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Religion Clause

Religion Clause

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

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

    Court Orders Another Election For Small Church's Board

    Court Orders Another Election For Small Church's Board
    In Rock Church, Inc. v. Venigalla, (NY York Co. Sup. Ct., May 14, 2015), a New York state trial court rejected a challenge to its jurisdiction over a disputed election in a small church whose some 30 members were split over whether to…
  • May 25

    Official Results and Reactions To Ireland's Marriage Equality Referendum

    Official Results and Reactions To Ireland's Marriage Equality Referendum
    The official results of Ireland's referendum last Friday (see prior posting) that approved same-sex marriage was 62.07% yes and 37.93% no. (60.52% of the voters turned out for the election,) In a speech on Saturday (full text) welcoming the…
  • May 22

    Obama Addresses Synagogue For Jewish American Heritage Month [corrected]

    Obama Addresses Synagogue For Jewish American Heritage Month [corrected]
    President Obama this morning delivered a 30-minute address (full text) at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C. to mark Jewish Heritage Month. Here is an excerpt from his wide-ranging speech:Now, I wanted to come here to celebrate…
Rank this Week: 65

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: 11

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: 3924

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: 346

Eminent Domain Blog

Eminent Domain Blog

Covers condemnation and real estate law. By David B. Snyder of Fox Rothschild, LLP.

http://eminentdomain.foxrothschild.com/
  • May 25

    Interthinx Q4 2014 Report Indicates Mortgage And Property Valuation Fraud Risk

    Interthinx Q4 2014 Report Indicates Mortgage And Property Valuation Fraud Risk
    According to Interthinx, Inc., a subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation, the “National Mortgage Fraud Risk Index” increased 3 percent from the last quarter, and is unchanged from one year ago.  However, the…
  • Apr 30

    Eminent domain Restrictions Approved By Iowa House, Senate panel

    Eminent domain Restrictions Approved By Iowa House, Senate panel
    Legislation making it more difficult for private utilities to acquire access to private property through condemnation cleared two Iowa subcommittees.  Subcommittees in both the Iowa House and Senate approved Senate Study Bill 1276 to…
  • Apr 30

    Virginia Supreme Court Permits Admission Of Condemnor Appraisal Used For Intial Offer

    Virginia Supreme Court Permits Admission Of Condemnor Appraisal Used For Intial Offer
    The VA Supreme Court recently heard an interesting case involving facts that should be cautionary to litigants.  In that case, VDOT made an initial offer to the property owners of $246,292 based on an appraisal.  When the condemnees…
Rank this Week: 4664

Dorf on Law

Dorf on Law

By Cornell Law School Professor Michael Dorf and his friends.

http://www.dorfonlaw.org/
  • May 25

    Ireland's Yes Vote on Same-Sex Marriage as Seen by the SCOTUS

    Ireland's Yes Vote on Same-Sex Marriage as Seen by the SCOTUS
    by Michael DorfIreland's decisive referendum vote in favor of recognizing same-sex marriage is obviously important, indeed historic, in its own right. But inevitably one finds it hard not to see this through one's own lens. What lessons will…
  • May 23

    What would you do if you were a Supreme Court Justice?

    What would you do if you were a Supreme Court Justice?
    By Eric SegallLast week on this blog, Mike and I debated the role that personal values and prior law play in Supreme Court decision-making. This issue, of course, has been a major source of contention among legal academics, political…
  • May 22

    Substantive Disagreements versus Paranoid Delusion

    Substantive Disagreements versus Paranoid Delusion
    by Neil H. BuchananAfter the tragic Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia last week, questions arose about whether the railroad's budget cuts contributed to the deadly accident.  This, sadly, quickly became a partisan issue, and with…
Rank this Week: 851

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • May 25

    Are Prosecutors the Constitution’s Gatekeepers?

    Are Prosecutors the Constitution’s Gatekeepers?
    Russell M. Gold, Beyond the Judicial Fourth Amendment: The Prosecutor’s Role, 47 UC Davis L. Rev. 1591 (2014).Rebecca RoipheThis is a bad time for the police officers. Last year, a series of cases in New York federal court exposed…
  • May 22

    Reframing (and Reclaiming) Pregnancy and Abortion

    Reframing (and Reclaiming) Pregnancy and Abortion
    Khiara Bridges, When Pregnancy is an Injury: Rape, Law, and Culture, 65 Stan. L. Rev. 457 (2013).Melissa MurrayIn recent years, anti-abortion advocates have argued that abortion harms not only a developing fetus, it also harms the woman who…
  • May 20

    Higher Education’s Brands in Cyberspace

    Higher Education’s Brands in Cyberspace
    Jacob H. Rooksby, Defining Domain: Higher Education’s Battles for Cyberspace, 80 Brooklyn L. Rev. __ (forthcoming, 2015), available at SSRN.Michael CarrollProfessor Rooksby studies the way in which higher education institutions…
Rank this Week: 561

Constitution Daily

Constitution Daily

From the National Constitution Center.

http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/
  • May 25

    It was 228 years ago today the Constitutional Convention began

    It was 228 years ago today the Constitutional Convention began
    It was 228 years ago the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia started in earnest and the first votes were taken at what is now called Independence Hall.
  • May 25

    How things have changed in Philadelphia since the 1787 convention

    How things have changed in Philadelphia since the 1787 convention
    Today marks the 228th anniversary of the start of the constitutional convention in Philadelphia. A few things have changed since then, from how much people drank to who could vote, to how tall people were.
  • May 23

    10 fascinating facts about John Hancock

    10 fascinating facts about John Hancock
    John Hancock and his signature are two of the best-known elements related to the Declaration of Independence. But how much do you know about the former president of the Continental Congress?
Rank this Week: 3293

The Volokh Conspiracy

The Volokh Conspiracy

By Eugene Volokh, Dale Carpenter, David Kopel, David Bernstein, David Post, Erik Jaffe, Ilya Somin, Jim Lindgren, Jonathan Adler, Kevan Choset, Orin Kerr, Randy Barnett, Russell Korobkin, Sasha Volokh, Stuart Benjamin, Todd Zywicki & Tyler Cowen.

http://www.volokh.com/
Rank this Week: 9

Balkinization

Balkinization

By Yale Law School Professor Jack M. Balkin.

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

    Maybe Freddie Gray Should Have Made Equality Argument

    Maybe Freddie Gray Should Have Made Equality Argument
    Many friends are excited about Jill Lepore’s recent essay in The New Yorker, “To Have and To Hold: Reproduction, Marriage, and the Constitution.”  One reason is that Lepore gives a shout out to many friends. …
  • May 22

    "The Two Cultures" Lives on in Law School

    "The Two Cultures" Lives on in Law School
    Last week I finished reading a really interesting book by Cedric Villani, who won the Fields Prize in mathematics (the discipline's equivalent of the Nobel Prizes), for his work on (bear with me on this) Landau damping and the Boltzmann…
  • May 22

    Ridiculous Political Reporting on Legal Issue

    Ridiculous Political Reporting on Legal Issue
    Politico had a story yesterday about assistance Elizabeth Warren gave the United States in its appearance before a NAFTA arbitration tribunal in the Loewen Group case. The sting of the story appears to be that Senator Warren is some sort of…
Rank this Week: 1423

Constitutional Law Prof Blog

Constitutional Law Prof Blog

By Steven D. Schwinn and Ruthann Robson.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/
  • May 23

    Contraception Mandate Accommodation Opponents Rebuffed--Again

    Contraception Mandate Accommodation Opponents Rebuffed--Again
    Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School Federal appeals courts this week dealt two (more) blows to opponents of Obamacare's religious accommodation to the contraception mandate. A Seventh Circuit panel ruled that the accommodation did not…
  • May 21

    Maryland Tax Case Displays Court's Dormant Commerce Clause Fault Line

    Maryland Tax Case Displays Court's Dormant Commerce Clause Fault Line
    Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Supreme Court this week upheld Maryland's income tax system against a Dormant Commerce Clause challenge. The sharply divided ruling put on full display the Court's fault lines in this area, even…
  • May 18

    Supreme Court Finds Qualified Immunity for San Francisco Officers in Mental Disability

    Supreme Court Finds Qualified Immunity for San Francisco Officers in Mental Disability
    Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law The United States Supreme Court's opinion in City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan arises from an incident in which two police officers shot Teresa Sheehan, a...
Rank this Week: 250

SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog

Covers the Supreme Court of the United States. By Bloomberg Law.

http://www.scotusblog.com/
  • May 22

    This week at the Court

    This week at the Court
    On Monday the Court will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the Court’s May 20 Conference, followed by one or more opinions at 10. We will begin live-blogging shortly before…
  • May 22

    Petition of the day

    Petition of the day
    The petition of the day is:
  • May 22

    Updating the Court on the birth-control mandate

    Updating the Court on the birth-control mandate
    The Obama administration notified the Supreme Court on Thursday of two more of its appeals-court victories in the running legal battles over religious groups’ protests against the new birth-control mandate in the federal…
Rank this Week: 10

Federalist Society Multimedia…

Federalist Society Multimedia Archive

Audio of recent events, speeches and conferences of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/page/multimedia-from-past-federalist-society-events-2014
  • May 22

    Debate: Was Citizens United Wrongly Decided? 5-12-2015

    Debate: Was Citizens United Wrongly Decided? 5-12-2015
    Federalist Society with the American Constitution Society and the National Constitution CenterThe National Constitution Center, the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society presented this debate on Citizens…
  • May 22

    National Insecurity: Is the Law the Enemy's Weapon? 4-29-2015

    National Insecurity: Is the Law the Enemy's Weapon? 4-29-2015
    2015 National Security SymposiumThe Federalist Society's International & National Security Law Practice Group presented this luncheon address during the 2015 National Security Symposium on April 29 in Washington, D.C.Luncheon…
  • May 22

    Are We @Cyberwar, and If So, How Should We Fight It? 4-29-2015

    Are We @Cyberwar, and If So, How Should We Fight It? 4-29-2015
    2015 National Security SymposiumThe Federalist Society's International & National Security Law Practice Group presented this panel during the 2015 National Security Symposium on April 29 in Washington, D.C.Panel II: "Are We…
Rank this Week: 1799

ACSBlog

ACSBlog

Covers progressive law and policy issues, with a focus on constitutional issues. From the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

http://www.acslaw.org/acsblog
  • May 22

    Corporate Crime Is Not ‘Civil Disobedience’

    Corporate Crime Is Not ‘Civil Disobedience’
    by Thomas O. McGarity is a Member Scholar and past president of the Center for Progressive Reform, and a professor at the University of Texas Law School. He is the author of Freedom to Harm: The Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire…
  • May 22

    Judicial Nominations Roundup for May 22, 2015

    Judicial Nominations Roundup for May 22, 2015
    by Caroline CoxYesterday, President Obama nominated Edward L. Stanton III to serve on the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Stanton is currently the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee and…
  • May 22

    LegalEyes for May 22, 2015

    LegalEyes for May 22, 2015
    by Caroline CoxKara L. Hartzler, the 2013 recipient of ACS’s David Carliner Public Interest Award, won a major immigration case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which Daniel M. Kowalksi highlighted…
Rank this Week: 311

Arizona Common Law

Arizona Common Law

Discusses law in the state of Arizona with a focus on what rights are protected by the Arizona Constitution, free speech rights (protected by the federal and Arizona Constitutions), religion and religious freedoms (protected by the federal and Arizona Constitutions), and emerging issues of the law. By Joe Thomas.

http://azcommonlaw.com
  • May 22

    City and County of San Francisco California v. Sheehan

    City and County of San Francisco California v. Sheehan
    The United States Supreme Court just announced a widely anticipated case on how the police interacted with a mentally ill woman. The writ of certiorari presented two questions for the Supreme Court to consider: 1. Whether the the Americans…
  • May 21

    Article – Bankruptcy Reform in the Context of For-Profit College

    Article – Bankruptcy Reform in the Context of For-Profit College
    Corinthian Colleges, a private for-profit, post-secondary educational institution, abruptly shut-down last month.  Currently enrolled students were left in a quagmire : 1. find another institution to transfer to (and hope the credits…
  • May 21

    Cronly v. City of Tucson

    Cronly v. City of Tucson
    Women’s suffrage first came under the legal spotlight in the young Territory of Arizona in a court battle over an injunction against the City of Tucson creating a sewer system. The validity of a municipal referendum  that appeared…
Rank this Week: 3152

CommLawBlog

CommLawBlog

Covers developments in the entire range of issues addressed by the Federal Communications Commission in its regulation of spectrum-related activities, as well as copyright, trademark, First Amendment and Internet issues. By Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth.

http://www.commlawblog.com/
  • May 22

    2015 Regulatory Fees Proposed: Stability Reigns (At Least For Now)

    2015 Regulatory Fees Proposed: Stability Reigns (At Least For Now)
    Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, the FCC has released its proposed regulatory fees for 2015. Now we all have something to mull over during all those boring parades, fireworks shows, baseball games and cook-outs. Lucky us! As usual,…
  • May 19

    This Should Get Your Attention III: iHeart Whacked for $1 Million for Misuse of EAS Tone

    This Should Get Your Attention III: iHeart Whacked for $1 Million for Misuse of EAS Tone
    A one-time only broadcast leads to a “multi-state cascade” of false alarms … and a big penalty We have previously reported on the FCC’s crackdown on the misuse of EAS tones, a crackdown that has thus far resulted in…
  • May 15

    Positive Train Control: Putting Spectrum to Use for the Safety of Life

    Positive Train Control: Putting Spectrum to Use for the Safety of Life
    The FCC plays an important, if little known, role in railroad safety. In the aftermath of this week’s tragic Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, the issue of Positive Train Control (PTC) – previously a subject familiar only…
Rank this Week: 1761

Wall of Separation

Wall of Separation

From the Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation
  • May 22

    Values Void: Victims Sadly Overlooked In Duggar Abuse Saga

    Values Void: Victims Sadly Overlooked In Duggar Abuse Saga
    Rob BostonWall of SeparationThroughout this entire incident, the Duggars' top priority seems to have been to protect their precious reality TV empire, not to help the victims heal.For the past few years, I have been receiving emails from Josh…
  • May 21

    Ganging Up On The Girl Scouts: Religious Right Attacks Group For Being Inclusive

    Ganging Up On The Girl Scouts: Religious Right Attacks Group For Being Inclusive
    Sarah JonesWall of SeparationSupporters are heralding it as a major advance for trans equality, but Christian fundamentalists aren’t exactly pleased by the news. The Girl Scouts of America (GSUSA) has officially announced that…
  • May 20

    If At First You Don’t Succeed?: Religious Right Calls For Revival As Number Of U.S. Christians Decline

    If At First You Don’t Succeed?: Religious Right Calls For Revival As Number Of U.S. Christians Decline
    Simon BrownWall of SeparationHere’s an important question the fundamentalists failed to consider: Why are people leaving their churches?With the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans on the rise, the Religious Right is searching…
Rank this Week: 3222

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 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…
  • May 22

    What ACLU v. Clapper Mean

    What ACLU v. Clapper Mean
    This was originally posted on JustSecurity. Many others have already weighed in about the significance of last week’s ruling in ACLU v. Clapper. Here are my own quick thoughts. As regular readers of this blog already…
  • May 21

    After Rand Paul’s Sort-of Filibuster, What’s Next for Surveillance Reform?

    After Rand Paul’s Sort-of Filibuster, What’s Next for Surveillance Reform?
    While technically Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) stand against the NSA yesterday wasn't a filibuster, any time a member of Congress talks for over ten hours without a bathroom break, it's close enough in our book. Paul's move came just as the…
Rank this Week: 80

Supreme Court Haiku

Supreme Court Haiku

The Law of the Land in Seventeen Syllables.

http://supremecourthaiku.com/blog1/
Rank this Week: 1376

Verdict

Verdict

Provides legal analysis and commentary on topical legal news and cases.

http://verdict.justia.com/
  • May 21

    The Significance of the Supreme Court’s Williams-Yulee Decision Upholding Florida’s Regulation of Judicial Election

    The Significance of the Supreme Court’s Williams-Yulee Decision Upholding Florida’s Regulation of Judicial Election
    UC Davis law professor Vikram David Amar discusses a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that has received little attention despite its significance—Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar. In that case, a 5-4 majority of the Court upheld a…
  • May 20

    The Return of the Paranoid Style in American Politic

    The Return of the Paranoid Style in American Politic
    George Washington law professor and economist Neil Buchanan describes how the paranoid style, first ascribed to politics by Richard J. Hofstadter in 1964, fits the current state of political affairs in the United States. Continue reading…
  • May 19

    Is the Dormant Commerce Clause a “Judicial Fraud”?

    Is the Dormant Commerce Clause a “Judicial Fraud”?
    Cornell University law professor Michael Dorf describes how the dissenting opinions by Justices Scalia and Thomas in Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne are inconsistent with their prior methodologies for interpreting the…
Rank this Week: 4021

Underdog Blog

Underdog Blog

Covers constitutional law, criminal law, DUI, drugs, First Amendment and immigration. By Jon Katz, P.C.

http://katzjustice.com/underdog/
Rank this Week: 656

The Law Blogger

The Law Blogger

Covers Michigan legal news. From the Oakland Press.

http://oplawblog.blogspot.com/
  • May 21

    The Presumption of Joint Custody

    The Presumption of Joint Custody
    Recently, we came across an interesting editorial in the Detroit News that addresses how family courts approach the issue of custody in a divorce or family court proceeding. The editorial points-out that Wisconsin is one of only two states…
  • May 19

    Anonymous Instant Messaging App Pushes Ethical Boundrie

    Anonymous Instant Messaging App Pushes Ethical Boundrie
    YikYak, like most other social media start-ups, emerged as the brain-child of two recent college grads that borrowed money from their parents as their first mode of venture capital. Fast forward just 24-quick months, and we have a company…
  • May 16

    Cold Case Murder Trial

    Cold Case Murder Trial
    Convicted murdererMatthew JonesWhen murder cases grow cold, they erode our confidence in the criminal justice system. The implication is that someone, somewhere has gotten away with murder; something that we do not want to ever happen,…
Rank this Week: 630

Saber Leyes No Es Saber Derecho

Saber Leyes No Es Saber Derecho

Covers constitutional law and jurisprudence (in Spanish). Features legal news, cases and commentaries from Argentina, U.S. and the Americas.

http://www.saberderecho.com/
  • May 20

    Difusión | Curso online La Justicia

    Difusión | Curso online La Justicia
    Difundimos la inscripción para un curso abierto y gratuito que recomendamos. Se tratan alli temas desde la venta de órganos hasta los impuestos, del análisis económico del derecho a john rawls, del derecho a la…
  • May 18

    Sanción deportiva a los equipos por lo que hacen sus hincha

    Sanción deportiva a los equipos por lo que hacen sus hincha
    ///A propósito de lo ocurrido la semana pasada, he pensado que en el debate de si está bien aplicar sanciones deportivas a un equipo por (graves) inconductas externas (de hinchas y terceros ajenos a los jugadores) hay algo afin…
  • May 15

    Votos en la Corte: Fayt en número

    Votos en la Corte: Fayt en número
    En donde veremos como interviene en los casos importantes. Como lo ha hecho desde el 83 hasta ahora, y cómo lo ha hecho específicamente en la última década. Si es disidente o vota mas seguido con mayorías.…
Rank this Week: 121

Michael Smith's Law Blog

Michael Smith's Law Blog

A legal blog written by a recent graduate of UCLA School of Law. Posts cover a wide range of topics, but areas of focus include criminal law, constitutional law, law and technology, and commentary on scholarship and legal education.

http://www.smithblawg.blogspot.com
  • May 20

    XKCD on Drone Regulation

    XKCD on Drone Regulation
    Regular readers of this blog should know that I am interested in state and federal regulation of drones. It therefore shouldn't be a surprise that I am particularly amused by XKCD's take on drone regulation, which a friend shared with me…
  • May 18

    Justice Scalia on "Snookering" the Supreme Court into Granting Certiorari

    Justice Scalia on "Snookering" the Supreme Court into Granting Certiorari
    The Supreme Court just issued its opinion in City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan. The questions presented in that case were: (1) Whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires law enforcement officers to provide…
  • May 15

    New Florida Law Restricting Private Drone Use

    New Florida Law Restricting Private Drone Use
    Florida's governor recently signed S.B. 766, a bill that expands and clarifies restrictions on drone use listed in section 934.50, Florida Statutes. The full text of the bill is available here. Reports on the passage of the bill are available…
Rank this Week: 1277

Beyond The Scope

Beyond The Scope

Covers the practice of interstate drug interdiction and property seizure/forfeiture. By Stowers & Sarcone, PLC.

http://www.interstatedrugbust.com/blog/
  • May 19

    Removed From Iowa Sex Offender Registry

    Removed From Iowa Sex Offender Registry
    Last week Stowers & Sarcone successfully secured the removal of one of their clients from the Iowa Sex Offender Registry. The client met all of the criteria of Iowa Code Section 692A.128 and was determined to be a low risk to re-offend.…
  • May 19

    Iowa Legislature Passes Expungement Bill

    Iowa Legislature Passes Expungement Bill
    On May 1, 2015 Governor Branstad signed Senate Bill 385. “An Act Relating to the Expungement of Not-Guilty Verdicts and Dismissed Criminal-Charge Records…” into law. This is a big step for Iowa which had no general…
  • Jan 27

    Federal Drug Charges vs State Drug Charge

    Federal Drug Charges vs State Drug Charge
    FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES vs STATE DRUG CHARGES: What’s the difference? What makes a federal drug charge vs a state drug charge? Federal drug charges are prosecuted in the United States District Court by the United States Attorney’s…
Rank this Week: 2625

Constitutionalism & Democracy

Constitutionalism & Democracy

A law blog by Albany Law School Professor Stephen Gottlieb and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship James Gathii

http://constitutionalismanddemocracy.wordpress.com/
  • May 19

    Canadian Comparative Religion Case

    Canadian Comparative Religion Case
    I’d like to tell you about a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada regarding religious education.[1] Quebec has a “mandatory core curriculum” which includes a Program on Ethics and Religious Culture, to teach…
  • May 12

    Listening, Learning and Law Enforcement

    Listening, Learning and Law Enforcement
    Not long ago, I met the daughter of two of my wife’s high school teachers. Grant and Joyce Banks were legendary in Rutherford County. They traveled to the homes and met the families of every one of their students. Their purpose was to…
  • May 5

    “Free Range Children”

    “Free Range Children”
    It never occurred to me that I’d be talking about “free range children” as if they were a species of fowl and the big question was whether to let them out of the coop. But apparently it’s become an issue.[1] I was…
Rank this Week: 1114

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 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…
  • May 12

    On Jurie

    On Jurie
    I’m not absolutely sure that it’s not Pedro Hernandez. But that’s my how our legal system works.Adam Sirois, the lone juror who voted not guilty in the Pedro Hernandez trial. Consistently. Over some 100 hours of…
Rank this Week: 815

Jerry Tanenbaum's Blog

Jerry Tanenbaum's Blog

Covers school law, special education, bullying, school discipline and school-related First Amendment rights.

http://jerrytanenbaum.com/sample-page/
  • May 18

    Good News Update to Blog on Stay-Put Right

    Good News Update to Blog on Stay-Put Right
    Last week I wrote about your child’s special education “stay put” rights when Due Process is filed, and discussed how the right to extend “stay put” all the way through the appeals process was currently being…
  • May 14

    Understanding the Special Education “Stay-Put” Provision

    Understanding the Special Education “Stay-Put” Provision
    As IEP season is upon us, parents of children with special needs are reminded of the need to understand how to utilize the “Stay Put” provision in the IDEA.   This provision is intended to protect a child from being jerked…
  • Apr 1

    School Discipline and Your Child with Special Need

    School Discipline and Your Child with Special Need
    If you have a child with a Section 504 Plan or who receives special education services under an IEP, it’s important to know that your child may have some additional rights to either address helping him behave more appropriately in…
Rank this Week: 3305

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: 5051

Constitution

Constitution

Commentary on constitutions, the rule of law, and nomology.

http://constitutionalism.blogspot.com/
  • May 9

    The futility of offering solution

    The futility of offering solution
    As a frequent candidate for elected office I have learned the disappointing lesson that solutions don't sell — at least not to most of the voters. As soon as one gets specific, one loses more support than one gains.I learned that…
  • Apr 27

    Same-sex marriage cases misframed

    Same-sex marriage cases misframed
    The Supreme Court is currently hearing the case of Obergfell v. Hodges, addressing the constitutionality of laws restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples. However, most of arguments are abysmally confused.First there is confusion on what…
  • Apr 12

    Grand jury reform Texas 2015

    Grand jury reform Texas 2015
    Statement ofJon Rolandbefore the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justicein support to SB 135March 21, 2015I am the Founder and President of the Constitution Society, website at http://constitution.org. I urge the Texas Legislature to adopt…
Rank this Week: 4373

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: 4619

The University of Chicago Law…

The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Podcast

Listen to lectures by and discussions with the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School.

https://soundcloud.com/uchicagolaw
  • May 6

    Rising Storm: Ways of Addressing Climate Change's Impacts on Infrastructure and Housing

    Rising Storm: Ways of Addressing Climate Change's Impacts on Infrastructure and Housing
    A Kreisman Housing Breakfast Series event co-sponsored by the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago and the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics Led by University of Chicago environmental lawyer Mark Templeton, an expert panel will…
  • May 2

    Youth/Police Conference: They Have All The Power

    Youth/Police Conference: They Have All The Power
    Why does police accountability matter in this context? How does the knowledge that severe abuses—brutality, sexual assault, false arrest, even death—have gone unpunished inform and shape encounters between youth and police? What…
  • Apr 16

    Innovation And The Administrative State

    Innovation And The Administrative State
    Regulation can be a significant barrier to innovation, protecting incumbents and making it harder to bring new goods and services to market. Determining the appropriate regulation is all the more difficult when accelerating technology is…
Rank this Week: 194

First Amendment Lawyer Blog

First Amendment Lawyer Blog

Covers the First Amendment and public records. By Karl Olson.

http://www.firstamendmentlawyerblog.com/
  • May 4

    Judges Aren't Politicians, High Court Say

    Judges Aren't Politicians, High Court Say
    Does someone who wants to be a judge have a First Amendment right to hit people up for campaign money? Thankfully, the U. S. Supreme Court says "no," in a 5-4 decision filed April 29. The Court's split decision will hopefully keep the…
  • Feb 27

    Swastika Display Triggers Hate Speech Debate

    Swastika Display Triggers Hate Speech Debate
    A Sacramento man's display of a swastika on his front lawn has triggered a hate speech debate in California. State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) was joined by a group of veterans, community leaders and fellow legislators February 26…
  • Jun 21

    High Court Protects Public Employee Whistleblower

    High Court Protects Public Employee Whistleblower
    The U. S. Supreme Court has taken a step in the right direction for public employee whistleblowers. The Court's June 19 decision in Lane v. Franks reiterates that citizens don't surrender First Amendment rights by accepting public…
Rank this Week: 4574

Constitutional & Legal Education…

Constitutional & Legal Education News

Covers constitutional and legal issues in a non-lawyerly way. By David J. Shestokas.

http://www.shestokas.com/
  • Apr 30

    The Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, Descendant of the Magna Carta

    The Fifth Amendment’s Due Process Clause, Descendant of the Magna Carta
     “No freemen shall be taken or imprisoned or disseised or exiled or in any way destroyed, nor will we go upon him nor send upon him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.” Magna Carta, Chapter…
  • Mar 31

    The Sixth Amendment’s Right to Confront Witnesse

    The Sixth Amendment’s Right to Confront Witnesse
    Sir Walter Raleigh of the late 1500’s is known for a number of things.  He was a great explorer[1] of the New World, both North and South America. He is either credited or cursed for promoting tobacco in England.  He is cited…
  • Feb 22

    Compact for America Solution to Article V Convention Issues According to the Founders, Part III

    Compact for America Solution to Article V Convention Issues According to the Founders, Part III
    The preceding Part I and Part II, containing Exhibits A through G overwhelmingly establish the laser-focus of the Compact for America approach on advancing and ratifying a specific amendment is four-square what the Founders expected from…
Rank this Week: 2924

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: 196

Media and Communications Policy

Media and Communications Policy

Covers First Amendment and communication policy issues. By the Media Institute.

http://www.mediacompolicy.org/
  • Apr 24

    Net Vitality Should Be the Cornerstone of U.S. Broadband Policy

    Net Vitality Should Be the Cornerstone of U.S. Broadband Policy
    By guest blogger PROF. STUART N. BROTMAN, faculty member at Harvard Law School and author of the study Net Vitality: Identifying the Top-Tier Global Broadband Internet Leaders published by The Media Institute.  Prof. Brotman is a member…
  • Apr 16

    The FCC’s Wheeler of Fortune

    The FCC’s Wheeler of Fortune
    LAS VEGAS – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s speech yesterday to broadcasters attending the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show here dealt primarily with broadcast-specific subjects. …
  • Apr 7

    Is This What Net Neutrality Is Really About?

    Is This What Net Neutrality Is Really About?
    Recent congressional hearings held in the wake of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality ruling provide a glimpse into what is so deeply wrong with this regulation, and why so many activist groups were behind it.…
Rank this Week: 1712

Legislative Blog

Legislative Blog

The official Americans United blog on legislation and activities of lawmakers.

https://www.au.org/blogs/legislative
  • Apr 23

    State-Funded Discrimination: Adoption Edition

    State-Funded Discrimination: Adoption Edition
    LegislativeAdoption agencies could refuse to place children in otherwise stable homes because the parents seeking to adopt are unmarried, previously divorced, a same sex couple, or adherents to a religion not practiced by the child-placing…
  • Mar 25

    Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Bills: Marriage Refusal Edition

    Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Bills: Marriage Refusal Edition
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislativeThese bills are especially troublesome because they would allow government employees to discriminate in the name of religion. We’ve been blogging a lot about state Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)…
  • Mar 12

    “Religious Freedom” Bills in the States and RFRA on the Hill

    “Religious Freedom” Bills in the States and RFRA on the Hill
    Vanessa WolbrinkLegislative“The worst kind of discrimination... is when the government is the discriminator.” - Colorado Rep. Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock)In the StatesMany so-called “religious freedom” bills are…
Rank this Week: 3215

Real Estate and Construction Law…

Real Estate and Construction Law Blog

Up-to-date information on real estate, construction, environmental, and land use law. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.realestatelanduseandenvironmentallaw.com/
Rank this Week: 553

Charter Cases

Charter Cases

Covers court decisions involving Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

http://www.chartercases.com/
  • Apr 13

    R. v. Nur, 2015 SCC 15

    R. v. Nur, 2015 SCC 15
    The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Nur considers the constitutionality of a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for unlicensed possession of a loaded firearm. Continue reading →
  • Feb 5

    Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5

    Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5
    In Carter, the Supreme Court reconsidered the constitutionality of the prohibition on assisted suicide, which had previously been upheld in Rodriguez. Continue reading →
  • Jan 27

    Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2015 NSSC 25

    Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, 2015 NSSC 25
    In TWU v. NSBS, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court delivered a resounding vindication for freedom of religion last month, overturning a Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society regulation which would have prohibited Trinity Western University…
Rank this Week: 3876

Colorado Common Law

Colorado Common Law

Covers state public record law, civil rights, and obscenity. By Joe Thomas.

http://cocommonlaw.com
  • Apr 11

    Vaughn Index in Colorado Public Record

    Vaughn Index in Colorado Public Record
    A Vaughn index is a tool used in public records disputes where the person requesting documents, will ask the court to compel the records custodian to list all responsive documents and explain why or why not the documents should be released.…
  • Apr 8

    Banning Homelessness in Colorado

    Banning Homelessness in Colorado
    It appears a sad new trend in Colorado is to create policies or laws, treating homelessness as a criminal condition. A new report, “No Right to Rest: Criminalizing Homelessness in Colorado” which details the efforts cities and…
  • Apr 4

    Denver Attempts to Ban People Deemed Nuisance

    Denver Attempts to Ban People Deemed Nuisance
    The City of Denver is working on banning people it considers nuisances from high traffic areas.  And does not appear there is much concern in the community about the practice. Well, I have a big problem with the practice and I will argue…
Rank this Week: 2594

White Collar Defense and…

White Collar Defense and Compliance

Covers developments in criminal law, federal case law, and statutes. Published by Alan Leibman of Fox Rothschild.

http://whitecollarcrime.foxrothschild.com/
  • Apr 8

    See you on LinkedIn

    See you on LinkedIn
    Alain Leibman writes: We have endeavored from the outset of this blog to offer thoughtful, possibly useful, and occasionally provocative analyses of developments in the criminal law, a time-intensive effort.  Regrettably, a busy workload…
  • Mar 18

    Does your Third Circuit judge vote as a “conservative, moderate, or liberal”?

    Does your Third Circuit judge vote as a “conservative, moderate, or liberal”?
    Alain Leibman writes: Matthew Stiegler, a Philadelphia attorney, has a terrific blog dedicated to reporting on, and thoughtfully analyzing, developments in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, called the CA3blog.  Matthew has written a…
  • Jan 30

    Third Circuit Opinion Cites Alain Leibman’s Fox WC Blog Entry

    Third Circuit Opinion Cites Alain Leibman’s Fox WC Blog Entry
    Alain Leibman writes: Those of you who follow, or at least sporadically read, this blog know that it attempts to treat in a considered way important issues facing the white collar bar and our clients.  Still, like any blog, it exists…
Rank this Week: 1362

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/
  • 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…
  • Mar 15

    Decline in Wisconsin Prison Population Results From Fewer Drug Offenders Behind Bar

    Decline in Wisconsin Prison Population Results From Fewer Drug Offenders Behind Bar
    As I discussed in this post, Wisconsin has achieved one of the nation’s higher rates of reduction in imprisonment over the past decade.  To be sure, New York, California, and a few other states have far outpaced Wisconsin in this…
Rank this Week: 780

Texas Appellate Law Blog

Texas Appellate Law Blog

Civil Appellate practice tips, resources, and news. Published by D. Todd Smith, Attorney at Law.

http://www.texasappellatelawblog.com/
  • Apr 6

    Appellate Practice and Procedure Lesson 8: Tips and Strategies for Marketing an Appellate Practice

    Appellate Practice and Procedure Lesson 8: Tips and Strategies for Marketing an Appellate Practice
    This post features the video and slides for the eighth and final lecture in my Appellate Practice and Procedure course. The presentation appears after the jump. Appellate law can be a very difficult practice area to break into. Because legal…
  • Apr 1

    Short-Citing to the Record in the Fifth Circuit

    Short-Citing to the Record in the Fifth Circuit
    I received a copy of this letter in one of my cases: What’s wrong with using the short citation form “id.” when citing the record? As I wrote about here, the Fifth Circuit recently standardized the format for citing…
  • Mar 30

    Appellate Practice and Procedure Lesson 7: Rehearing and Higher Court Review

    Appellate Practice and Procedure Lesson 7: Rehearing and Higher Court Review
    This post features the video and slides for the seventh lecture in my Appellate Practice and Procedure course, which I introduced here. The presentation appears after the jump. How do you convince an appellate court to change its mind when…
Rank this Week: 4661

Teen Jury

Teen Jury

Covers how the law and our judicial system affects kids and teenagers.

http://www.teenjury.com/
  • Mar 29

    Should we consider Supreme Court term limits?

    Should we consider Supreme Court term limits?
    Yesterday, former and prospective presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called for term limits on Supreme Court justices.  Commenting from the Nixon Presidential library, Huckabee warned that “nobody should be in an unelected…
  • Feb 17

    Who was Terri Schiavo and how could her case affect the next presidential election?

    Who was Terri Schiavo and how could her case affect the next presidential election?
    On the morning of February 25, 1990, Terri Schiavo, 26, collapsed at her St. Petersburg, Florida home.  The fall woke her husband of five years, Michael.  He called 911.  Michael Schiavo could not have imagined that,…
  • Jan 4

    Hooded sweatshirt = $500 fine

    Hooded sweatshirt = $500 fine
      Oklahoma state senator Don Barrington will soon introduce a bill to criminalize the wearing of hooded sweatshirts.  Aside from a sweatshirt, any disguising clothing, such as a robe or a mask, would also be a…
Rank this Week: 1889

California Appellate Law Blog

California Appellate Law Blog

News and insight about appellate law. By Archer Norris, a professional law corporation.

http://www.caappellatelaw.com/
  • Mar 18

    Calculating Prejudgment Interest in Personal Injury Action

    Calculating Prejudgment Interest in Personal Injury Action
    Civil Code section 3291 provides that if the plaintiff in a personal injury action makes a Code of Civil Procedure section 998 offer to compromise which the defendant does not accept, and the plaintiff obtains a more favorable judgment,…
  • Feb 11

    Evidence of Immigration Status: Rarely Relevant, Almost Always Prejudicial

    Evidence of Immigration Status: Rarely Relevant, Almost Always Prejudicial
    Now, more than ever, terms like “illegal alien,” “illegal immigrant,” and “undocumented worker” generate fear and controversy in our society.  And in the courtroom setting, the passionate responses…
  • Jan 7

    Legal Writing: Speak Freely (But Plainly, Please!)

    Legal Writing: Speak Freely (But Plainly, Please!)
    “This petition . . . ask[s] this Court to unmistakably clarify, to the whole patent community, that its Mayo/Biosig/Alice decisions (“3 decisions”) ended the claim construction anomaly hampering especially ET…
Rank this Week: 2299