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Legal News
10 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Illinois supreme court [official website] on Friday overturned [opinion, PDF] the 2013 Illinois Pension Law [98-599 text] that attempted to reduce the state's pension deficit by eliminating automatic cost of living increases and extending the retirement age. The law itself would apply to four of the state's five … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Doug Ducey [campaign website] on Thursday signed legislation that will require all Arizona High School students to take and pass the US Citizenship test before they are able to graduate, beginning in the 2016-17 school year. Supporters from the Arizona State Legislature [official website] introduced the American … [read more]

Legal News
28 Dec 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The citizens of the Republic of Croatia voted in the nation's presidential election on Sunday. The first-round of voting ended in a runoff between the incumbent, Croatian President Ivo Josipovic [BBC profile], and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic [official profile], an ex-ambassador and most recently NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy. … [read more]

Legal News
23 Nov 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [official profile] has dissolved the lower house of parliament [official website], enabling an early election to see how the public views his struggling economic policies. Abe had called for the election to be held on December 14. He is seeking [BBC report] a new … [read more]

Professional Commentary
2 Jul 2014
by Akshat Tewary of Law Offices of Kamlesh Tewary
edited by Jason Kellam

JURIST Guest Columnist Akshat Tewary of the Law Offices of Kamlesh Tewary discusses Judicial Independence and Agency Accountability in reference to SEC v. Citigroup... The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a ruling that could debilitate the ability of the judiciary to serve as an independent … [read more]

Legal News
8 Mar 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Kansas [official website] on Friday held [opinion, PDF] that the state's legislature violated the Kansas constitution when it underfunded K-12 public education during the 2009 through 2012 school years. The court found that 2009 reductions in funding for public education impeded the school districts' ability … [read more]

24 Feb 2014
by Neil Devlin

The 2008 financial crisis cost investors, consumers and businesses alike. Sub-prime lending practices devolved into a riskier regime from their time of inception to address disproportionate ratios in racial borrowing power in the 1980s to the housing bubble of the early 2000s. The bubble was popped by too many homeowners … [read more]

Legal News
8 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The Italian Senate on Thursday approved a measure to ease some of the worst prison overcrowding in Europe by cutting pre-trial detentions and using alternative punishments for minor offenses. In January the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ordered Italy to address the problem [JURIST report] within … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Williams of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law says that the US presidential election system contains flaws which may ultimately make it more difficult for the federal government to responsibly resolve the upcoming "fiscal cliff" in the national budget... It is time again … [read more]

Academic Commentary
31 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of the Samford University's Cumberland School of Law says that the likelihood of vacancies on the Supreme Court during the next four years should make the Court an important issue in the election, even though it has largely been ignored by the current candidates... … [read more]

Legal News
29 Sep 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court of the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday remanded [opinion, PDF] a rule [text] that would have limited positions on derivatives for 28 commodities, saying that the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) [official website] must resolve ambiguities to determine if … [read more]

Professional Commentary
23 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnists Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, and Moshe Marvit, a labor and employment discrimination lawyer, argue that it is time to amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to include the individual's right to organize a union...The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) opens … [read more]

Professional Commentary
7 Mar 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Rafael Cox-Alomar, the Popular Democratic Party candidate for Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, argues that Congressman Pedro Pierluisi's recent JURIST article on the upcoming Puerto Rico status referendum fails to take into account another viable alternative to statehood that has greater support on the island and would … [read more]

Legal News
18 Dec 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Indonesian parliament approved a bill on Friday that gives the government eminent domain [JURIST news archive] powers to seize land from individuals without their consent, as long as compensation is provided. Proponents of the bill argue that it will allow the government to increase infrastructure [Reuters report], leading … [read more]

Legal News
27 Aug 2011
by LaToya Sawyer

[JURIST] Spain's major political parties, the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) and the Popular Party (PP) [official sites, in Spanish], reached an agreement on Friday to modify the country's constitution with provisions [text, PDF] that will regulate the limits of the national deficit in order to avoid risks of debt crisis … [read more]

Student Commentary
12 Jul 2011

Joseph Schaeffer, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2012, is spending the summer working for a firm specializing in energy law. He writes on Marcellus exploration and the regulation of hydraulic fracturing, specifically considering the implications of Pittsburgh's decision to ban the practice at the municipal level...The practice … [read more]

Legal News
3 Aug 2010
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Speaking to a crowd of students and businesspeople at New York University's Stern School of Business on Tuesday, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner [official profile] promised [speech text] a rapid rollout of new rules mandated by the Restoring Financial Stability Act [HR 4173 materials]. Signed into law [JURIST report] … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 May 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, says Arizona's controversial new immigration law appears to be constitutional, at least on its face, but the state must be scrupulously careful to avoid even the appearance of any kind of discrimination against Hispanics.... Arizona's controversial new … [read more]

Legal News
10 Feb 2010
by David Manes

[JURIST] The Office of Immigration Statistics of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] Wednesday estimating that the total number of illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive] living in the US fell to 10.8 million during the year ending in January 2009. The DHS … [read more]

Legal News
23 Dec 2009
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Former Argentine president Carlos Menem [official profile; BBC profile] was indicted by the Federal Court on Tuesday on corruption charges. Menem is charged [Buenos Aires Herald report] with overpaying government officials while he was in office from 1989 to 1999. Menem's well-known minister of economy, Domingo Cavallo [G30 profile], … [read more]

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