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The Best Argument for Same-Sex Marriage Isn't Love?It's Taxes
April 14, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Sara Benson of the University of Illinois College of Law discusses how the best argument for same-sex marriage is that same-sex partners should be treated equally under the law ... As you likely have heard, the US Supreme Court issued an opinion striking down part of the feder....... [more]

NCAA and the Foundation for Generated Revenue Sharing
April 9, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Aubry Dicks, University of Richmond School of Law, Class of 2014, discusses recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board concerning student athletes' rights to unionize...In January, the National College Players Association (NCPA) filed a petition on behalf of Kain....... [more]

Same-Sex Marriage in Illinois:  A Conflict of Powers or A Pragmatic Choice?
April 5, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Sara Benson of the University of Illinois College of Law discusses State Attorney General Lisa Madigan's interpretation of the statute recently passed by the Illinois Legislature allowing same-sex marriage ... Last summer the US Supreme Court issued an opinion striking down pa....... [more]

Wolf v. Walker: Fighting for Marriage throughout the Midwest
April 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Gretchen Helfrich of Mayer Brown LLP and John Knight of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss the challenge to Wisconsin's same-sex marriage law...For same-sex couples in Wisconsin—many of whom have been in loving, committed relationships for decades—it's been f....... [more]

NLRB: Northwestern football players are university employees
March 28, 2014
The Chicago office for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Wednesday ruled that football players at Northwestern University qualify as employees, and therefore have the right to unionize. In its finding, the NLRB used the "right to control" test, which considers a variety of factors in dete....... [more]

Illinois top court strikes down eavesdropping law
March 21, 2014
The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday declared one of the nation's harshest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, stating the law was severely broad and violated basic free speech rights. The court ruled Thursday in People v. Clark and People v. Melongo, which both dealt with audio recording, strik....... [more]

North Korea holds first parliamentary elections under Kim Jong-un
March 9, 2014
On Sunday North Korea held its first parliamentary elections under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, successor and son of the late Kim Jong-Il. The elections are held at five-year intervals and are considered more a formality than an actual democratic process, as constituents vote "yes" or "no" for the....... [more]

Illinois AG urges issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples
March 6, 2014
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is encouraging county clerks statewide to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Madigan's actions are a result of a ruling by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that same-sex couples in Cook County may be issued marriage....... [more]

Federal judge allows same-sex marriage licenses in Cook County, Illinois
February 24, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Friday ruled that same-sex couples in Cook County may be issued marriage licenses immediately rather than having to wait for the effective date of Illinois' same-sex marriage law in June. After US District Judge Sharon Johnso....... [more]

Gun Owners' Victory on Retail Sales Ban Leaves Questions Unanswered
February 23, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist John Frazer says that while the IAFR v. City of Chicago decision is illuminating, critical Second Amendment questions remain unanswered...Can politicians in a major city decide that a constitutional right may be exercised but not in their back yards? That is the issue that was....... [more]

Syrian Executions May Amount to War Crimes
February 1, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Morse Tan of Northern Illinois College of Law argues that the atrocities in Syria present a complex problem in international law that must be navigated so the people of the embattled nation may be protected ... Over 100,000 people have lost their lives in atrocities committed....... [more]




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