Tag Archive: supreme court

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An Overview of LGBTQ Legal Rights on the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

Of course, you’re aware that June is Pride Month. But if you’ve wondered why it seems like the symbols of the LBGTQ community have been just a little bit more prevalent this Just (especially amongst entities that maybe don’t have a ton to do with the LGBTQ community), there are a few reasons.


Meet Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Nominee

Yesterday, President Trump announced his pick to fill the empty Supreme Court seat created by Justice Kennedy’s retirement — he chose Brett Kavanaugh. While any Supreme Court pick is significant, this one is especially important given its potential to swing the Court further to the right. As a result, we’re dedicating a post to providing some background on Judge Kavanaugh.


SCOTUS and the Travel Ban

Almost four months ago to the day, President Trump sent out the following tweet: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” The emphatic message came on the heels of a Ninth Circuit decision refusing to enforce the first travel ban on individuals form seven enumerated countries. Though the President’s promise did not immediately come true—instead, the administration rolled out a second, updated travel ban—it appears that the next stop will indeed by the Supreme Court.

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Evenwel v. Abbott: One Person, One Vote

On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down a voting rights decision that was surprising for its unanimity from a Court that has been bitterly divided on voting rights recently. At issue in Evenwel v. Abbott was whether states were constitutionally required to ignore those not eligible to vote when apportioning state legislative districts.

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Logical Reasonings / 4.4.16

A. Those who do better on the LSAT are more likely to pass the bar exam. Kinda makes you want to take Blueprint, doesn’t it? US News & World Report

B. Wondering what this Panama Papers business is all about? Yeah, we thought it was about gettin’ irie too when we first heard about it. Turns out it’s totally different than that. BBC

C. A mad-as-hell-and-not-gonna-take-it-anymore construction worker flew a Mexican flag over Trump Tower in Canada. Viva la… Canada? Time

D. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the one-person-one-vote principle. Huffington Post

E. Blackout tattoos — exactly what it sounds like — are now all the rage in Singapore. Whaddaya think? Would you get one? Date someone who had one? Bored Panda

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Logical Reasonings / 3.23.16

A. Here are the most expensive law schools in America. Good thing you can just borrow a bunch of money and not worry about it, right? RIGHT??? Forbes

B. It looks like we might be in for the first 4-4 Supreme Court split in a case of top-tier importance since the death of Antonin Scalia. Reuters

C. Donald Trump threatens Ted Cruz’s wife because, hey, he forgot to threaten her for like months now, and that’s not fair. The Daily Beast

D. Here’s a list of dogs that hold Guinness World Records. And there’s adorable pics too! Huffington Post

E. And here’s the world’s tightest parking job. The only downside is that it’s permanent. Metro

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Who is Merrick Garland? 3 Things You Should Know About Obama’s Longshot Supreme Court Nominee

In the never-ending, poorly acted Kabuki theater that is national politics these days, we’ve seen senator after senator — Republican and Democrat alike — chew the scenery over a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Democrats — President Obama included — make the point that the Constitution is pretty clear about what’s supposed to happen when a Supreme Court Justice dies.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.9.16

A. Marco Rubio has staked his hopes on the people of his home state of Florida. Polls indicate the feeling is not even close to mutual. Fox News

B. JJ Abrams admits he made a mistake in The Force Awakens. No, it’s not that it was a total rip off of the first Star Wars. ABC News

C. There’s a thing called “Rage Yoga,” which involves contorting oneself, screaming, swearing, and drinking beer. Here at Blueprint, we call that Tuesday. Oddity Central

D. Good news. We found the worst tattoo-job ever, and it provides the basis for the worst mugshot ever. KHOU

E. Here’s a rundown of the men and women Pres. Obama is considering to nominate to the Supreme Court. New York Magazine

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Thomas speaks!

My boy Clarence Thomas has been a little cray-cray during the last ten years. He just stopped talking, kind of like Tommy. Many believe he became the puppet of former-Justice Antonin Scalia. (By the way, potential conspiracy alert). But this has all changed. We are now pouring one out for Scalia, and Thomas is back. And he is inspiring everyone to buy guns.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.7.16

A. Google’s Ukrainian-to-Russian translator apparently translated the term “Russian Federation” to “Mordor.” If you are a Tolkien fan and Putin detractor, you will quickly realize that this was no accident. PC Mag
B. Nutty guy files nutty lawsuit against former UFC champ Ronda Rousey, complete with complaint that’s handwritten on college-rule, three-ring binder paper and allegations that Rousey is actually a man and intends to “judo kick [his] head into submission to shut [his] mouth.” Maxim
C. Uber and Lyft are successful ride-hailing apps. Is there a workable lawyer-hailing app on the horizon? Should there be? Huffington Post
D. Here’s a cool photo essay about working in The West Wing. Not the old show; the real thing. Politico
E. Finally, Erwin Chemerinsky – dean of UCI law school and renowned Constitutional scholar – recaps the 2015 hits and misses at the Supreme Court of the United States. ABA Journal