August 21, 2014
by William Hibbitts
A North Carolina judge ruled Thursday that North Carolina's school voucher program, known as Opportunity Scholarships is unconstitutional. Judge Robert Hobgood of the Wake County Superior Court specifically ruled that the program violates article 1 section 15 and article 9 section 2(1) of the ...[read more]
August 16, 2014
by Maria Coladonato
JURIST Guest Columnist Susan H. Bitensky of Michigan State University College of Law discusses the error of the court's holding that using child abuse to make children do their chores cannot be forced labor ... Pity the poor children of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, for they have come ...[read more]
August 14, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that a transgender man, who was legally married to a woman, may pursue a divorc from his wife within the Arizona court system. Thomas Beatie was born female but underwent medical procedures to change his sex and amend his birth certificate to recognize him as ...[read more]
August 4, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
An education advocacy group on Monday filed suit in New York to challenge the state's teacher tenure laws, becoming the second group in the state to do so. The challenges, brought by the New York City Parents Union and the Partnership for Educational Justice, claim that existing laws protecting ...[read more]
August 1, 2014
by Andrew Morgan
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged the international community to end what she called a "climate of impunity" around the Israel-Palestine conflict. In light of the bombardment of a UN school in Gaza on Wednesday, Pillay called for "real accountability considering ...[read more]
July 29, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
US Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) on Monday introduced a bill to nationally legalize cannabidiol (CBD) oil, or marijuana extract, which has been shown to treat seizures in children suffering from epilepsy. Although the bill, called the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014," does not ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Ann Schober
UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday announced plans to enact new laws that will protect girls from the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), procedures that intentionally alter or injure the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. The practice is often motivated by cultural, ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui presented her fifth report on the situation of children affected by armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the Security Council Working Group on children and armed conflict Monday. The UN has ...[read more]
July 21, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday that will allow adults and children suffering from seizures access to medical marijuana. The bill amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to allow children, with parental consent, to access medical marijuana for the same range of ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Texas lawmakers Senator John Cornyn (R) and Representative Henry Cuellar (D) introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would change a current border protection law to allow the US government to more easily deport Central American minors that have crossed the US-Mexico border. The bill, ...[read more]

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