Tag Archives: Federalism

Keeping Drug Money Safe: Federal Banking Reform & Recreational Marijuana Laws

BY ADRIENNE SCHEFFEY– “It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” – New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann, 285 U.S. 262, 311 (1932) […]

Detroit’s Financial Crisis Sparks New Scrutiny of Michigan Receivership Law

BY MICK ERLANDSON — On March 14th, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder selected Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy attorney at Jones Day, to become the most high profile emergency manager to date, assuming nearly autocratic control over the municipality of Detroit.  The controversial move is intended to help the dire financial situation of the city, which sits […]

2nd Circuit Decision Tees Up Potential Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Blockbuster

BY ZACH LUDENS — In a decision to be reviewed by United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit last month found a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) unconstitutional in Windsor v. United States. DOMA, enacted in the face of the 1996 U.S. Presidential election, defined the terms marriage […]