After another thorough review and reading submissions from college students from different institutions around the country, the editorial board has decided to publish four outstanding collegiate articles and a guest article by former Xavier and Georgetown law graduate, Mike Klaus.
This issue begins with Michelle Polizzano’s “The Rational Design of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.” Her article explores how the Maputo Protocol in Africa attempts to quell two underlying issues with rights of women – a distribution problem over norms and an enforcement problem of the laws themselves
In his paper, “A Chicken-or-egg Dilemma of Software Patents: Nonobviousness Standards, Functional Claims & the Rise of Overly Broad Software Patents,” Aristotle Herbert addresses the related issues of poorly enforced nonobviousness standards and functional claims with attention to the consequent rise of overly broad patents.
The last collegiate article, “Free Speech and Hate Crimes: Constitutional Law Research Paper,” Dan Wright highlights the unconstitutionality of hate crime statutes that carry heavier sentences for bias motivation of previously criminalized conduct.
The guest article by Mike Klaus, “There’s Always Room for More Pro Bono Lawyers,” outlines the constant need for lawyers to help out certain segments of society, in the use of Pro Bono.
The second issue of the Xavier Undergraduate Law Review has been a rewarding and enriching experience for the editorial board and we hope you enjoy reading the selected articles.