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Andrew Tucker Avorn works at a law firm in Los Angeles, where he is active in pro bono prisoners' rights litigation. After graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science, he worked on Al Franken’s Senate campaign and recount. He graduated from NYU Law School in 2012 and was a Law Fellow on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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The Conversation About Prison Reform We're Afraid to Have

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 5:26 PM

When the Koch brothers, President Obama, and Newt Gingrich unite behind a cause, political magic is in the air. Even as debates about policing still rage, Americans from the right and left have found common cause in ending mass incarceration, which drags down the economy, devastates communities, and...

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Why They Come: The Real Reason for the Surge of Unaccompanied Children in the United States

(123) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:42 PM

Americans have been wondering why the recent surge of unaccompanied children streaming into the United States is happening, and why it's happening right now. Debate rages over why children flee their homes in Central America, but a little-known U.S. counter narcotics policy may explain how this exodus started.

The surge...

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Free to Be... Anonymously

(6) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 5:58 PM

The New York Civil Liberties Union is battling the NYPD on "Stop, Question, and Frisk," in court, but right now we can celebrate a different civil rights victory. On Thursday, a federal court struck down a New York City Transit Authority rule that permitted police officers to ask anyone on...

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Why Stop at Cameras in the Supreme Court?

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 2:24 PM

The United States Congress is trying to force The Supreme Court to broadcast oral arguments on television. The Cameras in the Courtroom Act of 2011, introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, seeks to make the court more "accountable to the public" by turning the Supreme Court...

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A Poor Concepcion of Consumer Rights

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 2:46 PM

AT&T Mobility strikes again. But this time they won, and consumers will pay for it. The United States Supreme Court handed down a major ruling that will severely limit consumers' ability to enforce their rights against companies. AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion was a 5-4 opinion written by Antonin Scalia that...

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The AT&T Settlement: A Reason to be Thankful This Holiday Season

(23) Comments | Posted November 26, 2010 | 5:20 PM

AT&T Mobility customers who use a smartphone to connect to the internet got notice of an early holiday gift this year -- a class action settlement to compensate them for illegal taxes that the company has collected since 2005.

After looking at the settlement website and one...

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Naval Warfare, Riot Cops, and a Tiny Protest: A Day in the Life of a Jew in Turkey

(19) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 1:32 PM

On Monday, I saw ISRAEL on a television screen at my hostel in Istanbul. The hostel clerk turned up the volume and watched intently. I went to online to learn that Israeli commandos had killed some activists from a Turkish NGO who were trying to run Israel's blockade on Gaza....

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John Paulson: Man Behind the Curtain

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 11:13 AM

Allow me to add to the overabundance of analogies contrived to explain the SEC's lawsuit against Goldman Sachs: John Paulson, the hedge fund manager who made a billion dollars from transaction in the suit, is the man behind the curtain at the end of "The Wizard of...

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Should Senators Vote to Filibuster?

(11) Comments | Posted February 9, 2010 | 6:20 PM

Legislation in the Senate is filibustered by default every day. A simple change in debate rules could preserve the Senate's deliberative tradition, but more accurately reflect the true purpose and political reality of the filibuster. 41 Senators should vote to extend debate, instead of 60 voting to close it.


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