Matthew R. Stevens ’21 is a 3L student and Staff Editor of the UMass Law Review. Matthew grew up in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and completed his BA in History at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Throughout his time in highschool, college, and part of law school, Matthew worked in the retail industry for 8 years. During his time at law school, Matthew shifted to the legal field where he served as a law clerk at Lang, Xifaras & Bullard for 3 years, as well as being a Torts Teaching Assistant for Professor Cleary. Matthew is a recipient of both the Commonwealth Fellows Scholarship and the Hoff Law Scholarship.
Matthew used his education in history and law to write about the developing legal systems of England and the Holy Roman Empire and their effect on witch-hunting intensity in early modern Europe, and how principles from this period can be applied to concepts like federalism and centralism in the United States. You can read more about Matthew’s work here. Matthew deeply enjoys any type of scholarship, and hopes to continue writing and return to the world of academia down the road by becoming a law professor.
Thomas Brennan ’21 is a full-time day student and Lead Editor for the UMass Law Review. Tom was born and raised in a small town in Northeast Connecticut before attending Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2015. Tom graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice and a minor in Arabic. After graduation, Tom returned to his home town of Pomfret and worked for three years as a Clerk at the Superior Court in Danielson, Connecticut. In 2018, Tom decided to attend law school, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, and brother. Tom currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wonderful Fiancé. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. After graduation, Tom plans on working in private practice in Eastern Connecticut with his father and brother. Tom’s research and writing for UMass Law Review focused on the ethical and legal issues regarding the hidden and persuasive techniques employed by social media companies to increase user engagement.
Spencer K. Schneider, UMass Law Review’s Technology Editor recently had his article published in the National Lawyers Guild Review. Check out his abstract below and click here to read the full article!
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS: THE STATUTORY SCHEMES THAT TURN TRAFFIC TICKETS INTO FINANCIAL CRISES
Forty-three states have, or previously had, some version of a driver’s license suspension program. These programs are shown to have disastrous financial effects on the lives of those who cannot afford the fines inherent in them. Challenges to such license suspension schemes have been brought throughout the United States but have been largely unsuccessful. Where relief ultimately may be found is in state legislatures or city governments. When those bodies discover that, although these programs are in fact valid and constitutional, many of them have such detrimental and long-term impacts on so many citizens, they ultimately result in more harm than good. This realization has led many states to experiment with changes to, or repeals of, their driver’s license suspension programs with varying success. However, many states still rely on the fines levied by these programs and there is a legitimate argument that the programs are imposed to keep dangerous drivers off the street. Ultimately, this is an issue that arose from legislation and, despite finding its way into the court system, must be solved with legislation.
UMass Law Review’s latest issue features articles from Garry A. Gabison and Charles W. Collier.
Garry A. Gabison is a Lecturer of Law, Economics & Regulations at Queen Mary University of London Centre for Commercial Law Studies. His article examines the First Sale Doctrine and its implications on the textbook market. Here is his abstract.
This Article investigates the impact of the Kirtsaeng decision. After discussing the first sale doctrine, this Article presents the issues around implementing a worldwide first sale doctrine. International treaties attempt to ensure that authors can benefit from their work by affording them similar protections in different jurisdictions. But a worldwide first sale exhaustion limits the ability of copyright holders to profit from their work because it allows the author to compete with its own work that had been priced differently in different jurisdictions. Finally, this Article tests whether, in the United States, the price of textbooks has been affected by the Kirtsaeng decision and finds that the price of textbooks increased between 2001 and 2018 but not more rapidly or slowly after the decision. In other words, the decision may not have had any effect (yet).