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We bring you a special Spring Break Edition of the legal news roundup. Pull up a beach chair and read on. LGBT Rights 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

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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

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And in the wake of Valentine’s Day, the battle for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties rages on:

“Federal Judge Struck Down Va. Gay-Marriage Ban” – Washington Post

A Valentine’s Day gift from the courts: a step towards marriage equality in Virginia. In the wake of United States v. Windsor, Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kentucky and now Virginia have sided with same-sex marriage proponents.

“Florida Self-Defense Law Complicated Jury’s Job in Michael Dunn Trial” – NYT

Yet another black teen slain in Florida. Yet another jury failed to recognize the value of a black boy’s life. This weekend saw a flurry of articles on this topic; however, this particular article discusses the broader implications of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

Video – “Being Black at UCLA Law” – Huffington Post

As part of an awareness campaign, black students at UCLA Law School highlight the lack of diversity on campus and its effects. The viral video is being referred to as “33,” the number of black students in a total student body of over 1,000. (Ironically (or perhaps, not so ironically), UCLA Law is also home to Richard Sanders, a staunch critic of affirmative action. Sanders will be at Harvard Law S

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. So

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