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…

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…

An op-ed highlighting the realities of imposter syndrome’s effect on Vice President Kamala Harris and many Black Americans in professional spaces.

By: Ian L. Courts, Esq.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaking at a Biden-Harris campaign event.

Over the past week, our news feeds have been flooded with articles analyzing, criticizing, and sympathizing with Vice President Harris’s first diplomatic trip to Guatemala and Mexico. This barrage of newsworthiness is expected because it is of public interest how our vice president represents us to the world. However, it is also abnormal in the infatuation and over-fascination with every perceived misstep V.P. Harris makes. Many of these analysts and opinionists cloak their critique…

A general overview of the sources of American law that govern our daily lives.

(State Dept./Doug Thompson depicting U.S. federalism.)

By: Ian L. Courts, Esq.

We’ve all heard the phrase “that’s against the law/ or that’s unlawful!” However, few of us really understand what that prognosticator of legality is saying! (Quite frankly, the speaker does not either.) Moreover, we are inundated by our politicians, news organizations, friends, co-workers, etc., with appeals to the Constitution, arguments concerning this law or that statute — it all seems so daunting! My purpose in writing this brief piece is to provide some foundational light into the sources of law in…

Ian Lamar Courts, Esq.

Attorney, Young Black Voice, Law & Politics Observer.

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