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Legal News
16 Jan 2016
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] on Friday declined to grant [opinion, PDF] a motion by the NAACP [advocacy website] and other plaintiffs that would have kept the state from implementing their voter identification law in the upcoming March … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Dec 2015
by Carrie Clodi of Valparaiso University School of Law
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Carrie Clodi of Valparaiso University School of Law Class of 2017 discusses legislation regulating youth and student athlete sport participation after concussion or head injury and the necessity of continued awareness of student athlete safety ... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to review a Second Amendment challenge to a gun law enforced in Highland Park, Illinois, denying certiorari [order list, PDF] in Friedman v. City of Highland Park [docket; cert. petition, PDF]. The law, challenged by the Illinois State Rifle Association … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Kasey Tuttle

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday asking Alabama to loosen the discriminatory burdens resulting from their voter photo identification law. The law's purported purpose is to prevent voter fraud by requiring voters to present a photo ID prior to voting. … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [official website] Friday that it has reached an agreement with Alabama, under which Alabama has committed to comply with US laws requiring motor vehicle agencies to register eligible voters. More specifically, Alabama has agreed to provide voter registration opportunities in all … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2015
by Taylor Isaac

Luis Segovia, a veteran and former resident of Illinois who now lives in Guam, filed a complaint [text] on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] claiming the laws affording residents of certain US territories the right to vote and not affording the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

Houston voters rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance on Tuesday by a margin of 61 to 39 percent. Ordinance No. 2014-530 [text, PDF], known by its opponents as the "bathroom bill," prohibited discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected characteristics. The ordinance focused … [read more]


Legal News
3 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Department of Education ruled on Monday that the Palatine Township School District 211 [official websites] in Illinois violated federal law when it refused to provide gender-appropriate locker rooms for a transgender student. In December 2013 the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a federal complaint … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2015
by Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist university Dedman School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Meghan J. Ryan of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law discusses the controversy surrounding Richard Eugene Glossip's Oklahoma death penalty sentence... The recent activity surrounding the scheduled execution of Oklahoma's Richard Eugene Glossip has once again spotlighted the three-ring circus that has become America's death penalty. … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2015
by Christopher Dellana

The response to ride-sharing has varied across states. The responses range from proposed nomenclature changes publicized on social media by the Associated Press Stylebook, to stronger oversight aimed at compelling compliance with state laws regarding inspections and other market regulations. A principal legal obstacle in the ride-sharing debate is how … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2015
by Michael Roberts

Regulation of the transportation industry has its origins in earliest days of the United States, when the states regulated transportation. At the time of the nation's declaration of independence, the country was sorely in need of roads. President George Washington publicly supported the construction of roads, to foster settlement of … [read more]


Legal News
20 Oct 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin [official website] on Monday denied [order, PDF] a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] to expand the list of types of photo identification accepted at polls in the state. Judge Lynn Adelman … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A North Carolina Superior Court [official website] judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss [order, PDF] a case challenging the state's new voter identification requirement. Recently, North Carolina reformed its voter ID law [text, PDF] by creating a provision that states that if one has "reasonable impediment" to receiving a … [read more]


Legal News
4 Sep 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday reinstated [opinion, PDF] a case claiming Nevada has failed to provide voter registration services to its low-income citizens, as required under Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The district court originally dismissed … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner [official website] signed the Youth Mental Health Protection Act [materials] into law on Thursday prohibiting [AP report] licensed therapists from attempting to change the sexual orientation of anyone under 18 years of age. State Senator Daniel Biss [official website], one of the sponsors of the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official site] on Wednesday refused to rehear Governor Rod Blagojevich's corruption case. In 2013 Blagojevich was found guilty on 18 charges of corruption in his second trial and ultimately sentenced to a 14-year prison term [JURIST reports]. In 2013, Blagojevich … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner [official website] on Wednesday signed into law the bill known as SB 1304 [materials] which includes the Law Enforcement Body Worn Camera Act, establishing sweeping regulations for police officers' use of body cameras while on duty. The bill will require Illinois drivers to pay an … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Chicago Police Department [official website] has decided to allow independent evaluations of their stop-and-frisk procedures that many have said specifically target African Americans under an agreement [agreement, PDF] with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website]. The agreement comes after a March 2015 report [report, PDF] released … [read more]


Professional Commentary
16 Jul 2015
by Elizabeth Jamison of Offices of Thomas Carter
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Jamison, Esq. of the Military Spouse JD Network discusses the plight of the military spouse attorney and the need for changes to the current licensing structure ... Earlier this year a series of online threats from ISIS and its sympathizers were directed not just to service … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US district court on Wednesday sentenced [press release] former North Carolina State Assembly member Stephen Laroque to 24 months in prison for embezzling [LII backgrounder] hundreds of thousands of dollars from a non-profit he ran. Last January Laroque plead guilty to taking money from East Carolina Development Co., … [read more]

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