Justice on Trial: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Garrett Phillips Murder Trial

Editor’s Note: Oral Hillary was acquitted of all charges on September 28, 2016.

By Jane Rosales

On the afternoon of October 24, 2011, 12-year-old Garrett Phillips was found strangled to death in his mother’s home in Potsdam, New York. Oral Nicholas Hillary, a father, a former college soccer coach, and Jamaican immigrant has been charged with second degree murder.  After five tumultuous years, his trial started on Monday, September 12, 2016. Here are five things you should know about this case that <Read More>

Fisher v. University of Texas: SCOTUS wins a battle in the war for Racial Justice

by Shelby Hoffman

On June 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court was on the right side of history when ruling in favor of diversity in higher education. The 4-3 decision, Fisher v. University of Texas, affirmed a race-conscious admissions program employed by the University of Texas. The University’s program adopts a holistic approach to admissions decisions, and considers an applicant’s race as one of many factors in the broader context of the student’s application. The holistic approach includes calculation of <Read More>

Compensating Extra Costs for Persons With Disabilities through Economic Equality: The U.S. and Swedish Legal Approach in a Human Rights Perspective

Introduction by Michael Perlin


Three years ago, when I was on the full time faculty, and director of the International Mental Disability Law Reform Project, I asked my friend and colleague Richard Sahlin to present a paper to faculty and students. Richard was then a researcher on the faculty of Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, and presented a paper on the tensions between an employer’s prerogative to hire freely and the right of the professional with disability to <Read More>

Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstadt: Upcoming Supreme Court Arguments and What is Potentially at Stake

By: Victoria Stork


What is happening?

The oral arguments for Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstadt (formerly v. Cole) are scheduled for March 2, 2016 in the Supreme Court of the United States. The case is about two Texas regulations that will result in shutting down over 75 percent of women’s health clinics providing abortion services within Texas. As the first reproductive rights case since Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the decision in Whole Women’s Health will have quite an impact on current reproductive <Read More>

Failure to Move: The Status of Gun Control in America

By: Kelsey Dickman

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora Theater. Sandy Hook. Charleston. Umpqua Community College. San Bernardino.

These names, along with so many other names and dates, signify tragedies in the United States. No matter how you feel about gun control, everyone can agree that the victims of this senseless violence should be alive. They should be busy pursuing their dreams, living their lives, and instead they were gunned down in the course of a normal day.

And yet, there has been no significant <Read More>