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Andrew Woodman is a lawyer in New York City. He holds a JD from Albany Law School and an Economics degree from New York University. Prior to law school, Andrew worked in finance in NYC. Andrew's blogs focus on issues of economics, law and public policy.

Entries by Andrew Woodman

On Cell Phone Searches, Court Must Doff to Its Youngest Member

(2) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 5:46 PM

We all know someone about the age of 55 that uses technology. And we all have a very humorous anecdote about something they do, usually on a cell phone, that only someone who grew up with a letter starting their phone number would ever do. For me, it's my mom....

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In Schuette, Roberts Continues Legacy of Bringing the Court Into the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 8:48 PM

In thinking about the Supreme Court, I'm reminded of the scene from this week's episode of Game of Thrones where Tywin Lannister asks the next king, who will absolutely be killed before the season is over, what makes a good king. The boy struggles to get to the correct answer:...

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Bringing Rehabilitation Back to Prisons

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 11:50 AM

In New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo has a crazy idea: Let's put policies into effect that will help lower the recidivism rate of prison inmates. Specifically, the governor wants to extend a program that gives free college education to inmates so that they're more employable once they're...

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In McCutcheon, Supreme Court Chose Law over Public Opinion

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:55 PM

There have been a lot of articles written in the past 18 hours about the Supreme Court's decision yesterday in McCutcheon v. FEC. The one notable thing missing from all of these articles, for and against, is any actual discussion of the law behind the ruling....

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Automation is the Elephant in the Room of the Minimum Wage Debate

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:16 PM

President Obama has made an increase in the minimum wage his cause célèbre for most of 2014, looking to move the federal minimum wage up to $10.10 an hour for all workers. This follows a number of states that have made changes to their minimum wage...

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Hobby Lobby Is About Much More Than Birth Control

(14) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:50 PM

Yesterday the Supreme Court held a double session and heard arguments from Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. Since both companies filed mirror certiorari petitions, I'm only going to discuss Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.; the outcome will be the same for both cases. At issue...

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After a Decade of War Abroad, a More Militarized Police Force at Home

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 5:52 PM

On Sunday morning in East Williamsburg, NY, a joint Department of Homeland Security and NYPD raid of a drug ring was executed. The raid wasn't the big story though; rather it was the tactics used by the police that scared local residents. DHS moved in on a military...

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How the 9th Circuit's T-Shirt Decision Is a Bad Omen for Immigration Reform

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Last week, the 9th Circuit upheld a school's ability to have a student remove a t-shirt that the school in good faith believed would lead to a violent altercation. In Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District, the Court upheld a long standing judicial deference afforded to schools...

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SCOTUS Seeks to Avoid Overly Burdening Police, Roommates With Warrant Requirements

(3) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 3:53 PM

The Supreme Court of the United States recently issued its decision in Fernandez v. California, holding that a denial of consent to search is invalidated once the person denying consent to search is no longer physically present. In Fernandez, the defendant, along with four others, robbed and beat...

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Student Loans: The Home Mortgage Crisis Redux

(13) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 12:47 PM

First things first, student loans can be discharged in bankruptcy. I'm not sure where this pervasive myth started that student loans are non-dischargeable, and it appeared again recently in an article by Representative Frederica Wilson, but let's lay it to rest. Shockingly, I've heard bankruptcy practitioners also say...

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COB Report: How Both Parties Missed the Point

(7) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released numbers that allowed both parties to make sure they wouldn't skip a week without sounding like partisan hacks. Before I get into that, a quick recap of what the CBO report actually said.

By 2024, the United States will have...

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