Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a news conference at Facebook headquarters August 18, 2010 in Palo Alto, California..

Op-Ed: Constitutional Rights, Sponsored by Facebook

By Sonia Katyal |

Internet access for all is a win for free speech, but we should scrutinize corporations' roles.

Op-Ed: As Foreign Investment Balloons, A Centralized Court System Is Vital

By Douglas Singleterry |

The current private enforcement process lacks transparency and consistency.

<b>BUYING INFLUENCE:</b> Protesters sought reconsideration in 2012 of the Citizens United decision. Opponents of the decision argue that it leaves corporate spending on elections largely unchecked.

Op-Ed: After 75 Years, Missouri Still Serves As the Model for Selecting Judges

By Liz Seaton |

Merit-selection system guards against partisanship and preserves justice.

<b>GROWING DISSENT:</b> Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wrote in <i>Glossip v. Gross</i>, a challenge to Oklahoma’s lethal injection, that capital punishment “very likely” violates the Constitution.

Op-Ed: Is an End to the Death Penalty Nearing?

By Vivian Berger |

New state laws, improved science and better representation of defendants all point to change.

VW rear hood ornaments for Volkswagen Golf cars lie at the assembly line at the VW factory on March 8, 2010 in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Op-Ed: VW Creates the Perfect 'No-Injury' Class Action

By Arthur H. Bryant |

Automaker's emissions scandal points out fallacy of argument in case before the high court.

Op-Ed: High Court Gets a Chance to Ban Racism in Jury Selection

By Gil Garcetti |

But justices could render meaningless the basic rights granted in prior rulings.

Oct. 6, 2015 - Sheerness, UK - New Volkswagen cars in a compound in Sheerness, Kent, as more 460,000 new cars were sold last month - the highest September figure on record.

Op-Ed: What Did VW's Lawyers Know? The Answer Could Be Career-Ending

By Vincent R. Johnson |

If attorneys played a part in emissions deceit, they should lose their licenses.

Op-Ed: Sentencing Reforms Need Voices From Victims

By Mary Leary |

Amid the bipartisan effort to fix a broken criminal justice system, a key perspective is missing.

Op-Ed: Egg Donor Antitrust Suit Exposes Flaws of an Underregulated Business

By Alan C. Milstein |

The multibillion-dollar industry needs more oversight, but the case misses the mark

Op-Ed: Avalanche of Charges Killed the Dewey Case

By Matt Kaiser |

New York prosecutors piled on the allegations, hoping some would stick. They didn't.

<b>NOW PLAYING:</b> James Donovan represented U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers, captured by the Soviet Union. Tom Hanks, right, plays Donovan in “Bridge of Spies.” Mark Rylance, left, plays Soviet intelligence officer Rudolf Abel.

Op-Ed: Hanks' Latest Film Is One Firm's History

By Daniel G. McDermott |

James Donovan, the subject of a Spielberg movie, served as an inspiration to a New York lawyer.

<b>SEEKING PROTECTION:</b> Flor Garcia, 19, and her one-year-old daughter were among the roughly 90 Hondurans who illegally cross into the U.S. at the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas, every day.

Op-Ed: Don't Ignore the Children of the Central American Immigration Crisis

By Stephen J. Brogan |

The news coverage has quieted down, but tens of thousands still need legal help.

Mallun Yen, RPX Executive Vice President

In Hiring, 'Perfect' Is The Enemy Of Diversity

A manager’s biases about what made an effective litigator almost doomed a great candidate.

<b>ON DISPLAY:</b> Handguns at a show in Albany, New York, in 2013. Under current federal law, background checks are only required by those who “engage in the business” of dealing firearms.

Op-Ed: Closing the Gun-Show Loophole by Executive Action Is a Feasible Plan

By Lawrence Rosenthal |

Hillary Clinton's strategy would increase background checks for firearm purchasers.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Op-Ed: With Kennedy as Swing Vote, High Court Could Veer Right

By Erwin Chemerinsky |

A historically conservative stance on affirmative action, voting and abortion rights.

Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons during a game held in FedEx Field, Maryland.

Op-Ed: Concussion Settlement's Inflation Problem

By Brian Wolfman |

Third Circuit should reject deal because players with future injuries won't get fair compensation.

Op-Ed: Measure of Legal Education's Value Extends Far Beyond Big Law

By James Lupo |

Despite the critics, law school still provides a solid foundation for civic responsibility.

Op-Ed: High Court Must Undo Clear Case of Juror Racism

By Charles J. Ogletree Jr. and David J. Harris |

At issue is whether black man sentenced to death was denied fair trial due to juror using the n-word.

Op-Ed: A Threat to Class Actions Looms in High Court

By Judith E. Schaeffer |

Personal experience in a home refinancing case underscores the public policy of suing en masse.

<b>LIKE AN UMPIRE:</b> Chief Justice John Roberts has described the judiciary’s role in the indigent defense system as that of an officiator. But some say the judiciary is too involved in the defense function.

Op-Ed: Indigent Defense System Needs Greater Independence From Judiciary

By E.G. "Gerry" Morris |

It has undue power over how and when almost all federal defendants get lawyers.

Op-Ed: The DOJ's Crackdown on White-Collar Crime Creates 'Cruel Alternative'

By Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon |

Stricter stance means employees could be fired for not cooperating.

<b>DONALD VERRILLI JR.:</b> The Solicitor General has filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to review a Second Circuit decision.

Op-Ed: Folly in Redefining Insider Trading

By Bruce Barket and Alexander Klein |

High court should revisit — and affirm — what constitutes a "personal benefit" for information.

Op-Ed: The Legal Profession Needs To Get Smart about Cybersecurity

By Brian E. Finch |

Training must address a fundamental duty to clients imperiled by attacks.

<b>EDITH RAMIREZ:</b> Chairwoman of the FTC. A court ruled the FTC can go after businesses that don’t protect data.

Op-Ed: The FTC's Expanded Role to Deter Hackers

By Daniel Castro |

New authority makes it harder for companies to shirk information -security responsibilities.

<b>JUSTICE SAMUEL ALITO:</b> The author of ‘Wynne’ was joined for a change by Justices Sotomayor and Breyer.

Op-Ed: A Tax Case (Yes, Tax) Was Last Term's Blockbuster

By Gary Thompson |

Amid high court's epic docket was a seemingly mundane suit — at the heart of the Constitution.

Op-Ed: Hasty Changes to Mandatory Sentencing Could Prove Unwise

By George J. Terwilliger III |

We shouldn't forget that the public needs protection from some very bad actors.

Op-Ed: Law Schools' Shell Game of Minority Enrollment

By Jay Sterling Silver |

Admitting diverse students as transfers in their second year does not improve overall numbers.

Legal Aid Society volunteer pro bono attorneys help clients with applications.

Firms Should Support Graduates' Goal to Provide Pro Bono Service

By Michael Scudder |

During job interviews, students fear revealing that they would like to volunteer.

<b>LAWMAKERS:</b> Sen. John McCain and former Sen. Russ Feingold, sponsors of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, in 2006.

Op-Ed: The McCain-Feingold Act May Doom Itself

By Richard L. Hasen |

A provision in the campaign-reform law could spur the Supreme Court to hear a challenge.

Gustave Courbet,

Op-Ed: Recovering Nazi-Looted Art Became Pinnacle of Lawyer's Career

By Lawrence M. Kaye and Howard N. Spiegler |

Charles Goldstein helped reclaim $160 million in stolen paintings and other works.

<b>VEEP:</b> Julia Louis-Dreyfus pokes fun at politics in Washington.

Op-Ed: Imagine If Presidential Elections Were Like a TV Comedy

By Jerry H. Goldfeder |

An absurd — but possible — outcome when the electoral college vote is tied.

Op-Ed: Bite-Mark Evidence Proving Unreliable

By Gabriel A. Fuentes |

Despite a robust industry of experts in the field, criticism of the forensic technique is growing.

<b>SCOTT FREE:</b> The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ended an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's campaign financing, a ruling that critics say undermines the integrity of the election process.

Op-Ed: Wisconsin Decision to Shut Down Walker Probe Reflects Roberts Court

By Daniel I. Weiner and Brent Ferguson |

State justices misinterpreted precedent, but ruling follows trend set in Washington.

Op-Ed: Telemarketing Rule Hinders Legitimate Businesses

By Robert M. McDowell and Megan L. Brown |

The Federal Communications Commission leaves door wide open for more costly class actions.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Op-Ed: A Foolhardy Proposal: Electing Our Justices

By Bert Brandenburg |

Ted Cruz's idea to put the high court's jurists on a retention ballot is fraught with problems.

Op-Ed: Executive Branch Needs a Lesson in Civics When it Comes to Supplements

By Lisa A. Rickard |

FTC is exceeding its bounds in suing over clinical trials that legally are not required.

<b>MOURNING:</b> Pallbearers carry the casket of one of the nine people killed at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. An alleged white supremacist has been charged with the murders.

Op-Ed: Charleston Massacre is Pivotal Point for Profession

By William C. Hubbard and Sherrilyn Ifill |

Those who have vowed to uphold the Constitution must take action to improve the justice system.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Op-Ed: Fair Decision in Same-Sex Marriage, But Based Mostly on Faulty Logic

By Roger Pilon |

Justice Kennedy touches on the correct rationale for permitting such unions.

Op-Ed: A Positive Sign for Free Speech in 'Town of Gilbert' Decision

By Robert Frommer and Erica Smith |

"Noncensorial" motives for limiting expression less likely to pass muster.

piggy bank

Op-Ed: Law School Scholarships Foist Surtax On Neediest

By Aaron N. Taylor |

Students with less-educated parents and lower LSAT scores accrue the most debt.

The Texas Legislature uses the state’s vast distances to impede people’s rights.

Op-Ed: Courts Must Confront the Burden of Distance

By Lisa R. Pruitt |

How far is too far to force a citizen to travel to exercise a fundamental right?

Op-Ed: 'Neutrality' Argument Is a Ruse in European Commission's Google Case

By Marvin Ammori |

Antitrust claims aimed at search engine's shopping site are based on flawed logic.

Op-Ed: Consistent Reform Needed to Block Credit Checks in Job Applications

By Vivian Berger |

The practice unfairly disadvantages minorities and perpetuates poverty.

Op-Ed: Heeding Vaccine Court's Failures

By Nora Freeman Engstrom |

Shortcomings of the compensation program do not bode well for other alternative tribunals.

<b>FORTHCOMING:</b> Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, seen here in June 2013, took the unusual step last week of making public a correction to a dissenting opinion in the Texas voter case.

Op-Ed: A Call to Expose the Unnecessary Secrets of the Supreme Court

By Richard L. Hasen |

One justice publicly announced an error in her dissent, but such candor is rare. The Supreme Court has no excuse for being so opaque about its practices. There is a whole set of ways that it could improve on its transparency.

Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, former chairman of AIG

Op-Ed: Judge Lacks Authority to Preside Over the Hank Greenberg Case

By Michael P. Goodman |

A Federal Claims appointee is not constitutionally empowered to hear the AIG suit.

Rachel Dolezal

Op-Ed: Biology Versus Choice When Changing Identities

By Camille Gear Rich |

The public's very different reactions to Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal's transformations.

Participants in the same-sex marriage debate gathered at the Supreme Court.

Op-Ed: Straw-Man Argument on Marriage Equality Shouldn't Fool High Court

By Susannah W. Pollvogt |

Intent doesn't matter — the test is whether a law's effects defeat equal protection.

<b>ANTECEDENTS:</b> A group of officers stand near a railway carriage during the Pullman strike in Chicago in July 1894. The government has pursued conspiracy charges against unions, socialists and Muslims.

Op-Ed: The Dubious Charms of Criminal Conspiracy

By Steven R. Morrison |

It's time to rein in a tactic prosecutors have used against dissidents and to entrap suspects.

<b>DENNIS HASTERT:</b> It is hard to believe Congress intended the anti-structuring law to apply in circumstances like these, involving personal embarrassment over alleged misconduct committed long ago.

Op-Ed: The Irony and Flaws in the Federal Case Against Hastert

By Andrew D. Herman |

Former House speaker should have learned something from other D.C. scandals.

<b>SAMANTHA ELAUF:</b> The court found that the job seeker had a valid claim for bias even though she didn't explicitly declare that she wore the hijab for religious—rather than, say, fashion—purposes.

Op-Ed: Religion's 'Favored Status' in Workplace

By Ruthann Robson |

The Supreme Court sends clear message that Muslim practices deserve equal protection.

Op-Ed: Legal Aid Jobs Await Law School Graduates

By Ray Brescia |

New lawyers need employment. People need services. How do we bring them together?

<b>ANDREW CERESNEY:</b> SEC enforcement director supports disclosure about forum choice.

Op-Ed: Welcome News from the SEC on Forum Selection

By Joel M. Cohen and Bennett Rawicki |

Details on choice of administrative versus court proceedings could help eliminate unfairness.