On November 6th, the people of Washington state passed a substantial criminal justice reform initiative which enjoyed 60% of the statewide vote. The measure, known as Initiative 940 (or “I-940”), updated Washington’s worst-in-the-country approach to police use-of-force cases. Prior to election day, attempts to prosecute unjustified
Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Regina Powers co-authored this week's round-up with Mingming Feng.
This week, a Trump supporter was charged in an attempted bombing spree, a deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh is being investigated as a hate crime, the
The housing crisis in the United States has garnered increasing attention over the past few years, and recent studies have begun to plumb millions of eviction records to understand the full scope of the problem. Displacement—and housing injustice in general—is a complex issue with diverse
Welcome to CR-CL's Ames Live Blog!
"The Ames Competition is one of the most prestigious competitions for appellate brief writing and advocacy in the country. The students participating in the Semi-Final Round started the competition in fall of this year, and rose to the final four
Death has been knocking on the Supreme Court’s door for years. But like a homeowner dismissing away an unsolicited salesman, the Court has turned off the lights and refused to answer. Last August, Abel Daniel Hidalgo came knocking when he filed a petition for a
In recent years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community has gained many civil rights. Yet people continue to be fired, demoted, or treated differently at work because of their gender identities or sexual orientation. Until last week, however, no appellate court had ever ruled
While the “Trump Bump”—the notable growth of the stock market since the election—has impacted numerous sectors of the economy, one industry stands out as enjoying some of the most shocking gains: private prisons. Within 24 hours of the election, the stock price of GEO Group and
Fidel Castro Passes Away
Fidel Castro, who ruled Cuba for half a century, passed away last Friday at the age of 90.
After toppling the authoritarian government of President Fulgencio Batista in 1959, Castro turned his Revolution into a one-party Communist government that continues to govern Cuba
The Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The Honorable Margaret J. Marshall, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
The Honorable Roy W. McLeese, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
The Rashid Rehman Memorial Team (Appellant)
Ames First Semi-Final Round Results:
Best Brief: The Honorable Justice Albert L. Sachs Team
Best Overall Team: The Lucy Stone Memorial Team
Best Oralist: Caroline Trusty from The Lucy Stone Memorial Team
The Honorable David Barron, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
The Honorable John J. McConnell, United States