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Professional Commentary
11 Dec 2015
by Naree Chan of Legal Templates LLC
edited by Alix Ware

JURIST Guest Columnist Naree Chan of Legal Templates LLC discusses how technology can help with disparities in justice...The rich are getting richer. The poor are getting poorer. This has major implications for how justice is defined. The rich can afford big law firm prices, while the poor can qualify for … [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
29 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge has dismissed [order, PDF] a discrimination lawsuit filed against a gun store owner that deemed his store a "Muslim Free Zone." Judge Beth Bloom of the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] said in her order that the Council on American-Islamic … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 Nov 2015
by Dwight Duncan of University of Massachusetts School of Law
edited by Dave Rodkey

JURIST Guest Columnist Dwight Duncan of the University of Massachusetts School of Law discusses the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act...In 2012 Chief Justice John Roberts surprised the country with his creative jurisprudence in upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [PDF]. He joined the four conservative … [read more]


Legal News
17 Nov 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the method used by the Boston Police Department [official website] to promote sergeants to the rank of lieutenant had a disparate impact on minorities. The action was brought against the … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2015
by Allison Hall

Given the legal uncertainties and ongoing changes to policy and legislation surrounding ride-sharing, the future of this growing industry is uncertain. Recent litigation questioning the status of Uber drivers could have immense implication on the cop orate structure not only of Uber, also for all other similar ride-sharing service companies. … [read more]


Legal News
25 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The Massachusetts state Senate [official website] unanimously passed [docket] a resolution [text] Thursday to repeal a law requiring a driver's license suspension of at least six months for anyone convicted of a drug crime. The law required the driver's license suspension in all circumstances of drug offenses, even if … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] President Obama on Monday issued an executive order [White House factsheet] that requires federal contractors to provide at least seven days of paid sick leave to employees. Obama announced his intent during a Labor Day speech in Boston, where he simultaneously urged Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act … [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]


Academic Commentary
22 Jul 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the substantial federal question underlining in Obergefell v. Hodges... Last month the US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges and ushered in the decision that the fundamental right to marriage applies … [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]


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]


Legal News
22 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Michigan [advocacy websites] on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] on behalf of six Michigan transgender individuals against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson [official website] challenging a state policy that they claim makes it nearly impossible for … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to death by lethal injection on Friday by a federal jury for his role in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings [CNN backgrounder] after 14 hours of deliberations. He will be formally sentenced at a hearing within weeks, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
22 Apr 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the amended Indiana "religious freedom" bills and marriage equality issues in the US... Despite a gaining momentum for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples nationwide, tension still exists in the evolutionary struggle for LGBTQ anti-discrimination … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev [case materials] was convicted Wednesday on 30 federal charges [verdict slip, PDF] relating to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings [CNN backgrounder]. The attack, supposedly meant to punish America for perceived harm against Muslims, was perpetrated by Tsarnaev [BBC profile] and his brother, Tamerlan, who … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a statement of interest [text, PDF] on Friday with the US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia [official website] stating that the Eighth Amendment requires individualized assessment and treatment for inmates suffering from gender dysphoria. The Southern Poverty … [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
17 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A transgender inmate in Massachusetts on Monday asked [cert. petition PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to overturn a ruling denying her request for sex reassignment surgery. The question at issue is whether "the Eighth Amendment prohibits prison officials from denying necessary medical treatment to a prisoner for … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) [advocacy website] on Friday said it is considering appealing [press release] a ruling [opinion, PDF] by the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania [official website], which upheld a Pittsburgh Ordinance [PDF, Ordinance No. 49] that imposes a 15-foot buffer zone restricting free … [read more]

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