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Big Week at the Supreme Court

 

Quite a few significant Supreme Court opinions were announced this week, including two of the biggest cases from this term: same-sex marriage and Obamacare.

Read on for more information on each case from this week and links to the Court’s opinion.

 

 

Same-sex marriage – Obergefell v. Hodges
Issues:
1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

Holding:
The … Continue Reading

Economic and Banking Data from FRASER

Have you heard of FRASER?  The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research is a data preservation and accessibility project of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the U.S. Government Publishing Office.  The website provides access to a variety of resources containing economic and banking data, including:

Publications of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Publications of District Federal Reserve Banks
Statements and speeches of Federal Reserve policymakers
Archival materials of Federal Reserve policymakers
Economic data publications
Statistical releases
Congressional documents
Books
Reports by various organizations

You can browse resource by title and date, as well as perform keyword … Continue Reading

Free ABA Membership for Law Students

ABA law student divisionThe American Bar Association announced on Monday that it now provides free membership to law students attending ABA-approved schools.  The benefits of ABA membership are numerous and include access to ABA publications, the ABA Job Board, continuing legal education (CLE) courses, and member discounts.  To join, enroll online at http://www.americanbar.org/abalawstudents or call the ABA Service Center at 800-285-2221.

New Federal Courts app

Need a way to consult the Federal Rules of Evidence without having to lug around the print rules?  How about on-the-go access to federal cases and dockets?  Or directions to the federal courthouse that you will be appearing in later today?  The newly updated Federal Courts app can provide you with all of this, and more.  The  app now provides the full text of all the federal rules of procedure (civil, criminal, appellate, bankruptcy, and evidence rules) as well as the local rules for every federal court in the country, including district, bankruptcy, and appellate courts.  The app also offers … Continue Reading

State v. Federal Law – Medical Marijuana

Eighteen states (including Arizona) and the District of Columbia now allow for medical use of marijuana.  The medical marijuana laws of these states are in direct conflict with federal law, however, as the Controlled Substances Act prohibits the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana.  This has created an incongruous situation in which an individual may be using medical marijuana in compliance with state law but is concurrently violating federal law, and thus exposing him or herself to federal prosecution.  While the U.S. Department of Justice stated in a 2009 Memorandum to U.S. Attorneys that federal prosecutors should generally … Continue Reading

New Federal Government Websites

Two new federal government websites are making it easier to find government information online.  One of the new websites is Congress.gov, which is in an initial beta version.  This website currently contains legislation from 2001 to the present and congressional member profiles from 1973 to the present.  Congress.gov will replace the Library of Congress’s THOMAS.gov website by the end of 2014 and will incorporate all of the information available on THOMAS.gov. You can read more about Congress.gov and THOMAS.gov here.

The other new website is eCFR.gov.  This website contains a current, … Continue Reading

Register to Vote Today

If you’re planning to vote in this year’s elections, now is the time to make sure you are registered, as tomorrow, October 9, is the last day to register to vote in Arizona.  To register, go to the Voter Registration and Education page from the Arizona Secretary of State, Tom Horne.

Once you have registered check out Arizona’s page at Vote411.org for a list of such information as what ID is necessary for identification at the voting booth, the requirements for time off to vote, upcoming debates and forums, provisions for voters with disabilities, and more.

For those curious about ballot measures, … Continue Reading

Google Settles with Book Publishers

After seven years of litigation, Google and the Association of American Publishers announced a settlement yesterday which will allow publishers to choose whether Google digitizes their copyrighted but out-of-print publications.  The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but settlement language dictates that 20% of content from books that Google has already digitized will be readable online with the entire book available for purchase from Google Play, and Google will share revenue with book publishers.

This settlement does not resolve the litigation between Google and authors, however – the Author’s Guild published a press release yesterday, confirming that … Continue Reading

Supreme Court in the News

Were you surprised by the United States Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act?  Does it make you curious about the sort of cases they’re going to be looking at and how they may vote in the upcoming year?  If so, here are a few articles that take a look at the most well-known cases that will come to court:

Above the Law:  A Preview of the upcoming Supreme Court Term (OT 2012)

New York Times:  Supreme Court Faces Weighty Cases and a New Dynamic

Thompson-Reuters: Affirmitive Action, Rights Cases Await U.S. Supreme Court

If you want … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Decision on Health Care Law

The Supreme Court’s decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was issued this morning.  While news coverage of the decision has been extensive, we want to point out a particularly interesting resource you can use to learn more about the Supreme Court’s opinion: the Interactive Health Care Ruling feature on NPR’s website.  This interactive version of the Court’s opinion enables you to easily navigate to specific portions of the opinion and the dissent, and read … Continue Reading