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Publishing a Part of the Law School Experience for 3L Michael Ellement


As any public commentator can attest, nothing beats offering the right kind of knowledge at the right time. It keeps the media—or a law journal—knocking at your door and soliciting your opinion.
It’s happened that way for Michael Ellement, a third-year student at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, who recently accepted an offer to publish his third academic article this year.
All three articles relate to topics in election law, an especially timely subject as some states pursue controversial reforms to their electoral systems and a presidential election draws near.
Ellement’s three articles have been accepted for publication by well-established law journals and will appear in coming months.

Spring 2013, Catholic University Law Review

“Blocking the Ballot: Why Florida's New Voting Restrictions Demonstrate an Opportunity for Continued Enforcement of the VRA's Preclearance Requirement”
The article reviews new Florida election regulations and their potential impact on voter rights in the state. It argues that the new laws present an opportunity for continued enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was enacted to specifically review state election laws that may have an adverse effect on minority voting rights.
Winter 2012-13, The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Minority Issues
“The New Voter Suppression: Why the Voting Rights Act Still Matters”
Ellement’s scholarship analyzes election laws passed in several states during 2012. It is skeptical of the Supreme Court's suggestion in recent opinions that minority voter suppression is no longer occurring on a large scale, thus making the preclearance authority of the Voting Rights Act unnecessary. The article challenges that premise by highlighting the widespread election law changes in 2012. It concludes that the high court should be mindful of the history of the Voting Rights Act, as well as modern age suppression tactics, in order to reach informed decisions regarding Congress's authority to implement voting legislation under the 15th Amendment. 
Winter 2012-13, Reynolds Center for Courts and Media Law Journal (produced by the National Judicial College)
 “A Right to Speak and Spend: Citizens United and its Consequences for Objective Journalism”
The article analyzes the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC and expresses concern for the future of objective journalism following the decision. It studies the opinion’s reach in the age of corporate dominated media and posits that the decision calls journalistic values into question, eroding public confidence in media.