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Marci A. Hamilton—professor and resident senior fellow in the Program for Research on Religion at the University of Pennsylvania and founder, CEO, and Academic Director of CHILD USA—comments on New York’s recent passage of the New York Child Victims Act and the troubling class action lawsuit filed purportedly on behalf of victims on the same day. Hamilton explains why class action lawsuits are inconsistent with child sex abuse victim empowerment and healing, pointing out that such lawsuits are designed for circumstances where the victims have identical or nearly identical harm, which is not the case with child sex abuse.
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SMU Dedman School of Law professor Joanna L. Grossman comments on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing into law the Reproductive Health Act, which eliminates disparities between the federal constitutional standard and New York’s statutory standard preserving a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. Grossman describes the evolution of abortion rights in the United States and points out that New York’s move to safeguard this right comes at a time when the US Supreme Court might rule to overturn its precedent, and ironically, on the 46th anniversary of the Court’s historic decision in Roe v. Wade.
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"A study in New York found that when nonjailed immigrants aren’t represented, only 13 percent win their cases. With representation, their success rate shoots up to 74 percent."
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"The three men were a part of a militia group that called themselves “The Crusaders.” The attacks were planned to take place shortly after the November Election Day, and focused on a mosque in a housing complex."
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"The government has been shut down for 35 days, the longest shutdown in the country’s history. About 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed or required to work without pay."
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Illinois law dean and professor Vikram David Amar explains why a recent decision by an Alabama trial court was constitutionally misguided while also illustrating some of the prominent and problematic features of modern First Amendment and federalism doctrines. Amar describes the reasoning behind the ruling, points out the flaws in the analysis, and then offers two takeaway points that we might learn from the opinion.
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The plaintiff requests an injunction that would prohibit scooters from being operated or parked on city sidewalks, curbs, transit stops, and other public walkways.
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The Senate has scheduled votes for Thursday afternoon on two plans to reopen the government. Neither plan is expected to receive the 60 votes necessary to pass. #governmentshutdown
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BU Law emerita professor Tamar Frankel explains why the Mitsubishi Bank’s Museum of Trust in Tokyo, Japan, which opened a few years ago, could serve as a model for the United States to reduce the cost of mistrust and breach of trust in this country. Frankel describes the museum and considers how it affects people’s perception of the importance of trust in society.
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"Restoring nonphysical violence to the definition of domestic violence is critical," according to Slate columnist Natalie Nanasi.
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