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Student Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Jennifer Kim of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Robert Cimmino

JURIST Guest Columnist Jennifer Kim of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the fifth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Kim discusses how courts should determine whether a government or state action is promoting a … [read more]

Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Taylor Gillan

New Jersey lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill [press release] that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain New Jersey driver's licenses. The bill, considered by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee [official website], would allow such immigrants to get a license if they are able to satisfy [North … [read more]

Legal News
11 Nov 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble

A White House spokesperson on Tuesday expressed President Barack Obama's support for legislationy [press briefing] that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity through an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The legislation had been under consideration for several weeks, and the White House … [read more]

Legal News
10 Nov 2015
by Miracle Jones

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed [press release] a bill [A4587, PDF] into law Monday that would allow for the administering of edible medical marijuana to sick and disabled children on school grounds without triggering the arrests of parents or educators. The bill, also known as Genny's Bill [backgrounder], was … [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]

Legal News
25 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was detained last year after returning from treating Ebola patients in Africa, has filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] against New Jersey government officials for holding her against her will and violating her constitutional rights. The lawsuit, which was filed against Governor Chris Christie [official … [read more]

Legal News
14 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Tuesday revived [opinion, PDF] a civil rights lawsuit filed by a coalition of Muslim groups that accuses the New York City Police Department (NYPD) [official website] of conducting unjustified surveillance on Muslims in New Jersey. The appeals … [read more]

Legal News
11 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [official website] on Thursday filed [press release] an eminent domain action against the small coastal city of Margate, New Jersey. The residents of Margate have stalled attempts by Christie to construct protective sand dunes along the coast; which were proposed by the executive office … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] to broaden police authority to search vehicles without a warrant based on probable cause. The ruling, which was decided 5-2, was praised by the state attorney general and others as good for effective law enforcement, but others … [read more]

Legal News
30 Aug 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Court on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a city within the state has no right to pass ordinances restricting where sex offenders can live. The ruling invalidates the "Ordinance Pertaining to Sex Offender Residency Restrictions in the City of Lynn" [text, PDF] which created a zone … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] against New Jersey Tuesday, deciding 2-1 to uphold the federal ban on sports betting in all but four states. New Jersey has been trying to legalize sports betting at its casinos and racetracks since 2009, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a ruling against defendant Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, essentially granting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official websites] the power to regulate corporate cybersecurity. In 2012, the FTC filed suit against Wyndham in the US … [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
15 Aug 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Last week the US Department of Justice [official website] challenged [complaint, PDF] the constitutionality of a Boise, Idaho city ordinance that criminalizes sleeping in public places by the homeless. The federal government's argument [Washington Post report] relies on the fact that everyone needs to sleep and by criminalizing the … [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
12 Aug 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Tuesday indicted [press release] an international web of hackers and traders who stole information from press releases prior to publication and traded on said information, making over $100 million in illegal profits. The SEC filed the complaint against 32 … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's [official website] office announced [press release] Tuesday that the New Jersey State Police will spend $1.5 million to acquire 1,000 body cameras for troopers, in addition to the implementation of new guidelines aimed at expanding disclosures about investigations of officers' use of force. This … [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
5 Jun 2015
by Sarah Boehme

An appeals court in New York [official website] on Wednesday granted a law license [opinion] to an immigrant who was brought to the US illegally as a child. Cesar Vargas was brought to the US from Mexico by his mother when he was 5 years old. He attended college and … [read more]

Academic Commentary
27 May 2015
by Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Joyce Lee Malcolm of George Mason University School of Law discusses Vermont's evolving gun law... Much to the frustration of gun control advocates who rate Vermont as "F," the state with the highest per capita gun ownership in the country and virtually no gun restrictions, has a … [read more]

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