October 2, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Oral arguments for a case challenging Arkansas' voter ID law began on Thursday, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. The Brennan Center for Justice filed an amicus brief supporting the challengers. Act 595, passed in 2013 by the Arkansas legislature, ...[read more]
May 16, 2014
by G. Redd
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon on Wednesday rejected an attempt by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to intervene in litigation to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban. NOM presented the petition in oral argument, and it was immediately denied by Judge ...[read more]
March 19, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Hanni Fakhoury of Electronic Frontier Foundation discusses state courts and cell phone privacy...In a span of ten days, three separate state Supreme Court decisions expanded privacy protections in cell phones in important ways. While residents of Massachusetts, Texas and ...[read more]
August 9, 2013
by G. Redd
US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr, filed an amicus curiae brief on Thursday urging the US Supreme Court to allow prayer at town meetings. The Obama administration is supporting the petitioner in the upcoming case of Town of Greece v. Galloway. The town of Greece has argued that using ...[read more]
July 10, 2013
by John Paul Regan
JURIST Guest Columnist Bruce Abramson of Rimon PC argues that the US Supreme Court's restraint ensured the protection of useful genetic tools for the foreseeable future...A few months ago, my friend Professor Greg Dolin, MD, JD, Co-Director of the Center for Medicine and Law at the University of ...[read more]
July 10, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Civil liberties groups filed an amicus curiae brief Monday in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) supporting efforts by Google and Microsoft to publish data concerning how many times the government invoked federal law to request user information for national security purposes. The ...[read more]
February 28, 2013
by Brandon Gatto
California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Wednesday filed an amicus curiae brief with the US Supreme Court arguing that the ban on same-sex marriage imposed by the state's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional and should therefore be overturned. In particular, Harris contended that the purpose of ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Businesses, cities, and other organizations filed two amicus curiae briefs with the US Supreme Court Tuesday in support of same-sex marriage. The groups urged the court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in US v. Windsor and Proposition 8 in Hollingsworth v. Perry. The businesses ...[read more]
February 21, 2013
by Keith Herting
A group of nine senators and two representatives joined to file an amicus brief Tuesday in support of Hobby Lobby, Inc. and Mardel Inc. in their ongoing court battle against being compelled to provide employees with coverage for contraceptives under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ( ...[read more]
January 25, 2013
by Addison Morris
Harvard law professor Vicki Jackson argued in a brief filed Thursday that the US Supreme Court does not have the power to review the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA). Upon agreeing to review the constitutionality of DOMA's Section 3 in United States v. ...[read more]

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