Fordham Urban Law Journal

A bimonthly legal book published by the law school at Fordham University. Each issue focuses on a single topic, and publishes original research, critical pieces, and long-form essays related to that topic.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, January

An Effective Drug Policy to Protect America's Youth and Communities
INTRODUCTION Drug abuse and addiction, and the government's response to these problems, are frequently and appropriately a topic of public debate. (1) Some argue that because we have not completely eradicated all illegal drug abuse, we should legalize...
Crime, Gun Control, and the BATF: The Political Economy of Law Enforcement
INTRODUCTION The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ("BATF"), an agency of the United States Treasury Department, has wide-ranging law enforcement responsibilities, which include the investigation of crimes involving guns, explosives, and illicit...
Drafting: An Essential Skill
INTRODUCTION Needless to say, a good commercial lawyer must be skillful and facile in drafting. Frequently, speed in the preparation of legal papers is desirable, even if an early deadline has not been set. I. ARITHMETIC While all elements...
Engaging the Debate: Reform vs. More of the Same
INTRODUCTION This Essay dispels common myths put forward by drug war advocates and describes more effective alternatives available than present policy contemplates. Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") Administrator Asa Hutchison deserves...
From Household Bathrooms to the Workplace: Bringing the Americans with Disabilities Act Back to Where It Belongs: An Analysis of Toyota Motor Manufacturing V. Williams
INTRODUCTION Ella Williams has endured the following impairments over the past ten years: bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, (1) myotendinitis and myositis bilateral, and thoracic outlet compression. (2) Williams's carpal tunnel syndrome could lead...
Snapshots: Holistic Images of Female Offenders in the Criminal Justice System
INTRODUCTION Currently, the number of female offenders continues to increase while the overall crime rate drops. (1) Unfortunately, the most recent report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics does not clarify the reasons underlying this trend. (2)...
The Failure of Local and Federal Prosecutors to Curb Police Brutality
INTRODUCTION Excessive use of force by police officers undermines faith in the criminal justice system. Citizens expect those with badges and guns to follow the law as well as enforce it, but these two roles often come into conflict. Reporter Craig...