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Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on KEEPING THE “BENEFIT” IN BENEFIT CORPORATIONS:

How and Why New York State Should Continue to Foster and Develop Benefit Corporation Legislation

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The Most Discriminatory Laws You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on The Most Discriminatory Laws You’ve Never Heard Of

The Supreme Court recently decided in favor of same-sex marriage in the long awaited case of Obergefell v. Hodges. As a supporter of LGBT rights, this decision makes me uneasy. I worry this decision will be seen as the end of the gay rights movement. Mission accomplished, time to go home. The gay rights movement has been…

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Delivering Gideon: Giving Birth to Humane Immigration Laws.

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

by Makousse Ilboudo “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazarus “We don’t detain pregnant women.”  That was the initial response of an El Paso, Texas immigration detention center officer back in 2013 when asked about the number of pregnant detainees in immigration detention centers, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.  This was obviously false because in response to a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request regarding pregnant women detained, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) agency provided data that 13 pregnant women were detained in Texas and at least 559 were detained in six facilities throughout the U.S. since 2012.  Pregnant detainees may be shackled, and...

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Time For A Change: The NFL’s Non-existent Policies on Human Trafficking During the Super Bowl

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Time For A Change: The NFL’s Non-existent Policies on Human Trafficking During the Super Bowl

By:  Christina Campolo Human trafficking is the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. For example, imagine a young girl, being kidnapped off the street, drugged by pimps, and sold for sex. Sex trafficking is prevalent around major sporting events like the Super Bowl. In fact, on February 2, 2015, the evening after the Super Bowl, Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp was arrested in Arizona for allegedly soliciting a prostitute and assaulting two women. According to reports, Sapp was at a bar at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix where he started talking to two women (ages 23 and 24). Sapp invited the two women to his hotel room. While in his room, Sapp threw $100 bills at the women as they danced for him. After his arrest, Sapp reported...

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Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing: Prioritizing Free Speech over Safety in McCullen v. Coakley

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Blog, Slider | Comments Off on Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing: Prioritizing Free Speech over Safety in McCullen v. Coakley

by Jacqueline Ahearn On June 27, 2014, abortion clinic protestors stepped victoriously over the brightly painted yellow lines surrounding clinics, shaking signs and pamphlets and approaching all who ventured near. This was the first time since 2000 that protestors could engage patients with impunity, held back only the day before by a buffer zone law which had protected people entering the clinic. Clinics reported higher rates of no-shows that day and in the weeks that followed, and for over a month, the Supreme Court decision of McCullen v. Coakley left clinics without recourse to prevent harassment of their patients. The buffer zone in McCullen was created in the Massachusetts Reproductive Healthcare Facilities Act (MRHFA) in 2000. The MRHFA was written as a response to anti-choice violence in the state, which included two murders. In 2007, the law was amended...

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Blog, Slider | 2 comments

by Kayla Hardesty In early 2015 “The Happiest Place On Earth,” felt more like “The Scariest Place On Earth” with at least 117 reported cases of measles being linked to the famous California theme park, Disneyland. These 117 cases spread to at least seven other states as well as two neighboring countries. Measles is a highly contagious air borne disease; after exposure to only one infected person, as many as 90% of unvaccinated individuals can catch the deadly disease. Further, although vaccines are incredibly efficient at thwarting the spread of disease, no vaccine is 100% effective. Thus, an outbreak of measles or any other highly contagious disease within the same population poses a danger not only to unvaccinated individuals, but to vaccinated individuals as well. This was unfortunately the case for at least eight fully vaccinated individuals who contracted...

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