by Ellery Weil
From The Huffington Post, lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Lucy Flores speaks out about her position on reproductive rights, as influenced by her own abortion at age sixteen.
In light of several recent controversies surrounding attorneys’ representations of controversial defendants, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi for The Sacramento Bee argues that criminal defense lawyers are “safeguards against vigilantism, kangaroo courts, and mob justice.” (Adachi is a member of the Bay Area Lawyer Chapter’s Board of Advisors.)
Ciarra Torres-Spelliscy of the Brennan Center for Justice argues that, despite an outwardly polarized government, bipartisanship is still present in Congress, on issues including voter reform.
From SCOTUSblog, Florida will take the question of same-sex marriage to a higher court, after officials in Monroe County were required to marry same-sex couples.
Louise Melling of the ACLU argues that Hobby Lobby, and particularly the potential it opens up for discrimination against the LGBT community, violates basic human dignity of those refused services.