Tag Archive: supreme court

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Immigration Law and You

Continuing our weekly series on lesser-known areas of the law, I’ll be dedicating this post to immigration law. I’ve been peripherally familiar with immigration law for quite some time. When I was in high school, I participated in team policy debate (yes, I was a nerd even back then). Not to brag or anything, but I’m a national champion (in a homeschool debate league, see above regarding nerdiness), and the topic during my winning year was reforming our immigration policy.

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Logical Reasonings / 11.16.15

A. UPenn wants its students to be Space Camp counselors because that’s, like, relevant. Above the Law
B. Mississippi College School of Law freezes tuition. Yay! preLaw
C. Firefighter gets successful face transplant. Mic.com
D. Here’s some cute animals purportedly approximating human reactions to human events. Buzzfeed
E. The Supreme Court is hearing its first abortion case in 9 years. Mother Jones

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Logical Reasonings / 8.31.15

A) At least one New York Times reporter is still not a huge fan of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. The New York Times

B) But on the other hand, some people weren’t such big fans of the NYT’s article. Above the Law

C) James Woods is trying to sue an anonymous Twitter user for $10 million for writing mean tweets about him. Hollywood Reporter

D) In North Dakota, police can now use drones to shoot beanbags. Wait, what? Ars Technica

E) Sometimes, bears just want to splash around in a swimming pool too, you know? WHDH

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Rap’s Biggest Fans: The Supreme Court?

President Obama became embroiled in yet another controversy last week when he dissed the New York Times’ guacamole recipe (consequently, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly lambasted the President for what critics have dubbed the administration’s “War on Peas”).

This isn’t the first time the President’s made a splash in contemporary pop culture. He’s noted for numerous appearances in Millennial-loved media – such as Buzzfeed and Between Two Ferns – and he cites rapper Jay-Z as among his favorite musical artists (even taking the time out of a full day of Presidenting to spit a diss track over Hov’s seminal “99 Problems”).

And yet, another branch of the federal government may just have him beat when it comes to captivating the minds of the youth and paying homage to hip-hop’s greats.

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Cliffs Notes: Supreme Court Edition

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last week (or have somehow managed to avoid social media completely), you might not know that the Supreme Court has made some extremely important decisions. Or, perhaps you’ve been inundated with countless, unsolicited opinions on those decisions. Worry not about sounding uninformed in front of your friends, because we’ll give you a quick summary of a few of the Supreme Court’s recent rulings.

First and foremost, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court determined that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right protected under the Fourteenth Amendment. I would feel remiss in not including the following passage from the majority opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy:

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Logical Reasonings / 6.30.15

A) If you (or a school) want a copy of a score report from an LSAT you took more than five years ago, today’s your last day to request it, so get crackin’. LSAC

B) The Supreme Court wasn’t done making waves yet after last week – they just struck down restrictive Texas abortion clinic laws. KXAN

C) The California legislature passed a bill that would require all schoolchildren, except those with serious health problems, to get vaccinated. Time

D) Surprise! Donald Trump said something offensive. NBC

E) Show us how you do summer, and you could win a discount on a Blueprint LSAT Prep class! #hotdogsorlegs Instagram

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Logical Reasonings / 6.29.15

A) Another of the beautiful results of last week’s Supreme Court decisions: #scalia4kids. Storify

B) Have you ever wondered how exactly Scalia would insult you? Wonder no longer with this Scalia insult generator. Slate

C) The Marshall Project delves into the legality of cursing at cops. (Legality aside, it’s probably not a good idea.) The Marshall Project

D) If the whole going to law school thing doesn’t work out, you can always follow this guy’s lead and drop out to become a circus performer. Grand Forks Herald

E) Artist Brandon Bird drew Shia LaBeouf as all 13 Doctors from Doctor Who. Mashable

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Logical Reasonings / 6.26.15

A) The Supreme Court rules that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage. Scalia cries. The New York Times

B) In fact, Scalia’s dissent is generating almost as much conversation as the decision itself. Huffington Post

C) Meanwhile, the Massachusetts legislature is tackling important issues such as passing a bill that will allow you to be buried next to your precious pet. Cat ladies, rejoice! CBS Boston

D) This adjunct law professor says she earns less than a pet sitter. The Guardian

E) A sight so terrifyingly beautiful that you’ll have to avert your eyes: a deep-fried Big Mac. #america Buzzfeed

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Logical Reasonings / 6.25.15

A) Big, big news from the Supreme Court today – in its decision on King v. Burwell, the Court upheld a key provision of ObamaCare that provides consumers with subsidies to purchase healthcare. Also of note: a nice little zinger in Scalia’s dissenting opinion, in which he criticized Obama for playing fast and loose with legality and wrote, “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.” The Hill

B) As of July 1, LSAC will no longer provide schools or candidates with score reports for tests taken over five years ago. If you took the test over five years ago and want a copy of your score report, find out more details here. LSAC

C) This title is so perfect that I have no further comment: Jury Clears Mascot In Hot-Dog-Flinging Case. Lowering the Bar

D) It’s probably no surprise to you that Whole Foods is expensive. However, New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs is alleging that Whole Foods routinely overcharges – for instance, by overstating the weight on meat sold by the pound. Washington Post

E) I’m still not sick of Jimmy Kimmel’s video challenges, and if you disagree with me, you’re wrong. Here, he asks viewers to serve their dads breakfast in the shower for Father’s Day. YouTube

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Logical Reasonings / 6.24.15

A) Please come to our law school. Please? Pretty please? How about now? Above the Law

B) A CNN intern is in the doghouse after wearing a GoPro into the Supreme Court. Turns out GoPros are a no-go. Politico

C) Concordia Law School is taking a bold new advertising approach and touting its provisional ABA approval. Idaho Statesman

D) If her career in law doesn’t work out, Tom Brady’s lawyer may have a future spot on the Patriots’ defensive line. Boston.com

E) Officials in Canada are asking residents not to flush any goldfish, because the fish are surviving and thriving. Which is pretty gross, all things considered. BBC