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The Asterisk to the Constitution: *Rights Exist Only for Those Who Can Enforce Them

Lori Rifkin | Posted 07.31.2015 | Crime
Lori Rifkin

The fact that something happens frequently should not make it "routine" in the sense of the law. Yet this is exactly the legal standard that has devolved from the shiny promise of the Constitution.

Chasing the Slave Traders: A Law Enforcement Perspective on Operation Underground Railroad

Anne Gallagher | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Anne Gallagher

Why are police in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Colombia not arresting child sex traffickers if they are so easy to find? The simplest explanation is law enforcement complicity in such crimes. Agreeing to cooperate with OUR is a win-win: local cops get to keep an eye on what's happening and ensure OUR doesn't stray into their turf; they also gain international kudos for taking on the traffickers.

How Do Police Officers Feel About Legalizing Drugs?

Quora | Posted 07.30.2015 | Crime
Quora

I'll preface by saying that I can only answer as a former officer; I could pretend to be able to retrospectively muse about what I'd have said when I was on patrol, but that's all it would be.

Oh No! The Supreme Court's Opinion Season Was So Head-Spinning That One Federal Court Got Whiplash

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

Those of us outside the courthouse cannot know which cases fall by the wayside, receiving less judicial attention than they require. Every litigant expects what the courts promise: Justice. But some of us aren't getting it.

Does Posting Trespassers Will Be Shot Signs Give You Freedom to Do So?

Quora | Posted 07.29.2015 | Crime
Quora

So long as you haven't agreed to any limitations on the appearance of your home (such as through a Homeowners Association or deed restriction), you're free to put up any signs you want, regardless of how violent, offensive, or profane they may be to others.

Homeless Families Win Class Action Lawsuit

Patty Mullahy Fugere | Posted 07.28.2015 | DC
Patty Mullahy Fugere

This decision is a resounding victory for homeless families based not just on esoteric interpretations of law, but on a common understanding of basic human rights that must be protected for all DC residents, no matter their income.

Sex Trafficking; Beneath the Veil

Nicholas Denmon | Posted 07.24.2015 | Crime
Nicholas Denmon

It is an industry that rakes in over $32 billion a year. More than 300,000 people fall prey to it each year in the U.S. alone. More than four million people couldn't stop doing it even if they tried.

Federal Court: Yes, Naked Economic Protectionism is Constitutional

Evan Bernick | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Could the government prohibit LeBron James from playing professional basketball simply to put more money in the pockets of less talented athletes? Absolutely, said the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, in a surprising -- and appalling -- decision last week.

6 Reasons Why Lawyers Are Unhappy With Their Jobs

Quora | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Quora

Most attorneys work about six days a week, generally fifty plus hours per week, and the norm now is to be available anywhere at any time. It is not uncommon during extreme times (trial, an important deal closing, etc.) for those hours to increase substantially and days off to become elusive.

The Bar Exam Is Brutal, But the Founding Fathers Can Help

Leah Plunkett | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Leah Plunkett

Bar exam takers face much more complex questions regarding legal subjects from assault, bankruptcy and commercial transactions, all the way through to zoning -- and everything in between -- all in a tight time limit.

3 Mindful Steps to Survive the Bar Exam

Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD | Posted 07.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD

Finally, law students can take a breath. I am literally telling you to breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. When we consciously breathe, we connect to thi...

This Oklahoma Case Should Make You Rethink Capital Punishment

Bill Blum | Posted 07.21.2015 | Crime
Bill Blum

His case is the kind that should keep people of good conscience awake at night. Both morally and legally, it illustrates many of the most troubling flaws in our system of state-sanctioned killing: the risk of executing the innocent, the inadequate legal representation often provided to poor criminal defendants charged with the most serious offenses, the inconsistencies of the appeal process, and the cruelty of all forms of capital punishment.

11 Step-by-Step Procedures Taken After a Police Shooting

Quora | Posted 07.17.2015 | Crime
Quora

The procedures will vary from one agency to another.

Why We Do Not Hire Law School Graduates from the Ivy League Schools

Adam Leitman Bailey | Posted 07.19.2015 | College
Adam Leitman Bailey

In order to strive to become one of New York's best real estate law firms we do not hire law school graduates from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia or any of the other traditional highest tier schools.

Trending: An Education in Fashion Law

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 07.15.2015 | Style
Stacy Slotnick

Fashion may be the epitome of imagination and art but without fashion lawyers to help protect inimitable brands and original works, the industry cannot thrive and advance. Human creativity needs safeguarding.

Welcoming a Hybrid Attempt at Justice for the Central African Republic

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Jesica L. Santos

The establishment of the SCC is unprecedented in recent years in that the world will now have a hybrid tribunal working in a country where the ICC has already opened investigations.

Adulthood Doesn't Happen Overnight

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

The key to fashioning a developmentally appropriate justice system for young adults is to allow time for their healthy, mature development while avoiding life-altering punishments until absolutely necessary.

Money Is the Root of Most Evil

Frank A. Weil | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

What I say is not new at all, but it is in a new context, which suggests that it is more important than ever to truly and seriously begin to address the problem systemically.

Is Antonin Scalia Off His Rocker or Just a Sore Loser?

Bill Blum | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Bill Blum

Simply put, Scalia's hyper-dramatic antics and fulminations signify the demise of the foundational legal principles he has championed throughout his extensive career: the theories of "originalism" and "textualism."

An Open Letter to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder: Free Richard Wershe Jr.

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.13.2015 | Crime
Dean Dauphinais

Governor Snyder, I have no sympathy for drug dealers. Drugs took one of my sons -- and our entire family -- on a roller coaster ride through hell for seven years. But I don't think anyone should have to suffer the injustice that Richard Wershe Jr. has suffered.

The Rent Law of 2015

Adam Leitman Bailey | Posted 07.13.2015 | New York
Adam Leitman Bailey

On June 26, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 20 of the Laws of 2015, a complex piece of legislation covering a variety of topics, most of them having nothing to do with landlord-tenant relations.

Selecting Legal Representation in the Digital Age

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 07.10.2015 | HuffPost Home
Ashley Wren Collins

A tech-savvy attorney or firm can provide you with a faster response time to your concerns and in saving you time, save you significant amounts of money. Here are three things to ask about before selecting your legal representation.

All-out Attack on Cambodian Democracy

Patrick Alley | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Patrick Alley

The LANGO is the first of four repressive laws in the pipeline designed to crush a movement for change that began building around Cambodia's 2013 election, when garment workers, land and forest defenders, monks and the urban youth came together to challenge the current government.

Justice Scalia and Queen Anne

Harold Lloyd | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

Of course, Justice Scalia is correct that failure to understand any such contemporaneous meanings of these terms would lead a modern reader to misinterpret what Queen Anne may have said. However, on its face, this example does not apply to the interpretation and application of an ongoing legal rule.

Tipping the Scales of Justice: Why Don't We See More Women in Law Enforcement?

Andrea Dew Steele | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Andrea Dew Steele

I think back to that experience with Kamala and I can honestly tell you that even with all of Kamala's strengths -- an extremely successful litigation career, an excellent fundraising network and plenty of charisma -- taking on "the Old Boys' Club" was extremely challenging.