Mar 4

Supreme Court’s upcoming child-custody decision: The Baby Veronica case

Posted 1 year, 1 month ago.


Abigail Perkiss explains how the the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the case of Baby Veronica, a two-year-old girl stuck in a custody battle between her adoptive parents and her birth father that has gained national attention.

Jan 23

Defining protected classes: Same-sex marriage and judicial scrutiny

Posted 1 year, 2 months ago.


This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear two cases that touch on questions of the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, scheduled for argument on March 26, the court will determine whether the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment precludes the state of California from defining marriage as a… [Continue Reading]

Dec 21

The historical connection between Prohibition, guns, and drugs

Posted 1 year, 3 months ago.


In recent weeks, the United States has witnessed two parallel narratives unfolding over the contest between freedom and regulation in American society. On November 6, two states–Washington and Colorado–passed voter referendums decriminalizing recreational marijuana use in the face of federal policy that dictates otherwise. And on December 14, a young man walked into a Connecticut… [Continue Reading]

Oct 22

From Flower Power to Big Bird: Electing a president in the media age

Posted 1 year, 5 months ago.


In the months before the 2012 presidential election, Americans have experienced a deluge of political campaign ads. These messages make their way to voters through social media, the web, and print formats, but it is still the television ad that offers the biggest impact.

Oct 10

Board of Regents v. Bakke: The origins of affirmative action

Posted 1 year, 6 months ago.


When the U.S. Supreme Court opens its session on Wednesday, the justices will hear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, in the fifth Affirmative Action case to reach the bench in less than 40 years.