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South Carolina drops defense of controversial immigration law
March 4, 2014
The South Carolina Attorney General's Office said Monday that it would comply with a court order enjoining it from enforcing the controversial "show me your papers" provision of the state's recently enacted immigration law. In what is being called a victory for immigrants' rights, the state will no....... [more]

Chemical storage regulation proposed in wake of West Virginia spill
January 21, 2014
New legislation has been proposed to tighten regulations on chemical storage facilities following a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginia residents. 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals leaked from an above-ground storage tank in Charleston owned by Freedom....... [more]

The Courts and Labor Law Today
December 17, 2013
Recently, the Boeing Company and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) underwent a controversial legal battle that eventually resulted in the NLRB dropping the case in 2011. The charge against Boeing, a corporation that designs, manufactures and sells aircraft internationally, was led by Lafe So....... [more]

Right-to-Work
December 17, 2013
Nearly half of US states have adopted labor laws known as right-to-work laws. These laws have recently become established in traditionally union-strong states, and they allow companies to employ individuals without a mandate that the employees be union members. Labor and right-to-work laws have been....... [more]

Litigation Outside of the Supreme Court
November 15, 2013
Federal courts have deliberated a surfeit of cases implicating the Establishment Clause and recent contests have focused on both the relationships between private groups exercising religious customs and government action and possible endorsement. As evinced by this snapshot of recent developments, t....... [more]

The Establishment Clause Timeline
November 13, 2013
11/06/2013: Supreme Court heard oral arguments on legislative prayer. 07/03/2012: Federal judge upheld South Carolina program awarding credit for off-campus religious courses. 01/17/2012: Supreme Court declined to rule on board meeting prayers in North Carolina. 01/11/2012: Supreme Court upheld A....... [more]

Fourth Circuit upholds decision to block parts of South Carolina immigration law
July 24, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's decision to block components of South Carolina's immigration law. Relying on the Supremacy Clause, the court ruled that the plaintiffs have an implied right of action to seek injunctive relief from the act on federal....... [more]

US Voting Rights
July 21, 2013
The right to vote has been a contentious issue in the US since the inception of the country. There was no specific right to vote or qualifications to vote drafted into the US Constitution. Each state was left to develop individual standards on how to run their voting and election processes. During t....... [more]

Introduction to US Voting Rights
July 20, 2013
The right to vote has been a contentious issue in the US since the inception of the country. There was no specific right to vote or qualifications to vote drafted into the US Constitution. Each state was left to develop individual standards on how to run their voting and election processes. During t....... [more]

South Carolina prisons end HIV segregation
July 11, 2013
The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) ended its policy of separating prisoners infected with HIV from the general population on Wednesday, making South Carolina the final US state to do so. The SCDC abolished the policy in an effort to revamp medical services and in consideration of a....... [more]

Supreme Court rules for adoptive couple in American Indian adoption case
June 25, 2013
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl that 1912(f) and 1912(d) of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) do not bar the termination of the biological father's parental rights. In this case, a woman put her baby, who was fathered by an American Indian....... [more]




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