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Legal News
15 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and the ACLU of Louisiana [advocacy website] filed a class action lawsuit [complaint] on Thursday against the New Orleans Public Defenders Office and the Louisiana Public Defender Board [official websites] due to the lack of available public defenders for individuals with no … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Commission (EC) [official website] ruled [press release] Monday that selective tax advantages offered by Belgium under its "excess profit" tax scheme are illegal under EU state aid rules. The "excess profit" tax scheme, effective since 2005, reduced the corporate tax base of companies by anywhere between 50 and … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Brazil's Supreme Court [official website, in Portuguese] on Thursday ruled [transcript, PDF] on two measures to set the stage for impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff [BBC backgrounder]. The first ruling requires the re-formation of a congressional committee set up to guide Rousseff's impeachment through Congress. The committee, set … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed [press release] the Every Student Succeeds Act [text, PDF] into law. The new measures hand much of the power over education success monitoring back to the states and allow them to make the decisions on how to do so. The Every Student Succeeds … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Members of the US House of Representatives [official website] approved [roll call] a bill to give much responsibility of improving public schools back to the states. The Student Success Act [text, PDF] would revise the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) [materials] and remove the accountability measures … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Dec 2015
by Keith King of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Val Merlina

JURIST Guest Columnist Keith King of St. John's University School of Law Class of 2016 is the sixth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. King discusses the advantages of state-sponsored banking systems such as the Bank of North Dakota … [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]


Academic Commentary
1 Nov 2015
by Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sallie Thieme Sanford of University of Washington School of Law discusses the birth and growth of Medicare and Medicaid. She argues that in this, their 50th year, health care's fraternal twins are coming more to resemble each other, with Medicaid adopting some of the characteristics of its … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Thursday vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 (NDAA) [HR 1735, PDF] because military defense spending would exceed caps set under the Budget Control Act of 2011 [text, PDF] and the NDAA would restrict the transfer of detainees held at Guantanamo … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Brazil's Federal Accounts Court (TCU) [official website, in Portuguese] on Wednesday determined [press release, in Portuguese] that President Dilma Rousseff's government accounting practices were illegal. Rousseff's administration allegedly [Al Jazeera report] took out unauthorized loan money from state banks to cover budget shortfalls. The ruling will be sent to … [read more]


Legal News
14 Aug 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Washington [official website] on Thursday ordered [order] the state to pay a fine of $100,000 per day for each day that it fails to comply with a previous court ruling mandating adequate funding of public schools. In 2012, the Washington court ruled that education is … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Over a dozen states that have decided to expand Medicaid [official website] under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [official website] have seen enrollment numbers surge over recent months, raising concerns over state budgets as federal aid is set to reduce in two years. Lawmakers have warned that the price … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday passed a bill [materials] to revamp the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act [materials]. The bill comes as part of an effort to overhaul the old law and give more flexibility to states in setting their own standards for student and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Jul 2015
by Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner of International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, the advocacy director of the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how a Special Criminal Court, created by the interim authorities of the Central African Republic, has the potential to strengthen the fight against impunity within the countries where the crimes took place... … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] BP [official website] on Thursday reached a settlement that will require the company to pay $18.7 billion in penalties and damages to settle all claims regarding the 2010 Gulf oil spill [JURIST news archive]. The agreement, the largest corporate settlement in US history, will add to the $43.8 billion … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jul 2015
by Lawrence Friedman of New England School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston discusses how the 2015 Kansas bill is a no-win situation for the people of Kansas... Constitutional litigation is, in a sense, politics by other means. Advocates of individual rights look to judges to be their knights, guardians against legislative … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday ruled in favor of tight regulations pointed at the for-profit college industry. The court ruled that the Education Department [official website] has the right to demand that schools show that their graduates are financially dependent enough … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Jun 2015
by Sarah Lamdan of CUNY School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Lamdan of the CUNY School of Law discusses the urgent need for federal agencies to reform their records management and data preservation and search functions so that they are not crippled by FOIA requests for email account data and other types of Internet generated electronic records … [read more]


Professional Commentary
11 May 2015
by Raymond J. Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney discusses the proposed changes to the boards of correction of military records...Senators Boxer, Wyden and Markey have introduced much-needed legislation, the “Legal Justice For Servicemembers Act,” [PDF] to overhaul protections for military whistleblowers, including victims of sexual harassment and assault, who frequently suffer reprisals … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Apr 2015
by Griffen Thorne of Loyola University Chicago School of Law
edited by Marisa Rodrigues

JURIST Guest Columnist Griffen Thorne, Student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, discusses water use restrictions in the State of California ... On April 1, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 [PDF] ("EO"), which mandates gargantuan water-use restrictions throughout the State and which will remain … [read more]

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