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Reed v. Town of Gilbert: Upholding the Free Speech Ideals of the First Amendment

By Anannya Tripathy

A Supreme Court decision on sign regulations extends to panhandling controls.

With Liberty and Justice—For Some

By Kyle Z. Varga

A look at the troubling statistics of, and possible solutions to, the nation's growing justice gap.

Karsjens v. Jesson as Ordered: Liberty, Politics, and the Unpopular

By Mária Zulick Nucci

The efforts to correct the long-standing constitutional infirmities of the MCTA and MSOP, as found by the court, will continue.

Volcanic Justice: Procedural Due Process for Mauna a Wakea

By Mária Zulick Nucci

Issuing a permit to construct a telescope on Mauna Kea, without a requested contested case hearing, violated procedural due process.

Urban Educational Inequalities: Why the Growing Concern?

By Darryl Irizarry Jr.

Are these students being prepared for college or the penitentiary?

Karsjens v. Jesson: Challenging the Un-Civil Commitment of Civil Rights

By Eric S. Janus and Jon Brandt

The key constitutional question is whether SOCC laws are legitimate civil commitment or merely punishment masquerading as civil commitment.

We Have Preventive Healthcare—Now How about Preventive Legal Aid?

By Julia Huston

It is the fiscally prudent thing to do.

Five Things You May Not Know about Deferred Action

By Erika L. Glenn

Deferred action has deep roots that actually date back to the 1970s.

"Remove That Rag!" and Other Humiliations of Religious Minorities in the Courthouse

By Gurjot Kaur

The First Amendment rights of an individual do not evaporate at the courthouse door.

Justice, Faith, and Jefferson: Neighborly Breaks in That Separation Wall

By Mária Zulick Nucci

President Jefferson did not advocate absolute removal of faith from the public sphere but the proper relationships of law, government, and faith inter se.

Yale Law School Veterans Clinic Advocates for Marginalized Veteran Populations

By Michael Wishnie

The work of the clinic has brought veterans' rights out of the shadows in Connecticut.

2014: Noteworthy Cases in Review

By Stella Kim

A roundup of some of the year's most important rulings.

The Penn Law Criminal Record Expungement Project

By Molly Kenney, William Moine, Kevin Hoagland-Hanson, Elizabeth Frawley, and Robert Kieffer

Helping Philadelphians with criminal records get back to work.

Student Legal Services: An Emerging Provider of Legal Aid on Campus

By Donald C. Heilman

SLS programs are providing access to legal assistance and support from the legal profession in ways that did not exist just one generation ago.

Shelby County v. Holder: The Mirror Image of Plessy v. Ferguson

By Danyahel Norris

The Supreme Court's decision undermined key provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

How Junior Associates Can Make Working for Free Pay Dividends

By Nikaela Jacko Redd

There are many noble as well as practical reasons why an attorney may engage in pro bono work.

The Young Lawyer's Guide to Indigent Defense

By Cleveland M. Patterson III

A few pointers for young attorneys on how to represent indigent defendants where there is no local public defender's office.

Interview with David Troutt

By Ronald W. Brown

The founding director of CLiME and author of The Price of Paradise discusses regional equity.

The Man in the Red Bandana: The Case of Eugene Gilyard

By Charlotte Whitmore and Shaina A. Tyler

The Pennsylvania Innocence Project frees a man 15 years after a wrongful conviction.

Reading Aloud to Children and Its Impact on Literacy and Crime

By Andre J. Webb

Be the change that our youth need.

Obstacle in Indian Law Reform Addressing Sexual Assault of Women

By Anannya Tripathy

India has been ranked the fourth-most dangerous country in the world for women.

Cleared for Takeoff: Disability Rights under the Air Carrier Access Act

By Mária Zulick Nucci

People with disabilities have specific rights and recourse, and the ACAA is their copilot.

The 2014 John Minor Wisdom Awards

By Leila Lawrence

This year's recipients include Martin Glick and Lisa Wood.

Finding Your Calling: Pro Bono as a Path to New Practice Areas

By M.C. Sungaila

Attorneys at all levels may wish to give back and serve the underserved. But few expect to find their calling.

Marshaling the Pro Bono Talents of Stay-at-Home Lawyers: A New Model

By Kristina Entner

Many attorneys want to provide pro bono legal service from home but lack a workable model. Chicago-area lawyers are blazing the trail.

The Hidden Benefits of Pro Bono

By Deb Mallgrave

Pro bono work provides lawyers with opportunities to give back to the community, but there are other, less-recognized career benefits that stem from pro bono work.

Risk Management Issues in Pro Bono Representations

By Shari Klevens and Alanna Clair

Increased risk can be managed to help ensure that attorneys are able to serve their pro bono clients without creating liability issues for themselves.

Serving Together: Deepening Client Relationships While Empowering the Underserved

By Alana C. Jochum

Bringing firm lawyers and firm clients together to provide counsel to underserved communities strengthens relationships while doing the right thing.

Building a Practice Through Volunteering

By McClain E. Bryant

The power of a book of business remains in the hands of the few, but volunteering can lead to new focus and new paying clients.

Twenty-Five Years of Pro Bono

By Sally Crawford

The privilege of practicing law comes with the professional and ethical duty to give back to the community in a way that only lawyers can.

Miracle Drugs Have a Familiar Face

By Lydia Cipriani

Food and nutrition make a tremendous difference in health-care costs.

Book Review: Gospel Justice

By Jonathan J. Tofilon

A successful lawyer gives up everything to fight for access to justice.

Justice for the Poor: More Than Duty, It's Opportunity!

By Bruce D. Strom

Legal aid is an area where all faiths and those of no faith can come together to strengthen communities.

The Aftermath of Steubenville: Implications for Future Juvenile Cases

By Anannya Tripathy

There is currently no global procedure in the United States for determining whether a juvenile offender is eligible for a transfer into adult court.

Tuition Equality: The Ongoing Battle for the Right to Higher Education

By Mollie Berkowitz

The majority of state legislatures have remained silent on the issue.