• On Prisons: The SCOTUS, Obama, and The Wire

    Debate on prison reform presented a rich but dreary landscape this week. Bookending the spectrum were themes of law and its role in total incarcerations, and the practical realities faced by incarcerated men. Justices Breyer and Kennedy appeared before a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government to discuss the legal disarray of… Continue Reading

  • Supreme Coolness

    *Warning! This post contains House of Cards spoilers. Beware/Enjoy! The Supreme Court has never been cooler than it is right now. I place the kickoff around the summer of 2013 with a Tumbler page adorably called Notorious R.B.G. dedicated to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. By last summer, the website tipped. Ginsburg had seen it and… Continue Reading

  • Fisher v. The University of Texas 2.0

    Abigail Fisher and her eponymous affirmative action case headed to the SCOTUS last week, again. The question we’re all wondering with this news is: If the Court takes this case, are affirmative action policies in college admissions dead? Despite graduating from Louisiana State University almost three years ago, Fisher said it is her hope that… Continue Reading

  • The Fair Housing Act: How fair is Fair?

    There was a case argued two weeks ago that I’ll admit I paid no attention to when I created my roster of Cases to Watch in the OT14: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project.  A woman who teaches a course on social justice in urban areas asked if I… Continue Reading

  • On the docket: Reed v. Town of Gilbert

    By Cara L. Gallagher Question: Can a town impose more regulations on religious signs posted on public streets than political, ideological, or property signs? 10-cent explanation: The town of Gilbert, Arizona has municipal codes about when, where, and for how long signs can be displayed in town. If you’re a candidate running for elected office,… Continue Reading