Lisa Needham is an attorney who has worked in the areas of First Amendment, education, and labor law. She is also an adjunct law professor focusing on teaching legal writing to non-traditional students. She is the deputy editor of Lawyerist, where she writes about access to justice and diversity in the law, and she is also the editor-in-chief of Bitter Empire. Follow her on Twitter: @snipy
Trump's presidential budget proposes to eliminate funding for a program helping those with low incomes obtain legal representation for things like obtaining restraining orders, preventing foreclosures, and ensuring elderly people aren't scammed by lenders.
An Alabama federal district court judge ruled that a mostly white suburb called Gardendale can partially separate from the surrounding Jefferson County schools and create its own school system, even though its desire to do so is motivated by racism.
The case provides greater employment protections for people who aren't straight, at least in the states in the Seventh Circuit. But what it doesn't do is make the thorny issue of figuring out how to consistently apply Title VII any easier.
This administration's level of chaos—in which major channels of government information are opened, closed, diverted, changed, partially restored—effectively functions as a suppressor of political speech.
According to the ACLU's complaint, 15-year-old Nicole Velazquez had been admitted to the school prior to transitioning, but initially chose to attend a different one. When she reapplied, post-transition, she was denied admission and told she would be placed on a waiting list for an open spot.
The Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF) has claimed Minnesota's Human Rights Act could be used to unfairly target businesses who might hypothetically want to deny services to same-sex couples on religious grounds.
After being reprimanded for kissing her girlfriend in a campus parking lot, Kimberly Hively tried in vain to get full-time employment at the college where she worked. She never received an interview, and in 2014, the college failed to renew her part-time position.
Recently, a parent in Minnesota filed a lawsuit seeking to block her transgender daughter from receiving further gender-affirming medical service. This is an assault on the rights of trans youth and minors who may need abortion care.