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Federal Trial Judges: Dealing with the Real World

 

 

BY JACK B. WEINSTEIN, 69 U. Miami L. Rev. 355 (2015) Introduction: A realistic description of the federal trial judge’s role might be “Dealing with the Real World.” We are concerned with real people and the impacts of law on those people. We observe real lives through our window to the world. Where the law is […]

 

 

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Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.: A Clear Win for Pregnant Workers?

 

 

BY ISEL PEREZ — In 1978, Congress amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by adding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”), which prohibits sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy. 42 U. S. C. § 2000e(k). The second clause of the PDA provides that employers must treat “women affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or […]

 

 

Expensive Litigation Leads to the Closure of Art Authentication Services, Leaves Much of the Art World in Limbo

 

 

BY BAYLEE SHIENBAUM — On March 6, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the most recent case in a stream of high profile disputes over authentication of contemporary art. In Bilinski v. Keith Haring Found., Inc., Elizabeth Bilinski and nineteen other art collectors sued the Keith Haring Foundation […]

 

 

Rodriguez v. United States: Does the Fourth Amendment Permit Suspicionless Dog Sniffs After a Completed Traffic Stop?

 

 

BY JANELLY CRESPO — On January 21, 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Rodriguez v. United States, a case that will help define the proper limits of a traffic stop, including whether officers can extend a traffic stop to conduct a dog sniff. The Court granted certiorari in order to consider whether officers […]

 

 

Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission: Will the Supreme Court Put a Rubber Stamp on Political Gerrymandering?

 

 

BY RAVIKA RAMESHWAR — State safeguards to prevent partisan gerrymandering are facing a constitutional hurdle in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday, May 4, 2015, to determine if states have the right to limit or abolish state legislative authority to draw boundaries for […]

 

 

Obamagration: The Latest Impending Legal Battle for the Obama Administration

 

 

BY TAYLOR SCHMALTZ — Is the immigration system broken? President Obama seems to think so. On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced an executive action that would sharply divide the people, the lawmakers, and the courts of this nation. The executive action was set to take effect on February 18, 2015, but its implementation by […]

 

 

The Fight Against Affirmative Action Continues: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Round Two

 

 

BY CAITLIN GILES — Many are familiar with Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Fisher I), the lawsuit that challenged the University of Texas (“UT”) at Austin’s use of racial preferences in its admissions system. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court in 2013 before being remanded back to the Fifth Circuit. […]

 

 

The Silk Road Kingpin and the Legal Implications of His Conviction

 

 

BY PAT MCBRIDE – On February 4, 2015, Ross Ulbricht was convicted on seven federal charges ranging from money laundering and hacking to trafficking forged identities and distribution of narcotics. These charges could carry a sentence of up to life in prison. Ulbricht was convicted of being the founder and kingpin of the Silk Road Bazaar—a […]

 

 

 

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