Three UN rights experts on Wednesday condemned the city of Detroit's Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) disconnection of water services for failure to pay due to lack of means as a violation of human rights. The experts' criticism comes in response to a report submitted by the Detroit People's ...[read more]
A same-sex couple filed a lawsuit on Wednesday with the Wisconsin Supreme Court seeking to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The Wisconsin Constitution was amended in 2006 to include Article XIII, section 13 which states that, "Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be ...[read more]
The EU's European Commission on Sunday announced plans to sue the UK with respect to its welfare policies, under which migrants must pass a "right to reside" test in order to gain access to the government's welfare programs. The "right to reside" test requires migrants from other EU countries to ...[read more]
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday unanimously reversed the conviction of a priest for his failure to protect children from a sexual predator and ordered he be released from prison. Monsignor William Lynn, the first senior US Roman Catholic Church official to be found guilty for covering ...[read more]
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl that §1912(f) and §1912(d) of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) do not bar the termination of the biological father's parental rights. In this case, a woman put her baby, who was fathered by an American Indian... ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Megan Lindsey, counsel for the National Council for Adoption, discusses the legal and practical impact of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl and the Indian Child Welfare Act...On April 16, 2013, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. I had the ...[read more]
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl on who should have rightful custody of Baby Veronica in light of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). A non-Indian woman put her baby, who was fathered by an American Indian, up for adoption. A South Carolina couple ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist John McAvoy, Widener University School of Law Class of 2013, explains how public policy affected the outcome of Lebron v. Wilkins...
The Power of Public Policy
The notion of drug testing welfare recipients has recently become a highly publicized and debated issue. ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist, Ilan Wurman, Stanford Law School Class of 2013, discusses drug testing welfare recipients and argues that the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit misapplied the doctrine of unconstitutional conditions...
On February 26, 2013, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for ...[read more]
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday ruled that a lower court was correct in blocking a Florida law that had required welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits. The US District Court for the Middle District of Florida ruled that the law violated ...[read more]