By Lisa Ebersole This week, Obama Administration officials revealed that the President is considering using his executive power to close Guantanamo. Congress has attempted to preemptively block such action by including a provision in the military spending bill that forbids the transfer of any of Guantanamo’s prisoners back to the United States. However, Obama could circumvent … [Read more...] about Closing Guantanamo (For Real This Time)
By Tharuni Jayaraman Thursday night was a busy night in the voting rights world. Just before 9:00 PM EST, District Court Judge Ramos, in Veasey v. Perry, enjoined Texas’ photo identification law, SB 14. She held that the law (1) “creates an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote,” (2) has an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans, and … [Read more...] about Veasey v. Perry & The Voting Rights Amendment Act
Third in the HLPR Case Comment series, “Least Restrictive Means”: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, by Noah Marks! Noah examines a strange leap in the Supreme Court's reasoning in Hobby Lobby that has left the way open for further restrictions on access to contraceptives. … [Read more...] about Case Comment: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby
Second in the HLPR Case Comment series: McCullen v. Coakley: How Should We Reconcile the First Amendment with Abortion Rights? Revisiting the Supreme Court's June decision regarding protestors or "counselors" who located near the entrances to abortion clinics, Ana Choi examines the conflict between free speech rights and abortion rights in this case. … [Read more...] about Case Comment: McCullen v. Coakley
Over the summer, several members of HLPR worked on Case Comments. They discuss major decisions from the last two months (May and June) of the Supreme Court's most recent term. Compared to our blog posts, they benefit from being able to relate earlier decisions to later ones, to gauge the reaction to the decision, and to reflect at greater length in a longer-form piece. Leading … [Read more...] about Case Comment: Town of Greece v. Galloway
By Ana Choi Last month, David Boies—the star litigator who represented Al Gore in Bush v. Gore and argued against California’s Prop 8 in Hollingsworth v. Perry—became the chairman of Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ), an organization founded by former CNN anchor Campbell Brown to pursue lawsuits challenging teacher tenure. According to an interview with the Washington … [Read more...] about Getting Rid of Teacher Tenure Will Not Lead to Education Equality
HLPR welcomes new students to HLS! HLPR is the official national journal of the American Constitution Society. There are three opportunities this week to learn about HLPR and sign up for positions: Journals Open House - Wednesday, Sept. 17, 12-2pm in WCC 3039 Journals Fair - Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6-8pm in Milstein HLPR Information Session - Friday, Sept. 19, 12pm in WCC … [Read more...] about Welcome new students!
By Tom Watts Today, the Senate rejected a constitutional amendment that would have reversed many of the Supreme Court’s campaign finance decisions, most notably Citizens United. Combine this with the defeat of the lone Republican candidate for Senate who supported campaign finance reform and was backed by the Mayday SuperPAC, and the past couple days have not been good for … [Read more...] about Campaign Finance Reform Defeated (Twice)
HLPR Online has just released two new student notes, Modern Approaches to Financial Crime by Andrew Chinsky and Electoral Reform After McCutcheon by Tom Watts. … [Read more...] about Financial Crime and Electoral Reform!
Jake Laperruque Why can’t those darn Republicans stay focused on the issues? At a time like this, when there are No Jobsleft in the American economy, I want our GOP contenders to be discussing their plans to reduce unemployment. But one presidential candidate has found a more important issue, an issue that poses a threat to our basic safety. And that threat is Glitter Bomb … [Read more...] about Glitter Bomb Attack!