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Event Recap: Decriminalizing Race and Poverty: What’s Working and What You Can Do

Last Tuesday, I attended the informative and inspiring symposium Decriminalizing Race and Poverty: What’s Working and What You Can Do, presented by the Southern Center for Human Rights. When I try to write about this in calm, clear sentences, I

Posted in Criminal Law, Events, Personal/Professional Reflection

The Days Add Up and So Do the Questions

Eight Nine Ten days ago, I promised readers “a full update when I finish reading” the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’s dismissal of Tamesha Means’s case against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and three individuals, the Catholic

Posted in Case Update, Religious Freedom, Reproductive Rights

Very Quick Case Mini-Update

Of the topics I have previously discussed, readers seemed most interested in (or shocked/angered by) the issue of hospitals apparently failing to provide women–particularly pregnant women–with adequate care or informed consent, based on the religious affiliation of the hospital. I

Posted in Case Update, Links and Media, Religious Freedom, Reproductive Rights

Returning from Hiatus

  Hi everyone! Well, the hiatus went much further than I said it would for reasons that are probably boring to discuss too much. For one thing, this blog initially started out as a class assignment, and we weren’t supposed

Posted in Administrative, Personal/Professional Reflection

Final Exams Hiatus

  Thank you for reading Tiers of Scrutiny! This blog will go on a temporary hiatus from the evening of April 4th through April 30th, so that its author can take her final exams. Please continue to read, comment, e-mail,

Posted in Administrative

Reflection: The Value of Offensive Speech

Readers most responded to the case of the KKK’s fight to participate in Georgia’s Adopt-a-Highway program. Another reader suggested I write about a free speech controversy at my own university. My thoughts on both issues overlap.

Posted in Free Speech, Personal/Professional Reflection

A Law Unto Themselves: Religious Rights of Organizations and Women’s Health

To permit this would be to make the professed doctrines of religious belief superior to the law of the land, and in effect to permit every citizen to become a law unto himself. Justice Scalia’s opinion in Employment Div. v.

Posted in Legal Analysis, Religious Freedom, Reproductive Rights

License (Plate) to Discriminate: Recent Developments in Government Speech

I previously wrote an introduction to the government speech doctrine, the boundaries and reach of which have been redefined after the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. (If you’re unfamiliar with Walker,

Posted in Free Speech, government-speech, Legal Analysis

Katz and Dogs: Fourth Amendment Detour to my Favorite Scalia Opinions

As soon as I learned that 2016’s cruel winter had taken from us not just David Bowie but also Justice Scalia, I wanted to write a tribute. Rainbow flag cake notwithstanding, the BFF of RBG wrote some of my all-time favorite opinions,

Posted in Fourth Amendment, Legal Analysis

Whose Speech Is It?: An Introduction to Government Speech

    Should a state be required to display an Adopt-a-Highway sign for the KKK? In 2012, Georgia denied the KKK’s application to participate in the Adopt-a-Highway program, citing safety concerns—specifically, the 65 mph speed limit on the section of

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Posted in Free Speech, government-speech, Legal Analysis
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