Department of Education Okays Princeton’s Revised Sexual Assault Policy
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has entered into an agreement with Princeton University regarding its Title XI violations. After mishandling complaints of sexual assault and hostile work environment, Princeton implemented new policies
Theoretically speaking, debtors' prisons have been explicitly outlawed by the United States Supreme Court since Bearden v. Georgia in 1983. As a practical matter, however, debtors' prisons are alive and well. In fact, a 2010 study by the Brennan Center for Justice found that, of
There has been considerable coverage on the new Harvard University sexual harassment policy. On Oct. 15, a group of 28 HLS faculty members published this op-ed in the Boston Globe arguing that the new university policy 1) violates principles of Due Process, 2) inappropriately expanded prohibited
The Supreme Court doled out a landmark victory on Monday, October 6 for gay marriage supporters by rejecting appeals cases from five states—Virginia (4th Cir.), Oklahoma (10th Cir.), Utah (10th Cir.), Wisconsin (7th Cir.), and Indiana (7th Cir.). The move surprised many observers of the court and
In a 2-1 ruling, the Tenth Circuit declared today that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, affirming a 2013 district court opinion. The ruling would make Utah the 21st state with marriage equality. Appellate reviews are still pending in 8 states: Ohio, Texas, Kentucky,
Hope you got the classes and clinics you wanted! In the meantime, several civil rights issues have been hot topics in the news.
Same Sex Marriage and Religious Exemptions – Scotus Blog
Last Monday, the Supreme Court refused to weigh in on the debate on religious exemptions
Civil rights and civil liberties dominated the first week of April:
1. McCutcheon v. FEC
On Wednesday, April 2, the Supreme Court delivered a powerful blow to campaign contribution limits in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Chief Justice John Roberts stated that limits on aggregate contributions “intrude without
In light of the Supreme Court hearing oral argument today in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., we are excited to release an early online-only version of RFRA Exemptions from the Contraception Mandate: An Unconstitutional Accommodation of Religion, by Frederick Mark Gedicks and Rebecca G.
Welcome back from Break! While we were away from classes, civil rights legal news still plugged on:
Same-Sex Marriage in Michigan - SCOTUSBlog
Last week, Senior Judge Friedman invalidated Michigan’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages and entered a permanent injunction against its enforcement. After a full trial,
We bring you a special Spring Break Edition of the legal news roundup. Pull up a beach chair and read on.
Tennessee federal judge Aleta Trauger wrote a decision recognizing the legitimacy of out-of-state marriages between same-sex spouses. Judge Trauger’s memorandum is here: http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Tanco-opinion-3-14-14.pdf Reuters