What’s in a Gang? That Which We Call a Gang By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet.

By: Clarke Martin You’d be hard-pressed to find an attorney who would characterize their client’s membership in a gang (street, motorcycle, prison, or otherwise) as a “good fact.” But what is a gang and why is being part of one such a bad omen for charges and prosecutions to come? Social scientists note that gangs … Continue reading What’s in a Gang? That Which We Call a Gang By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet.

Discrimination 101: Vouchers, LGBT Students, and the First Amendment

By: Olivia Perry Vice President Pence’s wife, Karen, recently made the news for accepting a part-time teaching position at a Christian private school with a controversial anti-LGBT stance. The school makes its stance very clear. Specifically, it requires prospective employees to disavow gay marriage and the trans community in a pledge: “I understand that the … Continue reading Discrimination 101: Vouchers, LGBT Students, and the First Amendment

WHAT IS A “NONCONTROVERSIAL” TOPIC AND WHY DOES IT MATTER TO PROFESSIONAL SPEECH?

By: Christopher Eddy Introduction The Supreme Court’s recent decision in National Institute of Family & Life Advocates v. Becerra (“NIFLA”) dealt with “professional speech.” Specifically, the Court decided if professional speech constituted a separate class of speech and was entitled to less protection under the First Amendment. The law at issue was California’s FACT Act … Continue reading WHAT IS A “NONCONTROVERSIAL” TOPIC AND WHY DOES IT MATTER TO PROFESSIONAL SPEECH?