Michigan Legislature Protects Breastfeeding Mothers

Michigan protects breastfeeding in public placesThe debate has raged for decades: whether new mothers should be allowed to breastfeed their babies in public. Restaurants have refused to serve them or asked them to leave while feminists have called it natural and urged them to stay. Now the Michigan legislature has weighed in in favor of the right to breastfeed. Read the full post »

Can I Still Challenge Paternity After My Divorce?

The Divorce doesn't stop you from being able to challenge paternity, but your child's age might.If your wife has a child while you are married, you usually know it. But whether that child is yours isn’t always so clear. So what happens if you don’t find out about the other alleged father before the divorce is final? Read the full post »

Michigan to Create Meth Users Registry

New law will prevent meth users and children from buying pseudoephedrineDrug use, especially meth, carries with it a stigma that can cause addicts to lose jobs, homes, and family support. But imagine if after serving your sentence and getting clean and sober, the cashier at the pharmacist could still label you as a user and refuse to serve you. That’s exactly what a new law passed by the Michigan legislature will do starting in 2015. Read the full post »

Michigan’s Top Court Denies Parole Hearings to Juvenile Lifers

Michigan Supreme Court Denies Parole to Juvenile LifersEver since the Supreme Court decided Miller v. Alabama in 2012, juvenile rights advocates have been fighting to get Michigan to protect juveniles’ rights to parole. But a recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling has made it clear that any relief will have to come from the federal courts. Read the full post »

Appeals Court Weighs in for Marriage Equality

Utah Court of Appeals Affirms Marriage Equality

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Utah recently became the first appeals court to rule on marriage equality since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in US v. Windsor. Following the wave of district court opinions in favor of gay marriage, the 10th Circuit ruled Utah’s law unconstitutional and paved the way back to the Supreme Court. Read the full post »

Why “Boys Will Be Boys” Doesn’t Answer Bullying

Bullying pushes another student to suicide.It happened again: a middle-school boy committed suicide after being bullied at school. Even though the boy faced repeated abuse, one teacher’s response was simply “boys will be boys.” But that kind of attitude does nothing to give our children the protection they deserve under the law. Read the full post »

Supreme Court: To Search a Cell Phone, Get a Warrant

Supreme Court Tells Police to Get a Warrant to Search Cell PhonesWhat’s the difference between a cell phone and a purse? A recent U.S. Supreme Court says a whole lot. In a decision that experts are heralding as huge step in digital privacy, the court gave clear instructions to police: to search a cell phone, get a warrant. Read the full post »

Why Hobby Lobby Is Bigger (And Smaller) Than You Think

What Does the Hobby Lobby Decision Mean?The Supreme Court’s latest decision has flooded social media. But praise and objections often don’t show what actually happened. So what does Hobby Lobby really mean, anyway? Read the full post »

MI Supreme Court Undercuts Right to Attorney

Right to Attorney doesn't include the right to know one showed up.You are sitting in jail, being questioned by police. You assert your right to an attorney so they put you in a cell. After sitting there over night you decide to talk and ask for an attorney again. Your lawyer shows up, but is told to wait in the lobby while the police have you sign a Miranda waiver and make a confession. Is there a problem? Read the full post »

Student Suspended For 2 Word Tweet

Student Suspended for 2 Word TweetStudents being suspended for their online behavior is nothing new, but a Massachusetts school district has taken discipline for Internet speech to the extreme by suspending and threatening to expel a student for a 2-word tweet: “Actually yeah.” Read the full post »