NEWSFLASH! 1/27-2/10

Greetings, First Amendment fans! Be sure to check out this blog for bi-weekly posts written by our journal's staff members in addition to these Newsflashes--run-downs of recent First Amendment news. Here are some particularly interesting headlines: Republican Rep. Brady Brammer of Utah has introduced a bill which would require pornographic material to carry warning labels--similar … Continue reading NEWSFLASH! 1/27-2/10

Tipping the Balance: the Conscience Rule, Religious Freedom, and Health Care

By: Tim Sookram On May 21, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights promulgated the final version of the “Conscience Rule,” a regulation aimed at protecting the rights of those who cite religious grounds in refusing to perform or assist with certain health care services. Opponents have decried the … Continue reading Tipping the Balance: the Conscience Rule, Religious Freedom, and Health Care

NEWSFLASH! 1/12-1/27

Thanks for checking out this week’s Newsflash! Be sure to also check out our latest edition of FALR, Volume 18 Fall Issue. Today the Fourth Circuit will hear arguments concerning the constitutionality of President Trump’s travel ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim countries. Lawyers asserting that the ban is unconstitutional are arguing that it targets … Continue reading NEWSFLASH! 1/12-1/27

Fear and Loathing in the Court: Justice Thomas’s Audience of One in McKee v. Cosby

By: Zachary Tooman Lamenting Richard Nixon’s nomination of William Rehnquist for Associate Justice in December 1971, Dr. Hunter Thompson labeled Rehnquist a “vengeful geek” who would, along with fellow nominee Lewis Powell, “reduce the U.S. Supreme Court to the level of a piss-poor bowling team in Memphis,” and create a “disastrous, nazi-bent shift of the … Continue reading Fear and Loathing in the Court: Justice Thomas’s Audience of One in McKee v. Cosby

Professional Speech & Conduct: Do the Courts Know the Difference?

By: Prakash Kadiri Is giving nutritional advice protected by the First Amendment? Absolutely. Now, what if you’re not licensed by the state but compensated for that advice—is your speech still protected by the First Amendment? A Florida District Court recently said no. In deciding cases like this, courts try to distinguish whether the licensing laws— … Continue reading Professional Speech & Conduct: Do the Courts Know the Difference?

Social Security ‘Big Brother’ for the Disabled

By: Elliotte Kiel Applicant Surveillance to Prevent Fraud In March 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced it is looking into social media surveillance of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicants. The agency justified this as part of their “responsibility to detect and prevent fraud.” SSDI pays monthly benefits to people who cannot regularly work … Continue reading Social Security ‘Big Brother’ for the Disabled