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Professional Commentary
16 Jul 2015
by Elizabeth Jamison of Offices of Thomas Carter

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]


Legal News
10 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley [official website] signed into law a bill [text; materials] on Thursday to remove the Confederate flag [UVA backgrounder] from the state's legislature. The South Carolina Senate [official website] approved [JURIST report] the bill Tuesday It was then introduced in the South Carolina House [official … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The South Carolina Senate [official website] on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 897 [text; materials], which would remove the Confederate flag [UVA backgrounder] from the State House and the Capitol Complex, by a vote of 37 to 3 [vote reading, PDF]. It was then introduced in the South Carolina House … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Kingdomware Technologies v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case that deals with the rights of small-business-owning veterans to receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website]. In 2006, Congress passed … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans [SCOTUSblog materials] that state governments can restrict the kinds of messages printed on specialty licence plates. The Sons of Confederate Veterans [advocacy website] had argued that the Texas government's refusal to … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Croatia's parliament on Friday passed a law that grants compensation to victims of rape during the country's war of independence from Yugoslavia more than 20 years ago. Despite its lateness, the move has been hailed as an important step [AP report] in recovering from the damage of the 1991-1995 … [read more]


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

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
15 Apr 2015
by Cliff Mason of Valparaiso University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses whether a racist chant performed by fraternity members of the Oklahoma University is protected under the First Amendment, or the university president has the capacity to act ... "You can hang them from a … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Veterans Legal Services Clinic [official website] at Yale Law School filed a class action lawsuit [petition, PDF; press release] on Monday on behalf of a Vietnam-war veteran, requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] promptly adjudicate his pending disability benefits application. The named plaintiff, Conley … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The US military on Wednesday charged [official website] former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit, or place." If convicted, Bergdahl could be demoted, dishonorably … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A bipartisan bill [text, PDF] seeking to change the US federal government's approach to medicinal marijuana was introduced in the US House of Representatives [official website] Tuesday. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2015, or CARERS Act, was introduced by Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases. In Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. [transcript, PDF] the court heard arguments on whether [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] the state of Texas violated the First Amendment rights of the Texas … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Mar 2015
by Howard Wasserman of Florida International University College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman, of Florida International University College of Law, discusses the First Amendment and the University of Oklahoma's decision to expel fraternity members that used racially insensitive language ... The First Amendment, Justice Holmes wrote in US v. Schwimmer, protects "not free thought for those who … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] President Barack Obama [official profile] on Friday will release details [The Hill report] about the creation of a new advisory committee in efforts to improve conditions in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [official website] as he visits a VA facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The committee will consist of … [read more]


Legal News
10 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A bipartisan group of three US Senators on Tuesday announced legislation to end the federal ban on medical marijuana. The bill, called the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, was announced by senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) [official websites]. If … [read more]


Legal News
9 Mar 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Monday in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) [text, PDF] federal agencies are exempt from notice-and-comment requirements when amending or repealing interpretive rules. In 2006 the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Thursday signed into law [press release] the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act [HR 5059] in order to combat increasing suicide rates among American veterans suffering form post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The act was passed by a unanimous Congress and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Feb 2015
by Raymond J. Toney of Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney

JURIST Guest Columnist Raymond J. Toney of the Law Offices of Raymond J. Toney discusses recent changes to the US military's records review process ...Since the 1989 decision of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Kreis v. Secretary of the Air Force, in which … [read more]


Student Commentary
10 Dec 2014
by Cliff H. Mason II of Valparaiso University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, examines police procedure in the wake of several high profile police-involved deaths and discusses new qualifications aimed at raising the standards for police recruits...What if your grandfather was gunned down standing in his own garage? … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] agreed last Friday to add three cases [order list, PDF] to the docket for the upcoming term. The first case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. [cert. petition, PDF] involves state-issued specialty license plates and whether the First Amendment's free … [read more]

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