Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press (CLE)

Civil Rights & Constitution

Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press (CLE)

The panel will explore current controversies over freedom of speech and freedom of the press. From the First Amendment implications of public officials barring individuals from their social media accounts, to a lawsuit alleging that the Trump Administration has used enforcement powers to target news organizations, from debate over whether private social media giants should restrict political ads, to using the Espionage Act against Julian Assange, to the power of public transit systems to ban religious ads, this roundtable will tackle these issues and much more that are shaping free speech and free press today.

Mass Violence Motivated By Hate: Are New Domestic Terrorism Laws the Answer?

Civil Rights & Constitution

Mass Violence Motivated By Hate: Are New Domestic Terrorism Laws the Answer?

In the aftermath of a mass shooting targeting “Mexicans” in El Paso, political leaders have introduced new domestic terrorism laws at state and federal levels. In New York, for instance, Gov. Cuomo introduced the Hate Crimes Domestic Terrorism Act treating mass violence motivated by hate as terrorist crimes. Additionally, Sen. McSally and Rep. Schiff recently spearheaded similar initiatives in Congress. Under the proposed laws, attacks like the one in El Paso, the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and the Emanuel African Episcopal Church in Charleston can be prosecuted as terrorism.

Economic, Gender, & Racial Inequality in State and Local Tax Systems

Civil Rights & Constitution

Economic, Gender, & Racial Inequality in State and Local Tax Systems

Over the past four decades, wealth has increasingly concentrated among the highest-income households. These households are disproportionately White and male. In 2018, three White men held aggregate wealth greater than the aggregate wealth of one-half of Americans. The median White household has 41 times more wealth than the median Black household and 22 times more wealth than the median Latinx household. On average women earn less than men in all industries.

"Remain in Mexico": the Facts, the Fiction, and Methods to Challenge this Unprecedented Rebuke of America’s Asylum System

Civil Rights & Constitution

"Remain in Mexico": the Facts, the Fiction, and Methods to Challenge this Unprecedented Rebuke of America’s Asylum System

Since January 2019, the Department of Homeland Security began invoking an obscure provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act to require tens of thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico during their removal proceedings. From San Diego, California, to Brownsville, Texas, applicants are struggling to survive in Mexico and find U.S.-licensed lawyers to provide legal advice and representation.

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Final Conscience Regulation: Does the New HHS Rule Promote Injustice?

Civil Rights & Constitution

Final Conscience Regulation: Does the New HHS Rule Promote Injustice?

On May 2, 2019, The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final version of its conscience rule, authorizing individual healthcare workers and institutions to neglect providing certain services due to a religious or conscience objection. Some view the rule as consistent with the Administration’s promise to promote religious interests. Others fear allowing healthcare workers and facilities to deny critical or life-saving care to patients.

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