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Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in two cases. In Tyson v. Bouaphakeo [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] differences among plaintiff members can be ignored for the purposes of a class action lawsuit when damages will be … [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
9 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Wednesday voice support [press release] for banning sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors in response to an online petition [text] with more than 120,000 signatures. Conversion therapy is practiced by medical health providers with the goal of changing an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity. … [read more]

Legal News
3 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] US District Judge Jon Tigar [official profile] for the Northern District of California issued a decision [opinion, PDF] on Thursday ordering the California Department of Corrections to grant a transgender inmate's sex reassignment surgery. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy began living as a woman in the 1990s while in state prison, where … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Oregon House [official website] on Tuesday approved House Bill 2307 [legislative materials], which prohibits health care professionals from providing therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of young people. The lawmakers citde the mental and emotional damage the "conversion therapy" can cause and the doubted success … [read more]

Legal News
1 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals [official website] on Friday ruled [decision, PDF] that the state must recognize the out-of-state adoption of a biological mother's same-sex partner. The plaintiff was the biological mother of three children appealing a court order that granted visitation rights to her former same-sex partner. … [read more]

Student Commentary
2 Feb 2015
by Brian Eisner of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Endia Vereen

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Eisner, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the eleventh article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Eisner discusses the California's School Success and Opportunity Act and transgender equality...Imagine you … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Nominee for the position of US Attorney General [official website], Loretta Lynch, stood before [official meeting notes] the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley [official website] of Iowa. … [read more]

Legal News
12 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Kansas Supreme Court [official website] on Friday temporarily halted [order, PDF] the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On the same day, the American Civil Liberties Union [official website] filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The stay is set to last until November … [read more]

Legal News
11 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for Wisconsin's Dane County Circuit Court [official website] on Wednesday ruled that the marriage of a lesbian couple who wed in Iowa was constitutionally valid and that such marriages must be recognized under state adoption laws, approving the couple's adoption of their two children. The attorney for … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Thirty-two states asked the US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday to issue a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the court to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn the bans. Seventeen … [read more]

Legal News
12 Aug 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A Tennessee county judge has upheld [opinion, PDF] Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban, marking the first time a court has found the Constitution does not protect same-sex marriage since the Supreme Court's decision overturning of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013. Roane County Circuit Judge Russell Simmons … [read more]

Student Commentary
31 Jul 2014
by Susan Schneider of Syracuse University College of Law
edited by Michael Finley

JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Schneider, Syracuse University College of Law, Class of 2015, explores criticisms of the DSM-5 after the US Supreme Court used it as the sole national standard to define intellectual disability in Hall v. Florida...In its 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, the US Supreme Court declared … [read more]

17 Jul 2014
by Sarah Steers

Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California and New … [read more]

Professional Commentary
25 Jun 2014
by Ryan Seelau of Project for indigenous Self-Determination
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Seelau of The Project for Indigenous Self Determination discusses Justice Clarence Thomas' dissent in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community... On May 27, 2014 the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. The decision was widely regarded as a … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The Iowa Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion; pdf] on Friday that an Iowa mother should have sought court approval before arranging a vasectomy for her mentally disabled son. The court held unanimously that a vasectomy is a "major elective surgery," as well as a "nonemergency major medical procedure" … [read more]

Student Commentary
19 Feb 2014
by Kaley Lentini and Lenore Montanaro of Western New England University School of Law
edited by Fangxing Li

JURIST Guest Columnists Kaley Lentini and Lenore Montanaro, Western New England University School of Law Class of 2014 and Class of 2015, discuss Utah's recent case that strikes down its anti same-sex marriage law..."There is no rational connection between Utah's prohibition of same-sex marriage and its goal of fostering an … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Popper of Judicial Watch defends the recent changes to Kansas' voter registration process...Kansas' decision to implement a two-tiered system for voter registration is a rational—and perfectly legal—response to a lawless situation that it did not create. Its decision must be understood within the larger context of … [read more]

Legal News
11 Dec 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Sprint Communications, Inc. v. Jacobs [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that the federal court did not have to delay proceedings while a similar state court proceeding was ongoing. The case dealt with the application of Younger v. Harris [opinion] … [read more]

Academic Commentary
10 Nov 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Andy Grewal of the University of Iowa College of Law says that the oral arguments in US v. Woods suggest that the Supreme Court is more interested in a jurisdictional issue, and discusses an argument, which neither party addressed, that could be dispositive of the jurisdictional question … [read more]

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