Based on a survey of National Courts Monitor contributors and our best-guess analysis, the topic of "immigration courts" is a runaway winner for our "Tipping Points" civil justice issue for 2015, but we find some space for other concerns. Here's our top five emerging civil justice issues for 2015.
The path of a trailblazer always holds resistance. To pioneer meaningful change, one must be prepared to defend themself against the inevitable opposing force. One man who has come to know this all too well lately is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
The president, in refusing to bow to the intimidation tactics of the drug enforcement industry, has paved the way for my state, and possibly others, to show the federal government a new way forward on marijuana policy.
Ironically, Exxon's significant increase in profits of late comes after its Chairman and CEO virtually pleaded in May with the pooh-bahs of the Senate Finance Committee to rein in the excessive speculation, if not manipulation, of oil on the commodity exchanges.
Despite the obviously symbolic value of the Attorney General's press release, the release by itself does not change the existing federal law which still defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
The AP story confirms what critics of drug war have said for years: The government is quick to boast about large arrests and seizures, but its efforts result in little, if any, slowdown in the drug trade.