By Viviana Hurtado | 07/02/2012 - 15:00
I was guest anchoring on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin while she was away when the Supreme Court announced its decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is President Obama’s signature legislation that makes health care insurance mandatory. (Or face a fine, as an individual or business.) The mandate is also the focus of the criticism.
By Samantha Leal | 06/26/2012 - 09:41
Within minutes of the Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona immigration law SB1070, both sides were declaring a clear victory for their cause. Those on the side of the Arizona law, and helped to craft the law itself, said that the court's decision help to affirm the right of the states to create laws that address regional problems. Those who oppose the law insisted that the court affirmed federal authority, and cerated a clear path to challenge SB1070's lone standing provision.
By Samantha Leal | 06/25/2012 - 16:00
It’s Sonia Sotomayor’s birthday. The first Latina to join the Supreme Court, this “wise Latina” has definitely left her mark. We’re celebrating with these 10 fun facts about Justice Sotomayor. Read on!
1. She’s a comic book hero!
Sotomayor got the Wonder Woman treatment in 2010, when her story was made into a comic book series that also featured other notable women such as Hillary Clinton. Not too shabby!
By Sugey Palomares | 06/18/2012 - 16:00
The Supreme Court will meet sometime this week to rule on one of the most pertinent issues affecting Latinos today – health care. The high court is set to determine whether the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obama Care) drafted by President Barack Obama’s administration is unconstitutional. A ruling of five majority votes out of the nine Justices on the bench is enough to dramatically change the future of health care in the U.S.
By Samantha Leal | 04/24/2012 - 16:27
The legality of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, has long been disputed and is now headed to the Supreme Court. The case, Arizona v. United States, will look at not only SB 1070, but will also affect any similar laws enacted nationwide. Here’s what you need to know about the case:
The Act has several provisions – only four are being examined by the court.
The Court will not be looking at the entire Act, but rather, four key provisions, including:
By Amaris Castillo | 06/08/2011 - 17:15
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal earlier this week that challenged California’s policy of granting reduced, in-state college tuition to graduates of its high school who are illegal immigrants, The Los Angeles Times reports. According to the newspaper, lawyers for the conservative anti-immigration group that pushed the appeal argued that “preferential treatment” for illegal immigrants violated federal law. They pointed
By Irasema Romero | 05/26/2011 - 15:36
The U.S. Supreme Court supported the state of Arizona in a 2007 law that will now penalize business for hiring undocumented workers, after a 5-3 majority agreed states had the right to take action against illegal immigrants.
“The Arizona regulation does not otherwise conflict with federal law,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts, in court documents released today.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/14/2011 - 12:15
During a revealing interview at Northwestern University School of Law last week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor admitted that she felt personally attacked at times during her Senate confirmation hearings in 2009.
By Stacey Rivera | 10/18/2010 - 09:40
Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor revealed to the The Fordham Law Film Festival Sunday night that the movie 12 Angry Men was key to her pursuing law. “It sold me that I was on the right path,” she told the audience.
The justice answered questions following the movie for an hour and revealed that she was “probably the most disappointed person in the room” because the movie’s director, Sidney Lumet, was unable to attend the screening as planned due to illness.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/08/2009 - 13:42
The newest member of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, was given the opportunity to deliver the first opinion of this term. Sotomayor read the opinion out loud regarding the case of Mohawk Industries v. Carpenter.