Washburn Law Journal

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will present their work at the
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Monday, January 31 and Monday, February 7, 2022,
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Recent Blog Post

An Immigrant Contextualizes the George Floyd Verdict

Professor Rory Bahadur | April 24, 2021 | Read this blog post

Summary: The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is potentially a distraction from the depth and pervasiveness of systemic racism in this country. That trial resulted in just one conviction in a country where over 10 million arrests occur every year. While it may be important as a symbol of change, it is empirically less significant as an actual metric of racial reform. Examining post-colonial Caribbean politics and the emotional distraction techniques employed by those seeking office to shift the populace’s focus from the reality and magnitude of corrupt governing and the seeming hopelessness of reform attempts, illustrates the danger that putting too much stock in the Chauvin conviction poses to true racial reform.

Recent Comment

Conchs on Cruises: Taking the "Sovereign State of Mind" Too Far in Key West's New Cruise Ordinance

Madlaine N. Farmer | December 21, 2021 | Read this comment

Summary: This Comment argues that Key West’s recently enacted ordinance––which limits the total amount of people allowed to disembark to 1,500 per day, prohibits cruise ships with 1,300 or more passengers from docking and prioritizes ships with the best records on health and the environment––conflicts with maritime law because it destroys harmony and uniformity in interstate and maritime commerce. State and local governments may use their police powers to implement laws that abate pollution; however, local laws may not regulate the primary conduct of vessels to the extent it disrupts the uniformity that is essential to maritime activity. Key West’s ordinance regulates primary conduct and, therefore, is invalid under maritime law.

Preferred Citation: Madlaine N. Farmer, Conchs on Cruises: Taking the "Sovereign State of Mind" Too Far in Key West's New Cruise Ordinance, 61 Washburn L.J. Online (2021), https://washburnlaw.edu/wljonline/farmer-conchs-on-cruises.

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