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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Survey finds ‘classical fascist’ antisemitic views widespread in U.S.

ADL – Antisemitic Attitudes in America: Topline Findings – “Widespread belief in anti-Jewish tropes, at rates unseen for decades – Over three-quarters of Americans (85 percent) believe at least one anti-Jewish trope, as opposed to 61 percent found in 2019. Twenty percent of Americans believe six or more tropes, which is significantly more than the… Continue Reading

EEOC on the lookout for tech-fueled employment bias

FCW: “The federal agency responsible for enforcing employment discrimination rules plans to sharpen its focus on algorithmic and other tech-related employment discrimination.  The new strategic enforcement plan released by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission on Tuesday covers priorities for fiscal years 2023-2027, and is open for comment through Feb. 9, 2023. The document states that… Continue Reading

The Right to Equal Protection and Fourth Amendment Rights Are Distinct Rights

Courts Must Protect Both: “On behalf of MACDL, Attorney Wood and a team of attorneys from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr recently filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Judicial Court to fully enforce people’s rights not to be targeted for stops based on their race, regardless of whether the police have reasonable suspicion.… Continue Reading

The Supply and Demand of Legal Help on the Internet

Hagan, Margaret, The Supply and Demand of Legal Help on the Internet (October 17, 2022). Margaret D. Hagan “The Supply and Demand of Legal Help on the Internet,” Legal Tech and the Future of Civil Justice, edited by David Freeman Engstrom. Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4250390 “Faith in technology as a way… Continue Reading

Going Grey and Facing Age Discrimination: Moving Towards an International Treaty on the Rights of Older Persons

Via LLRX – Going Grey and Facing Age Discrimination: Moving Towards an International Treaty on the Rights of Older Persons – For more than two decades attorney Catherine Morris has conducted research, education, and advocacy in the field of international human rights. Her article illuminates an issue that impacts vast numbers of people regardless of… Continue Reading

FDA to permit some retail pharmacies to dispense abortion pills

Washington Post: “The Food and Drug Administration took steps on Tuesday to ease access to medication abortion in states where it is legal, allowing retail pharmacies to dispense the pills, which were previously available only at clinics, directly from doctors or by mail. The regulatory change, which was released with little fanfare or explanation Tuesday… Continue Reading

US Postal Service can continue to deliver prescription abortion medication

Reuters: “The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) can continue to deliver prescription abortion medication despite a June 2022 Supreme Court ruling that overturned a landmark abortion rights decision, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. The department’s Office of Legal Counsel said in an opinion sought by USPS that the mailing of mifepristone and misoprostol, commonly used… Continue Reading

Disability as Metaphor in American Law

Dorfman, Doron, Disability as Metaphor in American Law (April 26, 2022). 170 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1757 (2022), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4094398 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4094398 In recent decades, the term disability has become associated with the legally protected minority group of people living with impairments and the social oppression directed at this group. Yet in… Continue Reading

Bipartisan bill awards Congressional Gold Medal to last living Nuremberg prosecutor

JNS: “U.S. Reps. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) on Thursday were joined by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in announcing their bipartisan bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Benjamin Ferencz, the last living Nuremberg trials prosecutor. Over the course of his life, Ferencz has advocated… Continue Reading

Face Recognition Tech Gets Girl Scout Mom Booted From Rockettes Show — Due to Where She Works

NBC 4 New York: “A recent incident at Radio City Music Hall involving the mother of a Girl Scout is shedding light on the growing controversy of facial recognition, as critics claim it is being used to target perceived enemies — in this case, by one of the most famous companies in the country. Kelly… Continue Reading

Conservative Activist Poured Millions Into Groups Seeking to Influence Supreme Court on Elections and Discrimination

ProPublica – “Newly obtained records show how Leonard Leo, an architect of the right-wing takeover of the courts, has been funding groups pushing to change elections and anti-discrimination laws. Flush with money after receiving the largest-known political advocacy donation in U.S. history, conservative activist Leonard Leo and his associates are spending millions of dollars to… Continue Reading

3 Takeaways About Abortion Litigation Since Dobbs

Brennan Center: “In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade and held that there is no federal constitutional right to an abortion. This shifted the battle for reproductive rights primarily to the states. Dozens of lawsuits have since been filed under state constitutions and statutes challenging abortion bans, many… Continue Reading