Increasing Police Accountability: Body Worn v. Smartphone Cameras

By: Dylan Reynolds Amid the flagrant calls for police reform spurred by the 2020 murder of George Floyd (among countless others) is a renewed effort by both advocates and lawmakers to require that police officers wear body cameras. Body cameras are seen as essential to police reform, transparency, and increasing officer accountability. However, it turns … Continue reading Increasing Police Accountability: Body Worn v. Smartphone Cameras

First Amendment Rights for the Undocumented: ICE Lawsuit Settled

By: Fallon Cochlin After a four-year court battle with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), activist Ravi Ragbir has entered into a settlement that grants him a three-year reprieve from deportation. In January 2018, The Intercept published a report that raised concerns about targeted government surveillance and enforcement of immigration rights activists. Ragbir was … Continue reading First Amendment Rights for the Undocumented: ICE Lawsuit Settled

Building Capacity to Protect Native Power: Lessons from Amber Ortega’s Fight

By: Priyal Thakkar On the morning of her arrest, Amber Ortega was praying with Nellie Jo David at Quitobaquito Springs, a sacred site where Hia C-ed O’odham families, like Ortega’s, lived before it was purchased by the National Park Service. “Quitobaquito is the reason for our survival,” she said.[1] “This place has a strong history … Continue reading Building Capacity to Protect Native Power: Lessons from Amber Ortega’s Fight

The Establishment Clause and State Funding for Religious Schools

By: Sharon Foster In December 2021, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Carson v. Makin. The Court was asked to decide whether Maine’s secondary school funding program violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. The plaintiffs contend that the State’s refusal to provide tuition assistance for sectarian education violates their right to … Continue reading The Establishment Clause and State Funding for Religious Schools

The First Amendment Right to a Religious Exemption from Mandatory Vaccination

By: Tihanne K. Mar-Shall At the end of 2021, a group of student-athletes sued their school alleging violations of their First Amendment right to free exercise of religion, among other things, for being denied religious exemptions for the Covid-19 vaccine. Western Michigan University required athletes and not other students to be vaccinated to participate in … Continue reading The First Amendment Right to a Religious Exemption from Mandatory Vaccination