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The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects citizens from government encroachment on speech. The First Amendment also protects the right to form political parties. States are permitted, however, to regulate elections by enacting “reasonable regulations of parties, elections, and ballots.” Depending on the nature of the restriction, courts will either apply strict or intermediate scrutiny to determine the constitutionality of a state statute attempting to regulate elections.
This Note explores the history of vote buying and voter coercion as it relates to the First Amendment protection of the right to free speech. This Note also analyzes and addresses the main arguments against ballot selfies, and proffers that states should harness the power of social media in political campaigns in an effort to inform the electorate.
The Kaitlyn Keaney Fund is hosting a raffle fundraiser to support the nephew of a Suffolk Law Review alumus. Devin Suau, a six year old boy from Framingham, MA, was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in January 2017. DIPG is a form of pediatric brain cancer that affects 200-300 children ages 5-9 per year in the U.S. DIPG has a 0% survival rate with no known effective treatments and an average survival after diagnosis of just 9 months.
Devin’s family believes someone has to be the first to beat this, so why not Devin? Unfortunately, insurance only covers initial radiation, and there is almost zero federal funding. Experimental clinical trials can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Raffle tickets are $20 each with no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. The drawing will be held at Florian Hall in Dorchester on May 6. You do not need to be present to win.
The prizes are:
1st Prize: 3 Days/3 Nights at Las Vegas MGM – AIRFARE INCLUDED
2nd Prize: 2 Night stay at Fischer Island in Miami, Florida. Luxury, private 3 bedroom that includes a $500 Delta voucher for flights.
3rd Prize: Dinner for 6 at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse located in the Seaport District. Wine Included
4th Prize: Set of Calloway Golf Irons
5th Prize: 4 Green Monster Seats to any Red Sox game during the year
Raffle tickets may be purchased by visiting https://www.youcaring.com/thesuaufamily-787726
The Honorable Frank M. Gaziano, JD ’89
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Omni Parker House
60 School Street, Boston
Alumni: $75; 2012-16 graduates and alumni in public service: $50; students: $25
To RSVP, visit attend.com/SULawRevidw50 or
contact Annamaria Mueller at email@example.com or 617-305-1999.
Section 5:31 of the treatise concerning crowdfunding, cites a Note by Patrick, who served as the Executive Editor of the Suffolk University Law Review this past academic year. Patrick’s Note was recently featured in SULR Vol. 49 (2016) and defends SEC crowdfunding rules regulating funding portals.
The treatise quotes Patrick’s piece as supporting two propositions: (1) the screening function the SEC imposes upon intermediaries (i.e. funding portals) is vital to protecting the unsophisticated investor; and (2) funding portals and issuers’ opportunities to self-deal are mitigated by the SEC’s requirement that third-party banks hold funds raised via funding portals in escrow until a target amount is met.
The Suffolk University Law Review is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 Staff Members:
We are thrilled to welcome so many talented individuals to the staff and look forward to making this year one of the best yet.