Cases to watch
Nielsen v. Preap challenged the government’s interpretation of a 1996 mandatory detention law requiring that non-citizens be detained for the duration of their deportation proceedings—without a hearing—because they have criminal records.
Introductory comments by the Section on Human Rights Law chair, Kathryn E. Eisenhart.
The Gertz Award
The Human Rights Section Council will soon be seeking nominations for the Gertz Award.
Janus v. AFSCME
The latest U.S. Supreme Court decision to “weaponize” the First Amendment is Janus v. American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees, Council 31, in which the Court held that Illinois’ extraction of agency fees from nonconsenting public-sector employees violated the First Amendment.
Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
A summary of the U.S. Supreme Court opinion Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which the Court ruled that it is lawful under the First Amendment to refuse to create a cake for a same-sex couple to celebrate same-sex marriage based on religious beliefs.
Recent amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act
An overview of amendments made to the Illinois Human Rights Act, which will help to streamline the charge filing process and provide more avenues through which to seek remedies for discrimination.