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Supreme Court hears arguments on Florida judicial campaign law
January 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar the court must determine whether a rule of judicial professional conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. Lanell....... [more]

US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on judicial campaign contributions
January 19, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments for the case Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar which may undo campaign finance restrictions on state judicial candidates around the country. The plaintiff Lanell Williams-Yulee was a county judge candidate in Florida, who during her 2009 campaign....... [more]

Miami-Dade County first in Florida to allow same-sex marriage
January 5, 2015
A judge in Florida's Miami-Dade County on Monday lifted a stay on her July decision that held that bans on same-sex marriage violated equal protection rights, hours ahead of statewide legalization. Judge Sarah Zabel immediately stayed her decision in July while the state appealed. Last Thursday, a j....... [more]

Federal judge says Flordia clerks have legal duty to issue same-sex marriage licenses
January 2, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida ruled Thursday that Florida county clerks have a legal duty to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, while also noting that they are not ordered to do so. This ruling clarifies a stay on the August district court decision....... [more]

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act
December 20, 2014
12/03/2014: Supreme Court heard arguments on workplace pregnancy discrimination 07/01/2014: Supreme Court granted certiorari to case addressing pregnant worker's rights 04/17/2014: Florida supreme court ruled discrimination against pregnant women violates state law 06/19/2014: EU court ruled....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses to delay Florida same-sex marriage
December 20, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Friday refused to delay a federal judge's order that would permit same-sex couples to marry in Florida after January 5, despite state officials' pleas for the delay to be upheld. This order is the result of an early December decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Elevent....... [more]

Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in January
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to further stay a lower court's ruling that overturned Florida's ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling would allow same-sex marriage to begin in Florida when the stay expires after January 5. In August a US District Judge for the....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules Florida welfare drug test law unconstitutional
December 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that a Florida law mandating welfare applicants undergo drug tests before receiving benefits is unconstitutional. The law, which applied to all applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), was enacted in July 2011 an....... [more]

Federal judge blocks contraception mandate enforcement for Catholic college
October 29, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida on Tuesday issued a temporary ruling blocking the enforcement of the contraception mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act against a Florida Roman Catholic college. The order, which came in the form of a prelimina....... [more]

EXTRA: Stand Your Ground Laws and Implicit Bias
October 16, 2014
The United States Commission on Civil Rights invited Professor David A. Harris of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law to testify at the Commission's hearing on October 17, 2014. The subject of the hearing is Stand Your Ground laws. The state of Florida passed the first such law in 2005, and....... [more]

Hall v. Florida with Taylor Gillan
October 7, 2014
JURIST PaperChaser Taylor Gillan discusses the landmark case of Hall v. Florida, and the implications it holds for the Eighth Amendment and the Death Penalty with host Genevieve Redd....... [more]




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