Welcome to This Week in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
This week saw First Amendment challenges, ongoing labor disputes, and a number of state-level bills aimed at curtailing civil rights and civil liberties, but it's not all bad news: various courts of appeal advocated for those who
In Florida, the end of your incarceration can be the beginning of a life-long sentence. That’s because Florida is one of four states that does not automatically restore civil rights (most prominently, voting rights) to people who were convicted of felonies but have fulfilled every
Given that a conservative majority may soon reemerge on the Supreme Court, conservative legislators may feel emboldened to pass new laws restricting a woman’s right to abort. But progressive legislators in California, Hawaii, and Illinois have responded by demonstrating their commitment to providing women with
“While we may now be coming to the realization that the Cyber Age is a revolution of historic proportions, we cannot appreciate yet its full dimensions and vast potential to alter how we think, express ourselves, and define who we want to be. The forces
How long does a typical phone conversation take you? Five minutes? What about with a parent or grandparent who you haven't spoken to in a while? Maybe thirty or forty minutes? What if each of those minutes cost you $14? Would you spend $70, $420,
On December 4, 2014, two photographers found themselves in the custody of the New York Police Department. Both were arrested while documenting a protest in Times Square over the decision not to indict the police officer responsible for Eric Garner’s death.
After more than 1,100 law professors sent an open letter opposing the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, many received something wholly unexpected in return: open records requests for their university-account emails containing the words “Sessions,” “Jeff Sessions,” or “Attorney General.” These requests
President Trump likes to talk. Between his early morning tweets and his stream-of-consciousness press conferences, he might be the most vocal president in modern history. His words, it turns out, do matter—and not just in the bully pulpit sense. A series of judicial decisions striking down
In its efforts to combat crime committed by street gangs—a societal ill that unquestionably warrants tough measures—California has pursued a range of aggressive tactics. It is axiomatic, however, that the tough measures employed must not violate the protections enshrined in the Constitution. This is particularly
Religion is a divisive issue. Few subjects arouse more controversy than the extent to which the government should permit, or even facilitate, the free exercise of religion. Even in progressive circles, there continues to be passionate disagreement as to the role religion should play in