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,
Last week, the Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice hosted a panel to discuss the law’s intersection with revenge porn. The paradigm case of revenge porn involves the public online posting of nude or sexually explicit pictures of a person, often with attached identifying information
The last week has had several civil rights updates on several different fronts:
"Senate Democrats help block Obama nominee for civil rights post" - Washington Post
The Senate rejected the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Adegbile was the leading
Justice Scalia is (in)famous for his view that when the Court struck down Texas’ criminal sodomy statute in Lawrence v. Texas, it undermined bans on “bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity.” To some, this slippery slope argument is coming
HLS graduate Harvey Silverglate was on campus recently to explain why he's not happy with his alma mater. Apparently Harvard has been killing free speech over the past couple of decades. It's been all downhill since his heroic days defending student protesters in 1967, Silverglate said.
Linda Greenhouse – October 10, 2013
Ms. Greenhouse began by noting that it is an under appreciated aspect of the Supreme Court that the Court gets to decide which cases it wants to decide. There are some cases where the Court is more likely to intervene,
Over the past few months, circuit courts have started weighing in on the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers' health plans include contraception at no cost to employees, and it's clearly heading for the Supreme Court.
So far, the 3rd Circuit and the 6th Circuit have
Texas’s policy fails to distinguish itself from past Texas schemes rejected by courts, and it fails to pass muster under the Establishment Clause precedent of the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court. Perry's personal conduct is even more out of bounds. In his advocacy of
Combating sex trafficking requires new and innovative thinking in today’s internet age. Because of websites like Craigslist and Backpage, it is easier than ever for those who traffic in sex to find clients. While simpler for the perpetrators, it has become increasingly difficult for law