University of Southern California

Volume 86, Number 5 (July, 2013)

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    A Matter of Life, Death, and Children: The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act Section 2302 and a Shifting Legal Paradigm
    Note by Ryan A. Walsh

    Nick Snow was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare and deadly form of cancer, at the age of six. After undergoing “chemotherapies, surgeries, four types of radiation, a bone marrow transplant and many experimental therapies,” Nick saw his cancer finally go into remission six years after diagnosis. Twice during this grueling ordeal, doctors told Nick that he would soon die and enrolled him in a hospice program. Unexpectedly, Nick’s general health improved during hospice treatment, enabling him t...

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    Breaking Bad Sentencing Habits: How State Courts’ Retroactive Modifications of Probation Terms Affect Federal Mandatory Sentencing
    Note by Andrew Tan

    In 2006, Eduardo Alba-Flores was arrested for importing methamphetamine into the country from Mexico. Importing methamphetamine carries a ten-year minimum sentence, but first-time offenders who meet certain conditions are exempt from this mandatory minimum. Unfortunately, Alba-Flores was ineligible because he was on probation at the time for driving with a suspended license earlier that year. Alba-Flores convinced the state court to retroactively modify his probation term so that he served less...

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    International Law and the Limits of Macroeconomic Cooperation
    Article by Eric A. Posner & Alan O. Sykes

    The macroeconomic policies of states can produce significant costs and benefits for other states, yet international macroeconomic cooperation has been one of the weakest areas of international law. We ask why states have had such trouble cooperating over macroeconomic issues when they have been relatively successful at cooperation over other economic matters such as international trade. We argue that although the theoretical benefits of macroeconomic cooperation are real, in practice it is diffi...

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    Racial Emotion in the Workplace
    Article by Tristin K. Green

    Almost everyone in the United States is likely to experience or have experienced racial emotion in the workplace. One person feels uncomfortable making conversation with her coworkers of a different race for fear that she will use the wrong name or say something that is perceived as biased or offensive; another is anxious that his colleague will judge him as less intelligent than the whites on his team. One feels anger at the telling or emailing of a racial joke; another feels frustrated when a...

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