In The News
A compilation of news stories about the Mason Law community
A snapshot of selected MAY 2012 news and activities:
IN THE HEADLINES
Commenting on lawsuits filed by Catholic and other entities pertaining to contraception coverage under health law reform regulations, Professor Helen Alvaré maintains the free exercise clause of the First Amendment does not apply in this instance.
North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
In North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Professor Ilya Somin comments on North Carolina's Map Act, suggesting that it is constitutionally suspect.
The Washington Post
In an op-ed appearing in The Washington Post, Professor Helen Alvaré argues that the Department of Health and Human Services contraception mandate is an attack on religious freedom thinly disguised as a right to free contraception for women.
The Huffington Post
As retired Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom this spring, bringing the number of justices so honored to nine, Professor Ilya Somin comments in an article that speculates how those nine justices might have voted on the health care law currently being reviewed by today's Court.
In a CNBC.com special report about falling divorce rates, Professor Lloyd Cohen comments on the effects of income and education on the rate of divorce in America.
The Claremont Review of Books
Steven Pinker's confidence that the waning of religion and embrace of secular reason, the safe harbor of powerful nation-states, and the effects of modern commerce and technology will promote human commonality and reduce violence is less an argument than an attitude, writes Professor Craig S. Lerner in the Claremont Review of Books.
The Washington Post
Professor Ilya Somin's comments regarding a proposed constitutional amendment calling for the Constitution to protect only the rights of "natural persons" were cited in a column written by The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will.
The National Post
In an essay appearing in Canada's The National Post, Professor F.H. Buckley provides a rebuttal to an earlier argument that Canada's system of Parliamentary government gives too much power to prime ministers.
U.S. News & World Report
"The White House should be commended for its part in keeping al Qaeda at bay," says Professor Nathan Sales in an article appearing in U.S.News & World Report's Debate Club. "But treating terrorists like common criminals, and ending CIA interrogations, is playing with fire."
The May 1 issue of Politico contains remarks made by Professor Adam Mossoff in discussing the content of his research paper, "The Rise and Fall of the First Patent Thicket: The Sewing Machine War of the 1850s."
The Washington Times
Some of President Obama's actions favor the wealthy over lower-income earners says Professor J.W. Verret in an op-ed appearing in the Washington Times.