“California law currently includes approximately 4,800 legal restrictions on people with criminal records even after they have completed their sentences. These barriers prevent the estimated 8 million Californians with criminal records from participating fully in and contributing to society by limiting their access to jobs, housing, education, and other opportunities. They haunt individuals with records that are decades-old and apply even when the underlying activity that has been decriminalized, like marijuana possession.” Read more of Colleen Chien’s op-ed.

Section 230: What You Don’t Know Might Destroy The Internet

1L Santa Clara Law student Jessica Miers says she is grateful to Professor Eric Goldman, who “took me under his wing as his Internet Law mentee and taught me everything I know about this topic to date.” In her talk, Miers explores Section 230, online speech, and the complexities of content moderation. “To preserve what little online freedom of speech we have left, it’s important we understand how the Internet operates so that we can do our part in keeping Congress from destroying it,” she says. Watch her TED Talk.

Margaret Russell on the Constitutionality of the Wall

Santa Clara Law Professor Margaret Russell wrote an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle on President Trump’s use of an emergency declaration to sidestep Congress and get his border wall. She argues that Trump is misjudging the limitations of the executive power in this matter, noting that, “Of the 59 national emergency orders declared since 1976, this is the only one occurring after Congress clearly and specifically rejected the will of the president.”