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Academic Commentary
4 Nov 2015
by Daniel Crane of University of Michigan School of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST guest columnist Daniel Crane of the University of Michigan School of Law discusses the rulings surrounding NCAA athlete amateurism... On September 30, 2015, a divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit weighed in on the growing controversy regarding the National Collegiate Athletic Association's … [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]

Legal News
17 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] on Friday ordered [press release, in Spanish] a school and teacher to compensate a student for their role in bullying, ruling that the teacher encouraged it. The private school, known as Universal Truth and Science Institute, and the teacher have … [read more]

Academic Commentary
13 Apr 2015
by Tung Yin of Lewis and Clark Law School
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Tung Yin, of Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses the effectiveness of TSA screening policies and how those policies affect our privacy rights...In the fall of 2001, I went on the market to become a law professor, and I was fortunate enough to do a fair amount … [read more]

Legal News
14 Nov 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday reversed [opinion, PDF] the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin Court [official website] decision [opinion, PDF] that a portion of the tax code giving clergy housing allowances, is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs challenged 26 … [read more]

Legal News
27 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] New York lawmakers have approved funding for a program to provide lawyers to indigent residents facing deportation hearings. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project [Bronx Defenders backgrounder] was created last year but was only funded at $500,000. Wednesday's vote by the New York City Council expands funding to … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jun 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] A Montana judge has struck down [opinion, PDF] most of a voter approved immigration law that requires government officials to check the immigration status of anyone applying for state services. The law was approved [text, PDF] by voters [JURIST report] in November 2012 by an overwhelming majority [AP report] … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jun 2014
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] Florida Governor Rick Scott [official website] signed a bill [press release] on Monday allowing undocumented students living in Florida to receive in-state college tuition rates. HB 851 [text, PDF] will go into effect on July 1. Florida's House of Representatives approved the bill by a vote of 84-32 [legislative … [read more]

Legal News
1 May 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring [official website] wrote a letter [text, PDF] to the state's public colleges and universities on Tuesday declaring that undocumented children who qualify under the US Department of Homeland Security's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program [official website] will be eligible for in-state college … [read more]

Student Commentary
9 Apr 2014
by Aubry Dicks of University of Richmond School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Aubry Dicks, University of Richmond School of Law, Class of 2014, discusses recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board concerning student athletes' rights to unionize...In January, the National College Players Association (NCPA) filed a petition on behalf of Kain Colter and other Northwestern University football players … [read more]

Professional Commentary
10 Mar 2014
by Walter Weber of
edited by Michael Muha

JURIST Guest Columnist Walter Weber criticizes the US Supreme Court for what he sees as departures from established rules of law...The Constitutional litigators are already familiar with the abortion distortion factor. As Justice O'Connor described it, "no legal rule or doctrine is safe from ad hoc nullification by this [c]ourt … [read more]

Legal News
7 Mar 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Florida Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Thursday that Tampa Immigrant Jose Godinez-Samperio, in the country illegally, may not be licensed to practice law in the state. Godinez-Samperio is a 26-year-old man who arrived to the US at age 9 and grew up in the Tampa … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The South Carolina Attorney General's Office [official website] said [text, PDF] Monday that it would comply with a court order [text, PDF] enjoining it from enforcing the controversial "show me your papers" provision of the state's recently enacted immigration law [SB 20 text]. In what is being called a … [read more]

Legal News
3 Mar 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied review [order list, PDF] of two cases involving local ordinances that sought to deny housing to undocumented immigrants. The court's denial will will let stand lower court rulings that the ordinances are unconstitutional and prohibited from taking effect in their … [read more]

Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Washington state legislators on Tuesday approved a bill to make college students who were brought to the US illegally by their parents eligible for need-based college financial aid. The legislation, called the Real Hope Act [text, PDF], was passed in the state's House of Representatives by 75 to 22 … [read more]

Legal News
12 Feb 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Residents of Fremont, Nebraska [official website], voted on Tuesday to reaffirm Ordinance 5165 [text, PDF], which prohibits harboring, hiring or renting to undocumented immigrants. The law was initially approved in 2010 [JURIST report], but its implementation was delayed during a federal lawsuit over the law's constitutionality. Last year a … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Thursday that an immigrant in the country illegally may be admitted to the state bar. The court admitted Sergio Garcia based on a new California statute [Business and Professions Code section 6064, PDF] which grants the court discretion to … [read more]

Legal News
21 Dec 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [official website] signed a controversial immigration bill [A1659/S2355, PDF] Friday that will allow students in the country illegally to be eligible for in-state rates to attend state colleges, effective immediately. Christie's administration and the state senate reached a compromise on what has been known … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] vetoed [text] a bill [AB 1401] on Monday that would have permitted lawful permanent immigrants to serve on juries. The bill's supporters compared [Reuters report] disqualifying permanent residents to outdated laws that preventing women and minorities from serving on juries, while the opposition … [read more]

Legal News
6 Oct 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] California Governor Jerry Brown [official website] signed into law a collection of legislation centered on immigration [press release] on Saturday. AB 4, 35 and 1159 [materials] create limitations, restrictions, and obligations for those involved in immigration services and compliance intended to limit detention of undocumented immigrants and increase accessibility … [read more]

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