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An Inconveniently Moral Argument for the Death Penalty in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Case

Rajesh Sampath | Posted 04.27.2015 | Crime
Rajesh Sampath

Searching for new philosophical justifications of the death penalty is not the task of the jury.

Can Smart Development and the Rule of Law Help Curb Crime?

Irene Khan | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact
Irene Khan

Efforts to strengthen the rule of law pay off in ways that few other forms of development aid can. But success does not happen overnight. Legal reform, institution-building and greater levels of access to justice are initiatives that take time, financing and political will.

Tennessee Attempts to Inherit the Wind Again

Alex Simon | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Alex Simon

The Tennessee state House voted Wednesday to adopt the Holy Bible as the official state book. The chamber approved the measure 55-38. It is sponsored by Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, a former pastor, who argued that his proposal reflects the Bible's impact in Tennessee.

10 Divorce Tips for Husbands

Ayesha Vardag | Posted 04.16.2015 | Divorce
Ayesha Vardag

Whether or not you're the one petitioning for divorce, it's a good idea to do all you can to coordinate your affairs and look out for your interests. That doesn't have to mean being underhand or dishonest -- just smart.

Top 10 Trending Legal Careers

Tamesha Keel | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Tamesha Keel

For several years, one of the biggest shifts in the legal job market is the steady demand for specialized expertise. The career potential is high for skilled talent with industry or practice-area specialization. Both employers and clients are looking for efficiencies and value found in subject matter experts.

Why I Hope My Church and Others Come to Indiana Now That RFRA Is Changed

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Rick Lowery, Ph.D.

I am proud that my church was one of the first to express concern and take action. And I'm happy the legislature and governor listened to us and changed the law.

BNSF Challenges Lawsuit From Engineer Who Ran For His Life From Exploding Oil "Bomb Train"

Steve Horn | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) has responded defensively to the oil-by-rail lawsuit filed by former BNSF locomotive engineer Bryan Thompson, a case recently reported on by DeSmogBlog.

Searching for Equality in Indiana and Beyond

John A. Powell | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
John A. Powell

It is especially troubling when the state effectively sanctions private discrimination, placing its weight and imprimatur behind the beliefs of a few to exclude and marginalize. The state is a public entity, entrusted to create and foster space where all members are cared for.

Speaking Truth to Power

Katie Redford | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Katie Redford

It took years for this epidemic of rape to come to light. This is quite common: many victims are too scared to speak, enduring the lasting emotional and physical trauma alone.

An Open Letter to the President of France

August McLaughlin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Women
August McLaughlin

Many women with eating disorders, including models, partake in dangerous tactics to maintain a slimmer physique -- yet aren't underweight by BMI standards. In some ways, focusing on "the numbers" perpetuates the damaging notion that they matter most.

Risk v. Reward: Finding the Right Balance for Digital Innovation

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 04.06.2015 | Technology
Jimmy Nguyen

Companies of all shapes and sizes - from startups to corporate giants, from new disruptors to old guard institutions, from local shops to global conglomerates - want to win new business by using digital innovations.

BNSF Engineer Who Manned Exploding North Dakota "Bomb Train" Sues Former Employer

Steve Horn | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) employee who worked as a locomotive engineer on the company's oil-by-rail train that exploded in rural Casselton, North Dakota in December 2013 has sued his former employer.

Time for a Right to Counsel for New Yorkers Facing Eviction, Foreclosure

Ted De Barbieri | Posted 04.03.2015 | New York
Ted De Barbieri

A right to counsel for residential tenants and homeowners ensures the rule of law is applied equitably to rich and poor. Plus it has the added benefit of making economic sense. It's the right thing to do.

Patriots Punished in Northern Cyprus: A Modern Day Political Occupation

Olena Kagui | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Olena Kagui

Koray Basdogrultmaci and Cinel Senem Husseyin, a Turkish-Speaking Cypriot couple, were charged for hanging the Cyprus Republic's flag outside their home and shop in Famagusta in June 2013. They were arrested and put in jail on June 21st 2013 and their original trial was postponed until June 11th 2014.

Divorce Confidential: Divorce and Reconciliation. Yes, It Happens!

Caroline Choi | Posted 04.02.2015 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

My heart swells with joy when clients give their marriage a second chance. What does reconciliation look like from a legal perspective? Here are some things to consider before you reconcile with your ex.

The Battle for Marriage Equality Is Still Being Fought in the Lower Courts

Brianne J. Gorod | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Brianne J. Gorod

When it comes to the fight for marriage equality, all eyes are on the Supreme Court and what it will do this June. But that doesn't mean there's nothing happening in the lower courts in the meantime.

Why Does Modern Slavery Persist?

Nick Grono | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Nick Grono

here is growing awareness on the part of governments and businesses of their responsibility. Certainly in the West, there is growing political will to tackle modern slavery, which is leading to a stronger regulatory environment, and a slow trickle of change down the supply chain.

The Rites of Rape

Women's Rights News | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women
Women's Rights News

As my friend hung up the phone, all I kept thinking about was Jyoti -- how her image had once hovered over her mother and father's head, and how her absent future now dangled over us all like a perpetual question mark waiting to be answered.

The Necessity of LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum

Mark Pino | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Pino

To get to the root of the problem and eradicate homophobic language in everyday jargon, we need to create a link between the word "gay" and the real faces of the LGBT community. Students need to be taught about the accomplishments of LGBT men, women and gender nonconformists.

Texas License Plates and the Confederate Flag

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

It seems clear that Texas cannot constitutionally forbid the display of the Confederate flag on a license plate because others might find it "offensive or disagreeable." But it is not so simple. Is the government discriminating among private speakers, or is it expressing only the messages it wishes to convey?

An Open Letter to President Obama: The American Dream Has Failed Me

Kiara Imani Williams | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Kiara Imani Williams

I study. I work hard. I volunteer. I did everything I was supposed to do, and yet, in two months, I will graduate from law school with an accumulated total of over a quarter million dollars in student loans.

Against the Backdrop of Selma, Another Injustice in America: Deporting Adoptees

Adam Pertman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Adam Pertman

The last time I wrote about this issue, about the deportation of adopted people who were born in other countries after committing crimes in the U.S., was over two years ago. I said then, and I repeat in light of this new case today, that criminals should absolutely be punished -- but sending them to a place where they know no one and don't speak the native language is simply appalling.

The Prenuptial Agreement Cannot Be a Secret

Fred Silberberg | Posted 03.10.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Times have changed. In the not-too-distant past, prenuptial agreements were not for everyone. The vast majority of people got married without one. The general consensus was that such agreements were only for the 'rich and famous.' In today's climate, people are seemingly more sophisticated than in the past.

The State Bar of California Intends on Silencing Its Members

Mark Baer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Mark Baer

If the Bar does decide to require certain disclaimers in lawyer blogs, how does that impact previously published blogs over which the attorney does not have editorial control?

Ronald McDonald and Friends Sue Seattle to Stop Minimum Wage Hike

Ron Fein | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Ron Fein

Last summer, the City of Seattle passed a law that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour. But in a bizarre twist, Ronald McDonald and friends are suing the city and complaining that the new minimum wage violates a constitutional provision that was written to protect newly-freed slaves after the Civil War.