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SCOTUS to hear three landmark LGBTQ+ workers-rights cases in next term

SCOTUS to hear three landmark LGBTQ+ workers-rights cases in next term

04/25/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor Searching for the right job is no walk in the park. College grads would be hard-pressed to name a bigger source of stress than answering the dreaded question, “What comes next?” But for gay and transgender Americans, the job search is made all the more difficult by the […]

Midterm Mania: Pennsylvania redistricting plays role in House flips

Midterm Mania: Pennsylvania redistricting plays role in House flips

Raymond Arke | Editor-in-Chief 11/08/18 A new congressional district map led to big changes in Pennsylvania’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms. In March, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the old map, drawn by Republican legislators in 2012, was unconstitutionally gerrymandered. After Pennsylvania’s legislature couldn’t draw a new map […]

Some Duquesne law professors oppose Kavanaugh confirmation

Some Duquesne law professors oppose Kavanaugh confirmation

Kellen Stepler | Staff Writer 10/11/2018 Being a justice on the United States Supreme Court is one of the most powerful and privileged positions in the judiciary branch of the government. Composed of only nine judges that serve their terms for life, the court is called upon to serve the United States by making critical […]

Ford brave for coming forward with Kavanaugh accusations

Ford brave for coming forward with Kavanaugh accusations

10/04/2018 By Kailey Love | Managing Editor On Sept. 27, millions of people across the world were glued to phone screens and television sets, watching history unfold as a woman told her story about a boy who sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old. In the era of #MeToo, these narratives are not […]

The Second Amendment should be reevaluated

The Second Amendment should be reevaluated

04/05/2018 By Eddie Zakreski | Contributor  The Second Amendment reads, “A well regulated Militia (sic), being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This is one of the most controversial sentences in the Constitution. The language establishes that the right […]

Law school renews unique agreement with Costa Rica’s Supreme Court

Law school renews unique agreement with Costa Rica’s Supreme Court

Raymond Arke | News Editor In late June, Duquesne law professor Robert Barker traveled to the land of deep rainforests, pristine beaches and “one of the most stable and respected legal systems in the world,” Costa Rica. Barker visited the small Central American country to renew a more than 20-year-old academic cooperation agreement between Duquesne’s […]

Staff editorial: Kentucky clerk refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Staff editorial: Kentucky clerk refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Duke Staff Kentucky clerk Kim Davis continued to refuse marriage licenses on Tuesday and Wednesday for same-sex couples, even after the Supreme Court denied her request to delay the implementation of the Obergefell vs. Hodges ruling based on religious beliefs. The Supreme Court decided in June with the Obergefell vs. Hodges case that same-sex marriage […]

Gormley remains positive about failed Pa. Supreme Court bid

Gormley remains positive about failed Pa. Supreme Court bid

By Kaye Burnet and Julian Routh | The Duquesne Duke Just three weeks after learning he would not be heading to Harrisburg to sit on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, law school Dean Ken Gormley leans back in his chair in his office and smiles. “I have learned not to spend my life thinking of things […]

Gormley nominated to fill Pa. Supreme Court vacancy

Gormley nominated to fill Pa. Supreme Court vacancy

By Julian Routh | News Editor Duquesne law school dean Ken Gormley was nominated Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf to temporarily fill one of the two vacant seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Gormley, 59, of Forest Hills, will serve on the bench until January 2016 if two-thirds of the state Senate approves his appointment. […]

Clarence Thomas speaks at Duquesne

By Pat Higgins | Asst. Sports Editor Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made an appearance on campus Tuesday afternoon where he spoke with Ken Gormley, law school dean, and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thomas M. Hardiman of the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in front of a packed crowd in the Union Ballroom. […]