Last Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in King v. Burwell. Although it was a relist from last week’s conference—increasing the odds of granting certiorari to 49%–the quickness of the announcement caught many by surprise. Following the Court’s announcement, legal experts have expressed disagreement over the merits of the case: both proponents and detractors of … Continue reading
Author Archives: Jason Barnes
Questioning the “Shareholder Solution”
On October 3, the Washington Post ran an opinion piece entitled “A shareholder solution to ‘Citizens United.’” As the title indicates, the article presents a way to control corporate campaign financing permitted by Citizens United. Specifically, the article introduces proposed legislation in Maryland that would require corporations to disclose and subsequently receive support from a “majority” of … Continue reading
Previewing Holt v. Hobbs: Is Hobby Lobby Dispositive?
In an op-ed for The Atlantic, law professor Dawinder S. Sidhu discusses an upcoming case this term, Holt v. Hobbs, which involves the question of whether Arkansas’ Department of Corrections’ grooming regulations violate Holt’s religious freedom. Sidhu asserts that this case should begin and end with Hobby Lobby. Yet, Professor Sidhu ignores one key distinguishing factor: here, unlike … Continue reading
A Good Track Record?
On September 25, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation. As head of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Holder has been extremely proactive, placing the DOJ behind a number of important civil rights issues, including voting rights, immigration, and same sex marriage. His engagement with these issues has earned him both praise … Continue reading
What Uber and School Choice have in Common: A Response
A few days ago, an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) claimed to answer “what Uber and school choice have in common.” Courtavich, the author of the article, juxtaposes two industries–education and transportation–that are facially very different but whose underlying concerns may, in fact, be quite similar. The answer proffered by the … Continue reading
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