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Posted on in Finance/Government/Investment/Public Policy/Volume III

Community Credit Unions, California State Credit Unions, and Community Banks: American Bankers (2019) Reignites the Tax Exemption Debate and Highlights an Opportunity

By Johnathan Bender            I. Introduction: Already serving over 122.3 million members throughout the United States and with over $1.5 trillion in assets, credit unions (CU) have successfully competed with both small and large commercial banks for consumers over many decades.[1] As the CU membership field requirements are being relaxed and the services offered are being… Keep Reading

Posted on in Business Organizations/Employment/Public Policy/Volume III

DEMANDING DIVERSITY: MONEY TALKS

By Hailey Hoyt          In the modern law firm, professional inclusivity should be a standard practice. Unfortunately, at this point in time, even with heightened awareness and expectations of diversity, firm demographics remain largely unchanged from a decade ago. Despite the longstanding, stagnant nature of firm demographics, sheer practicality now demands that firms diversify or be… Keep Reading

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Will the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Start Regulating Commercial Lending to Small Businesses? A brief analysis of the current state of commercial regulation and evaluating its future

By Scott Natsuhara            We now live in a world where we are accustomed to heavy disclosures and regulations in our daily banking transactions. It may be hard to believe that before the Frank-Dodd Act, opening a bank account or applying for a loan required only a fraction of the paperwork.  Neither did applying for new… Keep Reading

Posted on in Business Organizations/Investment/Real Estate/Volume III

The Shift Away from Traditional Commercial Real Estate Leasing

By Marquis Cardwell            The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented economic and social consequences that have adversely affected how companies operate. Various stay-at-home orders implemented across the country forced companies to cease in-person operations while still being responsible for the obligations under their leases. According to a report conducted by Motus, approximately 11 billion square feet… Keep Reading

Posted on in Public Policy/Real Estate/Volume III

The Effects of the Clippers’ New Stadium & the Implications of Relocation

By Kevin Glaudin            The Los Angeles Clippers have called the Staples Center home for 21 years. Beginning in 2021, construction of a new 18,000 seat arena in the Inglewood area will begin, which the team will call home in 2024. Following the Rams and the Chargers, the Clippers franchise is the newest California sports team… Keep Reading

Posted on in Government/Public Policy/Volume III

The U.S. Higher Education System and Its Future

By Niko Zhou            The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented effects on the United States’ higher education system. With closed borders, an increasingly hostile view of international students, a protectionist standpoint, and new restrictive modifications to the H1B visa requirements, universities are entering unknown territory. International students have always served as a reliable and steady source… Keep Reading

Posted on in Finance/Investment/Public Policy/Volume II

The Razor’s Edge: How the Trump Administration is Loosening Dodd-Frank and the Ramifications of its Actions

By Nabi Menai             Perhaps one of the most cataclysmic events of the 21st century was the financial crisis that began in 2008. Not only did it send the United States into a historic recession, its effects reverberated around the world and the ramifications of the crisis can still be felt today. Banks and law… Keep Reading

Posted on in Manufacturing/Technology/Volume II

Autonomous Vehicles Today

By Vaheh Manoukian Whether it’s Tesla, Google, or Uber, technology companies are racing to advance the technology and policies to promote the autonomous vehicle (“AV”) movement. Waymo, a project originated by Google, is leading the way in this $6 billion industry.[1] Waymo’s current mission includes safely improving and scaling AVs through robust testing. Its Arizona–based… Keep Reading

Posted on in Business Organizations/Tax/Volume II

TCJA Section 199A Means Business—But What Kind?

By Claudia Fendian Introduction The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) offers no shortage of changes to U.S. tax law, but perhaps most notable is the Section 199A Deduction (commonly referred to as the “20% Deduction” or the “Pass-Through Deduction”). Understanding the requirements and implications of the 199A Deduction can be challenging.[1] Thus, this article… Keep Reading

Posted on in Public Policy/Technology/Volume II

How the Compulsory Licensing System Has Impacted Sampling in Today’s Music Industry and Potential Calls for Reform

By Bruce Fan Sting recently sued up-and-coming rapper Juice WRLD for copyright infringement because Juice WRLD’s hit song “Lucid Dreams” used samples from Sting’s “Shape of My Heart.” Sampling occurs when composers “manipulate a recorded fragment of sound from a pre-existing recording and then use it as a part of a new composition.”[1] Juice WRLD’s… Keep Reading

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