President Trump wants to define transgender out of existence, but we cannot let him define us.

By:  Ken Jensen On October 24, 2018, President Trump stated his administration was “seriously” considering changing the way it treats transgender people under the law.  Given his history of statements which never come to fruition, one could dismiss it. The effort this administration to negate any effort to define gender identity in any manner besides … Continue reading President Trump wants to define transgender out of existence, but we cannot let him define us.

President Trump Threatens to Revoke California’s Waiver under the Clean Air Act: Can he do it?

By:  Robert Bryson President Trump, as part of the Administration’s goal of rolling back regulations designed to combat climate change, has threatened to rollback a waiver granted to California to pursue stricter vehicle emissions standards. Under the Obama Administration, the federal government and California collaborated on preparing the currently-enacted vehicle standards.[1] The waiver was granted … Continue reading President Trump Threatens to Revoke California’s Waiver under the Clean Air Act: Can he do it?

The Accountable Capitalism Act: Should Corporations be mandated to act under moral obligations of personhood or only to maximize the value of their shares?

By:  Maryam Karimi With the widening inequality in corporate America and ever-rising CEO compensation, strides towards restructuring corporate wealth may be one of the most important and onerous tasks a senator can choose to undertake.[1] On August 15, 2018, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act which would create an Office of … Continue reading The Accountable Capitalism Act: Should Corporations be mandated to act under moral obligations of personhood or only to maximize the value of their shares?

Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Muslims to Christians

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe Last week, we explored the double standard the Supreme Court created by its Masterpiece Cake and its decision to uphold Trump’s nation-based immigration ban (apparently not a Muslim ban, as he routinely stated).  In Masterpiece Cake, the Supreme Court held that a Commission’s animus toward a Christian baker was enough to find … Continue reading Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Muslims to Christians

Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Presidents to State Commissions

By:  Ken Jensen In her dissent to the majority opinion upholding Trump’s travel ban, Justice Sotomayor identifies a compelling contradiction with the Court’s previous opinion regarding gay wedding cakes.  In Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm'n, the Court decided whether a baker could refuse to design or bake a cake for a same-sex … Continue reading Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Presidents to State Commissions

An Open Letter to Professors Amy Waxer and Larry Alexander: Don’t Misrepresent Facts, Assert Controversial Positions, and Act Surprised When You Receive Aggressive Responses

By: Robert Bryson Don’t Misrepresent Facts to Assert Controversial Positions On August 9, 2017, Professors Amy Waxer of the University of the Pennsylvania, School of Law, and Larry Alexander, of the University of San Diego, School of Law (my alma mater), published a controversial article in the Philadelphia Inquirer “Paying the Price for Breakdown of … Continue reading An Open Letter to Professors Amy Waxer and Larry Alexander: Don’t Misrepresent Facts, Assert Controversial Positions, and Act Surprised When You Receive Aggressive Responses

The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act Headed to President Trump for Signature … or Veto

The Internet is a haven for sex traffickers and other criminals. Sex traffickers first made use of Craigslist, Myspace and other, legacy websites to sell sex. As Craigslist cracked down on sex ads, sex traffickers moved to websites like Backpage.com. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there was an increase of … Continue reading The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act Headed to President Trump for Signature … or Veto

Give it a Shot: President Trump Highly Unlikely to be Able to Emulate Chinese President Xi’s Removal of Term Limits

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe Recently, President Trump stated during a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser that Chinese President Xi’s bid to remove term limits, allowing him to serve indefinitely, was “great.”  Lightheartedly, President Trump added, “maybe we’ll have to give that a shot one day.”  The comment is being treated as a joke, and it was certainly not an … Continue reading Give it a Shot: President Trump Highly Unlikely to be Able to Emulate Chinese President Xi’s Removal of Term Limits

California Supreme Court Expands the Public Records Act to Include Emails Sent Between the Private Accounts of Public Officials, If the Emails Concern Public Business

By:  Robert Bryson City of San Jose vs. Superior Court (Smith) 2017 2 Cal.5th 608 The Public Records Act (“PRA”) is the California equivalent of the federal Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) which mandates that government communications and records (aside from a few exceptions) are public property and disclosable to any member of the public … Continue reading California Supreme Court Expands the Public Records Act to Include Emails Sent Between the Private Accounts of Public Officials, If the Emails Concern Public Business

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the House of Representatives Look to Loosen Rules on Payday Lenders

By:  Robert Bryson Don’t get one of these – that is the summation of this article. With that aside, let’s dig into payday loans. What are payday loans? Payday lenders offer loan products to “high-risk” individuals, people who ordinarily cannot access credit. A payday loan involves taking out a loan against anticipated future income. For … Continue reading Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the House of Representatives Look to Loosen Rules on Payday Lenders