An op-ed highlighting how the Supreme Court of the United States has incrementally cut the provisions of the Votings Rights Act and what we can do now to protect voting rights.

Voting rights activists rallied to oppose voter roll purges before the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2018. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By: Ian L. Courts, Esq.

Democracy is a process, not a static condition. It is becoming rather than being. It can be easily lost, but it's never fully won.” Judge William “Bill” H. Hastie.

Judge Hastie’s words spoken over a half-century read loud and true — even today. I chose Judge Hastie’s words because he was one of the instrumental civil rights pioneers whose litigation and legal service assisted…


On September 17, the U.S. commemorates its Constitution; as we reflect, let us not forget the Black American Jurists that reformed our constitutional jurisprudence.

Judge Hastie (left); Justice Marshall (center); and Judge Baker Motley (right).

By: Ian L. Courts, Esq.

America commemorates our founding document, the Constitution of the United States, on September 17th each year. This year, as we reflect on our country’s most important document — its strengths and weaknesses, we do so under the backdrop of the January 6th Insurrection, a global pandemic, and a toxic environment of political polarization. Moreover, we find ourselves at a constitutional crux, with a 6–3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, who…


An op-ed highlighting how the debate surrounding the Texas “heartbeat bill” is not about abortion but one’s right to privacy and self-autonomy.

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

On May 19, 2021, Texas passed a “heartbeat bill” that bans abortion after six weeks. In the night hours of September 2, 2021, the United States Supreme Court, in a historic move, decided to allow the Texas “heartbeat bill” to remain in place, citing that there was not an indication that a state official would enforce the law. SCOTUS’s decision was a temporary win for the conservative right. It may likely result in a full decision on the…


This op-ed highlightes how the federal government failed the American people in allowing the eviction moratorium to expire; and how state and local governments can step up to protect renters.

By: Ian L. Courts, Esq.

40,000,000 . Forty-Million. 40 million Americans are at risk of eviction because the United States government failed to do its central job “govern for the general wellbeing of its citizens.” The U.S. federal government had the ability and opportunity to extend the federal eviction moratorium on multiple occasions, and they did not. Right now, the political talking heads are pointing fingers at Congress, the White…


An op-ed highlighting why Vice President Harris needs to strongly push back against the cynicism, criticism, and misconceptions concerning her role and performance as vice president.

Vice President Harris speaking at an event.

By: Ian L. Courts, Esq.

An Opinion Piece.

It’s August, the seventh month under the Biden-Harris Administration. Vaccination rates have increased, the economy is slowly recovering — though it has its ebbs and flows, students are returning to schools, Americans are slowly returning to work, and the country remains deeply divided. President Biden is riding a wave of popularity among a plurality of Americans. At the same time, his second-in-command, Vice President Harris, is…


How the ascent of the former president and vice president reflect the political expectations of Black America during their times

President Obama, (left) and Vice President Harris. (right)

By: Ian L. Courts, Esq.

It was 2008, the results of the presidential election were coming in on CNN; I was in the 8th grade and staying up late to watch the results. Excitement, fear, nervousness, and hope were competing for my anxiety’s airtime. I asked myself, could a Black man, this Black man, Barack Obama, become the first “Black” President? I hoped for the answer to that question to be yes, and once the results projected Barack Hussein Obama’s election to the Office of the President, I was ecstatic and could hardly hold in my excitement at school the…


An op-ed highlighting the Media’s criticism of three of our country’s governing women, Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, Speaker of the United States House, Nancy Pelosi, and Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer.

Vice President Kamala Harris (top-left), Governor Gretchen Whitmer (top-right), and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (bottom-center) speaking to the press.

By: Ian L. Courts, Esq.

It is not shocking to say that America’s media is biased against women; we’ve seen the Media’s penchant for salacious gossip or excessive infatuation with women's perceived missteps and real weaknesses in political office. For example, Hilary Clinton’s colorful political career’s coverage serves as the case study on mainstream media’s bias against women in power. Furthermore, though my liberal colleagues…


An op-ed describing the procedural and appellate processes of the United States’s legal systems — using the federal courts and Pennsylvania United Judicial System as the primary examples.

Frontispiece of Leviathan by Abraham Bosse, with input from Thomas Hobbes (top), and a black and white picture depicting the U.S. Supreme Court building (bottom).

By: Ian L. Courts, Esq.

The “life of a case” in the United States’s judicial systems — federal and state — has a long and labyrinthine existence. Most people who come into contact with the judicial systems of the United States are often overwhelmed by the complexities in the procedural postures of their cases. As I often say, the United States does not have one legal system but 51+ individual but interconnecting…


The Rome Statute was created to combat global political violence and assist in holding violent political actors accountable; the United States should assert its support for the statute in the interests of international peace, justice, and truth.

The White House, (left) located in Washington, D.C., and the International Criminal Court, (right) located in The Hague, Netherlands.

In 1998, The Rome Statute was created to combat global terrorism, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocides committed by political actors — both individuals and nation-states. Moreover, the statute created the International Criminal Court to oversee the investigation, prosecution, trial, and enforcement of international criminal law. The United States was integral to the formation, creation, and drafting of the Rome Statute under…


The reasons for my endorsement of the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

United States District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

By: Ian L. Courts, Esq.

Today, the United States Senate will vote on whether they will confirm United States District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Judge Jackson’s confirmation vote is critical because the D.C. Circuit is arguably the second most powerful federal court in the United States (second only to the Supreme Court of the United States). Additionally, because of the potential, Judge Jackson could be nominated…

Ian Courts

Attorney, Young Black Voice, Law & Politics Observer.

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