Welcome to JHTL

at Suffolk Law

JHTL is student-run by an Editorial Board of past JHTL staff members. Students who become JHTL staff members are able to receive academic credit for working on a piece for publication, cite-checking, and writing a book review. The Editorial Board coordinates and supervises the research and writing development for all JHTL staff members. Staff members are selected through the summer write-on competition, and membership is open to all students who qualify, not just those concentrating in Intellectual Property.

A unique feature of JHTL as a Suffolk Law Honor Board is its ability to publish all articles online, which allows members to publish their materials while still at Suffolk. Making articles available on Westlaw, Lexis, and the JHTL Web site allows members of the legal community direct access to our timely articles, notes, and case comments.

For more information about the JHTL, please contact us at jhtl@jhtl.org.

If you are interested in submitting an Article for publication, please review our policy on Article Submissions.

Welcome to JHTL

Grey Area for Fourth Amendment Rights at the Border: Will the Recently Introduced “Protecting Data at the Border Act” Provide Sufficient Protection Against the Search of our Cell Phones?

Agents at the U.S. Border are searching cell phones without probable cause. New bill being discussed by Congress to implement controls to curb privacy violations.

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You Can’t Always Buy What You Want

In response to widespread panic over the passage of SJR34, several crowdfunding projects have emerged. They are promising that if they raise enough money, they will be able to purchase the browsing histories of the congressmen who voted for the resolution, thus defaming them publicly. However, several legal and tech experts are stating that trying to buy and disseminate the information is both impossible and illegal.

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Will Police Officers be Able to Use Weaponized Drones?

Connecticut has proposed a bill that would allow law enforcement to arm their drones with weapons. This is extremely controversial, especially at a time where law enforcement has taken criticism for the use of deadly force against citizens across the country.

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The FBI’s Powerful Facial Recognition Software Exposed.

There is an overwhelming amount of law on privacy. The Fourth Amendment has been discussed in tens of thousands of law review articles and court decisions from state appeals courts to the U.S. Supreme Court. Interestingly, very little information or law exists on facial recognition. During a Congressional hearing in late March 2017, privacy advocates became aware to the vast ability for the FBI to find someone with facial recognition.

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Book review

2015 – 2016

Anticipating Child Exploitation due to Blurred Boundary Lines by Media and Society

Written by Holly A. Smith and reviewed by Angelica Diaz

e-Discovery: The Untold Story of my Quest for Justice

Written by Laura A. Zubulake and reviewed by Caroline Murphy


In conjunction with Suffolk Law’s Intellectual Property Concentration, and under the guidance of Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, JHTL produces a series of podcasts on topical issues of law, technology, and IP:

Introduction Podcast

Welcome to the JHTL Podcast 2015-2016 series! In this episode we introduce the creators and interviewers Jerry Chapin, Andrew Glenny, and Olivia Vaché, all students at Suffolk University Law School interested and/or studying technology in law.

  • Grey Area for Fourth Amendment Rights at the Border: Will the Recently Introduced “Protecting Data at the Border Act” Provide Sufficient Protection Against the Search of our Cell Phones?
    By Marco Garbero For a U.S. citizen, Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizures are well defined through the vast amount of case law existing at both the state and federal level. Of course, there are always going to be nuances unique to each circumstance in which a law enforcement official conducts a search, but…
  • You Can’t Always Buy What You Want
    By Kaitlyn Conway On March 28, 2017, the Senate passed SJR34, which effectively killed broadband privacy protections. The bill, which is brief, reads as follows:   Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating…
  • Will Police Officers be Able to Use Weaponized Drones?
    By Gabrielle King As technology continues to advance, the capabilities of drones are advancing as well. Drones are prevalent in society today and they continue to make headlines in the news. Drones are utilized by many individuals and entities, including law enforcement, private individuals, and businesses. Drones have also been the center of controversy throughout…
  • The FBI’s Powerful Facial Recognition Software Exposed.
    By Andre A. Janiszewski The world changes seemingly every week, and with a shrinking world comes increased difficulties.  Fighting crime and protecting citizens is one of the government’s most important functions.  Today, we face unprecedented threats both foreign and domestic.  Technology also changes quickly, in part to keep up with the demands of law enforcement…
  • A Historical Overview of Patent Ownership Rights and Their Relevance in Today’s Supreme Court
    By Ashley Russo There is no question that technology has greatly increased in the last century.  With the invention of automobiles, telephones, computers, and cell phones, has come so many opportunities for tech companies to develop and patent new, innovative technologies.  However, with this rapid development in technology has also come several cases, especially Supreme…
  • Massachusetts’ New Ride Sharing Legislation: Unfair to Drivers or a Godsend to Passengers?
    By John Vrooman Haskell In November 2016, ride-sharing goliaths Uber and Lyft agreed to begin the process of implementing a two-step form of background checks for their drivers, with the aid of the Massachusetts legislature. Now, four months later, over 8,000 of the approximately 71,000 ride-sharing drivers in Massachusetts have been banned from driving for…
  • Don’t Look At Me: My Twin Did It!
    By Noelle Phelan DNA testing has frequently been used to assist law enforcement in solving crimes. Where DNA evidence is left behind at the scene of a crime, DNA profiling of the evidence can potentially be used to locate the perpetrator. The DNA evidence at the scene of the crime can be matched to the…
  • Graduating to Unemployment: How Technology Is Filling The Void
    By Sammi Elefant   Americans owe almost $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. See A Look At The Shocking Student Loan Debt Statistics for 2017, Student Loan Hero (Feb. 8 2017) archived at https://perma.cc/Q55C-5EUB.  The average graduate of the Class of 2016 took on $37,172 in crippling debt that can hover over them for many…
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