PIAC’s Supreme Court Review: The Great Cake Debate Denies Acceptance of Homosexuality, but Stops Short of Enabling Hate (Masterpiece Cake, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm’n.)

By: Ken Jensen After reading the Court’s opinion in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm'n, 138 S. Ct. 1719 (2018), I am struck with how our society is still confused with respect to sexual orientation.  The Court struck down the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s actions to assess a cakeshop owner’s reasons for declining … Continue reading PIAC’s Supreme Court Review: The Great Cake Debate Denies Acceptance of Homosexuality, but Stops Short of Enabling Hate (Masterpiece Cake, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm’n.)

PIAC Gun Control Series: The History of the 2nd Amendment

By:  Jessica Colburn The Second Amendment, while hotly debated, is not well understood because the language of the Amendment is unclear and old, specifically 227 years old. Here, we shed some light on what is meant by the language of the Second Amendment, including the phrases, “a well-regulated militia” and “the right of the people … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: The History of the 2nd Amendment

PIAC Gun Control Series: Reasons for Owning a Gun

By:  PIAC Editorial Board Within this series, PIAC discussed the impact of guns on American life.  We have analyzed the variety of types of shooting victims, and the research still needed.  We have busted the myths around gun control.  Now, we explore the legitimate reasons for gun ownership. Obviously, gun ownership is a divisive topic. … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: Reasons for Owning a Gun

PIAC Gun Control Series: The Statistics and Needed Research of Gun Control

By:  Maryam Karimi Gun control is one of the most contentious issues facing Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading researcher regarding mortality data, between 1999 and 2016, at least 26,000 children and teenagers under the age of 18 were killed as a result of guns. Another study … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: The Statistics and Needed Research of Gun Control

PIAC’s Gun Control Series: How to Stop Gun Violence (or at least have less)?

By:  Robert Bryson and Ridgeway Woulfe This is Rob and Ridgeway.  We’ll be spearheading PIAC’s Gun Control Series, with contributions from others along the way.  This series will provide a thorough data and legal-based analysis for the issues that arise in the gun debate.  Before we begin the series, however, we wanted to take the … Continue reading PIAC’s Gun Control Series: How to Stop Gun Violence (or at least have less)?

Dynamex Operations W., Inc. v. Superior Court: Heightening Employers Duties under the California Labor Code

By:  Ken Jensen In California, the wind is blowing in favor of applying Labor Code standards broadly to workers, limiting the “independent contractor” designation. On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court rendered a significant Labor Law opinion involving independent contractors:  Dynamex Operations W., Inc. v. Superior Court, No. S222732, 2018 WL 1999120 (Cal. Apr. … Continue reading Dynamex Operations W., Inc. v. Superior Court: Heightening Employers Duties under the California Labor Code

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

How Stand Your Ground Laws Allow Implicit Bias to Legalize Death

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe and Robert Bryson The entire country, and most of the world, is familiar with George Zimmerman and his acquittal of charges after killing black teenager Trayvon Martin.  At the time of Zimmerman’s arrest, the debate concerning “stand your ground” laws surged. By the time Zimmerman was acquitted, over 30 states had stand … Continue reading How Stand Your Ground Laws Allow Implicit Bias to Legalize Death