Civics 101

Up in Arms

Evan Gerstmann, who teaches constitutional law, explains the origins of the Second Amendment and how its intent has been interpreted over time.

Court Extension

With President Joe Biden being urged to take steps to expand the number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, FDR’s attempt in 1937 may offer valuable lessons.

The Counter Vote

If the Electoral College vote produces a result that doesn’t reflect the popular vote for president, is it time to shutter the institution?

Protection Promises

Asylum raises the question of both our political and moral obligations in response to those in need of refuge. A Loyola Law School professor and an LLS graduate offer an explanation of a practice with a long history in international politics and law.

The State Taketh Away

Originally intended as a way to seize property obtained through criminal activity, civil asset forfeiture, some say, is often a practice abused by civil and state authorities as a way to supplement enforcement budgets.

Beast of Burden

Gerrymandering, the drawing of boundaries of electoral districts, is shaping up to be one of the most contentious issues in politics for the next several years. Here’s a quick guide.