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Discourse.net

Discourse.net

By University of Miami law professor Michael Froomkin. Covers civil liberties, the Internet, Guantanamo, Iraq attrocities, politics and more.

http://www.discourse.net/
  • May 25

    Tracking Protection Greatly Speeds Firefox

    Tracking Protection Greatly Speeds Firefox
    Firefox’s optional Tracking Protection reduces load time for top news sites by 44%. How to turn on Tracking Protection: In the Location bar, type about:config and press Enter. The about:config “This might void your…
  • May 24

    No Joke

    No Joke
    As The Wall Street Journal recently reported, “There’s an Uber for everything now. Washio is for having someone do your laundry, Sprig and SpoonRocket cook your dinner and Shyp will mail things out so you don’t have to brave…
  • May 23

    Ireland Embraces Marriage Equality

    Ireland Embraces Marriage Equality
    Videos like this carry the day in Ireland’s referendum: How long before the entire US catches up?
Rank this Week: 14

Human Rights Now Blog

Human Rights Now Blog

Covers human rights, free speech, death penalty, LGBT rights, refugees and torture. From Amnesty International.

http://blog.amnestyusa.org
  • May 21

    Victory for Rafael Marques and Freedom of Expression in Angola!

    Victory for Rafael Marques and Freedom of Expression in Angola!
    Today Angolan journalist and human rights defender Rafael Marques walked out of court a free man. He was facing over 10 years in prison and a fine of $1.2 million US dollars but all charges were dropped.
  • May 20

    The State of LGBT Human Rights Worldwide

    The State of LGBT Human Rights Worldwide
    Across the globe, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (LGBT) continue to face endemic violence, legal discrimination, and other human rights violations on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity. As we move from…
  • May 20

    Nebraska, Tsarnaev, and the United States’ dwindling use of the death penalty

    Nebraska, Tsarnaev, and the United States’ dwindling use of the death penalty
    At first blush, Nebraska lawmakers' stunning passage of a bill to abolish the death penalty in their state and the death sentence handed down to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombings may seem at odds. But appearances can be…
Rank this Week: 30

Religion Clause

Religion Clause

By University of Toledo College of Law Professor Howard M. Friedman.

http://religionclause.blogspot.com/
  • May 27

    Church's Suit Against Chase and JPMorgan Dismissed In Part, With Leave To Replead

    Church's Suit Against Chase and JPMorgan Dismissed In Part, With Leave To Replead
    In Rector, Wardens, and Vestrymen of Christ Church Cathedral of Indianapolis v. JPMorgan Chase and Company, (SD IN, May 21, 2015), an Indiana federal district court dismissed with leave to replead constructive fraud claims against Chase…
  • May 27

    Suit Claims High School Extensively Promotes Evangelical Christianity Through Activities With Church

    Suit Claims High School Extensively Promotes Evangelical Christianity Through Activities With Church
    A Jewish teacher in a southern Colorado school district filed suit yesterday in federal district court alleging that the Florence, Colorado High School extensively promotes evangelical Christian activities through arrangements with a church,…
  • May 27

    Court Defers To Ecclesiastical Decision In Church Control Lawsuit

    Court Defers To Ecclesiastical Decision In Church Control Lawsuit
    Kim v. The True Church Members of the Holy Hill Community Church, (Cal. App., May 21, 2015), involves a dispute between two factions of a Los Angeles congregation that was part of a presbytery of the Korean American Presbytery Church.…
Rank this Week: 39

Jailhouselawyer's Blog

Jailhouselawyer's Blog

Covers prisoners' rights and criminal justice in the United Kingdom. By former prisoner John Hirst Hull.

http://prisonersvoice.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 2

    Call For Support

    Call For Support
    Thursday, July 1, 2010Call For SupportThe Association of Prisoners is this generation’s attempt to give prisoners the voice we have long attempted to have heard.Many other groups and organisations exist which play a role in attempting to…
  • Jul 1

    Association of Prisoners - National Campaign Launch

    Association of Prisoners - National Campaign Launch
    Association of Prisoners - National Campaign LaunchBy Ben GunnWednesday, June 30, 2010We all know that dealing with PSHQ is task for the unwitting and dim-witted. They are a slippery bunch at the best of times. But PSHQ has been causing the…
  • Feb 21

    Government in U Turn on prisoners’ vote

    Government in U Turn on prisoners’ vote
    Association of PrisonersContact: John Hirst FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETel: (01482) 341281 or 07766964583Email: john.hirst@myhaven.karoo.co.ukGovernment in U Turn on prisoners’ votesJack Straw…
Rank this Week: 45

American Civil Liberties Union…

American Civil Liberties Union Blog of Rights

Covers civil rights and constitutional law. From the ACLU.

https://www.aclu.org/blog
  • May 26

    Death by Debtors' Prison: Ray Staten's 16-Day Jail Sentence for Unpaid Court Fees Cost Him His Life

    Death by Debtors' Prison: Ray Staten's 16-Day Jail Sentence for Unpaid Court Fees Cost Him His Life
    This piece originally appeared at The Guardian. Ray Charles Staten Sr. should have celebrated his 60th birthday this month. Instead, his family marked the fourth anniversary of his death. It all started, according to a lawsuit that settled in…
  • May 26

    Scaremongering about the Patriot Act Sunset

    Scaremongering about the Patriot Act Sunset
    In a last-ditch effort to scare lawmakers into preserving unpopular and much-abused surveillance authorities, the Senate Republican leadership and some intelligence officials are warning that allowing Section 215 of the Patriot Act to…
  • May 22

    What Congress Needs to Do Now for Real NSA Spying Reform

    What Congress Needs to Do Now for Real NSA Spying Reform
    This was originally posted at The Daily Beast. One section of the Patriot Act has been ritually abused. Americans want it changed. With a few days left to kill, amend, or reauthorize the bill, the ACLU's legislative counsel says the latter is…
Rank this Week: 58

Reproductive Rights Prof Blog

Reproductive Rights Prof Blog

Covers abortion, contraception, pregnancy and fetal rights. By Caitlin E. Borgmann.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/reproductive_rights/
  • May 8

    Satirical Ad Campaign Takes Aim at Chile's Extreme Abortion Ban

    Satirical Ad Campaign Takes Aim at Chile's Extreme Abortion Ban
    The Daily Beast: Chile’s Shocking DIY Abortion Ad Campaign, by Nina Strochlic: A viral satirical campaign—which shows women going to awful measures to “accidentally” lose a pregnancy—is critiquing the country’s strict…
  • May 8

    Fear of Parental Disapproval Leads Teens To Forgo Birth Control

    Fear of Parental Disapproval Leads Teens To Forgo Birth Control
    CNN: Survey says teens skip birth control because they fear parental judgment, by Kelly Wallace: Parents, if the following finding doesn't make you sit up and take notice when it comes to talking to your kids about sex and birth...
  • May 8

    New Study on Premature Babies and the Viability Standard in Abortion Law

    New Study on Premature Babies and the Viability Standard in Abortion Law
    TIME: How a New Study on Premature Babies Could Influence the Abortion Debate, by Eliza Gray: A new study showing that a tiny percentage of extremely premature babies born at 22 weeks can survive with extensive medical intervention could…
Rank this Week: 86

Fair and Unbalanced

Fair and Unbalanced

Left-leaning, social justice-minded slant on law and justice issues, the death penalty, politics, and current events.

http://fairandunbalancedblog.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 30

    Vermont's Finest: The Importance Of Being Bernie

    Vermont's Finest: The Importance Of Being Bernie
    "It's a little-known fact, but we reporters could successfully sell Sanders or Elizabeth Warren or any other populist candidate as a serious contender for the White House if we wanted to. Hell, we told Americans it was okay to vote for …
  • Apr 29

    The Supreme Court Demands Its Pound Of Flesh

    The Supreme Court Demands Its Pound Of Flesh
    "The pound of flesh which I demand of him Is deerely bought, 'tis mine, and I will have it."  -- Shylock, The Merchant of VeniceIn the 1970s, without any scientific testing, a state medical examiner from Oklahoma concocted a three-drug…
  • Apr 6

    Time Begins On Opening Day

    Time Begins On Opening Day
    You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.  -- Jim BoutonThe long-time sportswriter for the Washington Post, Thomas Boswell, wrote a timeless piece…
Rank this Week: 183

Feminist Law Professors

Feminist Law Professors

Covers feminism, sexism, reproductive rights and women's health. By Professors Ann Bartow and Bridget Crawford.

http://feministlawprofessors.com
Rank this Week: 191

Crime & Federalism

Crime & Federalism

Covers civil rights, criminal law, federalism, and Section 1983. By Norman Pattis and Michael Cernovich.

http://www.crimeandfederalism.com/
  • May 25

    5 Social Justice Warriors Who Support Doxing

    5 Social Justice Warriors Who Support Doxing
    Critics of GamerGate, a consumer revolt against unethical journalism, claim people who support GamerGate support harassment and doxing. What is the truth? The truth is those who oppose GamerGate are the ones who support doxing. For the…
  • May 23

    Should Classrooms Be Segregated by Race and Gender, As Anita Sarkeesian Suggest

    Should Classrooms Be Segregated by Race and Gender, As Anita Sarkeesian Suggest
    Thought leader Anita Sarkessian was asked a question about segregation. Namely: "'Study Shows Single Sex Schools Negative' I'm not sure how I feel about this. What are your thoughts on this study?" Ms. Sarkeesian responded:…
  • May 23

    The Journalist's Guide to Fact-Checking a GamerGate Story

    The Journalist's Guide to Fact-Checking a GamerGate Story
    Recently a woman named Brianna Wu, who made $13,000 a month on Patreon for doing nothing, wrote an article claiming #GamerGate made death threats against her. She claimed no prosecutor cared about her story, because misogyny. Several…
Rank this Week: 315

Timely Objections

Timely Objections

Covers education law and civil rights. By R. Tamara de Silva.

http://www.timelyobjections.com/
  • Jun 25

    Edward Snowden and the Meaning of the Espionage Act

    Edward Snowden and the Meaning of the Espionage Act
    Edward Snowden and the Meaning of the Espionage Act Post 9-11   June 25, 2013 R. Tamara de Silva   The point of demarcation between speech, whistleblowing and espionage has in some instances the aspects of a razor's…
  • Jun 25

    Edward Snowden and the Meaning of the Espionage Act

    Edward Snowden and the Meaning of the Espionage Act
    Edward Snowden and the Meaning of the Espionage Act Post 9-11   June 25, 2013 R. Tamara de Silva   The point of demarcation between speech, whistleblowing and espionage has in some instances the aspects of a razor's…
  • Apr 13

    Kermit Gosnell's Horror Practice

    Kermit Gosnell's Horror Practice
      Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Horror Practice   By R. Tamara de Silva April 13, 2013                            Dr. Kermit Gosnell's…
Rank this Week: 324

Dissenting Justice

Dissenting Justice

Provides commentary on law, politics and justice. By Professor Darren Hutchinson.

http://dissentingjustice.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 21

    FACTS: President Obama's Immigration Policies Are Absolutely LEGAL.

    FACTS: President Obama's Immigration Policies Are Absolutely LEGAL.
    Mainstream and rightwing media have done an atrocious job discussing the legal issues implicated by President Obama's immigration policy. While rightwingers clearly believe the president's policies... To view the rest of this article, please…
  • Aug 25

    Obamacare v. Affordable Care Act

    Obamacare v. Affordable Care Act
    Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne writes about Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor's political advertisement that touts his vote for the "Affordable Care Act." As Dionne reports, polls... To view the rest of this article, please…
  • Aug 25

    Election Day Tomorrow - Florida Democratic Governor's Primary

    Election Day Tomorrow - Florida Democratic Governor's Primary
    Tomorrow, Florida Democrats will choose a candidate to challenge incumbent Governor Rick Scott. Although Scott's first term was plagued with corruption, constitutional violations, and widespread... To view the rest of this article, please…
Rank this Week: 348

Gamso - For the Defense

Gamso - For the Defense

Provides commentary on criminal law, civil liberties and jurisprudence. By Jeffrey Gamso.

http://gamso-forthedefense.blogspot.com/
  • May 26

    Considering the Monster

    Considering the Monster
    Judge Kopf is conflicted about the death penalty.  He's told us that, in various ways and at various times, most recently and explicitly (where he uses the actual word conflicted here.This morning, he offers "one side of that…
  • May 18

    Resuscitating the Dying

    Resuscitating the Dying
    It was 20 years ago when Clifford O'Sullivan sat on the witness stand in a California courtroom.  He was six years old.  He could barely see above the railing.  But he was there to testify.  Eighteen months earlier, his…
  • May 18

    Six Long Year

    Six Long Year
    Six years.  I've been doing this thing for six years now.  The first post was May 18, 2009.  I just looked up the numbers.  When this one is published, I'll have put up 1198.  There are another couple of hundred I've…
Rank this Week: 477

Disability Law

Disability Law

Covers developments in disability law and related fields.

http://disabilitylaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 483

Poverty Law Prof Blog

Poverty Law Prof Blog

Covers global poverty, welfare and current affairs. By Professors Ezra Rosser and Lowell Kent Hull.

http://maximinlaw.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 606

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Press…

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Press Center

Covers border issues, disaster relief, immigration and housing.

http://trla.wordpress.com
  • Jan 5

    Victoria Advocate – How the Housing Authority works and doesn’t

    Victoria Advocate – How the Housing Authority works and doesn’t
    Dorothy Graves was homeless last year. She lived out of her 2001 GM Cavalier for four months, showering at friends’ houses, before she heard the Victoria Housing Authority could put a roof over her head. “I was ecstatic,”…
  • Jan 5

    Victoria Advocate – How the Housing Authority works and doesn’t

    Victoria Advocate – How the Housing Authority works and doesn’t
    Dorothy Graves was homeless last year. She lived out of her 2001 GM Cavalier for four months, showering at friends’ houses, before she heard the Victoria Housing Authority could put a roof over her head. “I was ecstatic,”…
  • Nov 20

    Fox San Antonio – Operation Selena collecting stuffed animals for kid

    Fox San Antonio – Operation Selena collecting stuffed animals for kid
    What started as a way to spread cheer to sick children has now spread to thousands of kids in need. “I know that God’s hand is in this because of the growth of Operation Selena,” said Gloria Pargas.  Operation Selena…
Rank this Week: 601

Life Sentences Blog

Life Sentences Blog

Tracks new legal developments and research relating to long prison sentences. By Marquette University Law School Professor Michael O'Hear.

http://www.lifesentencesblog.com/
  • May 26

    Yates v. United States: Overcoming Plain Meaning

    Yates v. United States: Overcoming Plain Meaning
    As we enter the home stretch of the Supreme Court term, I have been reviewing the criminal cases already decided by the Court this year. For my money, the most interesting is Yates v. United States, which presents a classic statutory…
  • Apr 6

    Final Version of Good Conduct Time Paper Is Now Available

    Final Version of Good Conduct Time Paper Is Now Available
    The new issue of the Marquette Law Review includes my paper, “Good Conduct Time for Prisoners: Why (and How) Wisconsin Should Provide Credits Toward Early Release.”  This paper expands considerably on my article on the…
  • Apr 3

    Deadly Force in Philly

    Deadly Force in Philly
    Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a voluminous report on uses of deadly force by the Philadelphia Police Department.  In recent years, there has been a drop in both violent crime and assaults on police officers in the…
Rank this Week: 690

the 13th juror

the 13th juror

Offers comments on social justice issues, news and court decisions. By Florida A&M College of Law Professor Jacqueline Dowd.

http://jackiedowd.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 9

    Outrage forces Marseille to scrap yellow triangle ID

    Outrage forces Marseille to scrap yellow triangle ID
    Authorities in Marseille were blasted for its plan to issue its homeless with ID cards featuring yellow triangles that detail their health issues. Although the initiative was aimed at making it easier for health workers to know what they were…
  • Jan 9

    French homeless forced to wear 'yellow triangles'

    French homeless forced to wear 'yellow triangles'
    Arnaud, a homeless man, wears the controversial yellow triangle. Photo: AFP/Anne-Christine Poujoul.Authorities in France’s second-largest city have come under fire for issuing its homeless with ID cards that detail their health issues.…
  • Jan 8

    OMG! Homeless people are sleepingand bathing at the Orlando airport

    OMG! Homeless people are sleepingand bathing at the Orlando airport
    Some Orlando airport employees have contacted the media to report that homeless people are using the airport's first level to sleep and even bathe in the public bathrooms -- and that's upsetting travelers."It is an issue," said Norma McCann,…
Rank this Week: 730

Resist Racism

Resist Racism

Discusses racism in society and the justice system.

http://resistracism.wordpress.com/
  • Feb 1

    The sweet taste of change

    The sweet taste of change
    This is the “Skipper Mix,” made by Haribo.  Except hopefully some of the faces will be removed after consumer complaints.  I can only hope.  Because how long does it fucking take anyway? Via Indian Country Today.
  • Jan 19

    Teen uses ‘Sweet 16′ to raise money for other

    Teen uses ‘Sweet 16′ to raise money for other
    This is Nubia Wilson.  In lieu of gifts for her “Sweet 16″ birthday, she asked that friends and family donate to a fund for Ethiopian children, and raised $2000. Want to donate?  Go here.
  • Aug 2

    ‘New Toronto restaurant staffed with Deaf waiters’

    ‘New Toronto restaurant staffed with Deaf waiters’
Rank this Week: 896

The Wretched of the Earth

The Wretched of the Earth

Covers issues affecting the poor and indigent.

http://thewretchedoftheearth.blogspot.com
  • Mar 29

    Reciprocal Discovery Bill Becomes Less Reciprocal

    Reciprocal Discovery Bill Becomes Less Reciprocal
    I reported earlier about proposed legislation that would require both prosecutors and defense lawyers to provide discovery in advance of trial in criminal cases. Well, now the bill is going in a surprising direction and the changes have even…
  • Mar 19

    More Bad Bills at the Lege

    More Bad Bills at the Lege
    It continues to shock me when the legislature churns out truly stupid, short-sighted legislation. HB's 23 & 133 are great examples. See my website for more.
  • Mar 18

    Evisceratimg the Rules of Evidence

    Evisceratimg the Rules of Evidence
    Wow, this is a dumb bill being kicked around the Lege this year. Check it out.
Rank this Week: 881

Connecticut Lesbian and Gay Law

Connecticut Lesbian and Gay Law

Covers gay marriage, civil unions, and step-parent and co-parent adoptions. By Irene C. Olszewski.

http://ctlgbtlaw.wordpress.com
  • Jan 24

    Colorado Civil Unions Bill Passes Senate

    Colorado Civil Unions Bill Passes Senate
    Yesterday,  a Colorado Senate committee voted 3-2 to pass Senate Bill 11, which would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in that state.  The bill was opposed by Republicans in that vote.  The bill will now be heard by…
  • Jan 24

    Colorado Civil Unions Bill Passes Senate

    Colorado Civil Unions Bill Passes Senate
    Yesterday,  a Colorado Senate committee voted 3-2 to pass Senate Bill 11, which would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in that state.  The bill was opposed by Republicans in that vote.  The bill will now be heard by…
  • Jan 23

    Connecticut Legislature Confirms First Openly Gay Supreme Court Justice

    Connecticut Legislature Confirms First Openly Gay Supreme Court Justice
    Earlier today, the Connecticut General Assembly confirmed Andrew J. McDonald, a Democratic state senator, as the first openly gay justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court. The Senate voted 30-3 to confirm McDonald while the House voted…
Rank this Week: 928

Legal Commentary on Proposition 8…

Legal Commentary on Proposition 8 and the Right to Marry

Articles and comments by attorneys and legal scholars, and related legal news. From Michael Ginsborg.

http://prop8legalcommentary.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 28

    Farewell

    Farewell
    In May, I decided that I would need a hiatus to prepare an article on a subject unrelated to this site. I have just completed my forthcoming article for law librarians, "Ending Our Conflicts of Interest to Protect Consumers of Legal…
  • May 22

    Hiatus from my usual schedule of blogging

    Hiatus from my usual schedule of blogging
    I regret that, for at least several weeks, I will lack time to update this site on a regular basis. I face two challenges. First, I expect to publish an article on a subject I have been thinking about for 20 years.
  • May 15

    Legal news this month

    Legal news this month
    Domestic partnership
Rank this Week: 934

Prop 8 on Trial

Prop 8 on Trial

Covers the same-sex marriage trial. By Berkeley law students.

http://prop8.berkeleylawblogs.org/
  • Sep 5

    Perry v. Schwarzenegger becomes Perry v. Brown

    Perry v. Schwarzenegger becomes Perry v. Brown
    The same Perry attorneys head back to court Tuesday, but their arguments will appear under a new docket name: Perry v. Brown. In March, the federal courts updated the names of the Perry defendants to reflect California’s newly-elected…
  • May 21

    Civil marriage and its history: Cott as the key to Prop 8?

    Civil marriage and its history: Cott as the key to Prop 8?
    For more than twenty years, Harvard history professor Nancy Cott has studied family, gender, marriage, and citizenship. In 2000, she published Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation, and in 2010, she took the stand in Perry v.
  • Feb 17

    California Supreme Court to hear standing issue

    California Supreme Court to hear standing issue
    The California Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it would re-enter the legal battle surrounding same-sex marriage and seek to hear further arguments by September.
Rank this Week: 1017

Sui Generis--a New York law blog

Sui Generis--a New York law blog

Offers commentary on civil rights issues, recent decisions and other areas of interest to New York civil litigators and criminal practitioners. By Nicole L. Black.

http://nylawblog.typepad.com/suigeneris/
  • May 22

    A look at judges, Facebook and recusal

    A look at judges, Facebook and recusal
    This week's Daily Record column is entitled "A look at judges, Facebook and recusal." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** A look at judges, Facebook and recusal Judges are human. They have relationships, both…
  • May 11

    NY judge holds service via Facebook permissible

    NY judge holds service via Facebook permissible
    This week's Daily Record column is entitled "NY judge holds service via Facebook permissible." My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** NY judge holds service via Facebook permissible Last October I wrote about two different…
  • Apr 29

    Will the Apple Watch be a game-changer?

    Will the Apple Watch be a game-changer?
    This week's Daily Record column is entitled "Will the Apple Watch be a game-changer?" My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Will the Apple Watch be a game-changer? As the Apple Watch is about to hits stores, the question…
Rank this Week: 1036

Diversity at Albany Law School

Diversity at Albany Law School

A blawg from Albany Law School's Diversity Office to engage all students, faculty and staff to create a community of inclusion and to have an open forum to address issues facing all of us.

http://albanylawdiversity.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 1066

Cardozo Law Student Chapter -…

Cardozo Law Student Chapter - Children's Rights Institute

Cardozo law student division of CRI founded by 2010 Cardozo graduates Danielle Goldstein and Benjamin Ryberg. CRI-Cardozo has over 40 student members and is dedicated to raising awareness about human rights abuses against children.

http://www.childrensrightsinstitute.org/blog/
Rank this Week: 1080

Wait A Second!

Wait A Second!

Covers civil rights opinions of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. By Bergstein & Ullrich, LLP.

http://secondcircuitcivilrights.blogspot.com/
  • May 27

    EEOC must take conciliation seriously under Title VII

    EEOC must take conciliation seriously under Title VII
    This unanimous decision from the Supreme Court rules for the first time that courts may second-guess the EEOC's enforcement efforts in trying to resolve employment discrimination cases before they become lawsuits.The case is Mach Mining, LLC…
  • May 26

    Pro se inmate wins PLRA appeal

    Pro se inmate wins PLRA appeal
    Before they can bring lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of their prison conditions, including the use of excessive force by correction officers, inmates must file an internal grievance. That rule has exceptions. This case highlights…
  • May 21

    Social Security claimant recovers attorneys' fees under Equal Access to Justice Act

    Social Security claimant recovers attorneys' fees under Equal Access to Justice Act
    When people win their Social Security benefits before an administrative law judge, their lawyers can recover attorneys' fees if -- and only if -- the government's position in opposing the fees was not substantially justified. (This is…
Rank this Week: 1177

Special Education Law Blog

Special Education Law Blog

Discusses special education law topics. By Jim Gerl.

http://specialeducationlawblog.blogspot.com/
  • May 25

    Weekly Question!

    Weekly Question!
    We are now running a new series which is an updated version of our previous series: An Introduction To Special Education Law. Are there any topics that we have not covered in the past that you would like to see in this Special Ed Law 101…
  • May 20

    Breaking: Supreme Court Declines To Review Special Education Stay Put Decision #scotu

    Breaking: Supreme Court Declines To Review Special Education Stay Put Decision #scotu
    There are only ten decisions on special education law by the U S Supreme Court, so it was a big deal last October when the high court requested briefs on a stay put appeal from the Justice Department. Our post on the topic may be found here.…
  • May 18

    Weekly Question!

    Weekly Question!
    We are now running a new series which is an updated version of our previous series: An Introduction To Special Education Law. Are there any topics that we have not covered in the past that you would like to see in this Special Ed Law 101…
Rank this Week: 1207

Australian Gay and Lesbian Law…

Australian Gay and Lesbian Law Blog

Covers the impact of relationship laws on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Australia. By Stephen Page.

http://lgbtlawblog.blogspot.com/
  • May 24

    My history of LGBTI activism

    My history of LGBTI activism
    An activist Back in 2012, at the height of controversy about Queensland's proposed discriminatory surrogacy changes, ABC news showed a clip of me giving a speech to an equal love crowd, and described me as an "activist". Not as a…
  • May 23

    History making LGBT Family Law Institute conference in London

    History making LGBT Family Law Institute conference in London
    I have been away from the office for the last three weeks, but had the joy while away of being very busy: speaking at the American Bar Association family law/assisted reproductive technology committee conference attending the awards night…
  • May 23

    Ireland votes for equal marriage

    Ireland votes for equal marriage
    It is clear overnight that Ireland has voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to allow equal marriage. The vote demonstrates the social and economic progress that Ireland has made, but also shown us how slow we have been to grasp the nettle and…
Rank this Week: 1315

New York Civil Service Attorney…

New York Civil Service Attorney Law Blog

Covers employment and discrimination issues related to civil service. By the Law Offices of Kevin P. Sheerin.

http://civilservice.sheerinlaw.com/
  • Apr 27

    DCAS Special Officer Disqualification Reversed

    DCAS Special Officer Disqualification Reversed
    In a lawsuit brought by the New York community service Society for petitioner, KM, Judge Moulton of the New York County Supreme Court Held That BOTH the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and the New York City Civil Service…
  • Mar 5

    TLC Article 78 case

    TLC Article 78 case
    Petitioner taxicab driver was found to have overcharged passengers on three occasions. Nonetheless he was only adjudicated once as having done so. The Appellate Division, first Department found that the driver had failed to exhaust his…
  • Dec 6

    New York City violates due process law in Civil Service Law section 71 and 73 case

    New York City violates due process law in Civil Service Law section 71 and 73 case
    Employee of Department of Environmental Protection was found to have been illegally terminated when New York City failed to give proper notice in Civil Service Law section 73 and Civil Service Law section 71 case. Originally petitioner was…
Rank this Week: 1323

Accessibility Defense

Accessibility Defense

Covers the defense of accessibility claims under the ADA and FHA. By Richard Hunt.

http://accessdefense.com
  • Jan 19

    ADA compliance – half right is all wrong

    ADA compliance – half right is all wrong
       Two realities dominate the world of ADA compliance and defense. First, the ADA is a no-fault statute: good intentions don’t matter and innocence is no defense. Second, even when barrier removal is impossible, a business…
  • Dec 14

    Who’s to blame for an ADA violation? If you don’t decide a judge will.

    Who’s to blame for an ADA violation? If you don’t decide a judge will.
    When public or quasi-public entities contract with private businesses to use their facilities it can be difficult to pin down just who may have violated the ADA. It doesn’t have to be, but allocating ADA responsibility requires that the…
  • Nov 30

    Reasonable accommodation under the ADA – what would you do for your mother?

    Reasonable accommodation under the ADA – what would you do for your mother?
    I wrote last week about the difficulty in determining just what the ADA requires in cases concerning physical accessibility. A recent decision from California shows how hard it can be to know what the “reasonable accommodation”…
Rank this Week: 1305

Pennsylvania Labor and Employment…

Pennsylvania Labor and Employment Blog

Covers employment and labor law issues. By McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC.

http://www.palaborandemploymentblog.com/
  • May 26

    Class Certified in Pennsylvania Payroll Debit Card Litigation

    Class Certified in Pennsylvania Payroll Debit Card Litigation
    We previously discussed on this blog the potential risks associated with the use of payroll debit cards to pay wages to employees. The absence of federal and state regulations specifically addressing this relatively new payroll option…
  • May 4

    Five Ways the EEOC Proposed Wellness Regulations Would Change Workplace Health Initiative

    Five Ways the EEOC Proposed Wellness Regulations Would Change Workplace Health Initiative
    Background The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) generally prohibits employers from requiring current employees to submit to medical examinations or medical inquiries unless the exam or inquiry is “job-related and consistent with…
  • Apr 22

    An OSHA Inspection Can Be Costly for the Unprepared Employer

    An OSHA Inspection Can Be Costly for the Unprepared Employer
    Knock Knock!  Who’s there?  OSHA.  OSHA who?  OSHA, the federal agency responsible for workplace safety, which is going to hit your company with hefty fines if you are not prepared. This is no joke.  OSHA is a…
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Transgender Workplace Diversity

Transgender Workplace Diversity

Covers law and policy news around transgendered employees in the workplace.

http://transworkplace.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 23

    Funeral Home Can't Bury EEOC Transgender Firing Suit

    Funeral Home Can't Bury EEOC Transgender Firing Suit
    The EEOC defeated a motion to dismiss in EEOC v. RG & GR Harris Funeral Home, one of its first suits on behalf of trans employees brought last September. But the judge refused to recognize discrimination based on trans status, which is…
  • Apr 13

    Lakeland Eye Clinic will Pay $150,000 to Resolve Transgender / Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

    Lakeland Eye Clinic will Pay $150,000 to Resolve Transgender / Sex Discrimination Lawsuit
    From the EEOC Press Room, discussing the case on behalf of our client, Brandi Branson:Lakeland Eye Clinic will Pay $150,000 to Resolve Transgender / Sex Discrimination LawsuitClinic Agrees to Implement New Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination…
  • Mar 31

    U.S. Justice Department Sues Oklahoma University Over Transgender Professor

    U.S. Justice Department Sues Oklahoma University Over Transgender Professor
    This is an article in the New York Times via Reuters regarding the U.S. Justice Department suit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University regarding alleged discrimination against my client, Dr Rachel…
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David M. Ginsberg's Legal Blog

David M. Ginsberg's Legal Blog

Covers China, law, social causes, and domestic and foreign policy.

http://davidmginsberg.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 1632

Nahmod Law

Nahmod Law

Covers 42 USC Section 1983 and constitutional law. By Professor Sheldon Nahmod.

http://nahmodlaw.com
  • May 11

    Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution (V): A Recent Seventh Circuit Decision

    Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution (V): A Recent Seventh Circuit Decision
    I blogged on Sept. 11, 2009, about the basic elements of so-called section 1983 “malicious prosecution” claims. I then blogged on 9-8-11, 9-26-11, 8-7-13 and 4-8-14 about section 1983 malicious prosecution cases in the circuits.…
  • Apr 10

    DeShaney in the Circuits (VI): Some Recent Decision

    DeShaney in the Circuits (VI): Some Recent Decision
    I have blogged previously about how the Supreme Court’s controversial DeShaney decision has fared in the circuits. DeShaney held that as a general matter governments have no affirmative substantive due process duty to protect persons…
  • Mar 23

    Come to My Section 1983 Conference April 16-17, 2015

    Come to My Section 1983 Conference April 16-17, 2015
    I invite you to join me in Chicago at the 32nd annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference on Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, 2015. This two-day seminar is designed for municipal and state attorneys, plaintiffs’…
Rank this Week: 1827

Equal Vote: Election Law @ Mortiz

Equal Vote: Election Law @ Mortiz

Covers election reform, the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, and related topics. Special attention to the voting rights of people of color, non-English proficient citizens, and people with disabilities. Publsihed by Dan Tokaji at Moritz Colle

http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/blogs/tokaji/
  • Dec 18

    The Wrong Approach to Election Reform

    The Wrong Approach to Election Reform
    The Ohio legislature yesterday approved a bill (SB 380) that would eliminate the window for early registration and absentee voting, among other things.
  • Nov 7

    Reforming Registration

    Reforming Registration
    On Monday, I identified four problem areas to watch out for on Election Day: 1) lines at the polls, 2) voting equipment, 3) voter registration lists, and 4) provisional and absentee ballots. While machine breakdowns and polling place lines…
  • Nov 4

    What We Don't Know

    What We Don't Know
    We now know that Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States of America. In the enormity of this moment in American history, the gritty details of election administration, upon which my Moritz colleagues and I spend so much…
Rank this Week: 1905

Indigenous and Ethnic Minority…

Indigenous and Ethnic Minority International Legal News

By Steven C. Perkins.

http://iemlnews.blogspot.com/
  • May 14

    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Indigenous People

    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Indigenous People
    From: IPS News Opinion: Don’t Leave Indigenous Peoples Behind in SDGs By Victoria Tauli-Corpuz Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. UNITED NATIONS, May 11 2015 (IPS) - U.N.…
  • Apr 25

    UN recognizes copyright of Maori artists in tukutuku hanging in UN headquarter

    UN recognizes copyright of Maori artists in tukutuku hanging in UN headquarter
    April 27 2015 Forty-three tukutuku panels (a distinctive art form of the Maori people of New Zealand) woven by artists from around the country hang in the UN headquarters in New York. The United Nations has agreed that the artists…
  • Apr 14

    American Society of International Law webinar: Realizing International Indigenous Rights in Domestic Law

    American Society of International Law webinar: Realizing International Indigenous Rights in Domestic Law
    Webinar: Realizing International Indigenous Rights in Domestic Law Description:  The panel discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing the the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of…
Rank this Week: 2128

Invisible Man

Invisible Man

Covers criminal law and civil rights issues in Georgia. By Albert Wan.

http://georgiadefenderblog.com
  • Mar 12

    A Spirit of Prudence

    A Spirit of Prudence
    When I was a kid, I had a small, portable radio that looked like a hamburger.  I took it everywhere with me: to the bathroom, in the car, on family outings.  During the summer, I would put it under my … Continue reading…
  • Mar 3

    Hernandez: Eleventh Circuit Accepts Allegations of Bad Lawyering under Padilla v. Kentucky; Case Sent Back for an Evidentiary Hearing

    Hernandez: Eleventh Circuit Accepts Allegations of Bad Lawyering under Padilla v. Kentucky; Case Sent Back for an Evidentiary Hearing
    The question of when a criminal defendant is entitled to a do-over because his lawyer failed to correctly advise him of the immigration consequences of a conviction in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky is…
  • Feb 4

    The Character of Man

    The Character of Man
    Here is something from Mark Twain’s Autobiography which he wrote and dictated in bits and pieces over the course of many years, and completed in December 1909, four months shy of his death on April 21, 1910.  The piece is ……
Rank this Week: 2238

The Shout

The Shout

Covers wiretaps, privacy, copyright, and free speech. By Jennifer Granick.

http://www.granick.com/blog
  • Jun 28

    The Criminal NSA

    The Criminal NSA
    My opinion piece “The Criminal NSA” co-authored with Professor Christopher Sprigman has been published in the New York Times. The op ed is about NSA spying programs Prism and the collection of all phone metadata about…
  • Oct 30

    Granick Slate Card: November 6, 2012 Election

    Granick Slate Card: November 6, 2012 Election
    GRANICK SLATE CARD NATIONAL ELECTION, NOVEMBER 2012   Friends, Romans, Republicans:  
  • Jul 24

    Catching Up

    Catching Up
    Unfortunately, I haven’t been keeping this site up to date as I’ve been blogging on the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society site.  To that end, here are my most recent posts: The Unintended Consequences of CISPA New…
Rank this Week: 2156

California Police Brutality Lawyer…

California Police Brutality Lawyer Blog

Covers police brutality and excessive force. By Okorie Okorocha.

http://www.californiapolicebrutalitylawyerblog.com/
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Religious Law Blog

Religious Law Blog

Covers religious law and liberty issues affecting churches, ministries, and individuals. By Telios Law PLLC.

http://telioslaw.com/religious-law-blog-posts
  • May 25

    Talking about Church Discipline — Nine Points to Consider

    Talking about Church Discipline — Nine Points to Consider
    Churches and other religious organizations often ask what can be said about members or employees who are being disciplined. If an employee or member is being dismissed, can other members know why? The answer may be yes—but it’s…
  • Feb 25

    Testimony on Religious Freedom for Student Group

    Testimony on Religious Freedom for Student Group
    Theresa Lynn Sidebotham testified on February 9, 2015 in front of the House Education Committee on a bill that would have protected student religious liberty rights on campus. Theresa Lynn Sidebotham testified on February 9, 2015 in…
  • Jan 8

    Employee Religious Beliefs Can Conflict with Employer Value

    Employee Religious Beliefs Can Conflict with Employer Value
    What if your religious beliefs as an employee are in conflict with the organization’s basic values? Does it have to accommodate you anyway? Maybe, according to a recent Pennsylvania case.What if your religious beliefs as an employee are…
Rank this Week: 2897

Employment Discrimination Report

Employment Discrimination Report

Covers legislation, noteworthy cases and trends in enforcement. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://employmentdiscrimination.foxrothschild.com/
  • May 20

    As of June 30, 2015, New Jersey Will Have Nine Municipalities with Paid Sick Leave Laws in Effect

    As of June 30, 2015, New Jersey Will Have Nine Municipalities with Paid Sick Leave Laws in Effect
    For those of you who have lost count or lost track of effective dates of local ordinances, the following New Jersey municipalities have passed paid sick leave laws: Bloomfield, effective June 30, 2015 East Orange, effective January 7,…
  • May 19

    Be Careful of Not So Random Random Drug Test

    Be Careful of Not So Random Random Drug Test
    A judge in California has ruled that a fired black supervisor can proceed with claims of racial discrimination based solely on a comment that he was driving a “pimpmobile” and the fact that he was randomly selected for drug…
  • May 8

    Can Criminals Be Rehabilitated?

    Can Criminals Be Rehabilitated?
    This week, I read an article in AmLaw Daily that one of the “Jena 6″ is going to law school.  For those who might not remember, before there was Ferguson and Baltimore, Jena, Louisiana was thrown in the spotlight after…
Rank this Week: 2479

Civil Rights Law & Policy Blog

Civil Rights Law & Policy Blog

Edited by Andrew M. Ironside.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/civil_rights/
  • May 7

    "Collective Liberty"

    "Collective Liberty"
    The title of this post comes from this recent paper by Professor Josh Blackman, the abstract of which states: The story of our Constitution is a tale of two liberties: individual freedom and collective freedom. The inherent tension between…
  • May 5

    "Original Meaning and Marriage Equality"

    "Original Meaning and Marriage Equality"
    The title of this post comes from this recent paper by Professor William Eskridge, the abstract of which states: In the 2014 Term, the Supreme Court is hearing challenges to four state exclusions of same-sex couples from their marriage law...
  • Apr 6

    "The Right to Vote: Is the Amendment Game Worth the Candle?"

    "The Right to Vote: Is the Amendment Game Worth the Candle?"
    The title of this post comes from this recent paper by Professor Heather Gerken, the abstract of which states: Is it possible to be in favor of a constitutional vote and against amending the Constitution to add it? Yes. This...
Rank this Week: 2574

Idaho Criminal Defense Blog

Idaho Criminal Defense Blog

Covers criminal law, DUI and civil rights. By Peterson Law Offices.

http://www.idahocriminaldefenselaw.com/
  • May 7

    Pardon our absence …

    Pardon our absence …
    There are times when we are getting ready for trial and there seems little time to breathe, and no time to post to this blog. Now is such a time. So if we seem absent – well we are. But I am reminded today of the value of preparation,…
  • Mar 16

    At Sentencing Your Story May Keep You Out of Prison!

    At Sentencing Your Story May Keep You Out of Prison!
     Last week was a gem. Twice, clients who were almost certain to go to prison when we first started working their cases, avoided that fate. First, in federal court a twenty-year-old kid who pleaded guilty to distributing heroin and…
  • Mar 16

    At Sentencing Your Story May Keep You Out of Prison!

    At Sentencing Your Story May Keep You Out of Prison!
     Last week was a gem. Twice, clients who were almost certain to go to prison when we first started working their cases, avoided that fate. First, in federal court a twenty-year-old kid who pleaded guilty to distributing heroin and…
Rank this Week: 2670

Sexual Harassment Lawyer Blawg

Sexual Harassment Lawyer Blawg

Covers racial and sexual harassment and education law. By Law Offices of Joshua Friedman.

http://www.sexualharassmentlawyerblawg.com/
  • Jan 9

    Ignoring the Problem: Is AutoZone Indifferent to Workplace Sexual Harassment?

    Ignoring the Problem: Is AutoZone Indifferent to Workplace Sexual Harassment?
    In December 2013, a victim of sexual harassment--a man--filed a charge with the EEOC, alleging that working in Autozone's Whiteville, North Carolina store, a female coworker: created a hostile work environment based on Complainant's gender…
  • Oct 28

    Racism at University of Illinois-Chicago: UIC Fails to Protect Mechanic from Harassment after Noose Appear

    Racism at University of Illinois-Chicago: UIC Fails to Protect Mechanic from Harassment after Noose Appear
    Employers are obligated to act promptly when they learn about ongoing workplace sexual or racial harassment. When employers ignore workplace harassment, the public will find out. Media coverage is an important tool for exposing and fighting…
  • Jul 20

    Plaintiff is Entitled to Read the Defendant's Email

    Plaintiff is Entitled to Read the Defendant's Email
    The Law Offices of Joshua Friedman PC routinely seeks production of e-mail, texts and video that contain racially and sexually offensive words and images, sent by managers. These are the same managers charged with enforcing the employer's…
Rank this Week: 2874

Individual Rights Legal News

Individual Rights Legal News

Covers civil rights, privacy, employee rights, consumer fraud, class actions, and products liability. By Rabeh M. A. Soofi.

http://individuals.soofilc.com/
  • May 25

    How to Tell if You’re Being Discriminated at Work

    How to Tell if You’re Being Discriminated at Work
    Discrimination at the workplace is no joke. However, it is not always easy to know whether discrimination is actually happening. Many times, victims of discrimination end up feeling as though they are simply being too sensitive, that the…
  • May 3

    Google Agrees to Stop Reading Student Emails After Privacy Lawsuit Filed in California

    Google Agrees to Stop Reading Student Emails After Privacy Lawsuit Filed in California
    Google has agreed to stop reading emails for millions of student GMail accounts after a lawsuit that was filed earlier this year.  Google had been scanning emails of more than 30 million underage students worldwide who used the…
  • Apr 29

    Live Nation and Insomniac Festivals Sued in New Class Action by Unpaid Volunteer

    Live Nation and Insomniac Festivals Sued in New Class Action by Unpaid Volunteer
    A class action lawsuit has been filed against Insomniac Entertainment and Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. alleging that wages were illegally withheld from “volunteers” of the companies’ music festivals, concerts and other…
Rank this Week: 2541