified individual with a disability who does not pose a direct threat under Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act thereby mandating her employers to accommodate her inability to wear a face mask? 

Last practice November 5.

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Demiana Khoury and Trevor Weitzenberg

This is a criminal procedure problem regarding 5th Amendment issues.  

The two questions on writ are:

  1. Was Agent Deggs’ Miranda modified warning sufficient under the Fifth Amendment and

    Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), and did this warning taint later statements

    made to Agent Mulder?

  2. Can Miranda deficient statements presented in pre-trial proceedings qualify as “use in a

    criminal case,” under Chavez v. Martinez, 538 U.S. 760 (2003)?

Last practice November 5.

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Marco Ornelas, Michelle Dong, and Melissa Rake

1. (A) Whether federal appellate courts may raise the defense of qualified immunity sua sponte, and if so, (B) whether the holding in Pearson v. Callahan, 555 U.S. 223 (2009) permitting lower courts to proceed directly to the “clearly established” prong of the qualified immunity analysis should stand; and

2. Whether placing a prisoner with serious mental illnesses and a history of self-harm in administrative segregation for 360 days, without consistent access to physician prescribed treatment, violates the Eighth Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment.

Last practice January 10.

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Alex Tuchman, Alex Norton, and Katie Waters

  1. Whether Title VII displaces Title IX with respect to sex discrimination claims in the employment context against educational institutions that receive federal funding,

  2. Whether but-for causation or motivating factor is the appropriate standard of causation for Title IX retaliation claims.

Last practice November 17.

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Maddie Thomas, Alex Vicas

Whether enforcement of an anti-discrimination law against a singer/songwriter violates her free speech and/or free exercise rights.

Last practice November 5.

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Hannah Becker, Tammy Vu, Magdalene Bedi

  1. Whether Title VII displaces Title IX with respect to sex discrimination claims in the employment context against educational institutions that receive federal funding,

  2. Whether but-for causation or motivating factor is the appropriate standard of causation for Title IX retaliation claims.

 

 

Last practice November 17.

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Kristin Lahaszow and Justine Jung

Issues:

  1. Is the proximate cause element of a civil RICO matter satisfied (and therefore, standing conferred) where Caesar Health Plan, as third-party payor, alleges that they would not have underwritten a prescription for Glukoriza as a treatment for Miasmic Syndrome if Galen had not misrepresented the safety risks to prescribers?

  2. Does a state government official who orders the warrantless search of medical records from a health insurance company violate the Fourth Amendment, where such search is conducted pursuant to a state statute which does not authorize precompliance review before a judicial entity? If so, is the official protected from liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 by the doctrine of Qualified Immunity?

Last practice November 5.

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Madison Boucher and Kristin Choi

1. Is the proximate cause element of a civil RICO matter satisfied (and therefore, standing conferred) where Caesar Health Plan, as third-party payor, alleges that they would not have underwritten a prescription for Glukoriza as a treatment for Miasmic Syndrome if Galen had not misrepresented the safety risks to prescribers? 

2. Does a state government official who orders the warrantless search of medical records from a health insurance company violate the Fourth Amendment, where such search is conducted pursuant to a state statute which does not authorize precompliance review before a judicial entity? If so, is the official protected from liability under 42 U.S.C. section 1983 by the doctrine of Qualified Immunity? 

Last practice November 5.

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