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

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]

Student Commentary
24 Jan 2015
by Chris Wester of New England School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Chris Wester, New England School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses how rights for same-sex couples in the US have evolved...Many of the rights that our society refers to today as basic, uninhibited and fundamental to the lives of all American citizens were not constitutionally guaranteed without … [read more]

Student Commentary
21 Oct 2014
by Tamara Fisher and Jacquelyn Rembis of Loyola Law School

JURIST Guest Columnists Tamara Fisher and Jacquelyn Rembis, both students at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, discuss issues surrounding inadvertently recorded background conversations and the wide disparity of judicial opinions over their admissibility ...Wiretaps are an incredibly powerful tool for prosecutors. They allow law enforcement to listen to confidential conversations … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Oct 2014
by David Harris of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law … [read more]

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

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]

Professional Commentary
23 Jul 2014
by Renee Mattei Myers and Redeate Dessalegn of Eckert

JURIST Guest Columnists Renee Mattei Myers and Redeate Dessalegn of Eckert, Seamans, Cherin & Mellott, LLC discuss the effect of the recent US Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. on employers and employees... In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court held the Department of Health … [read more]

Student Commentary
19 May 2014
by Michael Blissenbach of University of St. Thomas School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Blissenbach, University of St. Thomas School of Law Class of 2015, discusses Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Veto of SB 236, which would have codified the rights of students to pray voluntarily in school and at school events and argues that his veto of the bill … [read more]

Student Commentary
1 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Harris, Willamette University College of Law, Class of 2014, discusses the many institutional problems faced by foster children with behavioral health issues...Approximately 35 percent of children and teens enter [PDF] foster care with significant dental and oral health problems. More problematic is the degree of behavioral … [read more]

Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official website] signed a piece of legislation [text] on Tuesday that makes it illegal to sell cigarettes to individuals under the age of 21. The legislation, passed by the New York City Council [official website], is intended to decrease smoking rates in New … [read more]

Legal News
31 Jul 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The First Department of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division [official website] on Tuesday uphled [opinion] the lower court's March ruling [JURIST report] that a municipal agency cannot ban large portions of sugary drinks. Although the court conceded that over-consumption of high sugar content beverages is directly … [read more]

Student Commentary
12 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Andrea Miller, University of Minnesota Law School Class of 2015, explains how Judge Korman's decision in Tummino v. Hamburg creates solid policy and legal precedent...US District Judge Edward Korman recently brought some much-needed closure to a 12-year legal debate over the regulatory status of emergency contraception (EC … [read more]

Professional Commentary
3 Jul 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Jill Levenson of Lynn University criticizes the reliance of the Supreme Court and others on inaccurate sex offender data...In the US Supreme Court's recent decision upholding sex offender registration requirements (SORNA) under the Adam Walsh Act [PDF], the Court's opinion [PDF] included the following statement: "SORNA's general … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A judge for the New York Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday permanently enjoined [order, PDF] enforcement of amendments to a New York state regulation [NYC Health Code 81.53, PDF] prohibiting the sale or provision of "sugary" beverages in large cups or containers by food service establishments. In October … [read more]

Professional Commentary
1 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), a California State Senator celebrates his state's ban on reparative therapy, and decries a court's injunction to halt implementation of the measure...Consider a medical treatment for minors that caused children to experience depression, guilt, self-hatred and, in severe cases, commit suicide. It would be … [read more]

Professional Commentary
5 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Preston Findlay, a representative for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, argues that the Supreme Court should hold that US courts have the power to handle appeals stemming for international child abduction cases...When the US Supreme Court hears argument in Chafin v. Chafin this week, … [read more]

Student Commentary
19 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Gabriel Rodriguez-Rico, American University Washington College of Law Class of 2012, discusses the ramifications of conversion therapy on LGBT youth and examines the recent passage of legislation banning the practice in California...On September 29, California became the first state in the US to ban professional psychological conversion … [read more]

Student Commentary
30 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Olga Vlasova, Brooklyn Law School Class of 2013, is the Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow. She argues for prohibiting the death penalty for severely mentally ill offenders...According to Mental Health America, about 10 percent of all death row inmates suffer from a serious mental illness. Although a … [read more]

Student Commentary
11 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kimberly White, Lewis & Clark Law School Class of 2013, is a Legislative Review Editor on the Animal Law Review. She argues that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment... Since its passage in 2006, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) … [read more]

Professional Commentary
28 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Dario Ringach, Professor of Neurobiology and Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, says that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act was enacted to protect individuals from extremists who adopt methods of violence and true threats, rather than to threaten activism or infringe on activists' First Amendment … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Jill Levenson, Associate Professor of Psychology at Lynn University, says that sex offender residency restrictions often do little to prevent repeat offenses because they are based on stereotypical notions of recidivism among sex offenders...Recently, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that a policy … [read more]

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