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On This Date in Legal History

On November 4, 1992, oral arguments took place in the Church of Lukumi Babalu Aye, Inc. v. City of Hialeah case at the United States Supreme Court. The question presented was- did the City of Hialeah violate the Church’s constitutional … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On June 5, 1950, the United States Supreme Court handed down two decisions that dealt with racial segregation in higher learning institutions. In McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education et al, George McLaurin, an African American student, alleged … Continue reading

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When Is Constitution Day?

Today is Constitution Day.  On February 29, 1952, Congress designated September 17 as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning on the 17th as “Constitution Week.”  See http://www.gpo.gov/.  This day is meant to … Continue reading

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Is It Reasonable To Handcuff A 9 Year Old?

A nine-year-old female student disagreed with her gym instructor about whether she completed her jumping jack exercises. During the back-and-forth, the girl made a “disrespectful and physically threatening comment to the instructor.”  Another teacher stepped in and offered to handle … Continue reading

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How Much Can Music Piracy Cost You?

A defendant illegally downloaded and distributed music even though his father, his college and recording companies, warned him against it. The recording companies sued him for violating their copyright on thirty songs.  At trial the jury was instructed that the … Continue reading

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Is Grading a Student On a Curve Unconstitutional?

Two first-year law students sued their school after being expelled.  They received failing grades in their contracts class, and as a consequence, didn’t maintain above the (required) 2.0 (or “C”) grade point average.  They alleged their contract grades were so … Continue reading

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What Are You Posting On Your Facebook Wall?

A 6th grader posted on her Facebook wall two comments that were brought to her school’s attention.  The first post stated she hated an adult hall monitor because she was mean to her.  The school interpreted that post as “bullying,” … Continue reading

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Can A Middle School Censor a Student’s Speech?

A New York Court said absolutely. A student sued her School District after she was told to delete certain language from her “moving up” speech from middle school to high school.  The language at issue was– “As we say our … Continue reading

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Can a High School Teacher Decorate His Classroom As He Sees Fit?

Not necessarily. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to decide whether a School District infringed on a Math teacher’s First Amendment rights when they ordered him to remove two banners, each around 7 feet wide and 2 feet … Continue reading

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Was it Unconstitutional for President Obama to Proclaim May 6 as a National Day of Prayer?

The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said no. On April 30, the President issued a proclamation declaring May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer. Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. and six of its members (“Plaintiffs) sued … Continue reading

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Can a Middle School Ban Its Students from Wearing the “I ❤ Boobies!” Bracelet?

Two students (a 7th and 8th grader) were suspended for part of one day and another full day at Easton Area Middle School in Pennsylvania after wearing their “I ❤ Boobies! (Keep A Breast)” bracelets to school. The bracelets were distributed … Continue reading

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How Far Does an Employer Have to go to Accommodate an Employee’s Religious Beliefs?

A postal service employee asked to have every Saturday off because working from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday conflicted with his religious beliefs as a Seventh-Day Adventist. The United States Postal Service (USPS) said that it couldn’t accommodate his request, … Continue reading

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Can a School System Constitutionally Require Children to be Immunized?

Plaintiffs sued various West Virginia state and county officials alleging their constitutional rights were violated. The defendants refused to enroll student, M.W., into their public school since she was not immunized for diphtheria, polio, rubeola, rubella, tetanus, and whooping cough. … Continue reading

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Will Obama’s New Healthcare Law Be Quashed Before Its Fully Implemented?

A Virginia federal judge ruled on January 31, that the recently enacted health care reform legislation, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” was unconstitutional. The judge opined that Congress overstepped its authority by requiring all individuals (with certain limited … Continue reading

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