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Giving a Voice to the 32,000: Why Immigrant Detainees Must Have First Amendment Rights

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In Pineda Cruz v. Thompson, the women of Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Texas protested the awful treatment they experienced during their stay. Approximately eighty mothers circulated a petition and announced a hunger strike during Holy Week, consuming only liquids. As a result, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and detention center employees were angered, and the treatment of the women got worse, leading to a class action law suit filed on behalf of the women in the detention center alleging violations of First Amendment free speech rights. In its motion to dismiss the action, the government argued the immigrant women did not have First Amendment rights. Although the Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claim, putting an end to this specific case, this does not put an end to the abuse and terrible conditions experienced by many immigrants across the country.  Across the...

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St. John’s Law Hosts a Constitution Day Symposium on Religious Freedom

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on St. John’s Law Hosts a Constitution Day Symposium on Religious Freedom

Last week, leading scholars in the fields of law, religion, politics, and ethics came together at St. John’s Law for a Constitution Day symposium on “Religious Freedom Today.”

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HOW THE US ARMY IS DOING A GREAT INJUSTICE TO ITS OWN

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on HOW THE US ARMY IS DOING A GREAT INJUSTICE TO ITS OWN

By:  Devin Cohen In 2015 American Sniper brought in a record of more than $105 million in its opening weekend.  The movie details the life story of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.  While Kyle was a legend on the battlefield among his peers, he struggled to reintegrate into society upon coming home after his tours of duty.  The movie sheds light into the daily struggles that veterans face when they suffer from PTSD. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic & Statistical Manual, “the diagnostic criteria for PTSD includes a history of exposure to a traumatic event that meets specific stipulations and symptoms from each of four symptom clusters: intrusion, avoidance, negative alteration in cognitions and mood, and alterations in arousal and reactivity.”  Individuals with PTSD constantly battle sleeplessness, anger, anxiety, and a sense of isolation, making it extremely...

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The Employment Language Fairness Act: A Law Today That Can Bring Progress Tomorrow

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Blog, Slider, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Introduction “How are you?” asked one worker. “I’m very well; you?” responded the other. “Very good, very good, thanks.” Many of us overlook the common conversations that we engage in every day in the workplace. The workplace, while possibly not as enjoyably social as the local bar or restaurant, is a very important social setting for most employees. The cooperative workplace of today’s economy simply could not function if speech were quelled or prohibited. The irony, though, is that, for some, speech is actually quelled and prohibited. In workplaces across the United States, policies called “English-Only policies” limit or at times outright ban certain workplace speech. These policies essentially mandate that employees speak English at all times (except for breaks), even though some employees may not be close to fluent in English. If this scenario seems inherently unfair, the...

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Targeting the Vulnerable: Female Inmates and Prison Sexual Assault

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Blog, Slider, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Targeting the Vulnerable: Female Inmates and Prison Sexual Assault

More must be done to help curb the rising rates of sexual assault against women in the prison system.

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EXCLUSIONARY DISCIPLINE: THE NEW BAR TO EDUCATION FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Blog, Slider, Uncategorized | Comments Off on EXCLUSIONARY DISCIPLINE: THE NEW BAR TO EDUCATION FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

EXCLUSIONARY DISCIPLINE: THE NEW BAR TO EDUCATION FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IN CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS Posted by Ashley Varnado Imagine an African American Chicago Public School (CPS) freshmen student named Anthony. He wakes up every day at 6:30 a.m. to get ready for school. Anthony takes a shower, brushes his teeth, eats a bowl of oatmeal, checks over his homework, and then heads out the door to school. The first faces Anthony sees when he arrives at school are city police officers who command the metal detectors that he must pass through before he begins class. During second period, Anthony takes out his cell phone to let his mother know that he arrived safely at school, but the teacher reprimands him for violating the school code on cell phone use and sends him to the principal’s office. As a...

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