Public attitudes towards LGBT rights have changed dramatically in just a few years. The pinnacle of this cultural shift came in the form of the Supreme Court’s July 2015 ruling that gay marriage is legal across the United States. Following such a historic verdict, other marginalized members of society felt emboldened to come forward. The…

Although Obamacare won a strong victory when the U. S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in the King v. Burwell case, recent congressional activity indicates that challenges will continue. In fact, the New York Times editorial “The Fight for Healthcare Isn’t Over” clearly indicates that all government healthcare programs are facing repeated attempts to dismantle…

May 15, 2015 Ensuring access to gender reassignment surgery for prisoners has emerged as a hot topic in the transgender rights movement amid recent developments in court cases filed on behalf of inmates. On May 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court released their decision against hearing a lawsuit for a transgendered inmate who was prescribed…

April 8, 2015 With the cases of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, alleged police brutality has become an eminent issue in American society. On April 7th, yet another video of a police officer killing an unarmed citizen was released. This time the video documents the seemingly unprovoked murder of a fifty-year-old man, Walter L. Scott in South…

March 15, 2015 A legal group has filed a lawsuit in federal court which argues prostitution is a right that is protected by the constitution. ESPLERP (Erotic Service Providers Legal Education and Research Project) is a group based in San Francisco, which has brought forth the claim. The argument is founded upon the premise that…

March 6, 2015 The Supreme Court is once again in the midst of a great debate over Obama’s health care legislation, hearing the case King V. Burwell. This is the third time so-called Obamacare has faced down the Supreme Court’s gavel, with the challenges having become progressively more obscure with each showing. This time around, conservative…

February 23, 2015 A leukemia patient in California is taking to court a ban on assisted suicide. The issue has never been able to traverse beyond the dissent from voters and state legislatures, so 53-year-old Christie White, along with her lawyers and doctors will open a new avenue for proponents. Though advocates will continue their…

February 6, 2015 State Senator Ed Hernandez of Azusa has proposed Bill 151 which would make California the state with the oldest minimum smoking age in the US. In a statement released last Friday, Hernandez argues that raising the minimum age to 21 will reduce the number children and young adults who become exposed and…

January 26, 2015 “Is your vest like ours, or is it a suicide bombing vest?” In a professional situation, is this ever appropriate banter? What about when it’s being directed towards a muslim co-worker? Elsiddig Elhindi, a 56-year-old Sudanese immigrant, does not think so. His lawyer agrees, and together they are taking his case to…

At the beginning of 2012, a new law took effect which repealed what is known as “open carry” rights in California. Due to Penal Code 26350, it became illegal to carry in public a firearm (with a number of exceptions), whether or not the gun was loaded or being carried out in the open. To…

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