Monthly Archives: May 2011

2011 ACS National Convention

HLPR Online editorial staff The ACS 10th Anniversary National Convention will be held June 16–18, 2011, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. The opening gala dinner will feature Attorney General Eric Holder, and featured speakers include Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser of the Department of State. ACS notes, [t]he ACS National Convention brings together more than…

Human Dignity within US Prisons

Jessica Jackson Last Monday, in a widely publicized opinion, the Supreme Court upheld a federal court’s order that will provide some relief for overcrowded California prisons.  This opinion, which has received a vast amount of media coverage, lays out the disgusting conditions that were reported to the three judge panel in the Federal District court…

Effects of Heller Become More Apparent

Michael Stephan  The Supreme Court’s controversial decision in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) drew speculation from both sides of the gun-rights debate as to what our Second Amendment means today.  The Second Amendment, which was largely unexplored by the Court until Heller, was held to protect individuals’ rights to possess firearms and to use those firearms for…

Pirates Attack!

Jake Laperruque Disney may be pleased with pirates right now, but the rest of Hollywood isn’t happy; digital piracy, the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted films and television shows, continues to occur en masse over the Internet. Fortunately for the industry, the federal government is stepping up to act, as Judicary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy pushes forward with the PROTECT…

HLPR Blog Roundup

HLPR Online editorial staff Today’s Roundup reflects the fact that over the last few weeks no single theme has stood out as the subject of interest among our bloggers.   Instead, posts have covered a little bit of everything. Here’s a sample! Marshall Thompson compared Bin Laden’s capture to that of a Nazi war criminal and questioned whether…

Facebook Friends the FEC

Jake Laperruque Facebook has been criticized in the past for its creepy advertisements and privacy violations.  Now, the social media empire is reversing course and taking action to preserve privacy — for its advertisers.  Recently, Facebook sent a letter to the FEC, requesting exemption from disclosure requirements for campaign ads posted on the website.  Federal law requires that any political…

The NBA’s New Strong Stance on Homophobia

Jay Willis In a lengthy article published in Sunday’s New York Times, Rick Welts, president of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, publicly disclosed his homosexuality.  The contrast in Mr. Welts’ story is jarring: in his public life, he played an integral role in the development of some of the NBA’s most popular programs (Slam Dunk Contest, anyone?) and…

Disclosure is not the cure-all liberals want it to be

Anthony Kammer  Disclosure rules have become a kind of last resort for policy makers looking to reduce institutional corruption. There have been proposed disclosure rules for economists, particularly those who had strong ties to the financial sector. Others have called for general transparency for any academics who receive private funding for their research or who testify before Congress. The Affordable Healthcare Act imposed…

Unpaid attorneys mean unrepresented clients

Jessica Jackson  While the Sixth Amendment to the U.S Constitution affords individuals the right to counsel, lately it seems that counsel’s right to compensation for their work has been forgotten.  As many States continue to struggle with making tough budget cuts, one area seems to be getting cut across the board: indigent defense. Last week 42…

Progressive Pedicab Policy

Yevgeny Shrago Conservatives love to cast progressive policy as the heavy thumb of government policy attempting to pick winners instead of letting the market do its work. But in urban policy, especially transportation, conservatives are happy to oppose any kind of subsidy to rail or buses while not making a peep about restrictions on the free market…

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