Section Newsletter Articles on Human Rights

It’s Game Over for proponents of videogame regulation By Steven Helle Human Rights, December 2011 Many courts have pointed out that no one has been able to establish anything more than a correlation—and not causation—between violence in videogames and real life. A look at the recently decided case of Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Assn.
Meet the members of the Human Rights Section Council Human Rights, December 2011 Get to know more about Human Rights Section Council members Michael Maslanka and Shannon Shepherd.
Meet the editors Human Rights, October 2011 Get to know the editors responsible for putting together the Human Rights newsletter.
Respecting religious freedom without sacrificing justice: The right to wear religious garb in court proceedings By Hon. Thomas More Donnelly Bench and Bar, October 2011 The free exercise of religion in this country deserves a delicate approach. While a trial judge has the ultimate responsibility to control the courtroom, the responsibility must be exercised reasonably and within constitutional bounds.
LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, September 2011 The National Immigrant Justice Center announced that it has changed the name of its LGBT-focused project from the “National Asylum Partnership on Sexual Minorities” to the “LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative.”
Analysis of order preliminarily enjoining Arizona S.B. 1070 By David W. Austin Human Rights, August 2011 S.B. 1070 has already generated a number of resolutions in both the Illinois House and Senate, as well as the Chicago City Council, all calling for its repeal.
The new Arizona immigration law mirrors existing federal law By Peter LaSorsa Human Rights, August 2011 The federal government estimated that Arizona had one of the fastest growing illegal immigrant populations in the country, increasing from 330,000 in 2000 to 560,000 by 2008.
Some comments from Arizona By Kathryn E. Eisenhart Human Rights, August 2011 Some thoughts about SB 1070 from author Kathryn Eisenhart.
Thoughts on Senate Bill 1070 By Scott Turner Human Rights, August 2011 According to author Scott Turner, "...if this bill is examined in a subjective way, one can see that the motivations behind Senate Bill 1070 have very little to do with race."
The Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index By Marc A. Garcia Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 Since 2002, through the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the Human Rights Campaign has surveyed major businesses, including law firms, to benchmark important employer benefits and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and their families.
The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act By Richard A. Wilson Diversity Leadership Council, June 2011 When the new Act took effect on June 1, Illinois joined 11 U.S. States and the District of Columbia that now recognize legal unions between same-sex couples.
Fei Mei Cheng v. Attorney General of the United States, 2010 WL 3896198 (C.A.3) By Lisa A. Foran International and Immigration Law, April 2011 This case will help other circuits refine their definition of “other resistance” in the INA as human rights issues come to the forefront of American/Chinese relations.
Program on Dual Nationals International and Immigration Law, April 2011 Check out the April 20th program that will feature a panel of three attorneys to discuss, “Dual Nationals and Deemed Exports: Legal Perspectives on Compliance, Immigration and HR Issues.”
Restorative justice now! By Hon. Sheila M. Murphy Human Rights, April 2011 A call for restorative justice in Illinois.
“When I’m 64”—Why elderly gay couples need marriage rights By Valerie Sherman Elder Law, April 2010 The hospital issues, estate planning, and inheritance issues that younger gay couples worry about come to reality as long-term gay couples age, affecting the elderly most acutely.
Freedom of speech—fleeting expletives, access to courts, Internet anonymity and attorney advertising By Steven Helle Human Rights, February 2010 As audience members at a recent Communications Law seminar in New York City learned, the subject spans everything from regulation of indecency in the broadcast media to a constitutional right of access to courtrooms and court documents.
Reorganization will strengthen the ISBA’s diversity efforts By Alice M. Noble-Allgire Human Rights, February 2010 You may not have heard any hammers or saws, but the ISBA recently completed a major renovation of its diversity-related committees and sections councils—a renovation that is already seeing substantial dividends in terms of greater efficiency and collaborative creativity.
Reinvigorating Habeas Corpus: Ruling on “actual innocence” By Sheila M. Murphy Human Rights, October 2009 In Re Troy Anthony Davis was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, No.08-1443 (Aug. 17, 2009), over the dissent of Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas.  
Editor’s column: The other elephant in the room: Gates vs. Cambridge police raises fundamental issues beyond the issue of racial profiling By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, September 2009 A note from Editor John Phipps.
Pregnant inmates suffer human rights violations By Cynthia West Human Rights, September 2009 Pregnant women in prison need better access standard health care, reasonable bodily movement and freedom from shackles and restraints during transport to the hospital, labor and delivery.
Gay and lesbian judges? Oh my! Toto, we’re not in Kansas By Hon. Tom Chiola Bench and Bar, July 2009 The recent formation of the Alliance of Illinois Judges ( by the 15 openly gay and lesbian judges on the Circuit Court of Cook County marks a sea change in Illinois elected office.
Immigration in the context of human rights: A focus on bi-national same sex couples By Natalie Vera Human Rights, May 2009 In today’s society, where there exists a rapidly evolving notion and composition of the family, our immigration laws are antiquated and incapable of securing and protecting the wide variety of family structures that exist in the United States.
Supreme Court broadens law enforcement investigatory powers By Michael D. Bersani Local Government Law, March 2009 In an historical decision rendered on January 26, 2009, the United States Supreme Court in Arizona v. Johnson, unanimously upheld the authority of the police to “stop and frisk” a passenger detained pursuant to a valid traffic stop, when the officer reasonably suspects that the person is armed and dangerous but does not suspect criminal activity.
Mental retardation: Mitigating or aggravating factor in sentencing? By Thomas A. Bruno Human Rights, January 2009 The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled on the proper application of mental retardation as a mitigating or aggravating factor in sentencing in People v. Heider, Docket No. 103859, decided May, 2008.
Amendment of the Illinois Human Rights Act By Eileen M. Geary Government Lawyers, December 2008 Employers, including local governments, are preparing to defend a new type of case in circuit court.
Report of status of selected civil liberties issues in Russia By Natalia Evdokimova Human Rights, September 2008 Chapter II of the Constitution of the Russian Federation adopted in 1993 grants the rights and liberties of the citizens of Russia.
All you need is love. . . And the right legislation: The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act (House Bill 1826) By Annemarie E. Kill Diversity Leadership Council, June 2008 The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act (HB 1826) was originally introduced in the Illinois House on February 23, 2007.
John Yoo and the Problem of Constitutional Evil By Mark Graber Human Rights, June 2008 Having just excerpted the Yoo memo for Gillman, Graber, and Whittington, American Constitutionalism (forthcoming, 2010), let me suggest that the claims are constitutionally plausible or as plausible as most of what I read when I read legal materials.
Pre-conviction DNA gathering By Thomas A. Bruno Human Rights, June 2008 The FBI has proposed taking tissue samples of all persons arrested by the FBI for submission to the FBI’s DNA database.
Thank Yoo and Judge (Mostly Getting a Free Pass) Bybee By Brian Tamanaha Human Rights, June 2008 Thank them for what? For effectively bringing home three essential lessons about the rule of law: