Welcome Back

We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable spring break! You might have missed some of the legal news last week, so here is a recap of several top stories:

  • The Supreme Court announced it will release same-day audio recordings of the arguments over the constitutionality of the health care overhaul law
  • Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was convicted of hate crimes, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, for using a webcam to spy on his roommate
  • The Justice Department civil rights division blocked a Texas law that requires voters to show photo ID at the polls because the law would disproportionately affect Hispanic voters and prevent many of them from voting

Know of any other big stories that we missed? Leave us a comment and let us know.


Should Voting Be Mandatory?

Yesterday was election day–did you choose to vote?  The New York Times pondered whether the right to vote should be mandatory and what the implications of a mandatory voting law would be in this debate.  Read the opinions and let us know what you think.

Protecting the Right to Vote

Some public interest lawyers have devoted their entire career to voting rights.  As the 2012 presidential election heats up, take a moment to think about this right: Have you consistently exercised your right to vote? Do you know your state’s voting and election laws?  How do you feel about the fact that some Americans have lost their right to vote forever?  The Brennan Center for Justice is deeply committed to this issue and even offers a state-by-state map that shows which states limit/prohibit voting after criminal convictions.  The League of Women Voters is another great (non-partisan) organization dedicated to improving our system of representative government.  These organizations are not the only one–here is a list of several organizations that address voter’s rights issues.

Is this a topic you’re passionate about?  Have any of your past work/internship experiences addressed this issue? Comment below and let us know.