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…


A brief discussion highlighting the Black women making an impact on the global political stage.

Vice President Kamala D. Harris (top-left); Former ICC-Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (bottom-left); Chief Justice Meaza Ashenafi (top-right); and UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield (bottom-right).

By: Ian L. Courts, J.D.

Politics is shifting; moreover, the demographic face of politics is also shifting. Women within the developing and developed world are flexing their political might and getting elected into high levels…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

Ian Courts

Attorney, Young Black Voice, Law & Politics Observer.

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