Tag: Sara Robideaux

STEM Guest Workers and the U.S. Economy

By: Sara Robideaux

The STEM disciplines are widespread and valuable fields to which many of the guest workers of America contribute. The H-1B visa focuses on specialty occupations, generally requiring a degree. Although there are various specialties, STEM occupations are currently the majority, with about 90% of total H-1B visas.[1] The H-1B visa requires the employer to hold the visa while the employee (or guest worker) is the beneficiary. Beneficiaries are allowed to participate in this visa under one of these conditions; they hold a bachelor’s degree or a state license in the specialized field, or they have training or experience that is considered equivalent to a degree. With over half a million foreign workers in the United States, guest worker programs have proven to be a policy that we should consider carefully.

Kayden’s Law and the Future of Family Court

By: Sara Robideaux

In 2018, Kayden Mancuso, a seven-year-old child, was killed by her biological father during a court-ordered unsupervised custody visit in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As appalling, tragic, and heartbreaking as this is, it is not an anomaly. During the COVID pandemic, maltreatment and abuse reports decreased, but hospital cases did the opposite.[1] This concerning trend prompts the assumption that as interactions between children and mandated reporters such as teachers decreased, reporting and proper investigations of child abuse in homes decreased also. Pennsylvania’s 2020 Child Protective Services Report disclosed that in 2020, child deaths attributed to child abuse rose by 43%.[2] With such harrowing statistics looming, Kayden’s mother and grandmother felt it was their duty to address this crisis, starting with the law.

The Effect of Foundational Law on the Environment

By: Sara Robideaux

Pierson v Post, decided in 1805 and regarding an incident in 1802, is an American legal case involving property law. This case took place in the state of New York and begged the question of rights while pursuing a wild animal. This ruling is considered both foundational and essential in future property law cases.[1]