equal protection

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After the 2010 census revealed malapportionment in most electoral districts in Alabama, the Republican-controlled Alabama legislature declared that compliance with the Constitution’s mandate of “one person, one vote” would be its highest priority in...

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Indiana’s Barrett Law allows municipalities to fund public improvements through special assessments levied against and apportioned equally among benefited properties. See City of Indianapolis v. Armour, 946 N.E.2d 553, 556–57 (Ind. 2011). Using the...

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In 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program. See Regents of the Univ. of Cal. v. DHS at 21. DACA allows noncitizens to apply for two-year renewable periods of deferred...

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In Engquist v. Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Supreme Court will resolve a circuit split regarding whether an individual government employee can bring an Equal Protection claim against her employer, a state government agency, for treating her...

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Overview

Equal Protection refers to the idea that a governmental body may not deny people equal protection of its governing laws. The governing body state must treat an individual in the same manner as others in similar conditions and circumstances....

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In 2015, the Montana State Legislature (the “Legislature”) established a Tax Credit Program wherein a taxpayer could receive dollar-for-dollar tax credit up to $150 for the taxpayer’s donations to a Student Scholarship Organization (“SSO”) in Montana....

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After each federal decennial census, the Texas Constitution requires that the State legislature reapportion its legislative districts. See Evenwel et al. v. Perry et al., 14-CV-335-LY-CH-MHS, at 2 (W.D. Tex. Nov. 5, 2014). To that end, Texas must...

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The University of Texas at Austin (“UT”) is a public education institution, authorized by the Texas Constitution and backed by state and federal funding. See Fisher v. Univ. of Tex. at Austin, 631 F.3d 213, 226 (5th Cir. 2011). UT guarantees...

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Abigail Fisher applied to the University of Texas at Austin (“UT”) for admission to its fall 2008 class. Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al., 758 F.3d 633, 637 (5th Cir. 2014). UT’s admissions scheme included three paths for accepting...

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In 1997, Petitioner Ruben Flores-Villar was convicted under 21 U.S.C. §§ 952 and 960 for importation of marijuana, and was subsequently deported to Mexico. See United States v. Flores-Villar, 536 F.3d 990, 994 (9th Cir. 2008). On February 24, 2006,...

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