Elevating Student Scholarship: Introducing Issue 7.1

The Arkansas Journal of Social Change & Public Service is proud to announce Issue 7.1

As a student-run journal, The Arkansas Journal of Social Change & Public Service thrives on student engagement through research and writing. Our Public Service Blog is full of topical analysis from students, and was founded with the purpose of encouraging students to write about issues that they find compelling. For the first issue of our seventh volume, the Journal‘s editorial board has decided to highlight the scholarship of our own staff by featuring student work that illustrates a broad scope of academic interests.

Caitlin Campbell’s Note, Mixed Signals: An Analysis of the Third-Party Doctrine as Applied to Warrantless Collection of Historical Cell Site Location Information, dives into the constitutional issues implicated by warrantless law enforcement access to the geographic location data collected by cell phone service providers.The piece is a must-read primer for understanding the monumental Carpenter v. United States case that is currently before the Supreme Court. Additionally, with consumers exchanging data for services at unprecedented scale, it has never been more important to examine the so-called “third-party doctrine” as a question of constitutional criminal procedure.

Zachary Hale’s Comment, Patently Unfair: The Tensions Between Human Rights and Intellectual Property Protection, looks at the historical development of international intellectual property regulation and its various conflicts with human rights. As global trade and intellectual property concerns are increasingly at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy, this piece provides insight into the ways that patent protections create obstacles for access to life saving technologies.

Mark Yablon’s Comment, It’s Time for the Civil Justice Sequel to Gideon v. Wainwright: Indigent Civil Litigants Deserve Appointed Legal Counsel, makes a policy argument for the appointment of counsel for indigent litigants and others of modest means. Individuals who find themselves without counsel on the wrong side of prohibitively expensive litigation may suffer consequences that amount to a deprivation of life or liberty. In light of the grave impact of the access to justice gap, appointed counsel may be necessary to ensure that our court system really does provide justice for all.

In furtherance of our commitment to student scholarship, the Journal will continue to promote and publish the work of its members and editors on critical issues of law and policy. We hope that our publications continue to provoke thoughtful conversation about the pressing topics of our time.


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As an academic journal, we at The Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service encourage investigation and analysis of the social and political forces that shape our current situation, and we invite debate and discourse around the pressing issues of our time. If you would like to submit a blog post, a piece of scholarly commentary, or a full-length academic article, please reach out to us at socialchange@ualr.edu.


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