Aching Joints: The Shrinking Space Between the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause

*Zachary Babo I. Introduction The First Amendment provides religion unique but potentially contradictory protections.[1]  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”[2]  In guaranteeing these bedrock rights, the competing principles of the “Religion Clauses” may conflict.[3]  To solve this paradox, the Supreme Court once recognized “there isContinue reading “Aching Joints: The Shrinking Space Between the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause”

Cuties: The French Film That Shocked America’s Conscience

*Sabrina Marquez The First Amendment’s protection of free speech is in contention as a small county in Texas charged Netflix, Inc. (Netflix) with the state felony of promoting lewdness for content displayed in the movie “Cuties.”[1]  The movie is a French film by Maïmouna Doucouré, also known as “Mignonnes,”and functions as an extension of herContinue reading “Cuties: The French Film That Shocked America’s Conscience”

But First, Let Me Take a Selfie…

But First, Let Me Take a Selfie: Milwaukee Attorney Snaps Selfie with Client After Jury Verdict Comes Back Not Guilty, Raising Concerns about Professionalism within this Generation and Whether the Government Can Regulate When One Can Take a Selfie Shannon Clancy* On September 18, 2015, Brandon Burnside, a Milwaukee citizen convicted of first-degree intentional homicide,Continue reading “But First, Let Me Take a Selfie…”

First Amendment Challenges Threaten Funding Schemes For Public Sector Unions Could Shape The Upcoming National Election

First Amendment Challenges Threaten Funding Schemes For Public Sector Unions Could  Shape The Upcoming National Election Christian Piatt* As politics returns to center stage with each party trying to find its next presidential candidate, the issue of public sector unions is coming before the Supreme Court.  Recently, the Supreme Court heard Harris where a smallContinue reading “First Amendment Challenges Threaten Funding Schemes For Public Sector Unions Could Shape The Upcoming National Election”

A Rap Song Posted To Social Media By A Student Is Unprotected By The First Amendment

First Amendment Protection—Out Of School Speech—The United States Court of Appeals For The Fifth Circuit Holds That A Rap Song Posted To Social Media By A Student Is Unprotected. —Bell v. Itawamba County School Board, No. 12-60264, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 14630 (5th Cir. Aug. 20, 2015). Rachel Melchor* The First Amendment states that, “CongressContinue reading “A Rap Song Posted To Social Media By A Student Is Unprotected By The First Amendment”