Op Ed

Chronic Illness or Criminal Offense: Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

Chronic Illness or Criminal Offense: Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

Kasia Orzechowski On February 7, 2014, Jerome Murdough, a former Marine, was arrested in New York City on charges of trespassing. Unable to afford his bail, Murdough was placed in jail at Riker’s Island. He was housed in a mental-observation unit due to his diagnosis of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. […]

 
 

What’s In An Ally? On Giving Focus in Social Justice

What’s In An Ally? On Giving Focus in Social Justice

View image | gettyimages.com Stephanie Henning   In the weeks and months since Michael Brown’s tragic death at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, I have succumbed to a numbness. A numbness brought on by feelings of powerlessness, helplessness, anger, and sadness—heightened by the crushing weight of just how […]

 
 

Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Dallas Cowboys

Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Dallas Cowboys

Luke Melone   As the NFL gears up for Super Bowl 49 on Sunday, a growing debate over head injuries threatens the future of the sport. Professional athletes have taken notice and weighed in on the issue. Basketball superstar Lebron James has stated that because of health risks he wouldn’t […]

 
 

Addressing Global Energy Demand in North America

Addressing Global Energy Demand in North America

Maria Landa   By 2030, global energy demand will increase by 41 percent due to rapid population and economic growth. Between 2012 and 2035, global population is projected to grow by 1.7 billion and real (or inflation-adjusted) income will more than double. In order to promote more energy efficient activities […]

 
 

New York, Pittsburgh, and Out of Network Care in 2015

New York, Pittsburgh, and Out of Network Care in 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Daniel B. Shulkin   What will 2015 bring in healthcare? Judith Roman, CEO of the managed care company Ameri-Health, together with several other prominent healthcare executives, predict that 2015 will bring further consolidation of healthcare organizations as hospitals struggle to remain financially sustainable. Further predictions indicate […]

 
 

Land Rights in Indian Country: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Land Rights in Indian Country: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

#118594317 / gettyimages.com Stephanie Henning   The United States government has a long, nasty history when it comes to Native Americans’ land rights. From reservations to the Dawes Act to eminent domain, the Federal government has employed Mary Poppins’s Carpetbag-of-Tricks to successfully deprive Indians of access to or legal control […]

 
 

The Ebola Outbreak – A Health System Failure?

The Ebola Outbreak – A Health System Failure?

View image | gettyimages.com Priyanka Ganesh   West Africa is now home to the largest ever epidemic of Ebola virus disease. The first cases were reported in March 2014, and it has now become the disease’s largest and most complex outbreak, with over 10,000 people infected and nearly 6,113 deaths. […]

 
 

Is it time to start paying for organs?

Is it time to start paying for organs?

View image | gettyimages.com Jessica Nagro   As of November 25, 2014, there were 123,959 individuals in the U.S. waiting for a lifesaving organ, a staggering figure compared to the 9,512 organ transplants conducted so far this year. Clearly, society is not doing enough to close the gap between those […]

 
 

Obamacare: Politics Unseating Policy

Obamacare: Politics Unseating Policy

Sumit R. Kumar   Three legs support a stool. Cut one leg off, and the stool falls. The Republican Party has continuously attempted to cut off the “subsidy leg” from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). By dismantling part of a necessarily interconnected plan, they threaten financially feasible health coverage for […]

 
 

The Absence of Diversity in Law: The Solution

The Absence of Diversity in Law: The Solution

Josh Schaier   The legal profession has an abysmal reputation: Knowingly overbilling clients (“churn that bill, baby!”), consistently demonstrating a flawed management structure, and turning a blind eye to insider trading. A more systemic issue, though, is the lack of diversity of most senior lawyers. As noted in the Wall Street Journal, the […]